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SPACEX READIES UPGRADED STARLINK SATELLITES FOR LAUNCH SPACEX READIES UPGRADED STARLINK SATELLITES FOR LAUNCH - New satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network set for launch Monday from Cape Canaveral will debut several performance and safety upgrades, but they do not include changes to reduce the brightness of the satellites, a modification SpaceX says it will introduce on future Starlink craft to mitigate their impacts on ground-based astronomy.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 11)


HIBER STARTS COMMERCIAL IOT TRIALS ON GLOBAL SCALE HIBER STARTS COMMERCIAL IOT TRIALS ON GLOBAL SCALE - Hiber‘s Internet of Things (IoT) network is now live, following the launch of its first two nanosatellites in late 2018. After three years of product development, the commercial launch of the fully automated end-to-end service known as Hiberband, marks the latest step for Hiber, where it will see its first customers trialling the technology.   More
(Source: Via Satellite - Nov 10)


CHEAP IOT SATELLITE NETWORK GETS APPROVAL CHEAP IOT SATELLITE NETWORK GETS APPROVAL - Space communications start-up Swarm Technologies will begin delivering commercial, bi-directional Internet of Things (IoT) data early next year, according to the company, which has just received its regulatory go-ahead to launch its satellites and transmit. “Swarm will begin rolling out its commercial, two-way data offerings in early 2020,” Sara Spangelo, co-founder and CEO told me in a recent e-mail. The company aims to deploy 150 satellites before the end of 2020, she says.   More
(Source: Network World - Nov 8)


SPACEX TEST-FIRES ROCKET FOR NEXT LAUNCH OF 60 STARLINK SATELLITES SPACEX TEST-FIRES ROCKET FOR NEXT LAUNCH OF 60 STARLINK SATELLITES - SpaceX has fired up the rocket booster that will ferry the company's next batch of Starlink satellites into space. The company conducted a static-fire test on Tuesday (Nov. 5) of a Falcon 9 rocket at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the company said on Twitter. That rocket is expected to send 60 Starlink internet satellites into space no earlier than Monday (Nov. 11), ending a nearly three-month launch hiatus for the company.    More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 7)


SPACEFLIGHT AND ROCKET LAB WILL PUT A JAPANESE SHOOTING-STAR SATELLITE INTO ORBIT SPACEFLIGHT AND ROCKET LAB WILL PUT A JAPANESE SHOOTING-STAR SATELLITE INTO ORBIT - Seattle-based Spaceflight says it’s handling the pre-launch logistics for a Japanese satellite that’s designed to spray artificial shooting stars into the sky. Tokyo-based ALE’s spacecraft is just one of seven satellites due to be sent into orbit from New Zealand as early as Nov. 25, aboard a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle. It’ll be the 10th Electron launch, earning the nickname “Running Out of Fingers.” It’ll also be the first launch to test the guidance and navigation hardware as well as the sensors that Rocket Lab will eventually use to help make the Electron’s first stage recoverable.   More
(Source: GeekWire - Nov 7)


A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS WANTS TO EXTEND THE SPACE STATION TO 2030 A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS WANTS TO EXTEND THE SPACE STATION TO 2030 - A bipartisan quartet of United States senators has filed a new bill that sets out space policy for NASA over the coming decade. The new authorizing legislation is largely consistent with much of NASA's present activities, but it differs from White House policy in some key respects.   More
(Source: Ars Technica - Nov 7)


ADIDAS IS PARTNERING WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO TEST PRODUCTS IN SPACE ADIDAS IS PARTNERING WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO TEST PRODUCTS IN SPACE - Adidas is going above and beyond the confines of Earth and looking to the stars to push the boundaries of innovation. The apparel company is launching a multi-year partnership with the International Space Station (ISS) US National Laboratory.   More
(Source: CNN - Nov 6)


CHINA TESTS GRID FINS WITH LAUNCH OF GAOFEN-7 IMAGING SATELLITE CHINA TESTS GRID FINS WITH LAUNCH OF GAOFEN-7 IMAGING SATELLITE - A Chinese Long March 4B delivered an Earth observation into orbit satellite late Saturday, with grid fins guiding the descent of the rocket’s first stage. The launch took place at 11:22 p.m. at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China. For the first time the Long March 4B first stage carried a grid fin system to constrain the area in which it falls.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Nov 6)


SPACE STATION RECEIVES SPACEWALKING GEAR, NEW BAKING OVEN SPACE STATION RECEIVES SPACEWALKING GEAR, NEW BAKING OVEN - NASA astronaut Jessica Meir took control of the International Space Station’s Canadian-built robot arm Monday to capture a Northrop Grumman Cygnus supply ship carrying crew provisions, spacewalking gear to repair an aging particle physics experiment, tech demo satellites for the U.S. military, and an oven to bake the first cookies in space.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 6)


SPACEX PLANNING TO LAUNCH 30,000 ADDITIONAL STARLINK GLOBAL INTERNET SATELLITES SPACEX PLANNING TO LAUNCH 30,000 ADDITIONAL STARLINK GLOBAL INTERNET SATELLITES - The Space Exploration Technologies Corp. known as SpaceX has recently filed the paperwork to send 30,000 new satellites to the sky. The official paperwork was filed with the International Telecommunication Union and it is expected to be fulfilled soon. Elon Musk’s SpaceX already has the permission to launch 12,000 new satellites into space and they have filed the paperwork for 30,000 more. The company is planning to launch such an such enormous amount of satellites to ensure that the their network can meet the upcoming demand.   More
(Source: Forbes - Nov 3)

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