#Satellites

6 things you missed today in Space News

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Today was a very busy day in space news. It's a sign of the times that today saw six major bits of space-news pass without much fanfare. Only a few years ago any one of these stories would have been major news across all tech outlets, but with...

SpaceX set world record for satellites launched

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SpaceX has set a new world record by launching 143 satellites on a single rocket! The US Private Space company beaten the previous record held by the Indian space agency ISRO's of 104 satellites in a single launch in February 2017. The 143 included commercial and government...

Starlink satellite internet service rolls out beta kits across the UK

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Great news for those suffering from spotty internet in rural locations. The Starlink satellite internet service has now been approved by Ofcom. Starlink is part of SpaceX and is aiming to compete BT, Virgin, Truespeed and OneWeb to provide internet to people across the UK in difficult to...

Space junk: Astronomers worry as private companies push ahead with satellite launches

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Since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, the lower orbit around the Earth has become an increasingly congested environment with more than 2,200 satellite launches to date. Those satellites – along with launch vehicle components and debris from mechanical disintegration, collisions and explosions – now fill this...

Spacecraft brings aging satellite back to life

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In an (out of?) the world first a spacecraft has returned an ageing satellite back into service. As our reliance on satellites for communication, information and research has grown over the last few decades the demand for a new "satellite servicing" industry has grown. In a first...

A recycling station could be cleaning up in Earth orbit by 2050

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Space junk: a recycling station could be cleaning up in Earth orbit by 2050 There are about 22,000 large objects orbiting the Earth, including working and broken satellites and bits of old rocket from past space expeditions. If you include all the equipment dropped by astronauts while floating...