SpaceX reveals first photos of historic Crew Dragon capsule’s astronaut cabin

SpaceX has published the first photos of the interior of the US-built spacecraft scheduled to launch NASA astronauts for the first time in almost a decade. Set to lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket no earlier than (NET) mid-to-late May, SpaceX is on the cusp of the most important and historic launch in its […]

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SpaceX Starship destroyed during cryo test but the next ship is already on the way

SpaceX’s third full-scale Starship prototype has followed a little too closely in the footsteps of its predecessors, suffering a catastrophic failure during its first cryogenic test. On April 2nd, SpaceX successfully put Starship SN3 through an ambient temperature pressure, allowing the ship to take its first breaths and ensuring that no leaks were present in […]

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SpaceX Starship outfitted with Tesla battery packs and motors

Following in the footsteps of the late Mk1 vehicle, SpaceX’s latest Starship prototype has been outfitted with several Tesla battery packs and motors over the last few weeks. CEO Elon Musk has confirmed in the past that SpaceX intends to try to use Tesla batteries to power Starship rockets and Tesla motors to drive the […]

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SpaceX planning docs reveal Starship’s April Fools’ Day testing plans

Planning emails published by Cameron County, Texas officials have revealed a more detailed picture of SpaceX’s April Fools’ Day Starship testing plans. Published soon after SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed that six landing legs have already been installed on Starship SN3, county documents noted that SpaceX has two Starship tests planned on April 1st. The […]

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SpaceX’s second astronaut launch a step closer after NASA announcement

SpaceX’s second astronaut launch is a a step closer to flight after NASA and JAXA announced the third and fourth astronauts assigned to ride Crew Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS) on its first operational mission. On the cusp of March 30th and 31st, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) made the first Crew Dragon-related […]

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s latest Starship photos reveal surprise landing legs

CEO Elon Musk published new photos of a Starship prototype shortly after it was moved to SpaceX’s South Texas launch pad, revealing the surprise inclusion of already-installed landing legs and hinting at the growing maturity of the rocket’s design. Published on March 30th and likely taken late on March 29th, Musk’s latest Starship photos offer […]

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NASA has good news after SpaceX Crew Dragon parachute test accident

NASA has good news after SpaceX suffered an accident that destroyed a Crew Dragon mockup before it could complete a parachute test, indicating that the anomaly could have minimal impact on the spacecraft’s Demo-2 astronaut launch debut. According to NASA, SpaceX and the space agency are still working to launch astronauts on Crew Dragon as […]

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SpaceX Starship rocket rolls to launch pad to prepare for Starhopper-style hop test

SpaceX has finished its third full-scale Starship prototype and rolled the rocket’s tank and engine section to a nearby launch pad just a matter of weeks after work began, now ready to prepare for a potentially imminent Starhopper-style hop test. SpaceX’s rapidly-growing Boca Chica, Texas Starship factory is now producing so much rocket hardware that […]

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SpaceX “DARKSAT” results: can Starlink and astronomy happily coexist?

Astronomers have begun to gather and analyze detailed observations of a SpaceX Starlink satellite prototype officially labeled DARKSAT and the initial results hint that the satellite constellation should be able to happily coexist with ground-based astronomy in the future. Since SpaceX began launching batches of 60 Starlink satellites in May 2019, the company has raised […]

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SpaceX Starship launch pad upgraded as Elon Musk reveals rocket production milestone

SpaceX has begun to upgrade its South Texas Starship launch pad in anticipation of the completion of the next full-scale rocket prototype, photos of which CEO Elon Musk revealed just hours ago. Working in parallel with efforts to repair damage caused by Starship serial number 1’s (SN1) violent February 28th test failure, SpaceX has managed […]

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