Space 

NASA budget proposal continues debate on when and how to launch Europa Clipper

WASHINGTON — NASA’s fiscal year 2019 proposal will likely set up another showdown between NASA and Congress regarding the Europa Clipper mission, debating not only when to launch the spacecraft but also how. The 2019 budget proposal, released Feb. 12, offers $264.7 million for the mission, which would send the spacecraft into orbit around Jupiter and make dozens of flybys of Europa, the potentially habitable icy moon of the giant planet. That’s down from the $425 million the administration requested for the mission in 2018. Congress has yet to pass…

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Space 

As space launch business heats up in Florida, Air Force commander Wayne Monteith tries to break records

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith took command of the 45th Space Wing in August 2015. As of this writing, 50 satellites have gone to space under his watch. The 50th was Luxembourg’s GovSat-1 that flew Jan. 31 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. “That started a 30-day cycle when we’ll do four launches,” Monteith told SpaceNews. The second of those four was last week’s Falcon Heavy debut, soon to be followed by a late February launch of a Falcon 9 carrying the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite and a…

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SpaceX next rocket launch could be from AMAZON BASE after successful Falcon 9 mission

Reaching a top speed of more than 27,600 km/h, the Falcon 9 blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying three satellite payloads shortly after 9.17am EST (2.17pm GMT) today. And according to Brazil’s defence minister, SpaceX‘s billionaire owner Elon Musk has his sights on launching a rocket from the Amazon. SpaceX hopes to successfully deliver the 12,000 satellites into space by the year 2020 as part of a project to deliver widespread internet coverage to the US and rest of the world. Brazil’s defence minister Raul Jungmann…

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SpaceX launches pair of its demo internet satellites with Spanish radar satellite

WASHINGTON — SpaceX on Feb. 22 launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Spanish-owned radar-imaging satellite and two demonstration satellites for SpaceX’s proposed broadband Starlink broadband constellation. The 9:17 a.m. Eastern launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carried all three spacecraft to low Earth orbit, deploying the PAZ radar satellite 11 minutes after liftoff. Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and CEO, confirmed successful deployment of the Starlink demo satellites, dubbed TinTin A and B, via Twitter about 80 minutes after liftoff. “Tintin A & B will attempt to beam…

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Science 

SpaceX launch today: Watch again Falcon 9 deliver Starlink and PAZ satellites into orbit

The imposing Falcon 9 took off to the deafening roar of its Merlin engines shortly after 9.17am EST (2.17pm GMT) today. Following the ten second countdown at Space Launch Complex 4, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, the rocket reached top speeds of over 27,600 km/h as it entered space. Today’s SpaceX mission was divided into two stages, each with their own precious cargo payloads onboard the rocket. The first stage of the launch delivered a Spanish reconnaissance PAZ satellite into a low-orbital position over Earth. Tom Praderio, SpaceX firmware engineer,…

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The ISS was never supposed to end like this

Reagan promised that the station would bring “quantum leaps in our research in science, communications, and in metals and lifesaving medicines.” It was also supposed to foster collaboration with Europe, Canada, and Japan while preserving America’s preeminence in space. Then came the harsh realities of translating Reagan’s vision into hardware. Freedom’s cost was initially estimated at $8 billion. That number quickly doubled, leading to a series of painful design compromises that still failed to stop the budget bloat. The station might not have been built at all were it not…

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The International Space Station was never supposed to end like this

Reagan promised that the station would bring “quantum leaps in our research in science, communications, and in metals and lifesaving medicines.” It was also supposed to foster collaboration with Europe, Canada, and Japan while preserving America’s preeminence in space. Then came the harsh realities of translating Reagan’s vision into hardware. Freedom’s cost was initially estimated at $8 billion. That number quickly doubled, leading to a series of painful design compromises that still failed to stop the budget bloat. The station might not have been built at all were it not…

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SpaceX launch in pictures: Elon Musk’s Starlink Falcon 9 launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage was successfully launched into orbit today. The Falcon 9 launch is carrying a PAZ radar-imaging satellite and two smaller prototype satellites SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hopes will one day lead to worldwide broadband internet service. SpaceX was forced to delay the launch until today due to strong winds which threatened to derail the rocket during liftoff. Elon Musk revealed on Twitter that the name for the Starlink satellites was inspired by the romantic novel “The Fault In Our Stars,” by…

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Science 

SpaceX launch: Starlink and PAZ satellites successfully deployed into orbit on Falcon 9

The US-based rocket manufacturer initiated the first stage of the its ambitious Starlink project shortly after 9.17am EST (2.17pm GMT) today. Reaching a top speed of more than 27,600 km/h, the Falcon 9 blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying three satellite payloads.  The first stage of the mission saw the company deliver a Spanish reconnaissance PAZ satellite.  Tom Praderio, SpaceX firmware engineer, said: “The primary payload is right now gliding from that second stage. “Soon it will unfurl its own solar panels and start communicating with…

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Technology 

Musk stepping down from OpenAI board to avoid conflict – CNET

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is stepping down from OpenAI’s board amid concerns of a possible conflict of interest. VCG via Getty Images Elon Musk will step down as chairman of OpenAI, the nonprofit artificial intelligence research company he co-founded two years ago, amid concerns of a possible conflict of interest. Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, will depart the board but continue to “donate and advise the organization,” the OpenAI said in a blog post Tuesday. “As Tesla continues to become more focused on AI, this will eliminate a…

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