SpaceX reveals concrete details about Starship’s first orbital test flight

Via FCC regulatory filings, SpaceX has revealed the first concrete details about Starship and Super Heavy’s first orbital flight test. Earlier this year, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed a shocking NASASpaceflight.com report that the company was working to launch Starship into orbit by July 2021 – the achievement of which would be nothing short of […]

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SpaceX’s sootiest Falcon 9 booster yet returns to port after record reuse

Three days after acing record-breaking tenth launch and landing, SpaceX’s sootiest Falcon 9 rocket booster yet has returned to Port Canaveral to begin the processing of preparing for its eleventh flight. Almost exactly three years ago, speaking in a conference call focused on the debut of SpaceX’s ultimate “Block 5” Falcon booster upgrade, CEO Elon […]

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SpaceX could land Starship on Mars in 2024, says Elon Musk

Four years after Elon Musk revealed “aspirational” plans to launch Starships to Mars in 2022, the SpaceX CEO now believes that 2024 is a more accurate target. For SpaceX, that two-year ‘delay’ is more impressive than anything given that the company practically restarted Starship development from scratch a year after Musk set the 2022 target. […]

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SpaceX’s first flight-proven Starship heads back to launch pad for round two

Defying most expectations, SpaceX has moved the first full-size flight-proven Starship back to the launch pad less than a week after the prototype survived a high-altitude launch and landing. Two days after that spectacular launch and four days ago, CEO Elon Musk revealed that SpaceX “might try to refly [Starship] SN15 soon,” indicating that the […]

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SpaceX teases more Starship flight tests “in the days ahead”

A SpaceX engineer hosting the company’s recent record-breaking Starlink launch told viewers to “stay tuned for additional [Starship] test flights in the days ahead.” Spoken during a segue focused on Starship’s first fully successful landing days prior, the senior SpaceX employee’s choice of words could scarcely have been more intriguing and wide-open to interpretation. Ever […]

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SpaceX sleuths spot third drone ship under construction in Louisiana

For the first time, SpaceX fleet-tracking sleuths have confirmed the identity and location – and captured photos – of the company’s third rocket recovery ‘drone ship.’ After several years of waiting for more details and multiple apparent delays, new information and photos allow us to finally determine what exactly that third drone ship – to […]

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SpaceX schedules Falcon 9’s fourth Starlink launch and landing in two weeks

On the heels of a two-week April hiatus as SpaceX switched its focus to a crucial astronaut launch, the company has begun churning through an unending backlog of Starlink missions. Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 became the first crewed space capsule and liquid rocket booster to launch astronauts twice on April 23rd, acing NASA’s Crew-2 […]

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Elon Musk says SpaceX might refly Starship after historic landing

Update: In response to an earlier Teslarati article, CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX “might try to refly SN15 soon” after it became the first Starship to successfully survive a high-altitude launch and landing. In other words, Starship SN15 is in excellent shape. Less than six months after high-altitude flight testing began, SpaceX has successfully […]

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SpaceX nails first Starship landing weeks after NASA Moon lander contract

In perhaps the best possible news that could have followed NASA’s historic SpaceX Moon lander contract, the company has successfully landed a Starship prototype in one piece – without it exploding – for the first time ever. In spite of unusually unreliable live views from the rocket’s onboard cameras, possible due to SpaceX using Starlink […]

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SpaceX’s next Starlink launch to cross major rocket reusability milestone

Next Spaceflight reports that SpaceX’s next Starlink launch – scheduled as few as five days after the last mission – will see Falcon 9 mark a hugely significant milestone for truly reusable rocketry. According to Next Spaceflight’s sources, SpaceX has chosen Falcon 9 booster B1051 to launch Starlink-27 – the constellation’s 26th operational mission – […]

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