DARPA and US Space Force Aim to Mass Produce LEO Spy Satellites

DARPA Blackjack aims to demonstrate spy satellite sensors that are low in size, weight, and power, and that can be mass produced to fit on many different buses from many different providers, for less than $2 million per payload. They want Low Earth Orbit spy satellite network performance that is on par with current spy …

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Elon Says Starlink Private Beta in 3 Months and Public in 6 Months

Elon Musk says Starlink will offer a private beta for a global internet service in about three months and start offering a public beta service in 6 months. Private beta begins in ~3 months, public beta in ~6 months, starting with high latitudes — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2020 The SpaceX Starlink system will …

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Another Successful Launch of SpaceX Starlink Satellites and a Faring is Reused

SpaceX has successfully reused a faring and they have another successful launch of 60 Starlink Satellites. If they are able to use the v0.9 satellites then they have enough satellites for minor global coverage. Otherwise the next launch in May will get them the minimum for to start testing or operating at minimum levels the …

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Starlink Competitor OneWeb Targets First 34 Satellites in February 2020

OneWeb is competitor to the SpaceX Starlink satellite system. OneWeb successfully launched 6 test satellites and plans a February 7, 2020 Soyuz launch of its first 34 commercial satellites. OneWeb plans a 600 satellite system with 48 spare satellites. OneWeb would need 18 successful Soyuz launches to deploy their satellites. The first launch was already …

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Aliena and NuSpace work on Nanosat Avionics for Autonomous Constellations

Aliena and NuSpace announced collaboration plans to build and demonstrate an integrated avionics suite. The avionic suite will address the demands in the nanosatellite market for constellation management systems. Two local Singapore space companies will work together to develop and commercialize an integrated space avionics solution; to address the upcoming demand for constellation management systems. …

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SpaceX Successfully Launches 60 More Starlink Satellites

SpaceX had its third launch of Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Approximately 45 minutes after liftoff, SpaceX’s fairing …

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35 Year Satellite Time Lapse of Chinese and US Cities and Dubai

Google Earth Timelapse (https://earthengine.google.com/timelapse/) lets you view all the locations on earth to see how they have changed over the last 35 years. The San Francisco Bay Area Las Vegas You can also look at glaciers. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. …

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