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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SpaceX’s Starship to return humanity to the Moon in stunning NASA decision

In one of the biggest NASA contracting surprises in years, the space agency has chosen SpaceX – and only SpaceX – to return humans to the surface of the Moon with its next-generation Starship rocket. The Washington Post’s Christian Davenport broke the news a few hours before NASA’s scheduled announcement and teleconference, revealing that SpaceX […]

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SpaceX Starlink internet could exit beta this summer, says Musk

CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service will “probably [be] out of beta this summer” as the company continues to rapidly improve “service uptime, bandwidth, and latency.” On top of Musk’s belief that Starlink will be ready for primetime as few as 3-5 months from now, the SpaceX executive also believes that […]

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Musk says SpaceX’s fifth Starship launch is scheduled next week

CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX is “aiming to launch” its fifth high-altitude Starship test flight as early as next week, continuing a more or less monthly cadence. Building off of the successes and learning from the unique failures of Starship prototypes SN8, SN9, SN10, and SN11, SpaceX’s next test flight arguably has the best […]

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SpaceX installs Dragon spaceship on the rocket that’ll take it to space (again)

For the third time ever, SpaceX has installed a Crew Dragon spacecraft scheduled to launch astronauts on the Falcon 9 rocket that’ll carry it to orbit, sailing past one of the mission’s last major preflight milestones. Known as Crew-2, the NASA Commercial Crew Program (CCP) mission will be SpaceX’s second operational crew ferry mission after […]

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SpaceX closes second billion-dollar funding round in eight months

Updated SEC documents show that the appetites of SpaceX’s investors weren’t quite sated after a February 2021 round of funding, leading the company to expand the offering and raise another ~$300 million. Bumping the round’s proceeds from approximately $850 million to more than $1.16 billion, the second offering means that it’s now the third time […]

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy beats out ULA Vulcan rocket for NASA Moon rover launch

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket appears to have edged out competitor United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) next-generation Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle to send a NASA rover and commercial lander to the Moon in 2023. Back in August 2019, not long after NASA first began announcing significant contracts under its Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, startup Astrobotic […]

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets and drone ship wow with sunset, sunrise port returns

With two back-to-back Starlink launches, SpaceX drone ship Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) has returned to port twice in two weeks with Falcon 9 boosters and some of the most beautiful sunrise and sunset backdrops yet seen. Two days after its sixth successful launch and drone ship landing, Falcon 9 booster B1060 sailed […]

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SpaceX clears launch pad for upgraded Starship’s first big test

SpaceX has cleared its suborbital South Texas launch pad of all personnel, clearing the way for the Starship serial number 15 (SN15) to kick off the first in a series of big tests. Outfitted with “hundreds” of upgrades relative to late full-size predecessors SN8, SN9, SN10, and SN11, there’s a chance that SN15 holds the […]

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SpaceX might stack Starship on Super Heavy with “mechanical arms”

Not long after SpaceX CEO Elon Musk re-upped his plan to catch Super Heavy boosters – and possibly Starships, too – out of the air with a tower and giant arms, regulatory documents suggest that those arms might have even more uses. A recent “aeronautical study” completed by the FAA ultimately concluded that SpaceX’s plans […]

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