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United Launch Alliance RocketBuilder is a configurator for space launches

United Launch Alliance RocketBuilder is a configurator for space launches

Most people out there who have wanted a new car have started off at the automaker's website using the configurator to build up your dream ride and see just how much it might cost you. If your dream ride is a rocket, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has a new website where you can configure your rocket and see how much it would cost to put your payload into orbit. The RocketBuilder site allows launch hopefuls to choose all sorts of options and see the estimated cost immediately.

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SpaceX wins contract to launch ocean-monitoring satellite for NASA

SpaceX wins contract to launch ocean-monitoring satellite for NASA

Despite their recent troubles over a rocket explosion, Elon Musk's SpaceX has won another contract from NASA to launch a satellite for the agency. April 2021 will see the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite sent into orbit on one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets that's launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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NOAA GOES-R weather satellite launch goes off without a hitch

NOAA GOES-R weather satellite launch goes off without a hitch

NASA has announced a successful launch of a highly advanced National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellite. The satellite is called the NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R or GOES-R. The launch happened at 6:42 p.m. EST on November 19 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The GOES-R satellite will boost the nation's weather observation capability allowing more accurate and timely weather forecasts, watches, and warnings.

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SpaceX wants to launch 4,425 satellites for global internet connectivity

SpaceX wants to launch 4,425 satellites for global internet connectivity

Documents have been filed with the FCC in the US by SpaceX that shows the company wants approval to put into orbit a network of satellites to provide internet access at high speeds all around the globe. SpaceX is wanting to put a communications array into orbit around the Earth that would eventually total 4,425 satellites. SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the project would cost the company about $10 billion.

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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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