July 8, 2020

Live coverage: SpaceX poised for midday launch from Kennedy Space Center

July 8, 2020

The next launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set for 11:59:11 a.m. EDT (1559:11 GMT) Wednesday with another group of satellites for the company’s Starlink Internet network. Two commercial Earth-observing satellites for BlackSky will also ride into orbit on the Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SpaceX postpones Starlink launch

June 26, 2020

SpaceX scrubbed the planned launch from the Kennedy Space Center of a Falcon 9 rocket Friday with the company’s next 57 Starlink Internet satellites and a pair of commercial Earth-imaging surveillance satellites. Officials did not immediately confirm a new target launch date.

SpaceX rideshare provides new path to orbit for BlackSky

June 26, 2020

Despite a growing number of rocket options, the availability of on-time launch services remains a key factor in getting BlackSky’s constellation of Earth-imaging smallsats into orbit. SpaceX’s rideshare launch service will give BlackSky a chance to add two more spacecraft to its fleet on a Falcon 9 rocket with the next batch of Starlink Internet payloads.

SpaceX to debut satellite-dimming sunshade on Starlink launch next month

April 28, 2020

A new sunshade, or visor, designed to reduce the brightness of SpaceX’s Starlink broadband Internet satellites will debut on the company’s next launch, a measure intended to alleviate astronomers’ concerns about impacts on observations through ground-based telescopes, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Monday.

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