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SpaceX lofts another 60 satellites

Despite a few technical and weather-related delays SpaceX successfully launched another 60 of its Starlink high-speed broadband-by-satellite craft into orbit on October 24th from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral (at 15.31 UTC). This extra batch of 60 satellites was the 15th launch for the Starlink fleet, and takes the overall fleet size to well […]

October 26, 2020By Chris Forrester

Another 60 Starlink craft enter orbit

SpaceX launched another 60 of its Starlink broadband-by-satellite craft into orbit at 8.25am Florida time on October 18th. This was the 14th batch of Starlink launches and takes the delivered total of Low Earth orbiting satellites to 835 (although some have been deorbited). The 60 satellites on board were deployed into a near-circular orbit some […]

October 19, 2020By Chris Forrester

Musk and SpaceX get HBO treatment

HBO has commissioned a 6-part drama series about SpaceX and its founder, Elon Musk. The episodic drama is based on a book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance. The series, according to trade magazine Variety, will document how Musk handpicked a group of like-minded engineers to work […]

October 15, 2020By Chris Forrester

Musk registers Australian business

Elon Musk’s satellite constellation Starlink has registered a business in Australia. Starlink Australia Pty Ltd has been created out of a pre-registered company – Tibro Australia Pty Ltds. Tibro (‘orbit’ backwards) in Australia was granted a telecommunications licence in Australia (by the Australian Communications & Media Authority) on August 7th. There has been no formal […]

October 13, 2020By Chris Forrester

Musk ready to start Starlink services

Elon Musk, in a tweet after the latest Starlink launch, said that once this batch of 60 satellites are in their correct orbital positions then a test broadband service will start. “We will be able to roll out a fairly wide public beta [service] in northern US & hopefully southern Canada,” Musk said. “Other countries […]

October 8, 2020By Chris Forrester

13th Starlink launch success for SpaceX

Three important rocket launches from Florida’s Space Coast were delayed over the past two weeks prompting Elon Musk, in a Tweet, to admit that further improvements will need to be made to the Falcon-9 rocket system if his SpaceX business has a chance of completing a planned 48-launch schedule in 2021. Musk said he was […]

October 7, 2020By Chris Forrester

SES selects SpaceX for 4 satellite launches

SES has signed with SpaceX to launch four new satellites. The four satellites are for SES and its O3b mPOWER ‘next generation’ fleet being built by Boeing.  They are each Medium Earth Orbiting craft. Just like the initial seven O3b mPOWER satellites procured, these additional four satellites will be launched into space on board Falcon […]

August 20, 2020By Chris Forrester

Sixth flight for a SpaceX Falcon 9

SpaceX entered the record books a few more times on August 18th with the launch of its 11th Starlink mission. It carried 58 of its own broadband Starlink satellites on board plus 3 small satellites for imaging client Planet. In total this means that Planet has now lofted 21 ‘next-generation’ craft into orbit aboard US, […]

August 19, 2020

SpaceX on track for 2021 Starlink launch

There are already well over 500 working Starlink satellites in orbit from Elon Musk’s SpaceX operation. SpaceX has launched almost 600 satellites but some have inevitably failed in orbit. Starlink’s existing ‘friends and family’ beta tests will be expanded once SpaceX places another 240 or so satellites into orbit. This will need another four rocket […]

August 17, 2020

SpaceX adds 57 satellites to constellation

SpaceX launched an additional 57 of its Starlink satellites into orbit on August 7th from its Florida facility. This latest batch takes the overall number launched to 595 although a handful have failed and been allowed to burn up in the atmosphere. Nevertheless, SpaceX is now firmly the operator of the world’s largest satellite constellation. […]

August 10, 2020By Chris Forrester