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Spire gets FCC OK for 175-satellite constellation launch

Spire gets FCC OK for 175-satellite constellation launch

Spire describes their business as "a data and analytics company that collects data from space to solve problems on Earth." Per a release from the FCC today (October 18, 2019), Spire was granted regulatory rights to launch up to 636 satellites in low-earth orbit "operating at orbital altitudes from 385 to 650 km and inclinations ranging from equatorial to polar sun-synchronous (98 degrees)." What will Spire do with all of these satellites in a wide-reaching constellation surrounding our planet?

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Amazon seeks FCC approval for Kuiper satellite constellation system

Amazon seeks FCC approval for Kuiper satellite constellation system

The number of Internet users, or at least the devices connecting to the Internet, is growing rapidly, far too quick and too high for our existing systems to accommodate. But while the numbers rise, Internet connectivity remains a luxury or even a dream in some areas of the world. Luminaries and visionaries are looking to the skies for the answer, envisioning constellations of satellites to beam down that precious commodity almost anywhere. Not to be left behind, Amazon has started the process to make its Project Kuiper system a reality to "delight customers."

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Five SpaceX Starlink satellites are about to burn up

Five SpaceX Starlink satellites are about to burn up

Five of SpaceX's Starlink constellation satellites are set to come burning back through Earth's atmosphere, an unexpectedly low attrition rate following the company's launch in late May. A total of sixty Starlink satellites launched on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket, the first steps toward Elon Musk's company beginning a satellite broadband service that could eventually bring connectivity to historically offline regions.

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Astronomers are demanding SpaceX’s Starlink satellites face extra regulations

Astronomers are demanding SpaceX’s Starlink satellites face extra regulations

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) released a statement this week showing concern for the coming waves of private organization launches of satellite constellations. A satellite constellation is a group of satellites all working together in a carefully organized grid. It's like an extra sphere of stuff around our earth, in low-earth orbit, and it could get messy.

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SpaceX Starlink satellites won’t outshine science insists Elon Musk

SpaceX Starlink satellites won’t outshine science insists Elon Musk

Starlink may only have a fraction of its planned internet satellites in orbit so far, but questions are already being raised as to how SpaceX's globe-blanketing connectivity system will avoid interfering with astronomy and stargazing. The company launched its first sixty Starlink satellites last week, part of a network of coverage that Elon Musk's project expects to bring connectivity to users all over the world.

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SpaceX Starlink satellites create a celestial dot-to-dot

SpaceX Starlink satellites create a celestial dot-to-dot

SpaceX was finally able to launch the first 60 Starlink satellites that will eventually provide global internet coverage. The launch had been scrubbed in the past because the satellites needed a software update. Eventually, there will be 12,000 of the satellites in orbit to blanket the Earth with internet connectivity. That is assuming that all goes to plan for SpaceX.

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SpaceX finally launches 60 Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX finally launches 60 Starlink satellites into orbit

We, and especially SpaceX, probably imagine rocket launches that take off any time just like planes. Reality, however, is that such launches are at the mercy of the weather even more than planes are. That's pretty much the reason why SpaceX postponed the launch of its ambitious satellites twice. They say third time's a charm and, finally, 60 satellites from Elon Musk's Starlink vision are now on their way to float around the earth and bring the Internet connection of the future.

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SpaceX Starlink satellites shown crammed on a Falcon ready for launch

SpaceX Starlink satellites shown crammed on a Falcon ready for launch

Economic space travel and Mars colonization aren't the only ambitions Elon Musk has for SpaceX. Launching a constellation of Internet-bearing satellites is another and it seems that the company is ready to get that journey started. Not that it has much time left if it wants to stay in the FCC's good graces. The CEO shared on Twitter a view of 60 such Starlink satellites loaded snugly inside a Falcon 9 nosecone, ready for its test launch on Wednesday.

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DirecTV NOW $10 price increase incoming: Here’s why

DirecTV NOW $10 price increase incoming: Here’s why

A ten dollar price increase was tipped this afternoon for all DIRECTV NOW users. That'll apparently make the standard package DIRECTV NOW cost around $50 a month - and it'll be re-named DIRECTV NOW Plus. This smaller of two packages will have "40+ channels" and will replace the standard DIRECTV NOW package that currently costs $40 USD.

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Facebook is building observatories possibly for laser communications

Facebook is building observatories possibly for laser communications

Facebook has been in the news frequently of late for privacy issues that make people wary of the social networking giant. Facebook is doing something very cool with a pair of new observatories that are being built on Mount Wilson in California. These won't be used to house giant telescopes that scan the skies for science.

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Russian startup wants to launch glowing space billboards in 2020

Russian startup wants to launch glowing space billboards in 2020

A Russian startup called StartRocket is working on a terrible idea: space billboards that glow from low Earth orbit. The company hopes to one day offer these space billboards to corporate customers, enabling them to display their logo as a giant glowing banner across the night sky. The company hopes to launch its product by 2020 with the first displays going live in 2021.

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FCC hits Swarm with $900k fine over unauthorized satellite launch

FCC hits Swarm with $900k fine over unauthorized satellite launch

Earlier this year, a startup called Swarm Technologies was accused of launching four small satellites without permission. The revelation came from FCC documents, which also revealed that Swarm had lost its authorization for a mission that had been scheduled in April 2018. Now, several months later, the startup has been hit with a big fine.

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