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SpaceX SN15 Starship prototype high-altitude test was canceled

SpaceX SN15 Starship prototype high-altitude test was canceled

SpaceX announced that it was not going to carry out the high-altitude test of its SN15 Starship prototype recently. The test had been scheduled to occur on Friday, April 30. SpaceX didn't indicate why it canceled the test, and it's expected to conduct the test early next week, but that is unconfirmed.

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Debris from a Falcon 9 rocket made for an impressive light show in the sky

Debris from a Falcon 9 rocket made for an impressive light show in the sky

Some United States residents got an impressive light show that resulted from an uncontrolled re-entry of a Falcon 9 rocket in the skies over the US. About three weeks ago, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center loaded with 60 Starlink satellites. That entire mission went without a hitch regarding putting the satellites into orbit, but there was an issue with the rocket's second stage.

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SpaceX investigates Starship blast site using a robot

SpaceX investigates Starship blast site using a robot

SpaceX is certainly no stranger to missions that don't go as planned. While getting the Falcon 9 ready for prime time, the company certainly suffered some rocket losses. Currently, SpaceX has the same mixed luck with its new Starship. The most recent mission saw Starship SN10 pulling off its flight and landing flawlessly. However, minutes after landing, the rocket unexpectedly exploded.

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Brazil’s first self-developed satellite will keep an eye on the rain forests

Brazil’s first self-developed satellite will keep an eye on the rain forests

Much of Brazil is packed full of dense rain forests that are critical to our planet's environment. Many feel like the clearing of the Amazonian rain forests are a detriment to the entire world, and efforts are being made to protect them. Brazil is set to launch its first homemade satellite known as Amazonia-1, and the entire satellite was developed within the country.

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Another passenger named for the first SpaceX private spaceflight

Another passenger named for the first SpaceX private spaceflight

Another astronaut has been named in the first SpaceX private spaceflight. The astronaut is a 29-year-old physician assistant named Hayley Arceneaux, who is a bone cancer survivor. Arceneaux was announced as a passenger on the spaceflight by Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital on Monday. Arceneaux was a former patient of the hospital hired to work there last spring.

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SpaceX puts 60 additional Starlink satellites into orbit but fails to recover the booster

SpaceX puts 60 additional Starlink satellites into orbit but fails to recover the booster

It's become routine for SpaceX to launch its own Falcon 9 rockets with Starlink broadband satellites aboard. A Falcon 9 rocket launched a new batch of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit late on Monday, February 15. While the launch went off without a hitch, and the second stage with the satellites aboard continued functioning normally, the Falcon 9 booster recovery failed.

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A new plasma thruster could speed space travel

A new plasma thruster could speed space travel

A researcher from the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory named Fatima Ebrahimi has developed a new type of thruster that could help humans explore space in the future. The new thruster uses magnetic fields to cause plasma particles to shoot out of the back of a rocket propelling the spacecraft forward. Plasma is the fourth state of matter and is an electrically charged gas.

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Virgin Orbit successfully puts NASA payload into space

Virgin Orbit successfully puts NASA payload into space

Virgin Orbit is a company based in California that launches satellites into orbit. The company confirmed that its LauncherOne rocket reached space during its second launch demonstration held on Sunday. The mission placed ten payloads into orbit for NASA's Launch Services Program.

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NASA’s SLS core stage hot fire test didn’t go as planned

NASA’s SLS core stage hot fire test didn’t go as planned

Yesterday we mentioned that NASA TV would be airing the hot fire test of the SLS core stage rocket meant to push Artemis I to the moon. The core stage rocket was fueled and attached to a test sand with the intent of firing its quartet of massive rocket engines for the entire duration of time it would take for the rocket to reach orbit. However, things didn't go well, and the SLS core stage rocket ended its test 67 seconds after it began.

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Space Launch System rocket could conduct a hot fire test soon

Space Launch System rocket could conduct a hot fire test soon

NASA's Space Launch System rocket is ready to proceed to the final test in the Green Run series. The final test is the hot fire test and could happen as early as January 17. Hot fire is the cumulation of all the Green Run test series, which was an eight-part test campaign. The point of the test series was to gradually bring the core stage of the SLS rocket to life for the first time.

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SpaceX launches mysterious spy satellite for the NRO

SpaceX launches mysterious spy satellite for the NRO

SpaceX was able to successfully launch a new spy satellite early this morning for the National Reconnaissance Office. For those unfamiliar, the National Reconnaissance Office is an extremely secretive agency within the Defense Department. Liftoff for the mysterious payload, a spy satellite dubbed "gorilla," happened at 9 AM Saturday morning from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

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SpaceX successfully completed its 25th launch this year

SpaceX successfully completed its 25th launch this year

SpaceX has announced that it successfully launched the SXM-7 satellite on Sunday, completing its 25th launch this year. The mission put a satellite into orbit for Sirius XM radio to provide satellite-based radio programming for people in Canada, the US, and the Caribbean. The satellite sent into orbit was quite large, weighing in at 15,432 pounds.

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