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Amazon slams SpaceX, tells FCC that Musk-led companies are rule-breakers

Amazon slams SpaceX, tells FCC that Musk-led companies are rule-breakers

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Enlarge / Artist's impression of low Earth-orbit satellites like those launched by SpaceX and OneWeb. In the ongoing battle between the two companies, Amazon fired back at SpaceX today at the Federal Communications Commission, claiming that the Starlink operator refuses to obey the rules and that it launches unjustified attacks on anyone who points out SpaceX's rule-breaking. "Whether…
Amazon asked FCC to reject Starlink plan because it can’t compete, SpaceX says

Amazon asked FCC to reject Starlink plan because it can’t compete,...

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Enlarge / Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos at the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 12, 2016. Getty Images | Bloomberg Amazon's attempt to block proposals for the next-generation Starlink system is a "delay tactic" and a continuation of Amazon's strategy of "hinder[ing] competitors to compensate for Amazon's failure to…
Amazon urges FCC to reject SpaceX proposals for next-generation Starlink

Amazon urges FCC to reject SpaceX proposals for next-generation Starlink

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Amazon is urging US regulators to reject an update to SpaceX's plan for a second-generation Starlink system. Kuiper Systems, Amazon's satellite-broadband subsidiary, says that SpaceX broke Federal Communications Commission rules by "propos[ing] two different configurations for the nearly 30,000 satellites of its Gen2 System, each of which arranges these satellites along very different orbital parameters.…
Apply to Live in a Mars Simulation Because Earth Is Screwed

Apply to Live in a Mars Simulation Because Earth Is Screwed

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Have you heard the news? Earth is fucked. And unless you’re a reckless billionaire, chances are good you will never go to space. Only a handful of humans have ventured outside Earth’s atmosphere and lived to tell about it, and none of those lucky and extremely well-prepared souls (around 574 of them) has ever come…
Jeff Bezos loses attempt to block the Moon-landing contract NASA gave to SpaceX

Jeff Bezos loses attempt to block the Moon-landing contract NASA gave...

Enlarge / Jeff Bezos holds aviation glasses that belonged to Amelia Earhart at a press conference about his flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard on July 20, 2021, in Van Horn, Texas.Getty Images | Joe Raedle The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) today rejected Blue Origin's attempt to block the lunar-landing contract that NASA awarded…
Judges reject Viasat’s plea to stop SpaceX Starlink satellite launches

Judges reject Viasat’s plea to stop SpaceX Starlink satellite launches

Enlarge / 60 Starlink satellites stacked for launch at SpaceX facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX can keep launching broadband satellites despite a lawsuit filed by Viasat, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Viasat sued the Federal Communications Commission in May and asked judges for a stay that would halt SpaceX's ongoing launches of low Earth…
Rocket Report: SpaceX tests FAA again in Texas, India pushes Vikas engine

Rocket Report: SpaceX tests FAA again in Texas, India pushes Vikas...

Enlarge / VSS Unity burns its rocket motor on July 11, 2021. Welcome to Edition 4.07 of the Rocket Report! Looking back to Virgin Galactic's flight and ahead to Blue Origin, we're continuing to experience a very special moment in human spaceflight history this week, with final preparations underway for Jeff Bezos and the first…
Starlink dishes go into “thermal shutdown” once they hit 122° Fahrenheit

Starlink dishes go into “thermal shutdown” once they hit 122° Fahrenheit

Enlarge / Starlink satellite dish and equipment in the Idaho panhandle's Coeur d'Alene National Forest. A Starlink beta user in Arizona said he lost Internet service for over seven hours yesterday when the satellite dish overheated, demonstrating one of the drawbacks of SpaceX's broadband service. When the user's Internet service was disrupted, the Starlink app provided…
Is SpaceX reliable? Company goes for 100th successful flight in a row today

Is SpaceX reliable? Company goes for 100th successful flight in a...

Enlarge / Photo of the Starlink payload on top of a Falcon 9 rocket in Florida this week.SpaceX SpaceX will attempt to launch another batch of 60 Starlink satellites today at 2:59 pm ET (18:59 UTC) from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This marks the 28th overall launch of operational Starlink satellites. The…
Congress fires warning shot at NASA after SpaceX Moon lander award

Congress fires warning shot at NASA after SpaceX Moon lander award

Enlarge / Committee Chair Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., listens to former US Sen. Bill Nelson, President Biden’s nominee to be the next administrator of NASA, on April 21, 2021.NASA On Wednesday, a US senator added an amendment to unrelated science legislation that would impose significant restrictions on NASA and its plans to return to the…

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