SpaceX preparing for surge of geostationary satellite launches

SpaceX is preparing for a surge of geostationary communications satellite launches after several slow years. In the late 2010s, orders of large geostationary commsats plummeted. Formerly a mainstay of the commercial launch industry, western geostationary satellite launches became much rarer in 2019 and the early 2020s. That downturn was especially noticeable for SpaceX, where geostationary […]

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Elon Musk teases expendable version of SpaceX’s reusable Starship rocket

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the company could eventually develop an expendable version of its next-generation Starship rocket. Starship is extraordinarily ambitious. Even before considering the unproven concepts of orbital propellant refilling and full, rapid reusability that are central to the full system, Starship is a beast. The rocket measures 120 meters (~390 ft) […]

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SpaceX sets stage for Starship booster’s first 33-engine static fire

SpaceX has set the stage for a record-breaking Starship booster static fire after the rocket completed a complex fueling test and launch rehearsal earlier this week. On January 25th, a tower the size of a skyscraper activated a pair of giant mechanical arms to disassemble the largest rocket ever built. The arms carefully grabbed Starship […]

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ULA set to ship Vulcan rocket to Florida for Moon lander launch

After many years of delays, all the parts of the United Launch Alliance’s next-generation Vulcan Centaur rocket are about to converge on Florida for their first launch. Unveiled in 2015, ULA has been working on Vulcan Centaur since at least 2014. Following Russia’s first illegal invasion of Ukraine, countries around the world attempted to punish […]

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches second batch of 40 OneWeb satellites

SpaceX has successfully completed its second launch for OneWeb, carrying another 40 of the London-based company’s small communications satellites into orbit. Similar to SpaceX’s own Starlink constellation, OneWeb’s primary goal is to serve internet to customers almost anywhere on Earth, particularly in places where traditional high-bandwidth connectivity is currently unavailable or unlikely to ever be […]

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Elon Musk: SpaceX’s first orbital Starship launch “highly likely” in Q1 2023

SpaceX’s first Starship orbital launch mount (OLM) appears to have passed a busy week of stress-testing, clearing the way for the company to transport a finished Super Heavy booster to the pad. Using the same launch mount, that Starship booster is expected to attempt to complete some of the riskiest and most challenging tests SpaceX […]

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SpaceX eyes West Coast for first Starlink launch of 2023

SpaceX is reportedly planning to launch its first Starlink mission of 2023 from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base. Next Spaceflight reports that SpaceX is preparing to launch Starlink 2-4 no earlier than (NET) 6:54 pm PST on January 8th, almost eight weeks after unspecified issues with a Falcon 9 rocket indefinitely delayed the mission. While […]

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SpaceX to ring in the new year with 114-payload rideshare launch

After rounding out 2022 with the world’s last orbital launch, SpaceX is on track to kick off 2023 with the new year’s first orbital launch – also the second-largest rideshare mission in history. No earlier than (NET) 9:56 am EST (14:56 UTC), a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off on Transporter-6, the […]

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SpaceX ties 42-year-old Soviet record with last launch of 2022

SpaceX has tied a 42-year-old record with its 61st and final Falcon rocket launch of 2022. Also marking the latest in a calendar year SpaceX has launched a rocket, a Falcon 9 lifted off from the company’s Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) SLC-4E pad at 11:38 pm PST, Thursday, December 29th (7:38 UTC 30 Dec) […]

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SpaceX aces 60th orbital launch of 2022

SpaceX has completed its 60th orbital launch of 2022, marking the first time the company has fully hit a public cadence target set by one of its executives. By every possible measure, 2022 has been a groundbreaking year for SpaceX even when considering the vast list of achievements it’s racked up over the last half-decade. […]

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