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NASA's climate-monitoring space laser is the last to ride to space on a Delta II rocket

5 monthes ago   |   By TechCrunch

This weekend, NASA is launching a new, high-tech satellite to monitor the planet's glacier and sea ice levels - with space lasers, naturally. ICESat-2 will be a huge boon for climatologists, and it's also a bittersweet occasion: it will be the final launch aboard the trusty Delta II rocket, which has been putting birds in the air for nearly 30 years.
Takeoff is set for 5:46 AM Pacific Time Saturday morning, so you'll have to get up early if you want to catch it. You can watch the launch live here , with NASA coverage starting about half an hour before.
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Inside Planet Labs' new satellite manufacturing site

Inside Planet Labs' new satellite manufacturing site

5 monthes ago   |   By TechCrunch

Satellite imaging and analytics company Planet is taking the wraps off its new manufacturing space in San Francisco. Founded by ex-NASA employees, Planet is leveraging some of the $183 million in funding it's amassed to expand. In the basement of a nondescript office building in the middle of Harrison street in San Francisco, Planet is hard at work building low-orbit satellites that take images of our changing planet, and now the aerospace imaging company more room to do so, claiming that the new facility is the most prolific satellite manufacturing spot in the world.
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