SpaceX swaps Starship Raptor engine for one last pre-flight test

On the same day SpaceX stacked a flightworthy Starship prototype to its full height for the first time, the company decided to swap one of the rocket’s three Raptor engines ahead of one last major pre-flight test. Curiously, at the same time as SpaceX engineers and technicians were removing Raptor serial number 39 (SN39) from […]

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SpaceX schedules next GPS satellite launch attempt after swapping Falcon 9 engines

Multiple outlets report that SpaceX has rescheduled its third US military GPS III satellite launch to no earlier than (NET) 6:24 pm EDT (18:24 UTC) Thursday, November 5th. Agonizingly, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) launch – albeit a different mission – is scheduled just two days before SpaceX’s next GPS III […]

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SpaceX’s mystery spy satellite launch to round out a busy month

SpaceX is reportedly preparing to launch a mystery spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), potentially rounding out a record-breaking month for the company. Known only as NROL-108, nothing else is specifically known about the US espionage (‘intelligence’) agency’s latest mission. Even for the NRO, wholly familiar with extreme secrecy, revealing a mission […]

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket ties turnaround record, nears 1000 Starlink satellites launched

SpaceX has successfully completed its 14th Starlink v1.0 launch less than a year after operational flights began and simultaneously tied its own world record for orbital-class rocket turnaround. On the heels of an unusual 48-hour delay SpaceX says it used to double check that a minor Falcon 9 second stage camera issue was not indicative […]

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SpaceX installs first high-altitude Starship’s nosecone

For the first time ever, SpaceX has stacked a flightworthy Starship prototype to its full height, leaving just one major step to go before the rocket will be tasked with an unprecedented 15 km (~50,000 ft) flight test. On October 21st, after much anticipation, SpaceX joined the first flightworthy Starship nosecone with a stack of […]

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Scrubtober strikes again: faulty SpaceX rocket camera aborts Starlink-14 launch

CEO Elon Musk says that a faulty camera on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s new upper stage lead the company to abort its October 22nd Starlink-14 launch attempt around 15 minutes before liftoff. The abort continues what has been less than affectionately termed “Scrubtober” after a relentless string of delays that actually began closer to […]

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SpaceX go for third Starlink in one month as rare six-flight booster returns to port

SpaceX has confirmed that it’s on track to attempt the third Starlink launch this month at the same time as the last Starlink mission’s rare six-flight Falcon 9 booster sailed into port. A few hours after Falcon 9 booster B1051 arrived back at Port Canaveral aboard drone ship Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY), […]

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SpaceX Starship go for nosecone installation forward after historic static fire

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that Starship and Raptor’s first triple-engine static fire was a success, opening the door for nosecone installation. Around 3:13 am CDT, October 20th, Starship serial number 8 (SN8) successfully fired up three Raptor engines less than two hours after completing the first successful three-engine preburner test. With zero direct […]

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SpaceX Starlink partners with Microsoft Azure to deploy cloud computing anywhere

Microsoft Azure has announced a partnership with SpaceX that will give customers the ability to both access and deploy cloud computing capabilities anywhere on Earth with the help of Starlink internet. Ultimately designed with anywhere from ~4,400 to ~40,000 operational satellites in mind, SpaceX’s Starlink constellation aims to connect users to the internet where existing […]

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SpaceX Starship fires up three Raptor engines in prelude to high-altitude flight

Update: At 1:21am CDT (6:21 UTC) on October 20th, Starship SN8 ignited all three of its Raptors’ preburners, producing a spectacular fireball noticeably larger than the one produced during the rocket’s first October 19th preburner test. A mere two hours later, with no break in between, the steel rocket prototype fully ignited all three Raptor […]

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