Monthly Archives: May 2019

Starlink satellite sightings spark awe and angst

SpaceX’s unorthodox card-dealing launch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites has led to into an unusual viewing opportunity for skywatchers — and an occasion to wonder about the impact of such mega-constellations on the natural night sky. After a couple of days of … Continue reading

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Origami inspires high-tech shock absorbers

Can origami protect football players and reusable rockets? Researchers have shown how the ancient art of paper-folding can soften the shock of an impact, whether it’s cracking into a helmet or touching down on a landing pad. The technique, described … Continue reading

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SpaceX reports raising a billion dollars

On the heels of a successful 60-satellite launch, SpaceX says it has raised more than $1 billion for its Starlink satellite internet venture and its super-heavy-lift Starship rocket development effort. The higher-than-expected investments were reported today in two amended filings with the Securities and … Continue reading

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Boeing reports successful Starliner test

Boeing has successfully run the propulsion system for its CST-100 Starliner space taxi through the same test it failed almost a year ago, marking a significant step toward carrying astronauts to the International Space Station. The thruster firing for Starliner’s launch … Continue reading

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SpaceX deals out 60 Starlink internet satellites

After two postponements, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket executed a mission that dealt out 60 Starlink broadband data satellites in low Earth orbit. The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, right on time, at 10:30 … Continue reading

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Maxar to build the first piece of lunar Gateway

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine today announced that the first major component for a future mini-space station in lunar orbit will be provided by Maxar Technologies, formerly known as SSL. “The contractor that will be building that element is … drum … Continue reading

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AWS Ground Station is open for business

Six months after a sneak preview, Amazon Web Services has just raised the curtain on AWS Ground Station, its cloud-based system for controlling satellites and downloading satellite data. AWS says the service is now generally available, with two ground station installations already … Continue reading

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