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SpaceX launch success at 6th attempt

Most unusually for SpaceX, it had to scrub five attempts to launch its latest batch of Starlink broadband satellites because of bad weather at Cape Canaveral. But the sixth attempt on September 18th was a flawless success. A Falcon 9 rocket placed 54 Starlinks into orbit (mission 4.34) at 8.18pm Florida time. The mission finally […]

September 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

OneWeb to buy Astra Space engines

Airbus OneWeb Satellites (AOS), the joint-venture between constellation operator OneWeb and Airbus Defence & Space, have contracted with Astra Space to use and integrate Astra’s spacecraft engines into its Arrow small satellite portfolio. Financial details, nor delivery obligations were revealed. The AOS joint-venture is based near Merritt Island, Florida, very close to the Cape Canaveral […]

August 31, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX adds another 54 Starlinks

SpaceX continues to populate its mega-constellation of orbiting broadband craft continues. Its mission 4-23 Falcon 9 rocket took off on Aigust 27th from Landing Complex 40 from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying 54 satellites weighing a combined 16 tonnes – the heaviest payload ever launched. Following launch the booster rocket landed flawlessly on to the ‘A […]

August 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX readies 2 Starlink launches

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is planning its next Starlink launches on August 19th and August 27th. First up is mission 4.27 on August 19th that 3.24pm Florida time from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Then, late on August 27th – although this might slip by 24 hours to August 28th – another batch […]

August 18, 2022By Chris Forrester

Starlink passes 3,000 launched satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully placed its latest batch of Starlink craft (mission 4-26) into orbit on August 9th at 10.14pm Florida time. The launch happened from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket’s first-stage booster then landed some 9 minutes later onto the floating barge ‘A Shortfall of Gravitas’ waiting down-range in the […]

August 10, 2022By Chris Forrester

Another 53 Starlinks ready to launch

SpaceX is planning to launch 53 Starlink broadband satellites today (July 7th). Weather permitting, the launch, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, will take place at 14.11pm (BST). The first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched Crew Demo-2, ANASIS-II, CRS-21, Transporter-1, Transporter-3, and seven other Starlink missions. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will return […]

July 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Musk shows no mercy

Elon Musk has had a spectacular few days. A successful launch on June 17th, when a SpaceX rocket placed 53 Starlink satellites into orbit, was followed the next day with the launch of the SARah-1 German military mission from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, and where the booster rocket returned to land. A […]

June 20, 2022

SpaceX launching 53 more Starlinks

SpaceX will launch its latest batch of 53 Starlink broadband-by-satellite craft into orbit today (June 17th). Launch time is scheduled 12.08 Eastern Time (16.08 UTC) from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The Falcon 9 booster rocket is now a tried and tested vehicle having flown on 12 previous occasions. Following the launch it is expected to […]

June 17, 2022By Chris Forrester

AST SpaceMobile announces launch date of BlueWalker 3

AST SpaceMobile, the company building the first and only space-based cellular broadband network accessible directly by standard mobile phones, has confirmed it plans to launch its BlueWalker 3 test satellite from Cape Canaveral, FL during the week of August 15th. The actual launch date remains subject to change and is contingent on a number of […]

June 14, 2022

Nilesat 301 launch success

On June 8th at 5:04 p.m. Eastern Time, a SpaceX workhorse Falcon 9 rocket launched Egypt’s Nilesat 301 satellite to a geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Flying this mission was a first stage booster making its seventh flight. After it completed its main […]

June 9, 2022By Chris Forrester