Science 

SpaceX launch: Elon Musk to send internet satellites into space THIS WEEKEND

After achieving huge success with Falcon Heavy, space entrepreneur Mr Musk hopes to now build a worldwide broadband network with satellites after approval was given by the top US communications regulator Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said: “Satellite technology can help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fibre optic cables and cell towers do not reach.” This weekend’s main launch involves a PAZ satellite being blasted skyward for Hisdesat of Madrid, Spain. Along with the observation satellite, two demonstration ones –…

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FCC chairman urges approval for SpaceX’s satellite internet constellation

WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai wants his agency approve SpaceX’s 15-month-old application to serve the U.S. with its proposed megaconstellation. In a statement released just days before SpaceX launches its first two prototype satellites, Pai urged support of the company’s application within the FCC, saying Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX can help reach rural and isolated parts of the country with high-speed Internet. “To bridge America’s digital divide, we’ll have to use innovative technologies. SpaceX’s application — along with those of other satellite companies seeking licenses or access to the U.S.…

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SpaceX launches GovSat-1 with previously flown Falcon 9 booster

WASHINGTON — SpaceX conducted its second mission of the year Jan. 31, launching the GovSat-1 satellite for fleet operator SES and the government of Luxembourg on a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket. The launch took place at 4:27 p.m. Eastern from the recently opened Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. GovSat-1 separated from the Falcon 9’s upper stage 33 minutes after liftoff. SES, which was the first to trust one of its satellites to a previously flown Falcon 9 booster, has now gone that route…

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Morocco satellite launch could accelerate Spanish space efforts

WARSAW, Poland — Morocco’s launch of its Mohammed 6-A satellite last November could accelerate Spain’s work on its SeoSat/Ingenio optical Earth-observation satellite, which is expected to launch in late 2019 or early 2020. Morocco and Spain have struggled to boost their satellite observation capacities since the Perejil Island crisis in 2002 when Spain could not acquire satellite images of the island following reports of its occupation by the Moroccan Navy. Mohammed 6-A was developed by a consortium formed by Thales Alenia Space, which acted as the prime system contractor, and…

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