SpaceX launched another 60 of its internet-beaming Starlink satellites to orbit from Cape Canaveral Monday night.
Companies are trying to capitalize on the threat of space junk with new technology to clean it up, but it's not clear who will pay for the service.
Why it matters: Today, thousands of pieces of space junk — ranging from tiny fragments of destroyed satellites to spent rocket bodies and defunct spacecraft — orbit around Earth, threatening operational satellites and astronauts.
York Space Systems is offering a new series of missions using its standardized spacecraft to fit the needs of a variety of customers.
Why it matters: As more companies and government entities work to launch small satellites to orbit, this kind of standardization could help to cut down on development time, getting experiments, technology demonstrations and other payloads qualified for spaceflight more quickly.