In a long-exposure photo, a Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off late Thursday at Cape Canaveral in Florida. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX has launched 60 little satellites, the first of thousands that founder Elon Musk plans to put in orbit for global Internet coverage. The recycled Falcon rocket blasted off late Thursday night. The first-stage booster landed on an ocean platform after liftoff, as the tightly packed cluster of satellites continued upward. Musk said on Friday that all 60 flat-panel satellites were deployed and online a few hundred miles above Earth. Each weighs 500 pounds and has a single solar panel and a krypton-powered thruster for climbing and maintaining altitude. The satellites have the capability of automatically dodging sizable pieces of space junk. The orbiting constellation -- named Starlink -- will grow in the next few years, Musk said. Twelve launches of 60 satellites each will provide reliable and affordable Internet coverage throughout the U.S., Musk … [Read more...] about SpaceX launches 60 little satellites
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Science Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Science | Watch SpaceX’s Live Launch Attempt of Its Starlink Satellites Advertisement Supported by The payload of 60 satellites could be an important new line of business for the private rocket company. ByKenneth Chang May 23, 2019 On Thursday night, SpaceX will make its third attempt to launch a first batch of 60 internet communications satellites. By next year, hundreds of them could be circling the planet, allowing SpaceX to enter a new business, which it hopes will generate revenue to finance the dream of sending people to Mars. [ Sign up to get reminders for space and astronomy events on your calendar .] When is the launch and how can I watch it? A Falcon 9 rocket is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida as early as 10:30 p.m. Eastern time. If there are any delays … [Read more...] about Watch SpaceX’s Live Launch Attempt of Its Starlink Satellites
The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start an entirely different space business: satellites to provide high-speed internet everywhere. The company’s next launch, scheduled for late Wednesday, will put into space the first pieces for a constellation called Starlink. “This would provide connectivity to people who either don't have any connectivity today or where it's extremely expensive and unreliable,” Musk said during a news conference a few hours before launch. What is the rocket carrying? SpaceX — which usually ferries cargo to orbit for NASA or private companies — is its own customer this time. And the Falcon 9 rocket is carrying not just one satellite but 60 identical ones. Musk posted pictures of the … [Read more...] about SpaceX to launch 60 satellites, aiming to build orbital internet
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Dave Mosher, provided by Published 8:09 am CDT, Saturday, March 30, 2019 NASA/ESA/STScI A mysterious object called 'Oumuamua, the first interstellar visitor ever detected, flew through the solar system in 2017. Most astronomers think it's a comet, though 'Oumuamua's identity may never be fully settled. However, interstellar objects might visibly pass by once every 5 years. By the mid-2020s, powerful new telescopes may catch up to 10 per year. Scientists are developing space missions to rocket toward newfound interstellar objects and explore them with small robotic probes. Laser-propelled spacecraft like Starshot might one day be a fast and inexpensive way to check out weird space objects. Without any warning, a mysterious object flew past Earth in October 2017 at a distance of about 15 million miles. By the time astronomers discovered the cigar-shaped object, it was already careening out of the solar system at 110,000 mph — about 75 times faster than bullet shot … [Read more...] about Mysterious space objects like ‘Oumuamua will visit our solar system again. Scientists may intercept the next one with a robotic probe.