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Rocket Lab’s first launch of 2020 is a mission for the National Reconnaissance Office

Rocket Lab’s first launch of 2020 is a mission for the National Reconnaissance Office Rocket Lab has announced its first mission for 2020 – a dedicated rocket launch on behalf of client the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) with a launch window that opens on January 31. The Electron rocket Rocket Lab […]

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China nears completion of its GPS competitor, increasing the potential for Internet balkanization

China nears completion of its GPS competitor, increasing the potential for Internet balkanization On Friday, China announced that it would complete its competitor to the U.S.-operated global positioning system network by the first half of next year, increasing the pace of its decoupling from U.S. technologies. China’s Beidou network of satellites — […]

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Max Q: Blue Origin launches a New Shepard and Rocket Lab officially opens U.S. launch site

Max Q: Blue Origin launches a New Shepard and Rocket Lab officially opens U.S. launch site Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space from TechCrunch. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This is it – the very first edition of Max Q: TechCrunch’s […]

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Northrop Grumman lands customer for first OmegA rocket launch in 2021

Northrop Grumman lands customer for first OmegA rocket launch in 2021 Space industry heavyweight Northrop Grumman has signed a costumer for the launch of its first OmegA rocket, a medium/heavy lift launch vehicle that it’s currently readying for flight with a target of spring 2021 for its first ever flight. OmegA will […]

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Max Q: SpaceX starts building out its production Starlink constellation

Max Q: SpaceX starts building out its production Starlink constellation There’s literally a lot more stuff in space than there was last week – or at least, the number of active human-made satellites in Earth’s orbit has gone up quite a bit, thanks to the launch of SpaceX’s first 60 production Starlink […]

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Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years

Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went into a bit more detail about the timelines and vehicle requirements to not only reach Mars, but to set up a sustainable base on the Red Planet that can serve […]

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Elon Musk says SpaceX’s Starship could fly for as little as $2 million per launch

Elon Musk says SpaceX’s Starship could fly for as little as million per launch SpaceX’s goal has long been to achieve truly reusable rocket launch capabilities, and for good reason: The company anticipates huge cost savings through re-usable rocketry, vs. expendable launch vehicles, which SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has described as a […]

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U.S. Air Force experimental test spaceship lands after a record 780 days in orbit

U.S. Air Force experimental test spaceship lands after a record 780 days in orbit The X-37B, a test vehicle operated by the U.S. Air Force, has returned from orbit and landed successfully at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, over two years after it originally launched on its latest mission aboard a […]

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Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted a 2020 presidential candidate

Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted a 2020 presidential candidate Microsoft said it has found evidence that hackers associated with Iran have targeted a 2020 presidential candidate. The tech giant’s security and trust chief confirmed the attack in a blog post, but the company would not say which candidate was the target. The […]

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Why Maxar CTO Walter Scott thinks now is the time to address the orbital traffic boom

Why Maxar CTO Walter Scott thinks now is the time to address the orbital traffic boom The number of objects in orbit around Earth has been growing, and growing fast. Before 1957, of course, there were a total of zero human-made objects in the orbital region of outer space just beyond Earth’s […]

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