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Successful SpaceX launch puts 52 more Starlink satellites into orbit

Successful SpaceX launch puts 52 more Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX conducted a successful rocket launch on Saturday that put 52 new Starlink satellites in orbit along with a pair of rideshare payloads. SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:56 PM EDT. The Falcon 9 rocket used for the launch flew for its eighth time and successfully landed on a drone ship at sea to be refurbished and reused again in the future.

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SpaceX and Google team up to boost Starlink

SpaceX and Google team up to boost Starlink

Google and SpaceX have inked a deal that will see new Starlink ground stations installed at Google data centers, helping address latency challenges among other issues faces by the satellite internet service, as well as opening it up to new enterprise uses. Starlink, which is currently in beta, uses a so-called constellation of satellites in orbit around Earth to deliver internet connectivity via an auto-positioning dish.

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SpaceX Starlink Speedtest results are very inconsistent

SpaceX Starlink Speedtest results are very inconsistent

Elon Musk envisioned that SpaceX's Starlink satellite constellation would be able to deliver Internet to areas underserved by most carriers. The service, however, would have to cater to a broad range of users and locations located in a narrow band of areas where those satellites could actually reach. Starlink promised speeds faster than your average DSL or fiber Internet and Speedtest creator Ookla discovered that be true but only for certain areas. In others, it actually did worse than what consumers already had.

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FCC approves SpaceX Starlink agreement to expand for Alaska

FCC approves SpaceX Starlink agreement to expand for Alaska

An approval was revealed this week by the FCC for SpaceX and their next wave of Starlink satellites. The approval was for a modification to the license SpaceX holds for deploying satellites to an altitude of 550 kilometers. Per the release, the FCC suggests that "Based on our review, we agree with SpaceX that the modification will improve the experience for users of the SpaceX service, including in often-underserved polar regions."

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SpaceX’s domination of low Earth orbit increases collision risk says expert

SpaceX’s domination of low Earth orbit increases collision risk says expert

SpaceX has been putting large numbers of satellites into low Earth orbit as part of its Starlink program to bring broadband Internet to every corner of the planet. SpaceX is rapidly deploying satellites with multiple launches aboard its own Falcon 9 rockets typically putting 60 of its satellites into orbit at a time. So far, SpaceX has put about 1300 satellites into orbit and aims to have around 42,000 in orbit by 2027.

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SpaceX agrees to shift Starlink satellites if NASA collision looms

SpaceX agrees to shift Starlink satellites if NASA collision looms

Earth orbit is starting to look crowded, and so NASA and SpaceX have inked a joint agreement that should see satellites like the Starlink constellation automatically move out of the way of NASA hardware. The new policy aims to avoid collisions between fast-moving objects in space, which could prove expensive or even life-threatening in future.

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Air Force considers SpaceX Starlink for military applications

Air Force considers SpaceX Starlink for military applications

Communications capability is a big deal on aircraft of all sorts, but particularly for military aircraft. A new report suggests that the United States Air Force is considering SpaceX's Starlink Internet connectivity for its potential military applications. One of the major contractors to the United States Air Force, Ball Aerospace, builds "conformal antennas" for tactical aircraft used by the USAF.

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SpaceX puts 60 new Starlink satellites into orbit with a well used Falcon 9

SpaceX puts 60 new Starlink satellites into orbit with a well used Falcon 9

SpaceX conducted a successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket early this morning and placed a batch of 60 new Starlink satellites into orbit. What's more interesting than another successful Falcon 9 launch and additional Starlink satellites is that this particular rocket is the first in the SpaceX fleet to launch and land nine times. SpaceX launched the rocket from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:01 AM EDT on Sunday morning.

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SpaceX wants to put Starlink satellite dishes on large vehicles

SpaceX wants to put Starlink satellite dishes on large vehicles

SpaceX's somewhat controversial Starlink satellite constellation aims to bring high-speed Internet to places that traditional cables and radio waves don't always reach. It seems that it doesn't just apply to remote areas but also to moving vehicles that don't always get the best Internet connectivity. In line with that grand goal, SpaceX is asking the FCC for permission to deploy Starlink even on trucks, aircraft, and trucks.

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SpaceX will build a new factory in Austin to design Starlink systems

SpaceX will build a new factory in Austin to design Starlink systems

SpaceX is pushing hard to get more Starlink satellites in orbit to expand its satellite Internet connectivity around the country. While the main part of that system is the satellites SpaceX puts into orbit, another critical component is the hardware that end-users place in their homes to receive access from the satellites. SpaceX has now announced that it's building a new factory in Austin, Texas, that will design systems to help it build satellite dishes, Wi-Fi routers, and other hardware for the Starlink network.

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Watch 60 new Starlink satellites deploy as SpaceX nails another launch

Watch 60 new Starlink satellites deploy as SpaceX nails another launch

SpaceX has successfully launched a new batch of Starlink satellites, after the delayed Starlink 17 mission finally blasted off with its internet-expanding cargo. The mission had been due to take place at the end of February, but inclement weather among other issues forced SpaceX to postpone it several times.

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SpaceX Starlink 17 launch pushed to March 4

SpaceX Starlink 17 launch pushed to March 4

SpaceX plans to launch its latest set of Starlink internet satellites on March 4, having pushed back the newest mission due to ongoing weather concerns. Starlink 17, as the payload is known, was intended to fly on February 28 as SpaceX further fills in its constellation of internet-beaming satellites.

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