SpaceX on track to send Starship, private astronauts around the Moon in 2023

In a new media blitz, Japanese billionaire Yusaka Maezawa (‘MZ’) has reentered the spotlight with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to update the public on their DearMoon initiative. Unveiled in September 2018, Maezawa’s DearMoon project was founded with the intention of returning humankind to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo Program ended in […]

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SpaceX gears up for Starship’s first triple-engine landing attempt

With FAA approval in hand, weather rapidly improving, and the latest rocket prototype seemingly rearing to go, the stars are aligning for SpaceX’s third high-altitude Starship launch and first triple-engine landing attempt. As of March 1st, publicly-available FAA “temporary flight restrictions” (TFRs) and weather forecasts both agree that SpaceX is currently preparing to launch Starship […]

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SpaceX Starlink launch suffers last-minute abort after weeks of delays

A SpaceX rocket originally scheduled to launch a batch of Starlink satellites more than five weeks ago has suffered the latest of a long line of technical delays, aborting its Sunday launch attempt less than 90 seconds before liftoff. Know as Starlink V1 L17 or Starlink-17, the mission is now – by far – SpaceX’s […]

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SpaceX swaps “suspect” Starship engine in record time

SpaceX has reportedly swapped a “suspect” Raptor engine installed on Starship serial number 10 (SN10) in record time, setting the company up for what appeared to be an excellent static fire just 48 hours after the first test. In a February 24th tweet, CEO Elon Musk told followers that “one of [SN10’s three Raptor] engines […]

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy booster spotted at Texas rocket testing HQ

Three weeks after the building-sized rocket was spotted on its way to Texas, SpaceX’s next new Falcon Heavy ‘center core’ has gone vertical at the company’s rocket testing headquarters. Spotted by a local resident on February 25th after hearing an exceptionally loud (“house shak[ing]”) static fire the night prior, the Falcon Heavy booster may have […]

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SpaceX Starlink users could see “much higher download speeds” amid upgrades

CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX’s thousands of Starlink users could see “much higher download speeds” as the company begins implementing “system upgrades.” Just the latest of the many ways that SpaceX’s first consumer-facing product continues to leapfrog stalwart, monopolistic internet service providers (ISPs) around the world, the move is a sign that Starlink customers […]

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SpaceX rapidly builds, tests Starship Moon elevator for NASA

As part of a NASA program that will select one or two commercial crewed Moon landers, SpaceX is busy testing Starship and prototyping hardware and most recently built and demonstrated an elevator “in a very short period of time.” Known as the Human Landing System (HLS) program, NASA selected three providers – a Blue Origin-led […]

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SpaceX Falcon boosters likely to surpass Elon Musk’s prime rocket reuse directive

A SpaceX vice president and one of Elon Musk’s first hires says that Falcon boosters will soon meet – and should ultimately beat – the CEO’s longstanding target for rocket reusability. Years before SpaceX began regularly landing and reusing orbital-class Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy boosters, Musk was fairly consistent in stating that a primary […]

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SpaceX Starship static fire bodes well for a launch later this week

SpaceX’s third high-altitude Starship prototype appears to have successfully ignited its trio of Raptor engines, boosting the odds of another launch and landing attempt later this week. Following a prior attempt aborted before propellant loading began on February 22nd, SpaceX managed to turn around Starship serial number 10 (SN10) and its launch facilities for a […]

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SpaceX grapples with failed Falcon 9 landing as Starlink launches slip

The follow-on effects of SpaceX’s failed February 15th booster landing have begun to roll in, triggering at least one to two weeks of delays for several upcoming Starlink launches. Already delayed a few days and leapfrogging an even more beleaguered Starlink-17 launch originally scheduled as far back as late January, SpaceX Falcon 9 booster B1059 […]

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