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FCC revokes Starlink subsidies
Posted: Sun, Aug 14 12:29 PM ET (1629 GMT)
The FCC Wednesday revoked nearly $900 million in broadband subsidies it previously awarded to SpaceX's Starlink system. The FCC said SpaceX had failed to show it could meet requirements for unlocking the funds, which aim to incentivize expanding broadband services to unserved areas across the United States. SpaceX was provisionally awarded the subsidies in December 2020 after competing in an auction under phase one of the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), and the company received one of the largest awards. SpaceX's award required it to provide broadband services with 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload speeds, although recent tests by a third party showed the system was not, on average, meeting those requirements.
SpaceX hits 3,000 Starlink satellites launched
Posted: Sun, Aug 14 12:28 PM ET (1628 GMT)
SpaceX launched another batch of Starlink satellites Tuesday night. A Falcon 9 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at 10:14 pm EDT (0214 GMT Wednesday) and placed 52 Starlink satellites into orbit. The launch was delayed from earlier in the evening because of weather. SpaceX has launched more than 3,000 Starlink satellites, of which more than 2,600 are in orbit and functioning.
China launches 16 remote sensing satellites
Posted: Sun, Aug 14 12:27 PM ET (1627 GMT)
China launched 16 satellites on a Long March 6 early Wednesday. The rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 12:50 am...
Northrop and Firefly to collaborate on new version of Antares
Posted: Sun, Aug 14 12:26 PM ET (1626 GMT)
Northrop Grumman and Firefly Aerospace announced Monday they will work together on an upgraded version of the Antares rocket. The Antares 330 will feature a...
Ceres-1 launches three satellites
Posted: Sun, Aug 14 12:25 PM ET (1625 GMT)
Chinese commercial launch service provider Galactic Energy successfully launched its third Ceres-1 rocket Tuesday. The four-stage rocket lifted off at 12:11 am...