Items tagged with SpaceX

SpaceX has delayed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket carrying Intuitive Machines IM-1 lunar mission that will attempt to soft land on the Moon’s surface. The mission aims to be the first to successfully land a US vehicle on the moon since Apollo 17 in 1972. Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C class lunar lander, named... Read more...
The US Space Force, in partnership with SpaceX, just launched the Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on a Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A two nights ago. The top-secret flight is the seventh flight for the X-37B program and its first launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy... Read more...
Elon Musk's SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 first-stage booster for what would be a record-breaking 19th mission. The launch occurred just after midnight on December 23, 2023, and successfully added 23 Starlink satellites to its network constellation. Starlink mission 6-32 launched from the Space Launch Complex 40... Read more...
The US Space Force (USSF) is about to launch its X-37B reusable and unmanned mini space shuttle on a secret mission. Mission specifics are sparse, but many believe that it represents the US military's warning to (primarily) Russian and Chinese rivals of its intention of achieving space superiority.  With six... Read more...
Amazon has inked a deal with Blue Origin rival SpaceX for three Falcon 9 launches to support deployment of Project Kuiper, Amazon’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite broadband network. The company previously secured 77 heavy-lift rockets from Arianespace, Blue Origin, and United Launch Alliance, which should be enough... Read more...
SpaceX's launch of its uncrewed Starship garnered some astounding images during the second major flight test. The spacecraft achieved a height three times higher than its previous launch before it exploded over the Gulf of Mexico. The company hoped Starship would have been able to successfully orbit Earth before... Read more...
SpaceX Dragon cargo ship delivers supplies and new experiments to the crew aboard the International Space Station. Dragon will remain docked for about a month before returning to Earth with cargo and research. NASA's SpaceX 29th commercial resupply mission launched on November 9, 2023, from Launch Complex 39A at... Read more...
SpaceX shared phenomenal footage of its latest round of test fires on its massive upper-stage rocket, Starship. The Elon Musk-owned space agency is still waiting to receive clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) for a second test flight of its Super Heavy rocket. The footage of the test fire was posted... Read more...
Elon Musk says he believes Starship has a "decent" chance of reaching orbit during its upcoming second test flight. The first launch attempt ended with Starship ablaze on April 20, 2023. On what would be a fitting day, Starship made its first launch attempt on 4/20/2023. Musk and SpaceX considered the launch a... Read more...
NASA's Psyche mission has been delayed slightly. However, the space agency still wants civilians to get psyched about the spacecraft traveling to a unique metal-rich asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. A new teaser trailer from NASA provides a little insight into the mission that scientists believe... Read more...
SpaceX successfully test-fired its Super Heavy booster ahead of Elon Musk's space company's next Starship launch. The booster, designated as Booster 9, was static-fired at SpaceX's Starbase test site in Boca Chica, Texas. Starship met a dreadful fate on its inaugural test launch on April 20, 2023, as the spacecraft... Read more...
ClearSpace-1 is part of the first-ever mission to remove existing space debris from orbit through a highly precise and close proximity operation. The upcoming cleanup mission will target a defunct rocket part that was launched into space in 2013. With companies like SpaceX launching more satellites than ever while... Read more...
Members of NASA's SpaceX Crew 7 mission are on track for liftoff this Friday, August 25, 2023, as the crew clears its Flight Readiness Review. The space agency also shared intriguing insight into how the crew has been preparing for the upcoming mission on YouTube. On Aug. 20, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon... Read more...
Earlier this week, SpaceX had anticipated launching two rockets back-to-back just 44 minutes apart, which would set the record for the fastest time between launches. However, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy that was second in line had some delays that pushed its launch back into the evening. Despite this setback, the events... Read more...
SpaceX is scheduled to launch a broadband satellite into low-Earth orbit (LEO) for Hughes Network Systems. Jupiter 3, a 10-ton, 28-foot-long spacecraft and the largest commercial communications satellite ever built, is designed to deliver higher data transfer speeds to those using Hughes internet service. Hughes... Read more...
NASA has announced that Blue Origin will be developing the human landing system for the agency's Artemis V mission to the Moon. The aerospace and defense technology company owned by Jeff Bezos will design, develop, test, and verify its moon lander to meet NASA's human landing system requirements for multiple... Read more...
Japanese company ispace learned the hard way that landing a spacecraft on the surface of the moon is far from easy. The company's attempt to be the first private company to make a moon landing ended with a loss of communication with its Hakuto-R lander before crashing into the lunar surface. With so many successful... Read more...
As space tourism becomes more of a reality, one group of scientists is pondering the thought of "uncontrolled human conception" in space. The scientist's green paper suggests space sex could happen within the next decade and we need to start preparing for it now. The group says tourist behavior will differ greatly... Read more...
Elon Musk and SpaceX consider the Starship rocket launch on 4/20 a success, even after the spacecraft had to self-destruct minutes into the flight. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported an "anomaly" occurred during the ascent and prior to stage separation, resulting in the loss of the spacecraft. Musk... Read more...
A strange spiral spotted over Alaska, which some described as an alien spaceship or a portal to an alternate universe, actually has a fairly mundane explanation. The spiral was made even more spectacular as it accompanied an aurora borealis late Friday night into early Saturday morning. Reports of the strange... Read more...
Venturi Astrolab, Inc. has reached an agreement with SpaceX for the company to transport Astrolab's Flexible Logistics and Exploration (FLEX) rover on an upcoming mission to the Moon. The mission is currently slated for as soon as mid-2026 and will utilize SpaceX's Starship to launch and land the rover onto the lunar... Read more...
Nokia, the Finnish telecommunications group, has plans to literally launch a 4G network on the moon to help with future human lunar expansion. One thing's for sure: the monthly data rates will be astronomical. According to CNBC, Nokia has booked a ride on a SpaceX rocket in the coming months to launch the initial... Read more...
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