SpaceX rolls last Starship off the assembly line ahead of “major upgrades”

SpaceX has installed Starship serial number 11’s (SN11) steel nosecone, effectively completing the rocket and marking the end of production for a series of four virtually identical prototypes. SpaceX has soared through a limited production run of four full-height Starship prototypes with a more or less frozen design, simultaneously serving as a pilot run for […]

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy ‘center core’ passes through Arizona on its way to Texas

On the heels SpaceX’s first new Falcon Heavy booster in two years beginning its journey to Florida, another of the rocket’s three first stages was spotted on its way from Hawthorne, California to McGregor, Texas. Set to be the first Falcon Heavy launch since June 2019, SpaceX is working around the clock to prepare three […]

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NASA chooses SpaceX to launch a self-propelled space station to the Moon

Days after SpaceX won a NASA contract to launch a galaxy-mapping space telescope, the space agency has selected Falcon Heavy to launch a small space station to the Moon some four years from now. Loosely known as Gateway, NASA and a few of its ‘centers’ have been floating the concept for years – partially on […]

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SpaceX’s most rapidly-reusable rocket booster speeds towards next launch

SpaceX’s most rapidly-reusable Falcon 9 booster has sped through its post-landing recovery process after becoming the first rocket in history to launch twice in less than four weeks. On February 4th, after a few days of delays, Falcon 9 booster B1060 lifted off for the fifth time, carrying 60 fresh Starlink v1.0 satellites out of […]

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SpaceX is setting the stage for a third Starship launch later this week

In the midst of what appears to be Starship SN10’s first cryogenic proof test, SpaceX has filed temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) with the FAA for a third Starship launch as early as this week. Effectively identical to late Starships SN8 and SN9, both of which suffered last-second failures that led to hard impacts and explosions […]

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SpaceX wants to launch its next Starship ASAP

Contrary to recent comments from CEO Elon Musk, SpaceX appears to be forging ahead at full speed in a bid to launch its next Starship ASAP. Known as Starship serial number 10 (SN10), the prototype is the latest in a series of four ships SpaceX has ultimately set aside from low(er)-altitude development testing. Starship SN8 […]

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon just became America’s longest-lived astronaut spaceship

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon has officially become the longest-lived American astronaut spacecraft ever built, beating an 84-day record set by the Apollo-era Skylab-4 mission almost half a century ago. Crew Dragon was able to beat that record so quickly because NASA ultimately chose to cannibalize its existing Saturn rocket and Apollo CSM spacecraft expertise, production capabilities, […]

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Tesla dashcam captures best of humanity as Model X owner, other drivers, protect woman ejected from car

The world could be exhausting at times. A look at news reports across the globe would show that there are a ton of things wrong in the world. But every so often, something happens that, at least to some degree, restores one’s faith in humanity. These instances, while far and between, prove that ultimately, there […]

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk talks Starship explosion: “We were too dumb”

Two days after a last-second failure caused Starship SN9 to smash into the ground and explode, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has returned to Twitter with some harsh preliminary reactions. Right off the bat, in response to a question about why Starships SN8 and SN9 both attempted their unsuccessful landings with only two of three available […]

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SpaceX teams up with NASA to launch a galaxy-mapping space telescope

SpaceX appears to be continuing a streak of NASA launch contract awards, winning $98.8 million to launch a galaxy-mapping spacecraft known as SPHEREx in 2024. Designed to perform surveys of hundreds of millions to billions of stars and galaxies across a vast swath of the universe, SPHEREx’s primary scientific goal is to better understand and […]

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