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Elon Musk’s SpaceX announces a spaceflight intended to raise money for St. Jude hospital

SpaceX announced Monday that it would fly a crew of private citizens into orbit around the Earth, potentially by the end of the year, in a multiday mission designed to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The flight announced Monday would mark another significant milestone in the privatization of spaceflight, as private companies […]

Gears & Gadgets

Teardown of “Dishy McFlatface,” the SpaceX Starlink user terminal

Enlarge / Ken Keiter gets ready to tear apart the SpaceX Starlink user terminal, “Dishy McFlatface.” Ken Keiter Engineer Ken Keiter recently came into possession of one SpaceX Starlink user terminal, the satellite dish that SpaceX nicknamed “Dishy McFlatface.” But instead of plugging it in and getting Internet access from SpaceX’s low Earth orbit (LEO) […]

Emerging Tech

How SpaceX could transform Starlink into an ultraprecise GPS network

Genevieve Poblano/ Digital Trends For the past five years or so, SpaceX has been chipping away at a mind-bogglingly massive project: The Starlink satellite constellation. The grand plan is to ferry over 12,000 satellites (or more) into low-Earth orbit and place them in an undulating, lattice-like array that allows SpaceX to deliver high-speed broadband internet […]