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SpaceX believes helium system breach caused recent Falcon 9 explosion

SpaceX believes helium system breach caused recent Falcon 9 explosion

When one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets abruptly exploded without warning earlier this month, the space agency and founder Elon Musk were left confused and in the dark about what happened, resulting in a big mystery. The rocket, which was to deliver a Facebook satellite into space, was undergoing a routine filling operation, but its engines were inactive. Now SpaceX believes it's found the cause: a breach in the helium system located in the craft's liquid oxygen tank.

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SpaceX lands sixth Falcon 9 rocket, fourth time at sea

SpaceX lands sixth Falcon 9 rocket, fourth time at sea

SpaceX's successful launches and landings of its Falcon 9 rockets are starting to become a common occurrence. The private space agency once again landed its reusable Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, following the 1:30 AM Sunday launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral. This marks SpaceX's sixth successful landing total, and the fourth recovery at sea.

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Uber’s using hi-res satellite images to identify pickup locations

Uber’s using hi-res satellite images to identify pickup locations

Uber has struck a global multi-year deal with DigitalGlobe in order to use its high-resolution satellite images for better identifying pickup and drop-off locations. DigitalGlobe announced the new partnership today, saying it will provide Uber with satellite photos of cities around the globe. Access to such information is no doubt vital to Uber as it continues work on developing self-driving technologies and eventually replaces its drivers with autonomous vehicles.

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Data from lost Hitomi satellite suggests black holes may be galactic regulators

Data from lost Hitomi satellite suggests black holes may be galactic regulators

Earlier this year, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched its Hitomi satellite into space. The x-ray satellite was intended to study, among other things, the Perseus cluster, a massive cluster of galaxies more than 200 million light years from Earth. Hitomi was the most advanced x-ray satellite to launch successfully into space and had the potential to lead to a number of excellent discoveries, but unfortunately, it was only a month before the satellite started to spin out of control and break apart, with JAXA announcing it had failed in its attempts to reconnect with the satellite not long after.

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SpaceX comes oh so close to sticking another Falcon 9 landing

SpaceX comes oh so close to sticking another Falcon 9 landing

This week was another big one for private space company SpaceX. On June 15, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket to deliver a pair of commercial communications satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbits (GTO). The two satellites that went into space inside the Falcon 9 rocket's nose cone were the Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS-2A units.

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SpaceX nails its fourth successful rocket landing

SpaceX nails its fourth successful rocket landing

SpaceX made yet another successful landing with its reusable Falcon 9 rocket on Friday, marking the fourth time in total, and the third in a row to take place on a drone ship in the Atlantic ocean. Between SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' space agency Blue Origin, these rocket landings may become so frequent they start to get a little boring.

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Sky Canvas man-made meteor shower rains glowing pellets from space

Sky Canvas man-made meteor shower rains glowing pellets from space

Everyone loves fireworks, it's beautiful to see explosions of light and sound in the air for a festive occasion. A company called Star-ALE wants to take fireworks to the next level. Rather than shooting fireworks into the sky from ground based launching systems, the company wants to rain a light display into the sky from space in an idea called Sky Canvas.

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Google Skybox lives! Now known as Terra Bella

Google Skybox lives! Now known as Terra Bella

Remember Skybox, formerly and formally Skybox Imaging? Unless you've been keeping an eye on the satellite imaging biz the past years, you might have forgotten a bit about the company that Google acquired barely two years ago. The company, which is still under Google instead of its own entity under Alphabet, is still very much alive and is even gearing up for more action. But it is slightly changing its mission while still having its foot down on satellite imaging. And to set the mood for that new direction, it is also changing its name to "Terra Bella".

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SpaceX rocket launches satellite, but misses landing yet again

SpaceX rocket launches satellite, but misses landing yet again

Private space agency SpaceX was finally able to complete the latest launch of its Falcon 9 rocket on Friday afternoon, after more than a week of delays and difficulties. The Elon Musk-founded company had been commissioned by SES to send a communications satellite into orbit, a mission it was able to successfully complete. However, on SpaceX's longer term goal of landing re-usable rockets, this latest attempt was another bust.

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SpaceX’s rescheduled rocket launch will be held this afternoon

SpaceX’s rescheduled rocket launch will be held this afternoon

SpaceX continues to make progress on launching its rockets and attempting to land them on a floating platform at sea. The Elon Musk-founded company was supposed to conduct its second launch of the year this last week in order to send a SES telecommunications satellite into orbit, however it was delayed two times. The second attempt, was to take place on Thursday, but was called off just minutes before the launch time. Now SpaceX and SES have confirmed a new attempt, taking place later this afternoon.

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Terabit satellites aim to improve high-speed internet delivered from space

Terabit satellites aim to improve high-speed internet delivered from space

The future of high-speed internet in the US may be in growing fiber networks, but for people in remote locations, whether it be off the grid or in third-world countries, satellite internet is still the broadest solution. Unfortunately, internet delivered from satellites is slow, and that's something no one likes. Fortunately satellite company ViaSat has a plan to improve the situation, with a partner ship with Boeing that will see the launch of a new satellite class capable of an incredible 1 Terabit per second.

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North Korea’s latest satellite has stopped tumbling

North Korea’s latest satellite has stopped tumbling

North Korea's newly launched satellite, the first since 2012, is now in a stable orbit after having previously been tumbling out of control. The satellite doesn't appear to be transmitting anything, according to officials and anonymous sources, but that doesn't mean much as North Korea is likely concentrating on getting controlled orbits under its belt first.

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