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NASA announces SpaceX Crew Dragon completes static fire tests

NASA announces SpaceX Crew Dragon completes static fire tests

NASA has announced that SpaceX has completed a series of static fire engine tests for the Crew Dragon spacecraft. These tests are in advance of an in-flight launch escape demonstration known and the In-Flight Abort Test. The engine tests were conducted near the SpaceX Landing Zone 1 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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SpaceX has completed 13 successful Mark 3 parachute tests in a row

SpaceX has completed 13 successful Mark 3 parachute tests in a row

SpaceX has announced that it has now completed 13 successful tests of the Mark 3 parachute system. To get its certification reportedly required ten successful tests in a row for the system. The 13th test was different than other tests that have been run. In this test, one of the four parachutes was purposefully not deployed.

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Spire gets FCC OK for 175-satellite constellation launch

Spire gets FCC OK for 175-satellite constellation launch

Spire describes their business as "a data and analytics company that collects data from space to solve problems on Earth." Per a release from the FCC today (October 18, 2019), Spire was granted regulatory rights to launch up to 636 satellites in low-earth orbit "operating at orbital altitudes from 385 to 650 km and inclinations ranging from equatorial to polar sun-synchronous (98 degrees)." What will Spire do with all of these satellites in a wide-reaching constellation surrounding our planet?

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SpaceX seeks approval to put 30,000 additional Starlink satellites

SpaceX seeks approval to put 30,000 additional Starlink satellites

SpaceX has big plans to offer internet connectivity around the world using its constellation of Starlink satellites. SpaceX already has FCC approval for 12,000 Starlink satellites, and it is now seeking approval to more than double that number. Space X is seeking FCC approval for an addition, 30,000 satellites.

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NASA confident in early 2020 first manned SpaceX mission

NASA confident in early 2020 first manned SpaceX mission

Barely two weeks ago, Elon Musk proudly revealed the success, changes, and plans for SpaceX's deep-space Starship program. Almost ironically, NASA was not too happy with the focus on yet another project that the popular space company is engaging it, not when SpaceX is also supposed to be working on manned flights for NASA. The very public spat between the two institutions naturally made rounds on the Internet and, perhaps to show they're still on good terms, NASA made a visit to SpaceX HQ and affirmed its positive outlook for the first manned mission to the ISS from US soil.

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SpaceX to launch private moon lander Nova-C in 2021

SpaceX to launch private moon lander Nova-C in 2021

It's not SpaceX's own lander, but a private spacecraft made by Intuitive Machines to deliver a payload to NASA. "Our partnership with Intuitive Machines is a great example of two private companies working together with NASA to advance space exploration." said SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell. This is part of NASA's CLPS program - that's Commercial Lunar Payload Services, announced for the first time earlier this year (2019) in the month of May.

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SpaceX Starship update: in-orbit refueling, interplanetary trips

SpaceX Starship update: in-orbit refueling, interplanetary trips

SpaceX recently bagged two successful hops of its single-engine Starship prototype and, for Elon Musk, that's more than enough to hop onto the next thing on its list. In contrast to the small jumps that Starhopper made, SpaceX's ambitions go beyond the Moon and Mars. Delivering on its promised update, Musk revealed to the public SpaceX's vision of how to get humans in orbit and beyond and it will take at least two Starships to make it happen.

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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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