SpaceX CEO Elon Musk explains why Blue Origin’s Starship lawsuit makes no sense

For the first time since SpaceX competitor Blue Origin took NASA to federal court after losing a Moon lander contract to Starship and a protest over that loss, unsealed documents have finally revealed the argument Jeff Bezos’ space startup is focusing on in court. After the details broke in new court documents filed on Wednesday, […]

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SpaceX Inspiration4 astronaut shares behind-the-scenes look at largest space window’s ‘first light’

SpaceX Inspiration4 astronaut Sian Proctor has shared the first behind-the-scenes look at what it was like for the world’s first all-private astronaut crew to witness the largest window ever flown in space for the first time. In front of the camera: Hayley Arceneaux, now the youngest American astronaut in history and the first person ever […]

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SpaceX’s orbital Starship launch debut may be pushed to 2022 by slow FAA reviews

In a rare sign of material progress, SpaceX and the FAA have finally released what is known as a draft environmental assessment (EA) of the company’s South Texas Starship launch plans. Set to be the largest and most powerful rocket in spaceflight history when it first begins orbital launches, the process of acquiring permission to […]

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SpaceX Inspiration4 Dragon, Falcon 9 booster return to port after flawless mission

After acing a flawless commercial astronaut launch debut, SpaceX’s Inspiration4 Crew Dragon spacecraft, Falcon 9 booster, and the four private astronauts they carried have been safely returned to dry land. Simultaneously, thanks to a decently executed media strategy, a well-received Netflix documentary, and the spectacular overall success of the Inspiration4 launch, a senior SpaceX engineer […]

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SpaceX starts filling Starship’s orbital launch pad tanks for the first time

For the first time, SpaceX appears to have begun delivering large quantities of cryogenic fluids to Starship’s orbital launch pad – still under construction but fast approaching some level of initial operational capability. Sometime in the morning on September 19th, a semi-truck carrying a cryogenic liquid nitrogen (LN2) transport trailer arrived at SpaceX’s Starbase launch […]

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SpaceX prepares Starship, Super Heavy for milestone Raptor static fire tests

SpaceX has scheduled a full week with as many as 30 hours of road and beach closures for Starship and Super Heavy testing and is working hard to prepare the first orbital-class ship and booster for several major challenges. First rolled to SpaceX’s Starbase orbital launch site more than six weeks ago and stacked together […]

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SpaceX Falcon 9 booster returns to California port for the first time in years

For the first time in almost three years, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster has returned to a California port after a successful West Coast launch and landing. On September 16th, 2021, less than three days after successfully launching SpaceX’s first West Coast Starlink mission and helping orbit the first batch of 51 upgraded Starlink satellites […]

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SpaceX shows off largest window in space after spectacular Inspiration4 launch

SpaceX has revealed the first on-orbit view of the largest window every launched on a rocket – and provided an update on the status of its first private astronauts – after Wednesday night’s spectacular Inspiration4 launch. Around 8:03 pm EDT on September 15th (00:03 UTC 16 Sept), Falcon 9 successfully lifted off from Kennedy Space […]

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SpaceX rockets private astronaut crew into orbit for the first time in spaceflight history

For the first time in spaceflight history, a crew of all-private astronauts have rocketed into orbit – and on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft. Right on schedule, just before 8:03 pm EDT, an orbit-proven Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off from Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A on a twice-flown Falcon 9 booster […]

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SpaceX set to launch world’s first private astronaut crew to record heights [webcast]

In less than 12 hours, SpaceX will kick off a more than four-hour webcast covering Crew Dragon’s historic Inspiration4 mission – set to be the world’s first all-private orbital astronaut launch and the highest private citizens have ever flown. Safely tucked inside a once-flown orbital Dragon capsule and riding on a twice-flown Falcon 9 booster, […]

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