SpaceX set to launch six commercial Moon landers after latest win

After securing yet another contract, SpaceX Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets are now scheduled to launch at least six commercial Moon landers over the next two and a half years. On May 20th, rocket startup Firefly Aerospace announced that it had selected a SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch its first Blue Ghost Moon lander […]

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SpaceX starts stacking Starship’s first orbital-class Super Heavy booster

By all appearances, SpaceX has begun the process of stacking what could become the first Super Heavy booster capable of supporting orbital Starship test flights. Known as booster number 3 (BN3), numerous sections of the 70-meter-tall (230 ft) steel rocket have been spotted at SpaceX’s Boca Chica, Texas factory over the last six or so […]

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SpaceX Dragon XL could double as a crew cabin for lunar space station

A recent modification to SpaceX’s Dragon XL lunar cargo resupply contract with NASA suggests that the spacecraft could be used as an extra crew cabin and bathroom at a lunar space station known as Gateway. The contract modification was made around April 1st of this year and provided SpaceX around $121,000 to complete the latest […]

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SpaceX delivers new Falcon 9 booster for the first time in 8 months

For the first time in eight months, SpaceX has delivered a new Falcon 9 booster to its Florida launch facilities in preparation for the second launch of its upgraded Cargo Dragon 2 spacecraft. Known as B1067, the rocket is the first new Falcon 9 booster produced – or delivered – by SpaceX since Falcon 9 […]

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SpaceX’s first flight-proven Starship takes another step towards reuse

Nine days after becoming the first full-size prototype to survive a high-altitude launch and landing, SpaceX has installed Starship SN15 at the second of two identical launch mounts to prepare for potential reuse. On May 5th, after a week or two of several minor delays, Starship SN15 – the fifth full-size prototype of its kind […]

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SpaceX on track to launch eight Falcon 9 rockets in six weeks

After yesterday’s successful Starlink-26 launch, SpaceX is now more than half of the way to completing eight orbital Falcon 9 launches in six weeks. On April 23rd, after a one-day delay for bad weather, SpaceX launched four astronauts on a flight-proven Falcon 9 booster – and in a flight-proven Dragon capsule – in a historic […]

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SpaceX begins work on Starship orbital propellant transfer test for NASA

More than six months after SpaceX won a NASA ‘Tipping Point’ award to demonstrate a large-scale cryogenic propellant transfer in orbit with Starship, the agency has begun disbursing funds, officially kicking off work on the mission. Back in October 2020, NASA awarded 15 different companies more than $370 million for research and development projects related […]

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SpaceX begins work on Starship orbital propellant transfer test for NASA

More than six months after SpaceX won a NASA ‘Tipping Point’ award to demonstrate a large-scale cryogenic propellant transfer in orbit with Starship, the agency has begun disbursing funds, officially kicking off work on the mission. Back in October 2020, NASA awarded 15 different companies more than $370 million for research and development projects related […]

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SpaceX reveals concrete details about Starship’s first orbital test flight

Via FCC regulatory filings, SpaceX has revealed the first concrete details about Starship and Super Heavy’s first orbital flight test. Earlier this year, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed a shocking NASASpaceflight.com report that the company was working to launch Starship into orbit by July 2021 – the achievement of which would be nothing short of […]

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Elon Musk’s Starlink secures supply deal from Google’s cloud unit

It appears that Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service has secured a formidable ally. In an announcement on Thursday, Google announced that its cloud unit had won a deal to supply computing and networking resources to SpaceX. With this deal in place, Google would be able to help deliver internet services through Starlink’s satellite network.  […]

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