SpaceX recaps historic Starship landing in 4K as next ship readies for flight

SpaceX has published a new 4K video recapping Starship’s first intact landing after a high-altitude launch right as the company is preparing the next ship for flight. On March 3rd, Starship serial number 10 (SN10) briefly became the first prototype to successfully launch to 10 km (6.2 mi), ‘skydive’ back to Earth, flip around, and […]

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SpaceX rocket boosters line up in port for the first time after back-to-back launches

For the first time ever, two SpaceX Falcon 9 boosters – fresh off of two successful Starlink launches and landings – have met back at Port Canaveral, creating the first rocket ‘traffic jam’ of its kind. On March 11th, Falcon 9 booster B1058 stuck its sixth launch and landing after supporting SpaceX’s sixth dedicated Starlink […]

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SpaceX eyes Summer 2021 for Starship’s orbital launch debut

NASASpaceflight reports that SpaceX wants to begin orbital Starship launch attempts as early as July 1st, 2021, less than four months from now. In no uncertain terms, this is an internal target, meaning that it’s far likelier than not that SpaceX’s first orbital Starship launch attempt wont happen in July. Nevertheless, the target’s existence implies […]

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SpaceX schedules Starship launch the day after planned Raptor engine test fire

Public documents show that SpaceX has plans to static fire and launch its latest Starship prototype within a two-day period that could begin later today. SpaceX shipped Starship SN11 from its Boca Chica, Texas rocket factory to test and launch facilities a mile down the road on March 8th, less than five days after Starship […]

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SpaceX rocket booster aces 9th launch and landing for the first time

In a new rocket reusability first, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster has successfully completed its ninth orbital-class launch and landing, leaving the company just one mission away from a target that’s been front and center for years. Known as Starlink V1 L21 or Starlink-21, today’s launch also set no less than three more records on […]

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SpaceX Starship holds up under pressure, lines up Raptor engine test fire

After a few false starts and some minor delays, SpaceX’s 11th Starship prototype (SN11) has made it through two of the three major tests standing between it and liftoff. SpaceX rolled Starship SN11 from the factory to the launch pad on March 8th, just five days after Starship SN10 briefly became the first prototype of […]

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SpaceX Starlink beta testers see big speed boosts, major outages

A portion of the thousands of consumers participating in SpaceX’s “Better Than Nothing” Starlink beta test have begun to see massive speed boosts at the cost of equally significant network instability. In its current state, SpaceX’s ever-growing constellation of Starlink satellites regularly vacillates between inspiring awe and nail-pulling frustration between users. Still firmly stuck in […]

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SpaceX aces Starlink launch, kicks off service in Germany, New Zealand

SpaceX has successfully completed the second 60-satellite Starlink launch this month and sixth Starlink launch this year while simultaneously announcing that the space-based internet service has begun rolling out in Germany and New Zealand. SpaceX has also begun expanding Starlink availability throughout the northern and southernmost parts of the United Kingdom, as well as Wales, […]

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Here’s why SpaceX’s latest Starship rocket exploded after touchdown

In what has become a bit of a tradition, CEO Elon Musk has taken to Twitter again to explain the outcome of SpaceX’s latest Starship launch and landing attempt in more detail. This time around, Musk’s debriefing comes after Starship serial number 10 (SN10) briefly became the first prototype of its kind to land in […]

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SpaceX fires up Falcon 9 for second Starlink launch this month

SpaceX is on track to launch its second Starlink mission this month after successfully completing an increasingly rare Falcon 9 static fire test at the launch pad. B1058, the flight-proven Falcon 9 booster assigned to the mission, famously became the first privately-developed rocket to launch astronauts back in May 2020 and has completed another four […]

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