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SpaceX postpones Starlink launch again

SpaceX scrubbed the September 1st launch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites, saying they would be examining data prior to the rescheduled launch. The new launch is set for September 3rd at 08.46 am Florida time. The SpaceX rocket will carry 60 Starlink broadband satellites from Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. […]

September 2, 2020By Chris Forrester

SpaceX preps Starlink batch

SpaceX scrubbed a planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket on Aug 30th because of weather anxieties. It is rescheduled for today, September 1st. The SpaceX rocket will carry 60 Starlink broadband satellites from Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Launch time is scheduled for 09.29 am Florida time (13.29 GMT). […]

September 1, 2020By Chris Forrester

Gates buys into satellite antennas

There are now three major would-be mega-constellation low Earth orbit satellite developers: Elon Musk’s Starlink, Jeff Bezos’ Project Kuiper and the UK/India joint-venture OneWeb (should it emerge from bankruptcy).  The missing link for each of them is a very low-cost phased array antenna to bring satellite broadband to the mass market. Which is perhaps where […]

August 27, 2020

SpaceX readies two launches

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is planning two rocket launches over the next few days. The first, likely on August 28th, is an Earth observation satellite for Argentina, SAOCOM 1B. What will be unusual is that Musk’s team is hoping to bring the rocket’s first stage directly back to Earth and land the booster stage at Cape […]

August 27, 2020

Analysis: Amazon’s Project Kuiper is a $10bn investment

The Jeff Bezos-backed Project Kuiper will see investment topping $10 billion, says Chris Quilty, senior researcher at Florida-based Quilty Analytics, in the firm’s latest Satcom Quarterly Briefing. The end result, for broadband consumers, could be impressive. Quilty is blunt, saying that Amazon’s involvement in the plan to launch 3236 satellites to Low Earth orbit (LEO) […]

August 25, 2020By Chris Forrester

$2bn of fresh finance for SpaceX

SpaceX has generated some $1.9 billion of fresh funding during August, and according to reports, is still looking to raise more cash. The initial target was to raise $2.066 billion. The cash-raising exercise follows on from SpaceX raising $346 million in May. The news comes as Musk achieves 4th position as the world’s richest person […]

August 20, 2020

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 launching 57 satellites

SpaceX is targeting August 18th at 10:31 am EDT (14.31 UTC) for launch of its eleventh Starlink mission, which will include 57 Starlink satellites. It will also carry three of Planet’s SkySats as extra cargo. Falcon 9 will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Falcon […]

August 18, 2020By Chris Forrester

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