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Space

Coverage of advances in space exploration that have implications for state and local government. Includes stories about satellites, which are increasingly used to expand the availability of Internet access, as well as to capture images and gather data using sensors to monitor things like environmental conditions and infrastructure needs.

The government is expecting SpaceX to ultimately make the cost of space transportation more affordable because the private company has plans to reuse its Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy boosters.
NASA managers said they are still “working towards December” for a planned launch despite a serious “second wave of COVID” at Kennedy Space Center that killed “key members” of the launch team during preparations.
A SpaceX rocket sent 60 Starlink Internet satellites into space Tuesday with a launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Fla. By Wednesday evening, the long string of lights had been visible all over the country.
The efforts have sparked the creation of an app that collects eyewitness reports and triangulates their location data, paired with an expert analysis of the data from the area’s relevant weather radars.
SpaceX requested the permit modification so it can move ahead with the expansion and addition of pads for testing, orbital launches and landing; towers for loading payloads into rockets; and other requests.
SpaceX has contacted officials in Texas about incorporating the unincorporated village of Boca Chica, which is next door to SpaceX's Starship production complex, potentially creating a new city with the name Starbase.
Camden County officials say spaceport skeptics will be proven wrong in the coming weeks when the area is awarded a spaceport license after they successfully made their case to the Federal Aviation Administration.
A battle for space Internet in Alaska is brewing as more companies jockey for the right to deliver satellite broadband to residents, in part to bridge the digital divide between villages and cities.
In what is being called the company’s commercial satellite “rideshare” service, the Sunday launch of a Falcon 9 rocket successfully sent a record-breaking 143 satellites into space.
As a candidate, the former vice president presented exhaustive plans on dozens of issues, yet he said relatively little about his vision for exploring the final frontier at a time Florida’s space industry is thriving.