SpaceX’s Starlink launch ambitions just saved a space station resupply mission from big delays

SpaceX’s ambitious 2020 Starlink launch goals have unintentionally saved a Cargo Dragon spacecraft mission from much longer delays after a major part of its Falcon 9 rocket had to be replaced at the last second. Known as SpaceX’s 20th NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-20) mission, SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon spacecraft was initially scheduled to launch supplies […]

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SpaceX Starship rolls to Texas launch pad ahead of next big test campaign

SpaceX’s first flightworthy Starship prototype has rolled to its South Texas launch pad just hours after it was welded together and is now preparing for several critical tests it must pass before it can be deemed ready for liftoff. Fabricated and assembled with incredible speed at SpaceX’s growing Boca Chica, Texas Starship factory and test […]

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SpaceX’s Los Angeles Mars rocket factory go for launch after cresting last big hurdle

SpaceX’s revived plan for a California-based Mars rocket factory has officially been approved by the Los Angeles City Council, the last major hurdle standing in the way of the prospective port-based Starship production facilities. First announced in March 2018 and abandoned for about a year beginning in March 2019, SpaceX has refreshed plans to build […]

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NASA’s next mission could study one of these bizarre moons

Venus, Triton, or Io? Where would you send NASA’s newest mission? The space agency is in the midst of planning out its next Discovery class mission, a lower cost exploration program, capped at $500 million (not including launch costs). To that end, NASA has selected four finalists and one — or perhaps two — will […]

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Martian dust storms are driving away spacecraft-saving dust devils

Dust devils are pretty common on Mars – the Red Planet is, after all, a very dusty and windy place. What’s a bit more rare is capturing one of the whirling devils on film. That’s because they fade away nearly as quickly as they appear. But in October 2019, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to […]

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SpaceX Starlink job posting signals serious interest in a growing multi-billion dollar market

A new SpaceX Starlink job posting hints that the company is very interested in an established multi-billion dollar market for high-quality satellite internet – a use-case its Starlink constellation should be a perfect fit for. One of the biggest sources for a recent boom in global demand for satellite broadband services, in-flight connectivity (IFC) is […]

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Tesla rival Audi hits the pause button on e-tron production

The Audi factory in Belgium paused the production of the e-tron SUV citing production issues such as a battery supply bottleneck. The production of Audi Brussels was shut down Thursday last week and is expected to last until Tuesday. According to Audi insiders, aside from battery supply issues, there are also shortages of other parts […]

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NASA is training SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon astronauts for a much longer mission in space

NASA has revealed that the astronauts assigned to SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut launch debut are training for a space station mission many times longer than initially planned. Scheduled to deliver two NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) no earlier than (NET) late-April or May 2020, Crew Dragon’s Demo-2 mission will be […]

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SpaceX’s next military launch cleared for historic rocket landing attempt

SpaceX officially has permission to perform a Falcon 9 booster recovery after its next launch for the US Air Force, now guaranteed to be the first time a rocket booster attempts to land during an operational launch for the US military. Alongside their booster landing attempt confirmation, the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) […]

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SpaceX sets date for first Florida launch of its kind in more than half a century

Argentinian space agency CONAE says that both its SAOCOM 1B satellite and SpaceX are on track for a type of launch that the United States’ East Coast hasn’t supported in more than half a century. CONAE has revealed that SpaceX aims to launch the ~2800 kg (6200 lb) radar Earth observation satellite into orbit on a Falcon […]

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