SpaceX Starship prototype bears down on first Raptor engine tests

SpaceX’s fifth full-scale Starship prototype is fast approaching its first Raptor static fire tests after the company recently delivered one of the newest engines to the launch site. Known as Starship SN5, the ship is the fifth SpaceX has built since full-scale prototype development began in early 2019, as well as the fourth full-scale ship […]

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Rocket Lab channels SpaceX-like rapid launch capability in July 4 Electron mission

The prominent launcher of dedicated small satellite launches, Rocket Lab, looks to achieve SpaceX-like rapid launch capability of its Electron rocket. The company is targeting its shortest turn around time between missions from the same launch pad. Just three weeks ago, Rocket Lab returned to operational launch status following the easement of Covid-19 restrictions at […]

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SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft caught on camera during NASA astronaut spacewalk

SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship captured during NASA astronaut spacewalk SpaceX’s first astronaut-proven Crew Dragon spacecraft has been caught on camera by one of the two NASA astronauts that piloted it during a routine spacewalk to repair the orbital International Space Station (ISS). While outside the station to replace aging lithium ion batteries tasked with storing […]

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SpaceX nails second Falcon nosecone recovery in one month

SpaceX has successfully recovered two pairs of Falcon 9 payload fairings (nosecones) – one twice-flown – in one month after twin ships GO Ms. Tree and GO Ms. Chief returned to port on July 2nd. Around 45 minutes after Falcon 9 B1060 lifted off for the first time with the US military’s third upgraded GPS […]

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SpaceX Starlink launch to kick off a potentially record-breaking July

SpaceX’s eighth Starlink mission of the year is just a handful of days away from liftoff, kicking off a potentially record-breaking month after the same launch was delayed from June to July. Now, instead of June 2020 potentially becoming SpaceX’s first four-launch month, July is now the newest candidate for the milestone. Known as Starlink […]

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SpaceX Starship prototype kicks of gauntlet of tests for the fifth time

Hours after a successful Falcon 9 launch, a SpaceX Starship prototype has kicked off a challenging gauntlet of tests for the fifth time in hopes of becoming the first to take flight. Five days after the ~30m (~100 ft) tall steel rocket was transported from the factory to the launch pad, SpaceX has fully integrated […]

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SpaceX lands rocket for the first time after US military satellite launch

SpaceX has successfully landed a Falcon 9 booster for the first time after a dedicated satellite launch for the US military, marking a small but significant step towards broader acceptance of reusable rockets. Despite high upper-level winds pushing Falcon 9 to the end of its 15 minute launch window, the rocket successfully lifted off with […]

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SpaceX set for rocket recovery first after US military satellite launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 is set to become the first commercial rocket to attempt to land after an operational launch for the US military, potentially paving the way for an even more significant milestone somewhere down the road. Featuring brand new booster B1060 and a new upper stage and payload fairing, Falcon 9 is scheduled […]

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SpaceX’s reusable Falcon rockets have Europe thinking two steps ahead

In a rare instance of some connection to reality, a European Union commissioner overseeing the space industry has acknowledged the elephant in the room, admitting that SpaceX has changed the game for commercial rockets and that the upcoming Ariane 6 rocket may already be outdated. While slight, European Commissioner Thierry Breton expressed some level of […]

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Elon Musk makes it to Barron’s 2020 list of top CEOs in the world

To say that circumstances today are challenging is an understatement. With a pandemic ravaging the globe over the previous months, it has been extra difficult to keep a business afloat. Having a business thrive in such a time is an even bigger task. But for Tesla CEO Elon Musk, this is a challenge that is […]

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