SpaceX says it’s committed to working with the astronomy community to address the brightness of its Starlink satellites, but some astronomers remain concerned about the deleterious effect that system and other megaconstellations will have on their field.
The rapid growth in Starlink missions means the 48 launch target could be attained in 2020.
SpaceX launched 60 of its own Starlink broadband satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket Jan. 6, becoming the operator of the world’s largest commercial satellite constellation.
SpaceX said Dec. 23 that it completed the tenth successful consecutive test of the new parachute design for its Crew Dragon spacecraft, a milestone that NASA previously said was critical before the agency would allow astronauts to fly on the vehicle.
SpaceX launched a communications satellite shared by two companies Dec. 16 using a Falcon 9 rocket.
The Falcon 9 upper stage engine performed a 20.1 second burn after the six-hour coast
President and COO Gwynne Shotwell said the problem caught the company by surprise
Kacific said it recently secured $160 million from the Philippines-based Asian Development Bank and GuarantCo, a European- and Australian-government backed infrastructure investment organization, along with other financiers.