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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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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’s 2020 Hyperloop competition is getting much tougher says Elon Musk

SpaceX’s 2020 Hyperloop competition is getting much tougher says Elon Musk

Elon Musk has big plans for next year's Hyperloop competition, with the SpaceX founder promising a significantly more challenging course for startups looking to commercialize the technology. The competition was announced back in 2015, a way for SpaceX to support student teams developing Hyperloop technologies and, specifically, the pods capable of traveling at high speed through the tunnels.

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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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Watch SpaceX’s Starhopper rocket test get a fireball finish

Watch SpaceX’s Starhopper rocket test get a fireball finish

SpaceX's Starhopper rocket test was supposed to be a simple trial of the rockets that will one day power the SpaceX Starship. Instead, it turned into a dramatic fireball. The test on Wednesday evening this week was going smoothly, but after around five seconds something unexpected happened.

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SpaceX reveals what caused Crew Dragon explosion

SpaceX reveals what caused Crew Dragon explosion

In late April, the SpaceX Crew Dragon suffered an 'anomaly' during a Crew Dragon engine test in Cape Canaveral, resulting in smoke and speculation. The company soon confirmed that the explosion had destroyed the Crew Dragon and now it is back with more information about what went wrong. A leaking component, according to the company, likely set off a series of issues that led to the explosion.

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Five SpaceX Starlink satellites are about to burn up

Five SpaceX Starlink satellites are about to burn up

Five of SpaceX's Starlink constellation satellites are set to come burning back through Earth's atmosphere, an unexpectedly low attrition rate following the company's launch in late May. A total of sixty Starlink satellites launched on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket, the first steps toward Elon Musk's company beginning a satellite broadband service that could eventually bring connectivity to historically offline regions.

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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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SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy launch went perfectly

SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy launch went perfectly

SpaceX has been talking up its plans to launch its STP-2 mission; this is the first mission to launch using side boosters that had flown previously. The rocket launched in the early morning hours of Tuesday lifting off at 2:30 am ET from a launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The launch of STP-2 has been hailed at its most challenging mission yet as the massive Falcon 9 Heavy rocket was pushing 24 satellites into orbit with different orbits required for some satellites.

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Third SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch is the first with used side boosters

Third SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch is the first with used side boosters

Monday night will be the night that the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch goes off, assuming the weather cooperates. The launch is set to happen at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the launch is pushing a bunch of satellites into orbit if all goes well.

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SpaceX aces Falcon 9 used rocket launch and landing: Watch the video

SpaceX aces Falcon 9 used rocket launch and landing: Watch the video

SpaceX aced another Falcon 9 launch and a successful landing of its first stage rockets this morning, again demonstrating its reusable spacecraft technology despite heavy fog making conditions less than easy. The sixth Falcon 9 mission to operate in 2019 alone, the launch was to take three RADARSAT satellites into orbit. However it's arguably what happened down on the ground which is more impressive.

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Astronomers are demanding SpaceX’s Starlink satellites face extra regulations

Astronomers are demanding SpaceX’s Starlink satellites face extra regulations

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) released a statement this week showing concern for the coming waves of private organization launches of satellite constellations. A satellite constellation is a group of satellites all working together in a carefully organized grid. It's like an extra sphere of stuff around our earth, in low-earth orbit, and it could get messy.

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