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SpaceX raises extra $750m

SpaceX has raised a reported $750 million (€706.7m) in a new funding round. The move values the business at a spectacular $137 billion. The new cash has come from a series of investors, reports CNBC, including private equity venture capital outfit Andreessen-Horowitz, which was founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. As at April 2022, […]

January 4, 2023By Chris Forrester

SpaceX orbits 54 Starlinks

SpaceX successfully launched its latest batch of Starlinks on December 28th, but there’s some confusion as to the precise make-up of the satellites carried into orbit. Officially, SpaceX talks about the mission being Starlink Group 5-1, and there’s plenty of talk about the satellites being the first flight dedicated to Starlink’s ‘second generation’ versions. The […]

January 2, 2023By Chris Forrester

Second-gen Starlink ready to launch

SpaceX has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it is ready to start launching its second generation Starlink satellites. The letter to the FCC says that it anticipates beginning its second generation satellites “before the end of December”. SpaceX has also asked for FCC permission to bring into use these second generation craft and […]

December 22, 2022By Chris Forrester

Starlink confirms 1m subs

Starlink, the SpaceX broadband by satellite service, has announced it has reached 1 million subscribers. “Starlink now has more than 1,000,000 active subscribers — thank you to all customers and members of the Starlink team who contributed to this milestone,” Starlink said in a Tweet on the evening of December 19th. This is a major […]

December 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX adds 54 Starlinks; breaks records

SpaceX placed 54 of its Starlink broadband satellites into orbit on December 17th, and in the process extended its reliability record. The record-breaking flight used the Falcon 9’s booster for the 15th time, the most-ever. The cost-saving benefits of re-using the Falcon 9’s booster is significant. SpaceX charges around $65 million (€61.2m) for a commercial […]

December 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX value rises to $140bn

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has again raised cash from its investors. The plan has been on the table since mid-November with SpaceX reported to have offered shares at around $77 (€72.50) per share according to Bloomberg. If correct, then this would value the privately-held business at around $140 billion depending on the value of the secondary […]

December 15, 2022

O3b/mPOWER ready for launch

Two mPOWER satellites (mPOWER 1 and 2) are ready to launch on December 16th for SES. Launch time, subject to the usual weather constraints, is at 4.21pm Florida time from Cape Canaveral. SpaceX is providing the launch vehicle. The mission will see the two craft placed in mid-Earth orbit at some 8,000 kms altitude and […]

December 14, 2022By Chris Forrester

Success for OneWeb and 40 satellites

A SpaceX rocket successfully launched 40 OneWeb satellites into orbit on December 8th (at 5.27pm local Florida time). The satellites were deployed shortly after launch and signal acquisition confirmed on all the satellites. The mission was OneWeb’s 15th to date and the constellation operator says puts it firmly back on track to start global coverage […]

December 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

OneWeb’s 15th launch pushed back 48hrs

OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, will now target its launch of 40 satellites with SpaceX for no earlier than December 8th to allow for additional pre-launch checks. This launch, taking place from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will be OneWeb’s 15th to-date and its second since resuming its campaign with a […]

December 6, 2022

SpaceX offers Starshield to military

SpaceX has unveiled Starshield, a new product and business division aimed at the US military and other government agencies concerned with national security. SpaceX/Starshield taps into Elon Musk’s now well-established mega constellation of low Earth orbiting craft and – helped by the FCC’s permission last week to expand the fleet by an additional 7,500 second […]

December 5, 2022