SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink internet satellites in 100th Falcon 9 launch

A time exposure captures the fiery trajectory of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket climbing away from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying 60 Starlink internet relay satellites. It was the company’s 23rd launch so far this year, the 100th for the workhorse Falcon 9 since the rocket’s debut in 2010 and a record seventh flight for the booster’s first stage.

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SpaceX fired off a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on Tuesday night, marking the company’s 100th overall and 23rd so far this year. The rocket boosted off another set of 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit using a first stage making a record seventh flight.

The latest batch of Starlinks pushed the total number launched to date to 955 as SpaceX continues building out a globe-spanning constellation of internet relay satellites designed to provide broadband services to subscribers anywhere on the planet. Thousands more satellites are

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Watch live @ 9 pm ET: SpaceX launching 60 Starlink internet satellites

SpaceX will launch 60 new Starlink internet satellites into orbit on a used Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday night (Nov. 24) and you can watch it live online here, courtesy of SpaceX. Liftoff is set for 9:13 p.m. EST (0213 Nov. 25 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

Originally scheduled for Sunday (Nov. 22), the launch was scrubbed 30 minutes before liftoff to allow time for additional system checks. A backup launch window on Monday was again delayed to Tuesday due to bad weather. 

The Falcon 9 rocket on this flight is making its seventh flight to space in a milestone for SpaceX’s reusability effort. It launched the Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite in September 2018,

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Upper stage issue causes Arianespace launch failure, costing 2 satellites

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Enlarge / Technicians lower one of the doomed satellites into the Vega’s payload hardware.

An overnight launch of Arianespace’s Vega rocket failed after reaching space, costing France and Spain an Earth-observing satellite each. The failure represents the second in two years after Vega had built up a spotless record over its first six years of service.

The Vega is designed for relatively small satellites, typically handling total weights in the area of about 1,000 kilograms, though it can lift heavier items into lower orbits or take lighter ones higher. The trip to space is powered by a stack of three solid rocket stages; once in space, a reignitable liquid-fueled rocket can perform multiple burns that take payloads to specific orbits.

Vega had started off with a flawless launch record, averaging about two a year for its first six years of service before a solid booster failure caused the first loss

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IoT From Space? Tracking Endangered Rhinos Via Tiny Satellites

Every 90 minutes a 22-pound 500-mile-high microsatellite in polar orbit zips around the planet, picking up status signals, alarms, and other messages from wind farms, ships, farms, and rhinos.

Endangered rhinos, specifically.

But eventually, billions of different objects.

Myriota is a global internet of things technology provider that says it offers unique technology that makes tracking objects all over the globe, including places that don’t have internet connectivity, cheap and accessible. And, just like SpaceX’s Starlink is offering terrestrial internet access from low-earth orbit, Myriota is offering a planetary internet of things from space: something the company is calling the world’s first low power, ultra-low cost, global IoT solution.

“Basically what we have is [an] affordable, long battery life, high data rate, high security

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A small asteroid came closer to Earth than even SpaceX Starlink satellites

Asteroid approaching Earth, artwork

Close enough for a high-five…


An asteroid set a new mark on Friday for the closest pass by our planet without actually impacting.

The space rock was discovered with the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System, or ATLAS, run by NASA and the University of Hawaii. It has been designated 2020 VT4, and it came within just 240 miles (386 kilometers) of Earth’s surface on Friday. That’s closer even than objects in low-earth orbit including the International Space Station and SpaceX’s Starlink broadband constellation.

While this is much closer than the record set back in August when asteroid 2020 QG flew by at a distance of 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers), it’s not unusual for asteroids to get so up in our planetary grill. 

Plenty of bits of space dust and larger rocks make it all the way to the ground in the form of meteorites. One of the larger

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RUAG Space: New powerful computer for satellites

The new RUAG Space Lynx computer for satellites and spacecrafts is 250 times more powerful than regular On Board Computers.

RUAG Space, a leading supplier to the space industry, has developed a new powerful computer for satellites called “Lynx”. The development has been done at RUAG Space in Gothenburg, Sweden. “Our computer contains an extreme amount of power”, explains Anders Linder, Senior Vice President Electronics at RUAG Space. Lynx is 250 times more powerful than the normal On Board Computers, which RUAG currently delivers to programs of the European Space Agency.

Computing power for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Anders Linder, Senior Vice President Electronics at RUAG Space: “We have a computer ready that perfectly matches the requirements for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in space development programs.”

“We have been very early with this development. This year, we are seeing that Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is starting to

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China launches 13 satellites on a single Long March 6 rocket

China launched a Long March 6 rocket early Friday (Nov. 6), successfully sending 13 satellites into orbit.

The Long March 6 lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 11:19 a.m. local time Friday (0319 GMT; 10:19 p.m. EDT on Nov. 5) carrying 10 remote sensing satellites for Satellogic, an Argentine imagery company.

a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: A Chinese Long March 6 rocket lifts off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China, on Nov. 6, 2020.

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A Chinese Long March 6 rocket lifts off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China, on Nov. 6, 2020.

Each 90-lb. (41 kilograms) satellite carries multispectral and hyperspectral imaging payloads. They have been designed to operate in orbit for at least three years.

Satellogic signed a contractwith China Great Wall Industry Corporation, an arm of China’s main space contractor, in January 2019 for launches to deploy 90 satellites. Satellogic has previously received funding from Chinese tech giant Tencent.

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Satellites help archaeologists retrace travel routes of Bronze Age herders in China

Nov. 4 (UPI) — To retrace the ancient migration routes taken by Bronze Age herders in northwestern China, researchers turned to space.

Satellite images allowed researchers to map the distribution of archaeological evidence across the 640,000-square-mile autonomous region known as Xinjiang, according to a study published Wednesday in PLOS One.

Interviews with modern-day herders also helped researchers contextualize the data and model the ways ancient herders likely navigated the rugged terrain.

“This detailed model of how Bronze Age people capitalized on the resources in their environment helps greatly in understanding the prehistoric Silk Road,” lead author Peter Jia said in a news release.

“For example, our ethnographic studies — interviews with local herders — have explained why certain locations were and still are chosen throughout the seasons: for the presence of early and late grass, optimal grazing potential in summer, and the absence of snow cover in the winter,” said

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Rocket Lab’s next launch will deliver 30 satellites to orbit — and a 3D-printed gnome from Gabe Newell

Rocket Lab’s next mission will put dozens of satellites into orbit using the launch company’s Kick Stage “space tug,” as well as a 3D-printed garden gnome from Valve Software’s Gabe Newell. The latter is a test of a new manufacturing technique, but also a philanthropic endeavor from the gaming industry legend.

Scheduled for no earlier than November 15 (or 16 at the New Zealand launch site), the as-yet-unnamed launch — Rocket Lab gives all of their missions cheeky names — will be the company’s “most diverse ever,” it said in a press release.

A total of 30 satellites will be deployed using Rocket Lab’s own Kick Stage deployment platform, which like other “space tugs” detaches from the second stage once a certain preliminary orbit is reached and then delivers its payloads each at their own unique trajectory. That’s the most individual satellites every taken up at once by Rocket Lab.

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LeoStella takes on assembly role for NorthStar’s space traffic-monitoring satellites

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An artist’s conception shows NorthStar’s Skylark constellation at work. (CNW Group / NorthStar Illustration)

Tukwila, Wash.-based LeoStella will oversee the assembly of the first three satellites for a constellation that’s designed to keep track of space traffic.

LeoStella’s new project is part of a bigger contract between Canada’s NorthStar Earth and Space on one hand, and Europe’s Thales Alenia Space on the other.

NorthStar says its Skylark satellite constellation will be part of the world’s first commercial space-based environmental and near-space monitoring system. The satellites will be tasked with monitoring thousands of natural and human-made objects in low Earth orbit, and sounding an alert if a collision risk is detected.

That sort of space situational awareness is expected to become more important as thousands more satellites — including spacecraft for the SpaceX Starlink, OneWeb and Amazon Kuiper broadband data networks — are launched in the years ahead.

“We are here

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