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 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 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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SpaceX rocket suffers rare landing failure after kicking off Starlink doubleheader

In a rare surprise for Starlink launches, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster has failed to successfully land after kicking off the first of two Starlink missions planned in a 25-hour period. Some nine minutes after liftoff, Falcon 9 booster B1059 suffered an unknown failure that cut short its sixth landing attempt a second or two […]

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk talks Starship heatshield, rocket landings on Joe Rogan podcast

In a multi-hour February 2021 interview with Elon Musk himself, Joe Rogan inexplicably told the famous engineer and CEO that he had never seen a SpaceX rocket landing. Of course, the 200+ minute conversation did produce a few minor tidbits of interesting information about SpaceX (and much more about Tesla projects), but Rogan’s statement that […]

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SpaceX’s most rapidly-reusable rocket booster speeds towards next launch

SpaceX’s most rapidly-reusable Falcon 9 booster has sped through its post-landing recovery process after becoming the first rocket in history to launch twice in less than four weeks. On February 4th, after a few days of delays, Falcon 9 booster B1060 lifted off for the fifth time, carrying 60 fresh Starlink v1.0 satellites out of […]

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SpaceX teams up with NASA to launch a galaxy-mapping space telescope

SpaceX appears to be continuing a streak of NASA launch contract awards, winning $98.8 million to launch a galaxy-mapping spacecraft known as SPHEREx in 2024. Designed to perform surveys of hundreds of millions to billions of stars and galaxies across a vast swath of the universe, SPHEREx’s primary scientific goal is to better understand and […]

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket cuts Space Shuttle turnaround record in half

SpaceX has successfully kicked off the first of two Starlink launches scheduled in the same 28-hour period and reused a Falcon 9 booster faster than ever before, cutting a 35-year-old NASA Space Shuttle record in half. As previously discussed on Teslarati, SpaceX unexpectedly revealed that Falcon 9 B1060 was assigned to launch Starlink-18 just hours […]

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SpaceX is about to launch the same rocket twice in one month

In a surprise twist, SpaceX’s 18th Starlink v1.0 mission could mark the first time a Falcon 9 booster rocket launches twice in one month. Currently scheduled to launch no earlier than (NET) 1:19 am EST (06:19 UTC), Thursday, February 4th, Starlink-18, reliable source Next Spaceflight believed that SpaceX had assigned Falcon 9 booster B1059 to […]

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SpaceX fires up next eight-flight Falcon 9 booster as Starlink launch slips

Ending a few-day delay, SpaceX has successfully static-fired Falcon 9 B1049 at Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A – now set to become the company’s second eight-flight booster as early as 6:19 am EST (11:19 UTC). Originally scheduled to occur as early as Friday, January 29th, Falcon 9 B1049’s static fire test was delayed for unknown […]

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