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  1. SpaceX reveals first orbital Starship flight plan, launching from Texas and returning near Hawaii KEY POINTS Elon Musk’s SpaceX revealed its plan for an orbital flight test of its next-generation Starship rocket, which would launch from Texas and then splashdown off the coast of Hawaii. Starship prototypes stand at about 160 feet tall, or around the size of a 16-story building, and are built of stainless steel. The Starship program continues to move at a rapid pace, with the company coming off last week’s successful landing and re
  2. SpaceX launches Starship SN15 rocket and sticks the landing in high-altitude test flight "Landing nominal," Elon Musk says. SpaceX's SN15 stuck the landing. The private spaceflight company's latest Starship prototype aced a high-altitude test flight today (May 5), checking every box from takeoff to touchdown for the first time. "We are down! The Starship has landed," John Insprucker, SpaceX's principal integration engineer, said during live commentary. Today's uncrewed test came on the 60th anniversary of the United States' first-ever crewed sp
  3. SpaceX: Over 500,000 orders for Starlink satellite internet service received to date KEY POINTS Elon Musk’s SpaceX has received more than 500,000 orders so far for the satellite internet service it’s rolling out, the company announced Tuesday. Starlink is the company’s capital-intensive project to build an interconnected internet network with thousands of satellites, designed to deliver high-speed internet to consumers anywhere on the planet. The company began accepting $99 preorders for Starlink in early February, although SpaceX
  4. NASA suspends SpaceX’s $2.9 billion moon lander contract after rivals protest SpaceX won’t receive NASA funding until the GAO resolves two formal protests A digital illustration of SpaceX’s Starship lunar lander sitting on the Moon’s surface, as proposed to NASA under its Artemis program. Image: SpaceX NASA has suspended work on SpaceX’s new $2.9 billion lunar lander contract while a federal watchdog agency adjudicates two protests over the award, the agency said Friday. Putting the Human Landing System (or HLS) work on hold unti
  5. SpaceX successfully launches four astronauts into orbit for ISS rendezvous The Falcon first stage also made a second successful drone ship landing. NASA/SpaceX SpaceX has successfully launched four astronauts into orbit en route to the International Space Station (ISS) and stuck the landing with the Falcon 9's first stage booster. The Crew-2 mission also hit several new marks in the process. It's the first to use both a recycled Falcon 9 first stage booster and a flight-proven Dragon capsule. It's also SpaceX's first mission (and the first for NASA in 2
  6. SpaceX denies claim that Starlink and OneWeb satellites almost collided SpaceX says collision-avoidance system works fine despite OneWeb's false claim. Enlarge / A stack of 60 Starlink satellites launched in 2019. SpaceX has accused satellite-broadband rival OneWeb of spreading a false story claiming that the companies' satellites nearly crashed into each other. In reality, "[t]he probability of collision never exceeded the threshold for a [collision-avoidance] maneuver, and the satellites would not have collided even if no maneuver had been condu
  7. SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink internet satellites, nails latest rocket landing at sea CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a new batch of 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit early Wednesday (March 24) and nailed a landing at sea to top off the company's latest successful mission. The veteran Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 40 here at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 4:28 a.m. EDT (0828 GMT). Approximately nine minutes later, the reusable rocket's first stage returned to Earth for its sixth su
  8. Europe is starting to freak out about the launch dominance of SpaceX The Falcon 9 has come to dominate commercial satellite launches. Enlarge / Artist's view of the configuration of Ariane 6 using two boosters (A62) on the ELA-4 launch pad together with the system's mobile launch gantry. ESA - D. Ducros A little more than a week ago, the European Space Agency announced an initiative to study "future space transportation solutions." Basically, the agency provided about $600,000, each, to three companies—ArianeGr
  9. Japanese billionaire offering free trips to moon A Japanese billionaire is offering people the chance to join him on SpaceX's planned private space flight to the moon in 2023, the first time private citizens of any country will travel that far. In a tweet and video released early Tuesday morning, Zozo CEO Yusaku Maezawa indicated that he would invite eight people to join him on the planned mission, adding that those from "all kinds of backgrounds" are encouraged to apply. 月旅行ミッション #dearMoon にエントリーすると、自分の顔写真入りのカードが作れます エントリーはこちら↓からhttps://t.co/pt0Hg5NoIE p
  10. ‘RIP SN10:′ SpaceX Starship sticks landing after 3rd test flight in Texas but still explodes Last 2 tests have ended in explosions following successful liftoff, aerial maneuver BOCA CHICA, Tx. – As the saying goes, “the third time is the charm,” and that much was true for SpaceX as the company sent another interplanetary spaceship prototype flying high above the Texas coast Wednesday but this time it survived the landing attempt only to explode minutes after a successful landing. Elon Musk’s company is churning out Starship test vehicles in Boca Chica, Texas at the
  11. Second crew member of first all-civilian SpaceX mission revealed Image Credits: Inspiration4 SpaceX is now in the business of flying people to space, and if all goes to plan, it’ll be the first to provide a trip for a crew made up entirely of private space tourists later this year. Now, we know who will join billionaire and Shift4Payments founder Jason Isaacman on that trip – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital employee, and former patient Hayley Arceneaux. Arceneaux was already selected by Isaacman to be one of the four members of the crew
  12. SpaceX reportedly raised the best part of a billion dollars to fund future missions Cash for Starship, Starlink and more SpaceX has reportedly raised $850 million in a round of funding, in transactions that would value shares of the company at $419.99 each. According to CNBC, this would mean the company is worth around $74 billion. It would also mean that the company has money to continue on with its future projects. As one could imagine, some of SpaceX’s projects are deeply unprofitable before they start making m
  13. NASA picks SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy to launch two key pieces of the Lunar Gateway The decision prompted some contractual hiccups Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images NASA chose SpaceX’s heavy-lift Falcon Heavy rocket to launch the first two elements of the agency’s Lunar Gateway, a planned outpost orbiting the moon. The two Gateway pieces, a propulsion module and astronaut living quarters, were originally designed to launch separately, but NASA picked SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy as a one-trip solution for $332 million.
  14. SpaceX Won’t Take Starlink Public This Year States Musk The Falcon 9 Block 5 launching sixty Starlink satellites to orbit from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station earlier this month. Image: SpaceX Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) chief executive Elon Musk has provided more detail for the company's plans of moving forward with an initial public offering (IPO) of its Starlink satellite-based internet constellation. Starlink is the part of SpaceX LLC., which is a SpaceX subsidiary, and speculation for its IPO is a popular topic of discussion, w
  15. SpaceX plans Starlink phone service, emergency backup, and low-income access SpaceX's latest petition to the FCC details some of its Starlink plans. Enlarge / A stack of 60 Starlink satellites launched in 2019. SpaceX A new SpaceX filing outlines plans for Starlink to offer phone service, emergency backup for voice calls, and cheaper plans for people with low incomes through the government's Lifeline program. The details are in Starlink's petition to the Federal Communications Commission for designat
  16. SpaceX Starlink passes 10,000 users and fights opposition to FCC funding Electric co-ops say Starlink is "experimental" and shouldn't get FCC money. Enlarge / A SpaceX Starlink user terminal/satellite dish. Lobby groups for small ISPs are urging the Federal Communications Commission to investigate whether SpaceX can deliver on its broadband promises and to consider blocking the satellite provider's rural-broadband funding. Meanwhile, SpaceX says the Starlink beta is now serving high-speed broadband to 10,000 users. SpaceX was one of the biggest wi
  17. Another SpaceX Starship nails clean test flight, but explodes on landing SpaceX loses another prototype in a botched landing SpaceX’s latest Starship prototype launched on Tuesday, soaring miles above its South Texas facilities in a successful flight demonstration before exploding during the landing attempt. It’s the second failed landing in a row, after a previous prototype, SN8, launched and failed to stick the landing in December. This week’s launch demo — one of many in the books already — follows
  18. SpaceX announces first ‘all-civilian’ mission to space Three seats will be donated Elon Musk’s SpaceX is planning to send its first “all-civilian” crew to space at the end of 2021 in a charity-focused mission commanded by tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman. The company said in a press release it’ll pick three people to ride alongside Isaacman to orbit aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. Isaacman, a trained pilot and the chief executive of Shift4 Payments, said he donated $100 million to S
  19. SpaceX launches 134 satellites into orbit, most ever [Updated] Party in the payload bay: 143 total satellites deployed in a dozen waves. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Sunday 10:15am ET Update: At the opening of its launch window, a Falcon 9 rocket took off from Florida on Sunday morning and made a flawless ascent into space. After dropping off the second stage in a parking orbit, the first stage returned to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. This was the 73rd time a Falcon 9 roc
  20. Falcon 9 rocket launches, lands for the eighth time in dicey winds [Updated] Weather appears to be good for Wednesday after concerns about recovery on Monday. Enlarge / SpaceX's seventeenth batch of Starlink satellites and eighth flight of this Falcon 9 first stage (B1051.8) ascending through the upper atmosphere headed to space later landing successfully on the 'Just Read The Instructions' droneship. Trevor Mahlmann 256 with 100 posters participating 8:15am ET Wednesday update: The Falcon 9 rocket took off on sc
  21. With latest Starlink launch, SpaceX to set record for rapid reuse Weather appears to be good for Wednesday after concerns about recovery on Monday. Enlarge / Falcon 9, booster 1051, breaking through the sound barrier on December 13, 2020. It's back for an eighth launch a little more than a month later. Trevor Mahlmann / Ars Technica 86 with 52 posters participating SpaceX is continuing to make strides as it pushes the boundaries of reusing the first stage of its Falco
  22. SpaceX may try to catch a falling rocket with a launch tower At first blush, this sounds insane. Enlarge / SpaceX's Starship is expected to have landing legs. Its first stage launch vehicle, Super Heavy, may not. SpaceX 74 with 49 posters participating To build a fully reusable launch system for its interplanetary Starship vehicle, SpaceX has had to solve myriad technical challenges, such as slowing the massive spacecraft down as it reenters Earth's atmosphere at near-orbital velocities.
  23. It’s time—after myriad ground tests, SpaceX will let its Starship fly free Today may determine the fate of SN8. Enlarge / An early morning view of SN8 on the launch pad in South Texas, with the Gulf of Mexico in the distance. SpaceX 114 with 68 posters participating Today's the day. Probably. After multiple ground-based tests of the propellant tanks inside its Starship prototype and firings of the vehicle's three Raptor engines, SpaceX says the large vehicle may fly on Tuesday from the com
  24. SpaceX successfully launches second crew to space on first operational mission Four astronauts are now on their way to the space station (NASA/Joel Kowsky) SpaceX successfully launched its second crew of astronauts to orbit this evening inside the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The flight, called Crew-1, marks the first operational mission of the Crew Dragon, as SpaceX embarks on a new era of regularly sending people to and from the International Space Station for NASA. The Crew D
  25. SpaceX successfully launches an updated GPS satellite for the Space Force The rocket took off at 6:24PM ET Update November 5th, 8:00PM ET: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and deployed the GPS III SV04 satellite about an hour and a half later. The Falcon 9’s first stage also successfully landed on SpaceX’s drone ship following takeoff. Original Story: Thursday night, SpaceX is slated to launch a new, upgraded GPS satellite for the US Space Fo
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