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SpaceX gets nod to put 12,000 satellites in orbit

WASHINGTON: SpaceX got the green light this week from US authorities to put a constellation of nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit in order to boost cheap, wireless internet access by the 2020s. The SpaceX network would vastly multiply the number of satellites around Earth. Since the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik, was launched in 1957, humanity has sent just over 8,000 objects into space, according to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Between one quarter and one half of those are…

Launch of satellites for Pakistan reinforces close Pak-China relations: Researcher

BEIJING: The launch of satellites for Pakistan showed close ties between China and Pakistan, and highlights Chinese contribution to the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Belt and Road initiative, Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences said on Tuesday. China launched two satellites for Pakistan on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China’s Gansu Province yesterday.…

Russia launches 73 satellites into orbit

An imaging satellite and 72 micro-satellites were launched into orbit Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russia space agency Roscosmos and research centre Glavcosmos announced. The Soyuz 2-1A rocket successfully lifted off at 0643 GMT with the satellite payload, Roscosmos said in a statement. According to Russian news agencies, Glavcosmos, charged with putting the satellites into orbit, later reported that by 1441 GMT all the satellites had successfully separated. They were released into three…