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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying 60 Starlink ... [+] satellites on November 11, 2019. Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images. As a new decade kicks off, two space industry startups —Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit—are poised to hit key milestones that are essential for the future of their businesses. In SpaceX’s case, that’s building out the satellite internet business it plans to launch later this year, while for Virgin Orbit it means the start of commercial operations. Next week, on January 6 or later, SpaceX is targeting the third launch of its Starlink constellation of satellites. The 60 satellites will join others... Full story

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