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SpaceX launches Starlink satellites
Posted: Fri, Nov 27 11:07 AM ET (1607 GMT)
Falcon 9 launch of Starlink satellites, November 2020 (SpaceX) SpaceX launched another set of Starlink satellites Tuesday night on the 100th flight of the Falcon 9. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 9:13 pm EST (0213 GMT Wednesday) and deployed the 60 satellites 15 minutes later. The rocket's first stage, making a record-setting seventh launch, landed on a droneship in the Atlantic. This flight marked the 100th launch of the Falcon 9, including one launch failure in 2015. With the launch, SpaceX now has nearly 900 Starlink satellites in orbit and plans to expand a beta test of its broadband internet service early next year. SpaceX also recently requested permission from the FCC to launch a set of Starlink satellites into a polar orbit to provide service in Alaska as the FCC reviews a broader modification of the Starlink constellation the company filed with the FCC earlier this year.


China launches lunar sample return mission
Posted: Fri, Nov 27 11:03 AM ET (1603 GMT)
Long March 5 launch of Change-5 (Xinhua) China launched Monday a mission to land on the moon and collect samples for return to the Earth. The Long March 5 lifted off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center at 3:30 pm EST (2030 GMT), and Chinese officials said the Chang'e-5 spacecraft had deployed from its upper stage on its planned trajectory about 75 minutes later. The spacecraft will land at Mons Rümker on the moon, collect about two kilograms of samples and return to Earth, landing in China in mid-December. If successful, China will be only the third nation, after the United States and former Soviet Union, to bring back lunar samples.


Relativity Space raises $500 million
Posted: Fri, Nov 27 10:58 AM ET (1558 GMT)
Small launch vehicle startup Relativity Space has raised $500 million. The company announced Monday it closed the Series D round, led by hedge fund Tiger...


Falcon 9 launches Sentinel-6 ocean science satellite
Posted: Fri, Nov 27 10:56 AM ET (1556 GMT)
A Falcon 9 launched an ocean science satellite for the U.S. and Europe Saturday. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base...


OneWeb exits Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Posted: Fri, Nov 27 10:48 AM ET (1548 GMT)
OneWeb emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy Nov. 20 with a new CEO. The company announced it had completed all the paperwork to formally exit Chapter...





Saturday, November 28
Lucas Warns of Risk Posed by Chinese Launch to the Moon
House Science, Space and Technology Committee Republican Caucus — 9:13 am ET (1413 GMT)
Planetary Society Reacts to Loss of Arecibo Observatory Radio Telescope
The Planetary Society — 9:10 am ET (1410 GMT)
Northrop Grumman Names Scott Stapp as Chief Technology Officer
Northrop Grumman — 9:06 am ET (1406 GMT)
Spaceflight does some weird things to astronauts’ bodies
Technology Review — 9:02 am ET (1402 GMT)
Sun model completely confirmed for the first time
Technische Universitaet Muenchen — 9:00 am ET (1400 GMT)
Thales Alenia Space put on track its Space Inspire product line
Thales Alenia Space — 8:57 am ET (1357 GMT)
Cyprus could be a rocky testing ground for Mars
The Times of Malta — 8:51 am ET (1351 GMT)
Anders Holch Povlsen puts £1.4m into Unst rocket site
The Times of London — 8:46 am ET (1346 GMT)
Editorial: It's T minus a month to prove NM's case for Space Command
Albuquerque Tribune — 8:46 am ET (1346 GMT)
ISRO and Russian satellites barely miss collision; how dangerous is this?
Daily News and Analysis (India) — 8:40 am ET (1340 GMT)


Waiting for Launch ebook



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