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FCC chairman endorses SpaceX satellite constellation
Posted: Sat, Feb 17 6:29 PM ET (2329 GMT)
The chairman of the FCC has given his endorsement for SpaceX's proposed broadband satellite constellation. In a statement Wednesday, Ajit Pai said his fellow commissioners should approve the company's license application for a constellation of 4,500 satellites that would provide broadband internet access. The first two prototype satellites for that system will launch Saturday as secondary payloads on a Falcon 9. SpaceX is one of 11 companies that followed OneWeb in seeking FCC licenses for non-geostationary orbit satellite systems in 2016.

Soyuz launches Progress after delay
Posted: Sat, Feb 17 6:27 PM ET (2327 GMT)
Soyuz launch of Progress MS-08 (Roscosmos) A Soyuz rocket launched a Progress cargo spacecraft early this morning after a two-day delay. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:13 am EST (0813 GMT) and placed the Progress MS-08 spacecraft into orbit. The launch was scheduled for Sunday but scrubbed in the final minute of the countdown due to a technical issue with the rocket. The Progress docked with the ISS on Thursday, delaying a spacewalk by astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Norishige Kanai from Thursday to Friday.

NASA budget proposal seeks to cancel WFIRST
Posted: Sat, Feb 17 6:20 PM ET (2320 GMT)
The administration's 2019 budget proposal for NASA includes plans to cancel a major space telescope. The budget proposal, released Monday, included the cancellation of...

China launches Bediou satellites
Posted: Sat, Feb 17 6:15 PM ET (2315 GMT)
China launched another pair of Beidou navigation satellites early Monday. A Long March 3B rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 12:...

SES names new CEO
Posted: Sat, Feb 17 6:13 PM ET (2313 GMT)
SES has named Steve Collar its next president and CEO. The satellite operator announced Monday that Collar, currently the CEO of SES Networks, will succeed...

Sunday, February 18
SpaceX reschedules satellite launch for Wednesday
Los Angeles Times — 8:10 am ET (1310 GMT)
Forget countries, take an affordable space holiday soon
Khaleej Times — 8:08 am ET (1308 GMT)
Elon Musk’s dream ideas
The Guardian — 8:07 am ET (1307 GMT)
Ostaszewski: Making space travel funny for a change
MetroWest (MA) Daily News — 8:07 am ET (1307 GMT)
New Space Raiders
The New Indian Express — 8:06 am ET (1306 GMT)
Chandrayaan-II to be launched in April
The Hindu — 8:05 am ET (1305 GMT)
That Time an Astronaut Lost His Wedding Ring in Space
Wired News — 7:50 am ET (1250 GMT)
SpaceX Delays Next Falcon 9 Rocket Launch to Feb. 21 — 7:41 am ET (1241 GMT)
Satellite launch from California is delayed
AP — 7:25 am ET (1225 GMT)

Saturday, February 17
SKY7 spots stealthy space startup testing its rocket in Alameda
KGO-TV San Francisco — 5:36 pm ET (2236 GMT)

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