Musk says upgraded SpaceX Starship to launch “later this week” after static fire test

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the next Starship launch could happen “later this week” after the company’s first ‘upgraded’ prototype aced a three-engine static fire test on the first try. While substantially delayed from optimistic initial targets just a week or two after the rocket rolled from factory to launch pad, upgraded Starship prototype […]

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A 2021 SpaceX Odyssey: Dragon aces third astronaut launch, docks with space station

Early on Saturday morning, SpaceX Crew Dragon ‘Endeavour’ (capsule C206) – carrying four international astronauts – flawlessly docked with the International Space Station (ISS) for the second time in less than a year. Capping off a smooth 24 hours of free-flight following an equally successful Falcon 9 launch on Friday, April 23rd, Dragon’s third crewed […]

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SpaceX launches astronauts on flight-proven rocket and capsule in spaceflight first

For the first time in history, SpaceX has sent astronauts into space inside a reused Crew Dragon space capsule with the help of a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket booster, kicking off a new era of flight-proven human spaceflight. Aside from NASA’s Space Shuttle, whose orbiter and solid rocket boosters were routinely refurbished for three decades, […]

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SpaceX’s next Dragon astronaut launch pushed to Friday by bad abort weather

SpaceX’s second operational Dragon astronaut launch and one of the biggest milestones in the history of rocket and spacecraft reuse will have to wait until Friday after bad ‘abort’ weather tripped up an otherwise excellent Thursday launch attempt. Aside from nature’s boundless chaos, all other elements of SpaceX and NASA’s Crew-2 astronaut launch are in […]

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US military wants SpaceX to create a miniature, battery-powered Starlink dish

The US Department of Defense wants to find out if SpaceX can make a miniature, wireless version of the antennas currently used to connect to Starlink satellite internet. The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) announced its interest in miniaturized Starlink terminals as part of a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) soliciting proposals for dozens of small […]

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SpaceX Starlink competitor OneWeb misled the FCC, media with false “near-miss” narrative

In the latest trials and tribulations of a SpaceX Starlink competitor that went bankrupt after spending $3 billion to launch just 74 small internet satellites, it appears that OneWeb knowingly misled both media and US regulators over a claimed “near-miss” with a Starlink satellite. Back on April 9th, OneWeb went public with claims that SpaceX […]

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SpaceX Starship outfitted with upgraded Raptor engines for Wed static fire

SpaceX has installed at least two of three new upgraded Raptors on Starship serial number 15 (SN15) ahead of a triple-engine static fire scheduled as early as Wednesday, April 21st. Initially scheduled late last week, several unknown delays have slowed down the installation of SN15’s three engines and forced SpaceX to return at least one […]

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SpaceX installs second Starship-derived fuel tank at orbital launch pad

For the second time in two weeks, SpaceX has rolled a ‘Starship-derived’ propellant tank to the next-generation rocket’s first orbital launch pad, continuing a recent burst of construction activity. Precisely two weeks ago, SpaceX rolled the first of those massive ground support equipment (GSE) propellant tanks the 1.5 miles from its Boca Chica rocket factory […]

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Starlink to power efforts to bring high-speed web access to Australia’s rural students

Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet system is poised to foster some positive change among students in rural Australia. As per a recent press release, Starlink will be powering Project Halo, a program from Australian telecom provider NetVault and noted software maker Cisco aimed at providing a regional school with a AU$100,000 grant towards the buildout […]

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SpaceX fires up sooty Falcon booster ahead of historic astronaut launch

SpaceX says it has successfully completed the last major test standing between a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft and the company’s next historic astronaut launch. Right on schedule, once-flown Falcon 9 booster B1061, orbit-proven Crew Dragon capsule C206, and a new expendable Falcon upper stage rolled out to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) […]

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