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SpaceX Dragon cargo ship departs ISS packing scientific cargo

SpaceX Dragon cargo ship departs ISS packing scientific cargo

NASA has announced that a SpaceX cargo ship has departed the ISS. The spacecraft was released by the Canadarm2 robotic arm sending the Dragon on a course that will return it to Earth. Astronaut Anne McClain supervised the process from the cupola of the ISS.

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SpaceX will lay off 10% of workers in bid to get ‘leaner’ for projects

SpaceX will lay off 10% of workers in bid to get ‘leaner’ for projects

SpaceX has confirmed a recently reported layoff, stating that it must get "leaner" in order to achieve its ample goals. News of the layoff first surfaced from an email sent by SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, who reportedly called the business move "a very difficult but necessary decision." The company cited global space-based Internet and developing interplanetary spacecraft as projects that necessitate the layoff.

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Elon Musk Tweet hints at what finished starship will look like

Elon Musk Tweet hints at what finished starship will look like

Sometimes it's hard to tell when Elon Musk is joking and when he is serious. Recently Musk Tweeted an image of a shiny rocket that he says is similar to what the finished starship will look like. Musk and the crew at SpaceX are currently assembling the Starship test vehicle.

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SpaceX’s first completed Crew Dragon spacecraft gets a vice-presidential visit

SpaceX’s first completed Crew Dragon spacecraft gets a vice-presidential visit

SpaceX recently showed off its Pad 39A launch facility and inside integration and preflight prep for the very first completed Crew Dragon spacecraft is underway. The new Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket that will push the Crew Dragon into space next year is also seen in some of the shots. The current launch target for the spacecraft is January 17.

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SpaceX launched Christmas dinner for ISS astronauts this week

SpaceX launched Christmas dinner for ISS astronauts this week

The International Space Station has a delivery on the way, one containing important cargo for both the science experiments and astronauts on board. The space station receives regular cargo shipments; that's nothing unusual. This month's delivery will include something special for the crew, however, and it'll arrive in time for Christmas.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands in ocean after successful cargo launch

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands in ocean after successful cargo launch

On Wednesday, SpaceX launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft destined for the International Space Station. The launch itself was a success, but landing the rocket for reuse didn't go as planned. After more than two dozen successful rocket landings, SpaceX's most recent attempt resulted in a splashdown, though the rocket remained intact and was retrieved by the company.

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SpaceX SSO-A SmallSat Express mission successfully put 64 satellites in orbit

SpaceX SSO-A SmallSat Express mission successfully put 64 satellites in orbit

Putting satellites into orbit is a costly proposition. SpaceX wants to make it cheaper, and the key to doing that is its reusable rockets and satellite ride-sharing missions like the Spaceflight SSO-A SmallSat Express mission. The mission set a record for SpaceX for putting the most satellites into orbit in one mission; all 64 satellites were confirmed to have deployed successfully.

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NASA schedules SpaceX commercial crew test flight for January

NASA schedules SpaceX commercial crew test flight for January

NASA has revealed the dates for its Commercial Crew Program test flights. SpaceX will be up first, getting the Demo-1 uncrewed test date of January 7, 2019. Boeing's own uncrewed test flight, which is called the Orbital Flight Test, is scheduled to take place in March 2019. Anticipated crewed flights and abort tests also have general dates, as well.

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NASA starts SpaceX safety probe after Musk concerns

NASA starts SpaceX safety probe after Musk concerns

NASA has initiated a safety probe into both SpaceX and Boeing reportedly due to a video of Elon Musk smoking weed, according to a new report. Musk partook of the substance on video during an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, during which time he was filmed in September smoking cannabis and drinking whiskey. The video reportedly upset some people at NASA's "highest levels."

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FCC greenlights SpaceX to launch 7,000 satellites for broadband services

FCC greenlights SpaceX to launch 7,000 satellites for broadband services

A couple years back SpaceX was talking up a plan that would see it put 4,425 satellites into orbit to roll out global broadband connectivity. That promise is closer to reality today with the FCC announcing that it has approved the requests of four different companies to roll out new and expanded broadband services using satellites. The four companies include SpaceX, Kepler Communications, Telesat Canada, and LeoSat.

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SpaceX Es’hail-2 satellite launch successfully reused a Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX Es’hail-2 satellite launch successfully reused a Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX successfully launched Qatar's Es'hail-2 satellite today, marking its first mission for the state. The launch involved a Falcon 9 rocket, which lifted off the from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this afternoon. The Falcon 9 rocket was then successfully landed on one of SpaceX's drone ships for reuse at a later date.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon recovery vessel team rehearses astronaut retrieval

SpaceX Crew Dragon recovery vessel team rehearses astronaut retrieval

Under NASA's Commercial Crew Program, private space company SpaceX has developed a capsule that will eventually take astronauts to the International Space Station, and it's called the Crew Dragon. When returning to Earth, astronauts will splash down into the ocean where recovery teams will need to retrieve them. According to NASA, officials carried out rehearsals of this scenario recently.

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