Items tagged with SpaceX

Following two aborted launch attempts, NASA finally launched Boeing’s Starliner on an Atlas V rocket this week. Just one day later, SpaceX completed its fourth test launch of its Starship spacecraft. While the two spacecrafts may sound similar, they are actually have different purposes for furthering space... Read more...
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a piece of space junk! A piece of space debris believed to be from a recent SpaceX mission was found in rural North Carolina. An employee of The Glamping Collective, a company that operates cabins and other facilities on a mountaintop about 20 miles west of Asheville, North Carolina... Read more...
SpaceX recorded its 51st orbital mission of 2024 in spectacular fashion, as the launch produced a jellyfish-like effect in the evening skies above Florida. The launch was also the Falcon 9 booster’s record setting 21st flight, with two other boosters close behind with 20 launches under their belt. SpaceX launched... Read more...
Taking a page from Apple, word is now swirling that Google might infuse the next Pixel 9, Pixel Fold, and a 5G tablet with basic satellite-based SOS texting connectivity. This will be made possible by the new Samsung-made Exynos 5400 modem along with a partnership with T-Mobile as the service provider. Last year... Read more...
As the space around Earth becomes more crowded with satellites and other spacecraft, NASA has a plan for a sustainable future within the cosmos. The space agency recently released the first part of its integrated Space Sustainability Strategy, marking initial progress for NASA on the issue at hand. It feels like... Read more...
Sources familiar with the project say SpaceX entered into a classified contract with a US intelligence agency to build a network of spy satellites. The new venture is believed to fall under a $1.8 billion contract signed with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), an intelligence agency that oversees the operation... Read more...
SpaceX’s third flight test of Starship is deemed a huge success by the company, even though the spacecraft was lost during reentry. The intent was never to recover Starship, but the hopes were it would survive reentry and then be destroyed as it slammed into the Indian Ocean. Starship launched from SpaceX’s... Read more...
A Japanese launch service provider’s attempt to become the first private entity in Japan to launch a satellite into orbit ended abruptly, mere seconds after liftoff. Space One’s solid-fuel Kairos rocket executed an abort command after detecting an issue, leading to a spectacular explosion. Just five seconds after... Read more...
After two delayed launches, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-8 finally launched four crew members to the International Space Station aboard the Dragon spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket carried the Dragon spacecraft into orbit with astronauts Matthew Dominick, Michael... Read more...
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...
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