SpaceX reschedules Starship static fire amid deadly Texas cold snap, power grid failure

After extreme weather and a once-in-a-decade cold snap ground SpaceX’s Starship launch preparations to a halt, the company’s next critical preflight test is back on the calendar. SpaceX received permission to close Boca Chica Boulevard from 9 am to 6 pm CST (UTC-6) on Monday, February 22nd, with identical backup windows available on Tuesday and […]

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NASA aces most challenging Mars rover landing to date

After a nearly 300 million mile (480 million kilometer), seven-month-long journey, the world watched as NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance mission successfully completed the most challenging and precise landing the agency has ever attempted on Thursday (Feb. 18). Perseverance is NASA’s fifth rover and overall ninth mission to successfully land on the Red Planet. On Thursday […]

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SpaceX’s Crew-1 NASA astronauts celebrate Mars rover landing in Earth orbit

SpaceX’s Crew-1 NASA astronauts and the rest of the International Space Station crew are celebrating the space agency’s latest historic Mars landing in Earth orbit. The culmination of more than half a decade of work and a several hundred million million mile journey through deep space, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have managed to […]

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SpaceX setting the stage for Starlink’s widespread European debut

Combined with regulatory filings, a series of new job listings suggest that SpaceX is in the late stages of preparations for a widespread Starlink internet rollout across Europe. Last week, SpaceX began publishing multiple job listings for bilingual “customer support associates” fluent in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Greek. Meshing well with recent regulatory-side indications […]

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SpaceX Starship factory battles Texas power outages with Tesla solar and storage

A major cold snap and the ineptitude of state governance have combined to throw millions of Texans into darkness as freezing temperatures sweep through the state. At the southernmost fringes of Texas, SpaceX’s Boca Chica Starship factory hasn’t been insulated from the chaos, though a large Tesla Solar and Energy installation has almost certainly lessened […]

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SpaceX rocket suffers rare landing failure after kicking off Starlink doubleheader

In a rare surprise for Starlink launches, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster has failed to successfully land after kicking off the first of two Starlink missions planned in a 25-hour period. Some nine minutes after liftoff, Falcon 9 booster B1059 suffered an unknown failure that cut short its sixth landing attempt a second or two […]

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NASA Mars rover promises blazing entrance after China, UAE make it to Mars orbit

The month of the robotic invasion of Mars is upon us. Seven months ago, the United States, China, and the United Arab Emirates launched missions on a 300 million mile (480 million kilometer) journey to Mars. Last week, two of the three missions quietly arrived and inserted themselves into Mars orbit. The final spacecraft to […]

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SpaceX Starship testing slows to a crawl amid high winds and freezing rain

SpaceX’s South Texas Starship program has been hit by a burst of extreme winter weather, slowing plans and preparations for a static fire test and launch to a crawl. After several delays pushed Starship serial number 10’s (SN10) first static fire attempt from Wednesday into the following week, SpaceX was expected to try again as […]

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SpaceX Starship to test landing upgrades after two explosions

After two Starship prototypes aced their high-altitude launch debuts only to suffer last-second landing failures for unique reasons, SpaceX is gearing up for a third launch as early as this week. Crucially, though Elon Musk’s levelheaded realism (or pessimism) has often seemed to underestimate the actual odds of success, the SpaceX CEO is substantially more […]

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk talks Starship heatshield, rocket landings on Joe Rogan podcast

In a multi-hour February 2021 interview with Elon Musk himself, Joe Rogan inexplicably told the famous engineer and CEO that he had never seen a SpaceX rocket landing. Of course, the 200+ minute conversation did produce a few minor tidbits of interesting information about SpaceX (and much more about Tesla projects), but Rogan’s statement that […]

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