Ukrainian official: Musk to keep funding key satellite links
A senior Ukrainian government official says Elon Musk has given assurances to Ukraine that he will keep funding its access to a crucial satellite network providing Kyiv with battlefield and humanitarian communications in its war with Russia.
WATCH IT AGAIN: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX early Wednesday successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, sending another batch of 60 internet-beaming Starlink satellites into orbit. The pre-dawn launch took place at 4:28 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Base Launch Complex 40, marking the 22nd mission SpaceX has dedicated to its space-based internet satellite constellation. Earlier this month, SpaceX landed a booster for the ninth time, breaking its own re-use record. SpaceX has more than 1,200 satellites in low-Earth orbit and plans to continue launching Starlink spacecraft every few weeks. AdDeployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed pic.twitter.com/Xcbrq66Mez — SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 24, 2021“Society depends on space-based capabilities for global communications, navigation, weather forecasting and much more,” acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk said.
One on one with new UCF football coach Gus Malzahn
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Gus Malzahn era is underway at UCF. Malzahn was hired as the 9th football coach in program history on Feb. 15. [TRENDING: SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites | Weekend vaccine events for OCPS employees | Family speaks after deadly shooting]The energized veteran head coach has plans to take the Knights to greater heights. Days before UCF opens spring practice, Malzahn sat down with news 6 Sports Director Jamie Seh, outlining his vision and looking back on the past. AdUse the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com 4pm Trending newsletter, sent every weekday.
WATCH: SpaceX launches second Starlink satellite mission within a week
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Just up range from where another Falcon 9 shot off the launchpad a few days ago, SpaceX conducted its second launch within a week carrying more Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit. Inside the Falcon 9′s nose cone were another 60 internet-beaming satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink constellation, which now exceeds 1,200 spacecrafts orbiting the Earth. The early morning launch is the 22nd dedicated to delivering Starlink satellites, but SpaceX has also sent up its own spacecraft on other ride-sharing rockets. SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station about a mile down the coast. Use the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com space newsletter, sent every Wednesday afternoon.
WATCH: SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit
The early morning launch marked the 21st dedicated to delivering Starlink satellites, but SpaceX has also sent up its own spacecraft on other ride-sharing rockets. The last Starlink launch happened March 4 and SpaceX is targeting another launch a few days after the current liftoff. In the past month, Elon Musk’s company has begun expanding the internet service provided with the global satellite network and is accepting orders in Central Florida for the dishes required to get the sought after WiFi. During the last Starlink launch, SpaceX engineers said they now have more than 10,000 customers, a number that will need to grow substantially if SpaceX wants to make ends meet with this internet service venture and fund its other endeavors, including the Starship spaceship under development in Texas. AdFalcon 9’s first stage has landed on the Just Read the Instructions droneship pic.twitter.com/fI2VvU3kWO — SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 11, 2021Deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed pic.twitter.com/vltm8NijZC — SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 11, 2021Use the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com space newsletter, sent every Wednesday afternoon.