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SpaceX launches second set of Gen2 Starlink satellites
Posted: Sun, Jan 29 10:04 AM ET (1504 GMT)
SpaceX launched another set of Starlink satellites early Thursday. A Falcon 9 lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 4:32 am EST (0932 GMT), deploying 56 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit. The rocket's first stage, making its ninth flight, landed on a droneship in the Atlantic. This was the second launch of Starlink satellites to orbits authorized by the FCC for the "Gen2" second-generation Starlink system, although the satellites appear similar to those in the first-generation constellation. SpaceX said the combined mass of the satellites, more than 17.4 metric tons, made it the heaviest payload launched by the Falcon 9.
Japan launches military reconnaissance satellite
Posted: Sun, Jan 29 10:00 AM ET (1500 GMT)
Japan launched a military reconnaissance satellite Wednesday night. The H-2A rocket lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center at 8:49 pm EST (0149 GMT Thursday) carrying the IGS Radar 7 satellite. The spacecraft is the latest in a series of radar mapping satellites used by Japan's military to monitor North Korea as well as for civilian disaster response. With this launch, only four more H-2A launches are planned before the vehicle is retired. It will be replaced by the H3 rocket, slated to perform its first launch next month.
Rocket Lab conducts first Electron launch from Virginia
Posted: Sun, Jan 29 9:58 AM ET (1458 GMT)
Rocket Lab conducted its first Electron launch from the United States Tuesday, placing three HawkEye 360 satellites into orbit. The Electron lifted off from the...
NASA and DARPA to collaborate on nuclear thermal propulsion project
Posted: Sun, Jan 29 9:56 AM ET (1456 GMT)
NASA and DARPA will cooperate on a program to demonstrate a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) system in space. The agencies announced Tuesday that NASA will...
SpaceX conducts Starship fueling test
Posted: Sat, Jan 28 10:00 AM ET (1500 GMT)
SpaceX performed a fueling test of its Starship launch vehicle Monday. During the test, SpaceX loaded the Starship upper stage and Super Heavy booster with...