SpaceX wins FCC approval to connect Starlink satellites to moving vehicles

Eleven months after SpaceX submitted several applications, the FCC has given the company permission to connect moving vehicles to its constellation of Starlink internet satellites. The license means that all United States Starlink users will now be able to legally receive internet service from their Starlink user terminals (dishes) while in motion on any land, […]

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SpaceX Cargo Dragon launch slips to mid-July

NASA and SpaceX have decided to delay the company’s next Cargo Dragon launch a third time after discovering a small propellant leak near one of its thrusters. NASA announced the discovery of a possible leak on June 7th, a few days prior to Cargo Dragon’s then June 12th launch date, and indefinitely delayed the International […]

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SpaceX completes 35th Falcon 9 launch in 33 weeks

SpaceX has successfully launched the SES-22 communications satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit, ending the first half of 2022 with 27 orbital launches under its belt. Perhaps more importantly, SES-22 was also SpaceX’s 35th launch since its last multi-week launch hiatus, which ended 33 weeks ago. SpaceX, in other words, has just a third of […]

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SpaceX installs Super Heavy booster on launch mount with giant robot arms

SpaceX has transported the most powerful rocket booster ever assembled to its Starbase orbital launch site (OLS) and used giant robotic arms to install it. It’s not the first such trip for Starship’s Super Heavy first stage in general, nor for this specific booster, which is known as Booster 7 or B7. Booster 7 first […]

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SpaceX’s record-breaking Falcon 9 booster returns to port

SpaceX’s latest record-breaking Falcon 9 booster has returned to port after completing its 13th launch and landing. Falcon 9 B1060 lifted off for the first time in June 2020 with the US military’s third next-generation GPS III satellite safely cocooned inside a payload fairing. Unlike B1054, which the US Air Force required SpaceX to expend […]

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SpaceX begins stacking Florida Starship launch tower

SpaceX has begun stacking Starship’s first Florida launch tower. Less than half a year after the company restarted work on a Starship launch pad located just a few hundred feet away from existing Falcon launch facilities at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) LC-39A pad, a massive new launch tower has begun to take shape. Once […]

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SpaceX gets permit for “Project Echo” in Central Texas

On June 6, 2022, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved a permit for a SpaceX construction project called “Project Echo.” The construction is located in Bastrop County, Central Texas, where Elon Musk’s other companies—including The Boring Company and Neuralink—have established a presence. Bastrop County property records revealed that Gapped Bass LLC—which is closely tied […]

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SpaceX to attempt to crush Starship test tank

A week after rolling a different ‘test tank’ from its South Texas Starship factory to nearby launch and test facilities, SpaceX has moved a second test tank to the pad. Hearkening back to a period in 2020 where SpaceX built and tested six different Starship test tanks in a period of six months, the company […]

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SpaceX President explains termination of employees behind open letter criticizing Elon Musk’s tweets

Recently, news broke that some SpaceX employees have written an open letter criticizing CEO Elon Musk’s behavior on Twitter. The employees have been terminated by the private space firm, with SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell explaining the rationale behind the company’s decision.  The open letter argued that SpaceX is not living up its “No Asshole” and […]

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SpaceX to kick off launch triple-header with record-breaking Falcon reuse

SpaceX appears to be on track to launch a trio of Falcon 9 rockets in as few as 36 hours, beginning with a Starlink mission on June 17th. Enabled in part by delays to an unrelated Cargo Dragon launch that recently slipped from June 7th to July 11th, a Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to […]

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