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Jul 21

Amazon To Build $120 Million Facility In Florida To Prep Kuiper Internet Satellites For Launch

  • Amazon will invest $120 million in a satellite processing facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Project Kuiper is Amazon’s plan to build a network of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit, to provide high-speed internet access anywhere in the world.
  • The 100,000-square-foot processing facility will serve as one of the final steps before the satellites reach orbit, preparing them for launches on the rockets of ULA and Blue Origin.
Jul 14

India's Chandrayaan-3 Blasts Off To The Moon

  • Chandrayaan-3, India’s third mission to the moon, has taken off successfully — almost four years after its predecessor failed to touch down on the lunar surface in 2019.
  • On Friday, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched its ‘Launch Vehicle Mark-III’ rocket carrying the next Chandrayaan (Sanskrit for “moon vehicle”) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in South India’s Sriharikota island.
  • The launch happened at 2:35 p.m. IST (2:05 a.m. PDT), the target time that was announced last week.
Jul 14

Congress Prepares To Continue Throwing Money At NASA's Space Launch System

  • US Congress will pour billions more dollars into the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its associated architecture, even as NASA science missions remain vulnerable to cuts.
  • Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees recommend earmarking around $25 billion for NASA for the next fiscal year (FY 24).
  • However, both branches of Congress recommend increasing the portion of that funding that would go toward the Artemis program and its transportation cornerstones, SLS and the Orion crew capsule.
Jul 02

European Telescope Launched To Hunt For Clues To Universe's Darkest Secrets

  • SpaceX launched the European Space Agency’s Euclid observatory toward its ultimate destination 1.5 million kilometers away, the Webb Space Telescope’s neighborhood.
  • It will take a month to get there and another two months before it starts its ambitious six-year survey this fall.
  • Named for antiquity’s Greek mathematician, Euclid will scour billions of galaxies covering more than one-third of the sky.
Jun 18

SpaceX's 14-Year-Old Recruit Says His Mom Will Drive Him To Work

  • Kairan Quazi may have landed a job at SpaceX as a software engineer – but he's still going to need his mom to drive him to work.
  • The 14-year-old will start working at Elon Musk's company in the Starlink division next month after he became the youngest graduate of Santa Clara University this week.
  • Quazi told Insider: "My mom's going to have to drop me off until I can start driving."