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Satellites track the West’s fading mountain glaciers

Elevation readings captured by satellites confirm that glaciers in the western United States are fading away at a worrisome rate. The fade-out isn’t a surprise, considering the rise in global mean temperatures that’s ascribed to climate change. The new twist … Continue reading

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SpaceX wants to test satellite antennas near Seattle

SpaceX has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to begin ground testing of a satellite communications system between its facilities in Redmond, Wash., as early as this month. Redmond is the base of operations for SpaceX’s multibillion-dollar effort to create … Continue reading

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Virgin Orbit uses high tech for low-cost rockets

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Virgin Orbit aims to blaze a trail on the final frontier, but in order to do that, it has had to push into new frontiers on the factory floor. Case in point: The Lasertec 4300 3D additive-subtractive hybrid … Continue reading

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SpaceX aces its second launch in three days

Good things came in threes for SpaceX today: For the third time, it used a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket booster to send a payload into space, and had that booster land itself on an oceangoing platform. Successful recovery of … Continue reading

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SpaceX launches 10 more satellites for Iridium

SpaceX launched its third batch of 10 Iridium Next communications satellites from California today on a Falcon 9 rocket, then brought down the first-stage booster for a landing on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. The launch was the … Continue reading

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Spaceflight wins $5.5M NASA service contract

Seattle-based Spaceflight says it’s been awarded its first contract for launch and integration services from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The three-year deal is potentially worth $5.48 million. The NASA contract calls for Spaceflight, a business unit of Spaceflight Industries, to provide launch … Continue reading

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Blue Origin announces Mu satellite launch deal

Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, announced yet another agreement to launch a telecommunications satellite with its next-generation New Glenn rocket in the 2020s. The latest customer is Mu Space Corp., a Thai startup that unveiled … Continue reading

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