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SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship returns from ISS with science experiments

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship returns from ISS with science experiments

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft has successfully returned to Earth from the International Space Station carrying a variety of scientific investigations that were conducted in space. The capsule splashed down near the California coast on Tuesday, according to SpaceX, which says its ship transported dozens of US National Laboratory scientific research projects.

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SpaceX’s Starship SN3 prototype imploded on the test bed

SpaceX’s Starship SN3 prototype imploded on the test bed

SpaceX's latest Starship prototype trial didn't quite go according to plan, with a fairly dramatic implosion during cryogenic proof testing early on Friday morning. Started on Thursday, it was meant to show that the full-scale Starship prototype, known as SN3, was capable of surviving the sort of pressures it'll eventually face in flight.

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Why Shannon Walker’s SpaceX mission isn’t like all the others

Why Shannon Walker’s SpaceX mission isn’t like all the others

Shannon Walker will be one of three astronauts joining the first operational Crewed SpaceX Mission in history. Dr. Walker will join astronauts Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover Jr of NASA, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Noguchi and Walker are two of a select few people in the history of the world to be both astronauts and aquanauts.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon parachute test fails – but it’s not what you think

SpaceX Crew Dragon parachute test fails – but it’s not what you think

A SpaceX Crew Dragon parachute test didn't end as intended this week, after the parachute system eventually intended to safely lower the spacecraft to the ground failed to deploy. While the failed test isn't being blamed on the Crew Dragon itself, it could still put a serious dampener on SpaceX and NASA's ambitions for the spacecraft.

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NASA SpaceX final Crew Dragon test date: A first since last space shuttle in 2011

NASA SpaceX final Crew Dragon test date: A first since last space shuttle in 2011

NASA announced the SpaceX Demo-2 flight test date and additional details on how they'll be running a world's first since the final "space shuttle" mission on July 8, 2011. This will be the "return of human spaceflight launch capabilities to the United States" in full effect. It'll also be the first launch of American astronauts aboard an American rocket and spacecraft since that 2011 date, the date of NASA's final space shuttle mission.

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SpaceX launch today adds 60 satellites to controversial Starlink constellation

SpaceX launch today adds 60 satellites to controversial Starlink constellation

SpaceX successfully deployed 60 new Starlink satellites today, adding to its controversial internet constellation, though what happened down on the ground was arguably just as important. Falcon 9 launched from the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:16am ET, the sixth Starlink mission and another opportunity for SpaceX to demonstrate the reusability of its rockets.

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NASA wants the public to help track light pollution from VLEO satellites

NASA wants the public to help track light pollution from VLEO satellites

NASA wants the public to help it track very-low Earth orbit (VLEO) satellites and the potential light pollution issues they may cause. The space agency launched a public science project that anyone can participate in, stating that it only requires a tripod, smartphone, and the use of a website that reveals when satellites will be overhead. Similarly, the European Space Observatory is also tracking these satellites for the same reason.

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SpaceX private space missions are coming: Here’s what we know

SpaceX private space missions are coming: Here’s what we know

It may not be long before we see SpaceX's Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket shuttling private citizens into space. Today, Space Adventures announced a new partnership with SpaceX that will see the two teaming to offer a trip to space for up to four private citizens. SpaceX, it appears, will be providing the rocket while Space Adventures will be booking the space tourists.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster landing didn’t go according to plan

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster landing didn’t go according to plan

SpaceX started the week by launching another of group of satellites into orbit around the Earth. The actual satellite launch appears to have gone according to plan, with another 60 SpaceX satellites put into orbit this morning. However, the same can not be said for the launch as a whole, as the first-stage Falcon 9 booster that those satellites rode on failed to land successfully back on Earth.

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SpaceX to put 60 more Starlink satellites in orbit today [Update: Postponed]

SpaceX to put 60 more Starlink satellites in orbit today [Update: Postponed]

SpaceX has been launching its Starlink satellites that are designed to give global broadband coverage. The company has launched several strings of satellites so far, and the biggest complaint yet is that the satellites are brighter than anyone expected. SpaceX has been trialing a special low reflective coating on the satellites to see if that helps.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon escape test success could lead to Spring crewed flight

SpaceX Crew Dragon escape test success could lead to Spring crewed flight

By now, SpaceX is quite famous for launching rockets that land safely back on earth to be reused again. Last Sunday, however, it let a Falcon 9 rocket explode and actually got congratulated for it. That's really because the expensive rocket wasn't the focus of the launch. Instead, SpaceX was testing the Crew Dragon's escape system that could hopefully save even more precious lives when the capsule does make its first manned flight in a few months.

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Elon Musk reveals how SpaceX Starlink customers will get online

Elon Musk reveals how SpaceX Starlink customers will get online

SpaceX's Starlink satellite constellation may be starting to take shape in orbit, but we're only just starting to find out what the user-experience of the internet service will be like down on the ground. Elon Musk's ambitious plan to build a network of satellites tens of thousands in number will eventually, if the plan pans out, deliver internet connections to areas previously underserved by ISPs or offline altogether.

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