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SpaceX Launches 60 Mini Satellites for Cheaper Global Internet

The Falcon rocket blasted into the morning sky, marking the unprecedented fourth flight of a booster for SpaceX

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FILE - A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, with a payload of 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network, lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 23, 2019. VOA

SpaceX launched 60 mini satellites Monday, the second batch of an orbiting network meant to provide global internet coverage.

The Falcon rocket blasted into the morning sky, marking the unprecedented fourth flight of a booster for SpaceX. The compact flat-panel satellites – just 575 pounds (260 kilograms) each – will join 60 launched in May.

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk wants to put thousands of these Starlink satellites in orbit, to offer high-speed internet service everywhere. He plans to start service next year in the northern U.S. and Canada, with global coverage for populated areas after 24 launches.

Last month, Musk used an orbiting Starlink satellite to send a tweet: “Whoa, it worked!!”

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SpaceX employees work on the Crew Dragon spacecraft that will astronauts to and from the International Space Station, from American soil, as part of the agency’s commercial crew Program, in Hawthorne, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. VOA

Employees gathered at company bases on both coasts cheered when the first-stage booster landed on a floating platform in the Atlantic.

“These boosters are designed to be used 10 times. Let’s turn it around for a fifth, guys,” company’s launch commentator said.

This also marked the first time SpaceX used a previously flown nose cone. The California-based company reuses rocket parts to cut costs.

Stacked flat inside the top of the rocket, the newest satellites were going to maneuver even higher following liftoff, using krypton-powered thrusters. SpaceX said there was a potential problem with one of the 60 that could prevent it from moving beyond its initial 174 mile-high (280 kilometer-high) orbit. In that case, the faulty satellite will be commanded to re-enter and burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere.

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Each satellite has an autonomous system for dodging space junk. In September, however, the European Space Agency had to move one of its satellites out of the way of a Starlink satellite. SpaceX later said it corrected the problem.

SpaceX is among several companies interested in providing broadband internet coverage worldwide, especially in areas where it costs too much or is unreliable. Others include OneWeb and Jeff Bezos’ Amazon.

According to Musk, Starlink revenue can help SpaceX develop rockets and spacecraft for traveling to Mars, his overriding ambition. (VOA)

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Become a Chef With Cooking on Airbnb Experiences

Now test your chef skills all over the world

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Cooking on Airbnb Experiences provides travellers with 3,000 unique recipes to test their chef skills. Lifetime Stock

From learning grandmas recipes to traditional Uzbek home-cooking, travellers now get access to 3,000 unique recipes that are usually reserved for friends and family across seventy-five countries globally with Cooking on Airbnb Experiences.

There is no better way of getting familiar with the culture of a place than through its food. Unlike typical cooking classes, people coming together to make and share a meal creates a human connection. The new experience will be hosted by families, farmers, pastry cooks and more, with local hosts highlighting the deeper meaning behind traditional recipes and sharing stories in intimate settings around the world.

To protect the personal nature of each recipe, each experience has been vetted against guidelines inspired by Slow Food, a grassroots organisation whose mission is to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions. Through this vetting process, each host of an Airbnb Experience communicates the unique essence of every dish through their personal stories and has proven deep knowledge of the heritage of the cuisine that they share.

To promote the experience the travel portal is calling on the world to apply or nominate their favourite home cook who will win a once in a lifetime trip to Italy. There, they will learn to refine their family recipe and cement their legacy in an Airbnb cookbook, planned for 2020. The top 100 applicants will also get to study alongside experts including chef David Chang and his mom, Sherri, during one of the four, specially-organised five-day courses at Slow Food’s University of Gastronomic Sciences, located within the UNESCO world heritage site in Pollenzo, Northern Italy.

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This cooking experience will be highlighting the deeper meaning behind traditional recipes and sharing stories in intimate settings around the world. Pixabay

Highlights of Cooking on Airbnb Experiences include:

Cook Lunch with Prue Leith (London UK)

Maize Workshop with Enrique Olvera (Mexico City, Mexico)

Heritage Cooking with Damian D’Silva (Singapore)

Traditional Uzbek Home-Cooking (Brooklyn, NY)

French pastry making in Montmartre (Paris, France)

Mexican Food You Can Make at Home (Mexico City, Mexico)

Home-Cooked Flavors of Singapore (Singapore)

Ancient Cooking Customs of Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico)

Make Japanese Street Food with Mom (Tokyo, Japan)

Handmade Pasta with Grandma (Rome, Italy)

Soba Noodle Making in a Traditional Home (Tokyo, Japan)

Traditional Argentinian Home-Cooking (Forest Hills, New York)

A Modern Take on Traditional Zulu Food (Dolphin Coast, South Africa)

Make Chinese Dumplings from Scratch (New York, New York)

Slow Food- Bento Box Making (Fujinomiya-City, Japan)

CACAO Dishes from Fruit to Bar (London, UK)

Secret Garden Dinner in Historic Mansion (Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Thailand)

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Cooking with Critters (Los Angeles, California)

Cook and Sword Performance Back in Edo (Tokyo, Japan)

Secret Garden Dinner in Historic Mansion (Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Thailand) (IANS)