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SpaceX Launches Additional Starlink Satellites on Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX

SpaceX launched its latest set of Starlink satellites on Jan. 20. With the launch, SpaceX has sent more than one thousand satellites for that broadband constellation. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. “We at SpaceX have certainly enjoyed what I would call a thoughtful and creative technical collaboration with an ever-widening group of astronomers,” said Patricia Cooper.

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HawkEye 360 Sends Satellites Shipment to Cape Canaveral for Launch

John Serafini

HawkEye 360 has shipped its second cluster of satellites to the launch site at Cape Canaveral. The satellites are scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 no earlier than January 2021 as part of Spaceflight Inc.'s SXRS-3 rideshare mission. HawkEye Cluster 2 is the first of a series of next generation satellites HawkEye 360 is deploying to complete its baseline constellation.

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Uncrewed Test Flight for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner Scheduled for March 2021; Leanne Caret Quoted

CST-100 Starliner

A second uncrewed test flight for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew spacecraft is now scheduled for no earlier than the end of March. NASA and Boeing announced Dec. 9 that the launch of the Orbital Flight Test (OFT) 2 mission is scheduled for March 29 on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral. 

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Northrop Grumman Wins 2 Missions Under NASA CRS-2 Contract; Frank DeMauro Quoted

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman has secured two additional missions by NASA under the Commercial Resupply Services contract-2 (CRS-2) with launches occurring in 2023. Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft will be carried into orbit by the company’s Antares launch vehicle from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility for the additional missions. 

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to Create Public-Private Partnerships

Jim Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator and Wash100 Award recipient, will deliver a keynote address during NASA’s Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium meeting, which will stream live on NASA Television and the agency's website on Oct. 14th. Bridenstine will address NASA's Artemis program and announce the agency's latest Tipping Point selections and their potential impact on sustainable lunar exploration.

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Northrop Grumman, NASA Complete Environmental Testing of James Webb Space Telescope; Scott Willoughby Quoted

James Webb

Northrop Grumman Corporation, in partnership with NASA, has completed environmental testing on the James Webb Space Telescope. With the successful trials, the company has proven Webb’s ability to withstand harsh environmental characteristics. “The completion of environmental testing is a major step forward in our preparations for Webb’s historic launch and a testament to the remarkable dedication of the team,” said Scott Willoughby.

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SpaceX Launches Satellite & Smallsats on Falcon 9 Rocket; Gabriel Cristian Absi Quoted

Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX has announced that its Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched on Aug. 30th, carrying the SAOCOM 1B mission, the company reported on Monday. The mission has placed the SAOCOM 1B spacecraft into orbit as well as two rideshare payloads, Tyvak-0172 and PlanetiQ’s GNOMES-1. The mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

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SpaceX to Launch MM1 to Deliver NASA Experiments; Sean Mahoney, Stephanie Bednarek Quoted

Stephanie Bednarek

Masten Space Systems has chosen SpaceX to launch Masten Mission One (MM1), which will deliver nine NASA science and technology demonstration experiments and several commercial payloads to the lunar south pole, Masten Space Systems reported on Wednesday. MM1 was developed under collaboration with NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) Project Office.

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Maxar Successfully Launches BSAT-4b Satellite; Megan Fitzgerald, Tatsuhiko Inoue Quoted

Megan Fitzgerald

Maxar Technologies has successfully launched the BSAT-4b satellite, built for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT). Maxar’s BSAT-4b will function as a back-up geostationary satellite to BSAT-4a, which is co-located at 110 degrees East longitude. BSAT-4b has been equipped with 24 Ku-band transponders. 

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