May 22, 2019

Q&A with Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX (members only)

May 17, 2019

Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and chief executive, spoke with reporters via conference call May 15 as the company prepared for the launch of the first 60 satellites to build out a network of potentially thousands of broadband relay stations in low Earth orbit providing high-speed Internet to consumers around the world.

SpaceX postpones Starlink launch to update satellite software

May 17, 2019

For the second consecutive day, SpaceX called off a Falcon 9 launch attempt at Cape Canaveral on Thursday evening, this time to complete a software update on the first 60 satellites for the company’s Starlink network to provide high-speed Internet service from orbit.

SpaceX releases new details on Starlink satellite design

May 15, 2019

The 60 satellites SpaceX is set to launch Wednesday night, beginning the build-out of a broadband network of orbiting spacecraft that could eventually number thousands, are based on a new flat-panel design, with krypton-fueled plasma thrusters, high-power antennas, and a capability to autonomously steer away from other objects in space.

Live coverage: SpaceX targeting Thursday night launch of Falcon 9 rocket

May 15, 2019

SpaceX announced Monday that the next launch attempt for the company’s Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for Thursday night, following back-to-back scrubbed launch attempts last week. The 90-minute launch window opens at 10:30 p.m. EDT Thursday (0230 GMT Friday) for the first dedicated launch for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network.

Falcon 9 rocket rolled out for first dedicated Starlink launch

May 13, 2019

SpaceX ground teams at Cape Canaveral transferred a Falcon 9 rocket to launch pad 40 and rotated the booster vertical Monday for a preflight hold-down firing, ahead of a liftoff scheduled for Wednesday night carrying 60 satellites into orbit for the company’s planned Starlink broadband constellation.

SpaceX plans to launch “dozens” of Starlink test satellites this month

May 7, 2019

SpaceX’s next launch, scheduled for no earlier than May 15, will loft dozens of small test satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral for the company’s planned Starlink broadband network, with fully operational Starlink spacecraft to follow on future missions, a senior SpaceX official said Tuesday.

FCC approves SpaceX’s plan to operate Starlink satellites at lower altitude

April 30, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission has granted a request by SpaceX to begin launching spacecraft for the company’s Starlink broadband network to a lower orbit than originally planned, overruling protests by competitors and clearing a major regulatory hurdle before the launch of the first batch of Internet satellites from Cape Canaveral in May.

Soyuz launch deploys last of O3b’s first-generation broadband satellites

April 4, 2019

The launch of a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana with four more satellites Thursday to join SES’s O3b broadband network will help satisfy growing bandwidth demands in Latin America, Africa and the Pacific islands until the deployment of a new generation of upgraded spacecraft in 2021, SES officials said.

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