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Can a new space race connect the world to the internet?

NEW YORK — It’s a 21st century space race: Amazon, SpaceX and others are competing to get into orbit and provide internet to the earth’s most remote places.

And like the last century’s battle for space supremacy that was triggered by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik 1, this one involves satellites. Thousands of them.

Indian landing module ready for touchdown on moon surface

NEW DELHI — The landing module of India’s unmanned moon mission separated from the orbiter on Monday ahead of its planned touchdown on the moon’s south polar region this weekend, the space agency said.

All the systems of the orbiter and the lander are “healthy,” the Indian Space Research Organization said in a statement.

European Space Agency blinks in game of cosmic chicken

BERLIN — The European Space Agency says it has performed an evasive manoeuvr with one of its satellites after rival SpaceX said it wouldn’t move its own spacecraft out of the way, risking a potentially catastrophic collision.

ESA said Tuesday that it “reached out early to SpaceX and was informed that no manoeuvr was planned for the Starlink satellite before the close approach.”

Virgin Galactic unveiling mission control for space tourism

UPHAM, N.M. — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert.

The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters where Virgin Galactic will run its commercial flight operations.

County explores drone to carry vote tallies from tribal land

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Officials in an Arizona county hope to use a drone to make it easier to get vote tallies from tribal land deep within the Grand Canyon during next year’s election.

Voting machines on the Havasupai reservation have sent tallies electronically in recent years. But new equipment is forcing Coconino County to make a change.

Planetary Society’s solar sail appears to deploy properly

LOS ANGELES — A tiny spacecraft orbiting Earth appeared to successfully unfurl a solar sail Tuesday to test the potential of using only sunlight for propulsion, mission officials said.

Deployment commands were sent to the Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 from mission control at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Dining reservation app OpenTable moves into delivery

OpenTable is getting into the food delivery business.

The world’s biggest online restaurant reservation service ‚Äî which was founded 21 years ago ‚Äî has been watching warily as more and more diners opt for delivery. Between May 2018 and May 2019, U.S. restaurant visits were flat at 23.8 billion, but deliveries rose 3% to 2 billion, according to NPD Group, a market research company.