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This functional, fiery MIT rocket was 3D printed with plastic

This functional, fiery MIT rocket was 3D printed with plastic

The words "plastic" and "fire-blasting rocket" don't typically go together, but that didn't stop MIT from pulling off the seemingly impossible. The MIT Rocket Team recently demonstrated the successful use of a rocket motor that was 3D printed from plastic, the first time this has ever been accomplished. The successful test was performed at about noon on April 21, and was the culmination of two weeks of parts' design and printing.

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SpaceX’s first military satellite launch delayed one day

SpaceX’s first military satellite launch delayed one day

Sunday morning was the scheduled time for SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 launch, where it would carry out its first mission for the US military, but the rocket company was forced call a one-day delay at the last moment. The launch was due to take place at Cape Canaveral at 7:00 AM ET on April 30th, but a sensor issue with the rocket prompted a cancellation less than 60 seconds to lift-off.

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SpaceX’s reused Falcon 9 rocket launch was a success

SpaceX’s reused Falcon 9 rocket launch was a success

As we reported yesterday, SpaceX had a planned launch today that would involve sending off a recycled rocket, something that would be a game-changer for the company if successful. The launch indeed went on as planned, and it was a massive success all around. Not only did the reused first stage part of the rocket work exactly as intended, it safely landed back on Earth for future use.

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Blue Origin spills more beans about New Glenn heavy booster

Blue Origin spills more beans about New Glenn heavy booster

Blue Origin, funded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, may have stolen SpaceX’s thunder when it landed the first rocket back to Earth, but Elon Musk’s company still has it beat in one aspect. SpaceX was able to land orbital rockets while Blue Origin still mainly has sub-orbital ones. That, however, is going to change in a little over two years. Blue Origin has revealed that it plans to have its 82-meter tall New Glenn heavy-lift booster before the end of 2019.

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SpaceX successfully launches delayed rocket, nails third ground landing

SpaceX successfully launches delayed rocket, nails third ground landing

While SpaceX delayed its latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at the last moment on Saturday, the rescheduled liftoff went off without a hitch on Sunday morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket was launched at 9:39am ET, sending a Dragon capsule on its way to the International Space Station with 5,500 pounds of supplies on behalf of NASA.

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SpaceX halts latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at last second

SpaceX halts latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at last second

Saturday was set to see yet another rocket launch from SpaceX, the private space company led by Elon Musk, this time with a goal of delivering supplies to the International Space Station on behalf of NASA. The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch at 10:01AM ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida, however, with a mere 13 seconds left on the countdown clock, the flight was aborted over safety concerns.

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India puts record 104 satellites into orbit with one launch

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit with one launch

As if launching a rocket with some payload wasn’t enough of a gamble, try launching one with hundreds of those payloads. That is exactly the record-breaking feat that the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO accomplished. At close to midnight Eastern (10 a.m. local time), the ISRO confirmed that not only did it make a successful launch of a PSLV-37 rocket, it also successfully put 104 satellites into orbit. All from that single launch.

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SpaceX’s ambitious new plan: a rocket launch every 2 – 3 weeks

SpaceX’s ambitious new plan: a rocket launch every 2 – 3 weeks

SpaceX has revealed an ambitious new plan: sending up its Falcon 9 rockets every 2 - 3 weeks, which would mark a new milestone for the company. The news comes from SpaceX’s President Gwynne Shotwell, who revealed the tidbit during an interview earlier today. The uptick in the company’s launch rate would start after SpaceX’s new launch pad goes live starting next week.

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SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, deploying satellites & landing successfully

SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, deploying satellites & landing successfully

A round of congratulations are in order for SpaceX, as the Elon Musk-led agency successfully returned to flight on Saturday with the launch of a rocket that delivered 10 satellites into orbit, followed by a first stage booster landing atop a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. This was SpaceX's first launch in over four months, following the August launchpad explosion of their previous rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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United Launch Alliance RocketBuilder is a configurator for space launches

United Launch Alliance RocketBuilder is a configurator for space launches

Most people out there who have wanted a new car have started off at the automaker's website using the configurator to build up your dream ride and see just how much it might cost you. If your dream ride is a rocket, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has a new website where you can configure your rocket and see how much it would cost to put your payload into orbit. The RocketBuilder site allows launch hopefuls to choose all sorts of options and see the estimated cost immediately.

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SpaceX wins contract to launch ocean-monitoring satellite for NASA

SpaceX wins contract to launch ocean-monitoring satellite for NASA

Despite their recent troubles over a rocket explosion, Elon Musk's SpaceX has won another contract from NASA to launch a satellite for the agency. April 2021 will see the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite sent into orbit on one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets that's launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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SpaceX has identified the cause of the recent Falcon 9 rocket explosion

SpaceX has identified the cause of the recent Falcon 9 rocket explosion

Back in early September, one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets abruptly exploded during a routine filling operation, and it left the space agency confused by the mystery, with founder Elon Musk calling it their "most difficult and complex failure" they've ever experienced. Well, it seems a cause has finally been identified, with investigations completed and Musk stating that it was a "surprising problem that's never been encountered before in the history of rocketry."

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