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Rocket Lab reveals that its last Electron launch included a secret satellite

Rocket Lab reveals that its last Electron launch included a secret satellite

Rocket Lab, the private space company that is launching rockets every handful of weeks, has revealed that its most recent launch included a secret payload developed by the company itself. Called 'Photon,' this payload was a demonstration of Rocket Lab's latest business initiative, one that will enable the company to offer 'end-to-end space solutions' for customers who need them. The Photon satellite is the first that was designed and built in-house by Rocket Lab.

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NASA’s first OGO satellite out-lasted orbits of all others, and it falls tomorrow

NASA’s first OGO satellite out-lasted orbits of all others, and it falls tomorrow

When this article was first written, there was a satellite orbiting the Earth. By the time you read this article, said satellite may've fallen out of the sky. According to calculations done by NASA and revealed on August 27, 2020, the OGO-1 satellite will end its journey and exploration of space on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at right around 5:10 PM ETD (2110 GMT).

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SpaceX Starlink Speedtest results are early but impressive

SpaceX Starlink Speedtest results are early but impressive

Elon Musk's companies have had their fair share of highs and lows in the public's eyes but SpaceX may have lately taken the lion's share of goodwill thanks to a series of successful launches and tests of its rockets and crew capsule. It was also the most recent recipient of some heavy criticism due to its Starlink satellites photobombing the NEOWISE comet. Its controversial presence in the Earth's skies, however, might be worth it if these numbers using Ookla's popular Speedtest are anything to go by.

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Speedy SpaceX Starlink satellite production pace likely to frustrate astronomers

Speedy SpaceX Starlink satellite production pace likely to frustrate astronomers

SpaceX is building 120 of its Starlink satellites each month, paving the way for a significant expansion in its wireless internet service, but also potentially causing more concern over those worried about the impact on astronomy. Starlink will use a mesh of low-orbit satellites to deliver internet access to users equipped with an auto-tracking dish that can be mounted on a home or RV. However it has not met with universal approval.

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NASA offers startling view of Beirut blast damage using satellite data

NASA offers startling view of Beirut blast damage using satellite data

On August 4, the city of Beirut experienced an enormous, incredibly tragic explosion that claimed numerous lives and caused widespread damage. Many videos of this event show the explosion from different angles, as well as the resulting impact, but it can be hard to comprehend the scope of the damage. Here to help with that is NASA, which has published a map showing the extent of damage caused by the Beirut explosion using satellite data.

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SpaceX blasted for Starlink satellites photobombing Neowise comet

SpaceX blasted for Starlink satellites photobombing Neowise comet

The goal sounds altruistic enough, to provided Internet access both to remote places on Earth where few terrestrial and satellite networks can reach as well as future network connectivity to structures orbiting around the Earth in outer space. Elon Musk's Starlink vision, however, has long been criticized by the scientific community, especially the astronomy field, for polluting the night sky and making it difficult if not impossible to have a clear view of celestial objects from the ground. That situation struck home hard last week when astrophotographers found their photos of the rare Neowise comet ruined by almost dozens of SpaceX's Starlink satellites.

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NASA’s new Saharan dust blanket images reveal its massive size

NASA’s new Saharan dust blanket images reveal its massive size

NASA has published images that reveal the blanket of dust from the Saharan dust storm as it moves across the ocean toward the Americas. This isn't a new phenomenon -- the dust has gravitated this way before many times. However, NASA notes that this particular dust storm's resulting blanket has been 'quite expansive.' Using the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite, the space agency is able to give the public a detailed look at this event.

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China’s Beidou GPS rival is now complete

China’s Beidou GPS rival is now complete

The shutdown of Chinese facilities earlier this year due to COVID-19 showed just how much the world's products and businesses are dependent on them, perhaps much to the chagrin of the US. That said, the drama surrounding US export bans against Huawei also revealed some of China's own dependence on US and international technologies. One of the lesser-known dependencies is on global navigation systems, commonly (and inaccurately) referred to as GPS. As of today, China may no longer need to rely on the US-based system as it successfully launched the last two satellites to complete its own Beidou navigation system.

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SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites with sun-blocking visors

SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites with sun-blocking visors

It hasn't even been a week yet and SpaceX already made its second rocket launch. Of course, such frequent launches will be the norm if the company ever achieves its goal of economic commercial rocket launches. While last week's historic launch brought two astronauts to the International Space Station, this latest catapults non-living satellites into orbit. While comparatively less exciting, it still makes a few first for Elon Musk's highest-profile company after Tesla.

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SpaceX has a new plan to reduce Starlink satellite light pollution

SpaceX has a new plan to reduce Starlink satellite light pollution

SpaceX has another test planned that aims to reduce the amount of light pollution produced by its Starlink satellites, this one involving sunshades rather than an anti-reflective coating. Elon Musk first spilled the details on this plan in a tweet following the Starlink 6 satellite launch, revealing that there will be a few more launches before the sun visors are deployed.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches new batch of Starlink satellites

SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches new batch of Starlink satellites

On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 22, SpaceX successfully launched its latest batch of Starlink satellites from its used Falcon 9 rocket. The Starlink satellites will provide broadband Internet access in places where service isn't available, as well as places where high-speed Internet is too expensive or otherwise unreliable. The satellites work together, forming what is referred to as a mega-constellation.

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Groundbreaking SunRISE telescope could help map a safe route to Mars

Groundbreaking SunRISE telescope could help map a safe route to Mars

An innovative distributed telescope, combining the efforts of six satellites, will give NASA an unprecedented insight into some of the Sun's most powerful - and dangerous - activity. The Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment, or SunRISE, is a new multi-million dollar application of cutting-edge CubeSat technology, and if successful could pave the way to a whole new, and more affordable, age of space science.

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