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SpaceX’s Starship SN3 prototype imploded on the test bed

SpaceX’s Starship SN3 prototype imploded on the test bed

SpaceX's latest Starship prototype trial didn't quite go according to plan, with a fairly dramatic implosion during cryogenic proof testing early on Friday morning. Started on Thursday, it was meant to show that the full-scale Starship prototype, known as SN3, was capable of surviving the sort of pressures it'll eventually face in flight.

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Flat Earther Mad Mike Hughes dies in homemade rocket crash

Flat Earther Mad Mike Hughes dies in homemade rocket crash

Reaching the skies has always been one of man's dreams. Going beyond the clouds to the stars is another. Both dreams, however, require more than just theory and study but long years, even decades, of testing and, in modern society, government regulation. That hasn't stopped dreamers from crafting their own aircraft to beat the odds and the system. Sometimes they survive with only a few bruises or broken bones. Sometimes, like "Mad Mike" Hughes, they, unfortunately, don't.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon escape test success could lead to Spring crewed flight

SpaceX Crew Dragon escape test success could lead to Spring crewed flight

By now, SpaceX is quite famous for launching rockets that land safely back on earth to be reused again. Last Sunday, however, it let a Falcon 9 rocket explode and actually got congratulated for it. That's really because the expensive rocket wasn't the focus of the launch. Instead, SpaceX was testing the Crew Dragon's escape system that could hopefully save even more precious lives when the capsule does make its first manned flight in a few months.

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Jetman Yves Rossy vertical take-off looks almost too relaxing

Jetman Yves Rossy vertical take-off looks almost too relaxing

There is no shortage of people trying to create ways for mankind to fly on their own. Pretty much like the Wright Brothers, these people are both admired and ridiculed. These days, however, it's no longer a dream nor a fantasy nor science fiction with inventions and stunts from the likes of Yves Rossy, better known as "Jetman" who makes taking off vertically look almost too easy.

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Boeing Starliner lands safely on the ground after rocky launch

Boeing Starliner lands safely on the ground after rocky launch

Elon Musk's SpaceX may have the lion's share of successful landings of rockets but rival Boeing is calling dibs on a different sort of landing. Its CST-100 Starliner was supposed to rendezvous with the International Space Station this weekend but failed to meet that objective due to a slight mishap. Fortunately, the mission didn't end in a complete failure and now Boeing boasts of the first successful landing of an orbital crew capsule, paving the way for more tests in the near future.

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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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