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Starlink speeds could be boosted by ongoing system upgrades

Starlink speeds could be boosted by ongoing system upgrades

Almost all of Elon Musk's endeavors and dreams have proven to be controversial but most of them prove themselves in the long run. While The Boring Company has still to bear any usable fruit and Neuralink is still too early in its infancy, SpaceX's Starlink Internet satellite constellation continues to split people up. It still has to reach its full potential, both in number of satellites and promised speeds, but Elon Musk says that there might be a speed bump on the way.

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SpaceX won the contract to put NASA’s SPHEREx mission into orbit

SpaceX won the contract to put NASA’s SPHEREx mission into orbit

SpaceX recently won a contract that will see it launch an important astrophysics mission into Earth orbit for NASA. The contract will have SpaceX put the NASA SPHEREx spacecraft into orbit as early as 2024. SPHEREx stands for Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoque of Reionization, and Ices Explorer.

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Amazon responds to claims that it’s attempting to stifle satellite Internet competition

Amazon responds to claims that it’s attempting to stifle satellite Internet competition

Certainly, one of the most profitable realms that SpaceX is involved in is satellite Internet service with its Starlink satellites. With the potential to make huge profits, satellite Internet service is something other competing companies are also trying to get into, including Amazon. This week, Amazon's satellite Internet project attempted to clarify its position in response to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's accusations that Amazon is trying to stifle competition in the sector.

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SpaceX successfully put 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX successfully put 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX has confirmed a successful launch and deployment for 60 additional Starlink satellites. The launch happened at 1:19 AM EST as the Falcon 9 rocket successfully lifted off, putting its payload into space. After a successful mission for the Falcon 9, the first stage successfully landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

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SpaceX eyes Starlink satellite launch on Monday

SpaceX eyes Starlink satellite launch on Monday

SpaceX is gearing up to launch more Starlink satellites with its eye on Monday to put 60 additional satellites into orbit. The target launch date is February 1, which does represent a delay with the mission initially planned to launch Sunday morning. SpaceX is working hard to put more Starlink satellites into orbit to support its Internet service.

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A satellite has used iodine propellant to change its orbit for the first time

A satellite has used iodine propellant to change its orbit for the first time

One significant area of concern today is space junk, as more and more satellites are being put into orbit around the Earth. If satellites fail or become useless, they are often left orbiting the Earth, which poses a hazard to functional satellites. Researchers have created a new iodine thruster that could improve the mission lifetime for small CubeSats that orbit the Earth for various reasons, from monitoring crops to providing Internet access.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launched more than 100 satellites in one go

SpaceX Falcon 9 launched more than 100 satellites in one go

Although it's not as sensational as, say, carrying its first humans into space, SpaceX still continues to bag a few records while also breaking some. Yesterday's launch, which was already postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions, went off without a hitch and was largely uneventful. Unsurprisingly, Elon Musk's space-faring company still managed to boast about the mission's accomplishment, launching almost 150 spacecraft into orbit.

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SpaceX to attempt Falcon 9 rocket launch again today

SpaceX to attempt Falcon 9 rocket launch again today

Yesterday we mentioned SpaceX was forced to scrub the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket only minutes before launch due to weather. SpaceX was quick to point out that there was no problem with the rocket or the payload. The launch was scrubbed due to a violation of the electrical field rule for a safe launch at the launch site. The launch window for the mission is open again this morning, and SpaceX will attempt the launch today.

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SpaceX scrubs satellite launch attempt minutes before liftoff

SpaceX scrubs satellite launch attempt minutes before liftoff

SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a payload of 143 satellites aboard today. However, only a few minutes before the rocket was supposed to lift off, the launch was canceled. There was no problem with the rocket or the payload. The launch was scrubbed due to poor weather conditions at Cape Canaveral.

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MIT’s tiny 3D printed thruster uses ions for propulsion

MIT’s tiny 3D printed thruster uses ions for propulsion

Researchers at MIT have invented a small 3D printed thruster that emits a stream of pure ions. The thruster could be used as a low-cost and efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites in the future. The thruster is the first of its kind to be entirely manufactured using additive processes.

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Virgin Orbit successfully puts NASA payload into space

Virgin Orbit successfully puts NASA payload into space

Virgin Orbit is a company based in California that launches satellites into orbit. The company confirmed that its LauncherOne rocket reached space during its second launch demonstration held on Sunday. The mission placed ten payloads into orbit for NASA's Launch Services Program.

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Experimental cubesat heading to orbit will test a new propulsion method

Experimental cubesat heading to orbit will test a new propulsion method

Engineers and researchers around the world have been putting significant effort into making satellites smaller. Smaller satellites cost less to develop and cost less to put into orbit. The trick is creating a small satellite that can serve a useful purpose once it's in space. Engineers from the University of Michigan built a satellite that was set to head into orbit over the weekend specifically to explore the feasibility of a new propulsion method that could help small satellites move around Earth's orbit without carrying fuel.

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