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Japanese private rocket crashes in flames right after launch

Japanese private rocket crashes in flames right after launch

It appears that Japan's private rocket industry still has ways to go before it catches up with the US's SpaceX and Blue Origin. On Saturday, the Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies attempted to launch its MOMO-2 rocket, only for the vehicle to come crashing down in the seconds after liftoff and burst into flames. The incident took place on the northern island of Hokkaido, was the second launch attempt by Interstellar Technologies.

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SpaceX wins $130M bid to launch military satellite on Falcon Heavy

SpaceX wins $130M bid to launch military satellite on Falcon Heavy

SpaceX continues to make real progress on its Falcon Heavy project. After successfully launching the new, bigger rocket for the first time earlier this year, the company has landed a $130 million contract to launch a classified military satellite for the US Air Force using the Falcon Heavy. We're still awaiting SpaceX to announce additional test launches for the Falcon Heavy, which can carry much larger payloads than the standard Falcon 9, while the AFSPC-52 satellite isn't scheduled to launch until 2020.

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Aevum Ravn unmanned aircraft launches space payloads every 3 hours

Aevum Ravn unmanned aircraft launches space payloads every 3 hours

An Alabama-based aerospace company plans to offer small space payload launches every 180 minutes using an unmanned aircraft system called Ravn. Unlike existing launch vehicles, which are used to carry payloads into space, Aevum's Ravn system is designed to operate like a commercial aircraft, reducing the turnaround time from landing to the next takeoff to anywhere between 30 and 80 minutes.

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SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it’s a game-changer

SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it’s a game-changer

SpaceX has successfully landed its Falcon 9 Block 5, the rocket that will used to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. This is the most powerful version of the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket, one featuring upgrades that enhance its reusability. Today's success marks the first time this rocket has been launched and successfully landed.

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Blue Origin New Shepard’s 8th flight reaches highest altitude

Blue Origin New Shepard’s 8th flight reaches highest altitude

Most will probably be familiar with SpaceX for its much publicized rocket launches and landings, but it isn't the only one in that, er, space. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is has also been launching and landing rockets and even has quite a lead on SpaceX when it comes to rocket reuse. The company has just recently conducted its eighth mission, with a successful landing, of course, that also marks the highest altitude the rocket has ever reached since the initial mission in 2015.

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Blue Origin will launch this weekend with livestream

Blue Origin will launch this weekend with livestream

We haven't heard much in the last several months from Blue Origin, the private aerospace company owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, but that's finally going to change this weekend. After a successful test flight of its Crew Capsule 2.0 back in December, Blue Origin will conduct another test launch of its New Shepard rocket this weekend, making it the eighth overall and the first of 2018. Even better is that the whole thing will be watchable via livestream.

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SpaceX Mars BFR rocket Port of Los Angeles plans confirmed

SpaceX Mars BFR rocket Port of Los Angeles plans confirmed

Following information revealed in a document published in mid-March, Los Angeles officials have confirmed that SpaceX will be leasing space at the Port of Los Angeles to work on its Mars rocket. The plans must be approved by the board of harbor commissioners, however that approval is expected this upcoming Thursday. The city is offering extensive perks to SpaceX for its work there.

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Flat Earther survives rocket launch, didn’t see if Earth is not flat

Flat Earther survives rocket launch, didn’t see if Earth is not flat

Late last year, the Flat Earth movement gained a new hero and a new public face. Self-taught rocket scientist “Mad” Mike Hughes went public with his plan to launch himself nearly two-thousand feet into the atmosphere on a self-made steam rocket. Perhaps validating his painted image of a persecuted genius, Hughes finally made true his boast and launched himself into the air and surviving to tell the tale. But not to answer the biggest question of all.

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SpaceX BFR Mars rocket may be built in Los Angeles

SpaceX BFR Mars rocket may be built in Los Angeles

SpaceX's Mars rocket may be built in Los Angeles, a location that would give the company easy access to the water necessary to transport the huge rocket. Unlike the spacecraft it currently constructs in Hawthorne, California, SpaceX won't be able to transports its Mars rocket, the BFR, using roads. Instead, the company will need to ship the rocket using waterways, making a new document published by the Port of Los Angeles noteworthy.

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SpaceX BFR Mars rocket tests may start in first half of 2019

SpaceX BFR Mars rocket tests may start in first half of 2019

Elon Musk, well known for his ambitious deadlines, has revealed that SpaceX may start testing its Mars rocket in the first half of next year. It's no secret that Musk envisions a future in which humans have branched out from their Earth-bound homes, but taking humans to Mars is a mission still years away. The testing of its BFR system, however, underscores the progress SpaceX has made toward this goal in recent years.

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SpaceX made a Falcon Heavy launch video with Westworld creators

SpaceX made a Falcon Heavy launch video with Westworld creators

At this year's SXSW event, a panel for HBO's Westworld saw the show's co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy bring out their good friend Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla to offer a few words. While Musk's surprise appearance had little to do with Westworld directly, Nolan commented that they wanted to share some positivity and "optimism." This meant the debut of a promotional trailer Nolan helped create for SpaceX's successful Falcon Heavy launch back in February.

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SpaceX’s Tesla Roadster-launching Falcon Heavy rocket video is a must-see

SpaceX’s Tesla Roadster-launching Falcon Heavy rocket video is a must-see

SpaceX is gearing up to launch what will soon be the world's most powerful operational rocket. The company confirmed plans for the test launch late Friday, warning Florida residents that they may hear multiple sonic booms during the missions. In addition to launching the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX says it will attempt to land all three first stage cores as a secondary mission.

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