SpaceX launches tenth Starlink mission, nails booster’s fifth landing

Bringing more than six weeks of delays to a welcome end, SpaceX has – for the second time ever – successfully launched and landed the same Falcon 9 booster five times, sending a stack of Starlink satellites and two rideshare payloads on their way to orbit. At 1:12 am EDT (05:12 UTC) on Friday, August […]

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SpaceX’s next Starship starts to take shape as Elon Musk talks next steps

Less than a day after SpaceX successfully hopped a full-scale Starship prototype for the first time, the company has begun stacking the next rocket and Elon Musk is talking next steps. Almost immediately after Starship SN5 took to the sky on a 150m (500 ft) hop debut, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was talking about the […]

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SpaceX Falcon 9, ULA Atlas V rockets win dual satellite launch contracts

SpaceX Falcon 9 and United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rockets have each won a dual-satellite launch contract from Luxembourg-based communications enterprise SES. For SpaceX, this is simply the latest in a long line of commercial contracts bolstering an exceptionally healthy launch manifest, as well as a strong and years-old relationship with SES. For ULA, […]

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SpaceX Starship leaps towards Mars with picture-perfect hop debut

SpaceX’s Starship rocket has taken the biggest step towards orbit (and Mars) yet after a full-scale prototype successfully launched 150m (~500 ft) into the air and landed in one piece. Anywhere from two to four years in the making, Starship SN5’s seemingly flawless hop debut saw the rocket carry forth a torch lit by Starhopper’s […]

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SpaceX aborts Starship hop debut a second time

SpaceX has aborted its inaugural Starship hop test for the second time but Elon Musk thinks there might still be time for another Tuesday attempt. This time around, the fifth full-scale Starship prototype (SN5) made it roughly 90 seconds away from a planned Raptor engine ignition and liftoff before an apparent abort was called. The […]

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SpaceX Starship hop debut aborted at the last second by Raptor engine

SpaceX’s full-scale Starship hop debut was aborted at the last second after an otherwise successful lead-up to the milestone, forcing the company to try again tomorrow. Following a minor delay from August 2nd to August 3rd, SpaceX kicked off Starship SN5’s hop debut preparations relatively late into the 12-hour window, closing the highway and clearing […]

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SpaceX fan creates LEGO Crew Dragon spacecraft, and it’s pretty awesome

SpaceX made history this year with its Crew Dragon Endeavor mission in becoming the first private astronaut transportation service, and now superfans can help bring a 1:35 scale version of the spacecraft used to stores as an official LEGO product. The successful mission, named DM-2 (Demo 2), hurled veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley […]

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SpaceX Starship rocket’s flight debut set for Monday

For the first time ever, a full-scale SpaceX Starship prototype could be less than a day away from an inaugural flight test in Boca Chica, Texas. Expected to target the same 150m (~500 ft) maximum altitude as Starhopper’s final flight, the hop will see the full-scale tank section of Starship SN5 attempt to follow in […]

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SpaceX lands NASA astronauts in the ocean for the first time in decades

SpaceX has successfully landed NASA astronauts in the ocean for the first time in almost half a century, completing the most important mission in the company’s history and setting it up for an imminent operational launch debut. Roughly 19 hours after NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley boarded Crew Dragon and departed the International […]

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SpaceX set for historic Crew Dragon astronaut mission with splashdown from space

SpaceX is close to becoming the first-ever private astronaut transportation service with the conclusion of the Crew Dragon Demonstration 2 mission (Demo 2) just hours away. Following a completely flawless autonomous undocking from the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule performed a series of autonomous burns setting it up for a picture-perfect return […]

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