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SpaceX and Google team up to boost Starlink

SpaceX and Google team up to boost Starlink

Google and SpaceX have inked a deal that will see new Starlink ground stations installed at Google data centers, helping address latency challenges among other issues faces by the satellite internet service, as well as opening it up to new enterprise uses. Starlink, which is currently in beta, uses a so-called constellation of satellites in orbit around Earth to deliver internet connectivity via an auto-positioning dish.

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SpaceX reveals plans for its ambitious orbital Starship test

SpaceX reveals plans for its ambitious orbital Starship test

SpaceX has detailed its first Starship orbital test launch, the latest step on the huge rocket's path to eventually taking astronauts to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. It'll be the first orbital test for the design, and understandably there won't be any human passengers onboard as it undertakes the 90 minute challenge.

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SpaceX successfully launches 60 new Starlink satellites with its 14th mission

SpaceX successfully launches 60 new Starlink satellites with its 14th mission

SpaceX has been placing satellites in orbit to grow its constellation of Starlink satellites for a while now, and the service is available in beta for users in many areas. Early Sunday morning, May 9, 2021, SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket into orbit packed with 60 Starlink satellites. The launch went off without a hitch, and SpaceX successfully recovered the first stage rocket on its drone ship at sea.

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SpaceX may send its Starship SN15 back into the skies soon

SpaceX may send its Starship SN15 back into the skies soon

A couple of days ago, SpaceX hit a milestone with its Starship SN15 prototype rocket that had a test flight that ended in a successful landing without an explosion. It appears SpaceX is very pleased with itself, and CEO Elon Musk recently stated that the prototype might fly again very soon. That statement came less than 48 hours after the prototype successfully landed without exploding for the first time.

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SpaceX Starlink Speedtest results are very inconsistent

SpaceX Starlink Speedtest results are very inconsistent

Elon Musk envisioned that SpaceX's Starlink satellite constellation would be able to deliver Internet to areas underserved by most carriers. The service, however, would have to cater to a broad range of users and locations located in a narrow band of areas where those satellites could actually reach. Starlink promised speeds faster than your average DSL or fiber Internet and Speedtest creator Ookla discovered that be true but only for certain areas. In others, it actually did worse than what consumers already had.

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SpaceX Starship SN15 prototype successfully lands with only a small fire

SpaceX Starship SN15 prototype successfully lands with only a small fire

SpaceX's anticipated launch of the Starship SN15 has wrapped up and was largely a success. This was a milestone moment for SpaceX, which has watched past Starship prototypes explode during various states of launch and landing, paving the way for a reusable rocket to Mars. As with past launches, SpaceX broadcast the SN15 event.

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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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SpaceX Crew Dragon successfully splashes down in the Gulf

SpaceX Crew Dragon successfully splashes down in the Gulf

Yesterday we mentioned that SpaceX was attempting a rare nighttime splashdown for its Crew Dragon capsule, returning a quartet of astronauts from the ISS to Earth. This was the first nighttime splashdown of a capsule with crew aboard since the Apollo era. NASA and SpaceX have now confirmed that the four astronauts have splashdown successfully and returned safely home.

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SpaceX astronauts returning from ISS will splash down in darkness

SpaceX astronauts returning from ISS will splash down in darkness

SpaceX will attempt to recover its crew capsule this week in darkness, splashing down astronauts in the ocean under cover of the night for the first time since Apollo 8 in 1968. SpaceX is targeting the predawn hours of Sunday to return three NASA astronauts and one Japanese astronaut to earth after high winds prevented a pair of earlier returns.

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NASA pauses SpaceX lunar lander contract amid competitor outcry

NASA pauses SpaceX lunar lander contract amid competitor outcry

Earlier this month, SpaceX scored a NASA lunar lander contract, beating out competitors Blue Origin and Dynetics. Fast-forward to this week when Blue Origin filed a challenge with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which soon confirmed that Dynetics is also protesting the newly awarded NASA contract.

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As SpaceX helps the ISS get crowded, NASA has a fix for sleepy astronauts

As SpaceX helps the ISS get crowded, NASA has a fix for sleepy astronauts

The International Space Station is getting so crowded, NASA astronauts are setting up a whole new design of temporary bed, and it looks likely to need the new system a lot more over the next few years. The Crew Alternate Sleep Accommodation, or CASA, arrived on the ISS earlier this month, with the recent SpaceX Crew-2 mission demonstrating just why it was needed.

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NASA Moon lander bid losers file protests over $2.9bn SpaceX win

NASA Moon lander bid losers file protests over $2.9bn SpaceX win

NASA may have awarded SpaceX the Artemis 2024 Moon lander contract, but rival bidders Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Dynetics are already protesting the US space agency's decision. The two companies filed protests this week after Elon Musk's SpaceX won a $2.9 billion contract to develop the spacecraft which will return American astronauts to the surface of the Moon.

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