FAA clears SpaceX Starship prototype for third launch and landing attempt

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already cleared Starship serial number 10 (SN10) for flight, cutting short any potential licensing drama facing SpaceX’s latest high-altitude Starship launch efforts. Less than three weeks ago, Starship serial number 9 (SN9) lifted off from SpaceX’s South Texas launch facilities after a tedious week or so of opaque […]

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Starlink poised to double its speeds to ~300 Mbps by the end of the year

Starlink may already be providing rapid web access to several remote areas today, but the satellite internet service is poised to get even better this year. As per recent comments on Twitter from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Starlink’s speeds should double to about ~300 Mbps later this year, with latency dropping to about ~20 ms.  […]

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket still on track for two launches this year

Spaceflight Now reports that SpaceX’s next two Falcon Heavy rockets – both under contract with the US military – are scheduled to launch as early as July and October 2021. Known as USSF-44 and USSF-52, both missions will see Falcon Heavy rockets launch unknown US military satellites – one directly to a circular geostationary orbit […]

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SpaceX Starship ready to find out if third time’s the charm later this week

After a miserable week of extreme cold, power grid failures, high winds, and general chaos, conditions are improving, the sun is shining, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk believes there’s a “good chance” that Starship serial number 10 (SN10) could launch “this week!” The third full-scale, full-height Starship completed by SpaceX since Starship SN8 rolled from […]

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SpaceX reschedules Starship static fire amid deadly Texas cold snap, power grid failure

After extreme weather and a once-in-a-decade cold snap ground SpaceX’s Starship launch preparations to a halt, the company’s next critical preflight test is back on the calendar. SpaceX received permission to close Boca Chica Boulevard from 9 am to 6 pm CST (UTC-6) on Monday, February 22nd, with identical backup windows available on Tuesday and […]

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SpaceX’s Crew-1 NASA astronauts celebrate Mars rover landing in Earth orbit

SpaceX’s Crew-1 NASA astronauts and the rest of the International Space Station crew are celebrating the space agency’s latest historic Mars landing in Earth orbit. The culmination of more than half a decade of work and a several hundred million million mile journey through deep space, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have managed to […]

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SpaceX setting the stage for Starlink’s widespread European debut

Combined with regulatory filings, a series of new job listings suggest that SpaceX is in the late stages of preparations for a widespread Starlink internet rollout across Europe. Last week, SpaceX began publishing multiple job listings for bilingual “customer support associates” fluent in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Greek. Meshing well with recent regulatory-side indications […]

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SpaceX completes $850M equity funding round, raising valuation to ~$74B

SpaceX has completed another massive equity funding round of $850 million last week, effectively bringing the company’s valuation to about $74 billion. The update was related by a number of individuals reportedly familiar with the financing.  Elon Musk’s private space enterprise raised new funds at a rather interesting price of $419.99 per share, just 1 […]

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SpaceX Starship factory battles Texas power outages with Tesla solar and storage

A major cold snap and the ineptitude of state governance have combined to throw millions of Texans into darkness as freezing temperatures sweep through the state. At the southernmost fringes of Texas, SpaceX’s Boca Chica Starship factory hasn’t been insulated from the chaos, though a large Tesla Solar and Energy installation has almost certainly lessened […]

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SpaceX is helping save sea turtles in Boca Chica amid TX’s harsh cold, blackouts

It appears that SpaceX is not only looking to bring humanity to Mars; Elon Musk’s private space firm is also intent on keeping the wildlife near its Boca Chica site as safe as possible. This was recently highlighted by Elon Musk when he responded to an update about the situation of numerous sea turtles in […]

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