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Exolaunch signs pact with SpaceX and scouts U.S. location

SAN FRANCISCOExolaunch signed an agreement to secure rides for dozens of small satellites on SpaceX rideshare missions scheduled to launch later this year and in 2021.

Under the agreement announced Oct. 8, Germany’s Exolaunch plans to integrate 30 U.S. and European cubesats and microsatellites on Falcon 9 rideshare flights to sun-synchronous orbit scheduled to launch in December. Exolaunch plans to integrate roughly the same number of satellites on a SpaceX rideshare flight in mid-2021.

In response to growing demand for launch services, Exolaunch plans to open an office in the United States. The company has not yet selected a location.

“As we continue to sign on more U.S.-based customers, it makes sense strategically for Exolaunch to establish an additional office in the U.S,” Connor Jonas, Exolaunch program manager, said in a statement.

Exolaunch is continuing to sign up customers for the second and third Falcon 9 rideshare missions slated for 2021.

“SpaceX program is a game-changer for the rideshare launch industry giving new impetus for numerous constellations of small satellites,” said Jeanne Medvedeva, Exolaunch vice president of launch services. “Teaming up with SpaceX, we are able to offer our customers seamless, reliable and cost-effective launch solutions and expand access to space.”

Customers signed up for launches through Exolaunch include Loft Orbital, Swarm Technologies, NanoAvionics, the German Aerospace Center DLR and German universities.

On the Falcon 9 flights, Exolaunch will integrate satellites with its EXOport adapter and send satellites into orbit with its CarboNIX separation system.

Prior to the latest announcement, Exolaunch secured Falcon 9 rideshare flights in 2020 and 2021 for cubesats built by NanoAvionics of Lithuania.

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ESPN College Gameday 2020: Location, TV Schedule and Week 6 Predictions | Bleacher Report

A view of Clemson Memorial Stadium before the start of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Southern Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

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ESPN’s College Gameday is heading to the campus of the No. 1 team in the country in Week 6. And not only that, but the popular college kickoff show will also be previewing a matchup between two teams ranked in the top seven of the AP Top 25 poll.

It’ll be a battle of top ACC teams at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night, when No. 1 Clemson welcomes No. 7 Miami in one of the top early-season matchups of 2020. The Tigers have won 24 consecutive games against ACC opponents, as their last loss to a conference team came on Oct. 13, 2017, at Syracuse.

If the Hurricanes can pull off an upset victory, they could shake up the rankings for next week and be in line to move closer to the top.

College Gameday will begin previewing the day’s action on site at Memorial Stadium at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.

Here’s a look at the full Top 25 schedule for Week 6, along with predictions for each game.


Week 6 Top 25 Schedule, Predictions

Saturday, Oct. 10

No. 4 Florida at No. 21 Texas A&M, noon, ESPN

No. 19 Virginia Tech at No. 8 North Carolina, noon, ABC

Missouri at No. 17 LSU, noon, SEC Network Alternate

No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma, noon, Fox

No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia, 3:30 p.m., CBS

UTSA at No. 15 BYU, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

Texas Tech at No. 24 Iowa State, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Arkansas at No. 13 Auburn, 4 p.m., ESPN

No. 2 Alabama at Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson, 7:30 p.m., ABC

Florida State at No. 5 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC

All times ET. Picks in bold.


Week 6 Preview

No. 1 Clemson has been to the College Football Playoff each of the past five seasons and has routinely been among the top teams in the country during that span.

However, the Tigers don’t always have challenging regular-season matchups, sometimes not facing top-level competition until later in the year.

This year, though, they are facing a top-ranked team in one of the marquee matchups of Week 6, as No. 7 Miami is looking to continue its strong start to the season with an upset win. Like the Tigers, the Hurricanes enter the matchup at 3-0 and are coming off back-to-back ACC wins against Louisville and Florida State.

Although both teams are playing well this season, Clemson has been the better program in recent years. It has won five straight ACC titles and a pair of national championships during that span. So, Miami is looking to make a statement with a strong performance against the conference’s best.

“This is a great opportunity for us to test ourselves against a team that’s very comfortable in these settings,” Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz said, according to Field Level Media (h/t ESPN). “This is not a big game at Clemson; this is just