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NASA confident in early 2020 first manned SpaceX mission

NASA confident in early 2020 first manned SpaceX mission

Barely two weeks ago, Elon Musk proudly revealed the success, changes, and plans for SpaceX's deep-space Starship program. Almost ironically, NASA was not too happy with the focus on yet another project that the popular space company is engaging it, not when SpaceX is also supposed to be working on manned flights for NASA. The very public spat between the two institutions naturally made rounds on the Internet and, perhaps to show they're still on good terms, NASA made a visit to SpaceX HQ and affirmed its positive outlook for the first manned mission to the ISS from US soil.

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SpaceX Starship update: in-orbit refueling, interplanetary trips

SpaceX Starship update: in-orbit refueling, interplanetary trips

SpaceX recently bagged two successful hops of its single-engine Starship prototype and, for Elon Musk, that's more than enough to hop onto the next thing on its list. In contrast to the small jumps that Starhopper made, SpaceX's ambitions go beyond the Moon and Mars. Delivering on its promised update, Musk revealed to the public SpaceX's vision of how to get humans in orbit and beyond and it will take at least two Starships to make it happen.

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SpaceX Starhopper makes highest, longest, and final untethered hop

SpaceX Starhopper makes highest, longest, and final untethered hop

There's nothing small about the hop that SpaceX just accomplished on Tuesday afternoon. It does, however, signify a large leap for the company and perhaps the entire space travel industry. Elon Musk's space-faring company just successfully got the its Starhopper prototype to make its second hop and safely land it, too. And while it is also its last test, it has opened the doors for SpaceX to start work on its true goal: the Starship that will take humans to the Moon and beyond and back home again.

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Rocket Lab Electron rockets to have unusual recovery method

Rocket Lab Electron rockets to have unusual recovery method

A lot of people dream of making space travel a more regular thing but, until recently, most have taken for granted how expensive those can be simply because every rocket is almost completely destroyed after use. Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin have helped ignite a new trend that focuses on reusable rockets and now almost every space company and space agency is eying reusable rockets. Young company Rocket Lab is no different but it is different in how it wants to recover rockets by catching them with helicopters.

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Inventor Franky Zapata rides jet-powered flyboard across the English Channel

Inventor Franky Zapata rides jet-powered flyboard across the English Channel

Mankind has always had an obsession with flying. Not just in large metal vehicles, which is probably just a compromise. In both science and fiction, people have tried to develop machines that would propel their bodies into the air and, ideally, let it stay there until they reach their intended destination. It's no Iron Man suit, but French inventor Franky Zapata may have just made some of those dreams come true when he took his kerosene backpack and crossed the English Channel on his futuristic flyboard.

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SpaceX Starhopper makes another successful UNtethered hop [UPDATE: Further detail]

SpaceX Starhopper makes another successful UNtethered hop [UPDATE: Further detail]

One small hop for mankind isn't enough, especially when you're supposed to make epic leaps to take humanity to Mars and beyond. SpaceX's dream of colonizing the Moon and Mars will depend not on the Falcon 9 but on a more powerful kind of rocket. But even before the Starship can make its historic maiden voyage, its prototype needs to survive a number of tests first. Fortunately for SpaceX, the Starhopper finally delivered that yet again.

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SpaceX Starhopper fireball won’t stop next big test says Elon Musk

SpaceX Starhopper fireball won’t stop next big test says Elon Musk

SpaceX's flambéed Starhopper may have ended its rocket test this week with an unexpected fireball, but Elon Musk says the spaceship escaped okay in the end. The so-called static fire test, in which the craft is tethered down to prevent it taking off under the rocket's power, turned into a dramatic flare-up that wasn't intended.

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Europe to develop reusable rockets to fend off SpaceX dominance

Europe to develop reusable rockets to fend off SpaceX dominance

No one country can claim monopoly or sovereignty of the vastness of outer space. They can, however, claim superiority in the technologies that will take equipment and humans there. For the past years, space tech news has mostly revolved around SpaceX and, to a lesser extent, Blue Origin, both US companies. Other countries like China and even Russia aren’t sitting still and now the European Commission is making a move as well. It has just greenlit a three-year project to develop its own reusable rockets.

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Watch Blue Origin’s BE-7 rocket ace its first colorful hot-fire

Watch Blue Origin’s BE-7 rocket ace its first colorful hot-fire

Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' space company, has hit a new rocket milestone in its plan to make it to the Moon - and the billionaire celebrated with a video of the colorful moment. The company tested the BE-7 lunar landing engine for the first time in a hot-fire situation, and while that doesn't mean it makes it off the ground, it is a vital step in the process toward that happening.

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NASA hits key Space Launch System milestone for future Moon missions

NASA hits key Space Launch System milestone for future Moon missions

NASA has announced that its Space Launch System project has reached a 'significant milestone' in the effort to return humans to the Moon. The space agency and Boeing, one of the private companies it tapped as a contractor, have assembled four-fifths of the huge core stage that is key to launching the SLS and related Orion spacecraft. The success brings NASA closer to its Artemis-1 lunar mission.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket’s Arabsat-6A satellite launch was a success

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket’s Arabsat-6A satellite launch was a success

Humanity's most powerful rocket, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, had a successful second flight today, the company has announced. This flight followed the first Falcon Heavy test launch in 2018 and involved the Arabsat-6A, a Saudi Arabian communications satellite. All three of the rocket's boosters safely landed on Earth; the side boosters for this launch hadn't previously been used.

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SpaceX Starhopper Starship makes one small hop for mankind

SpaceX Starhopper Starship makes one small hop for mankind

Having nailed down Falcon 9 launches and landings, Elon Musk's SpaceX is setting its sights on the next literally big thing. Before its stainless steel Starship could take to the skies, however, its test version needs to make a few hops first. That first hop just took place at Boca Chica, Texas and the Starhopper survived to tell the tale, opening the door for future ground hops before the big suborbital one.

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