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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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SpaceX Starlink satellites won’t outshine science insists Elon Musk

SpaceX Starlink satellites won’t outshine science insists Elon Musk

Starlink may only have a fraction of its planned internet satellites in orbit so far, but questions are already being raised as to how SpaceX's globe-blanketing connectivity system will avoid interfering with astronomy and stargazing. The company launched its first sixty Starlink satellites last week, part of a network of coverage that Elon Musk's project expects to bring connectivity to users all over the world.

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SpaceX Starlink satellites create a celestial dot-to-dot

SpaceX Starlink satellites create a celestial dot-to-dot

SpaceX was finally able to launch the first 60 Starlink satellites that will eventually provide global internet coverage. The launch had been scrubbed in the past because the satellites needed a software update. Eventually, there will be 12,000 of the satellites in orbit to blanket the Earth with internet connectivity. That is assuming that all goes to plan for SpaceX.

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SpaceX finally launches 60 Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX finally launches 60 Starlink satellites into orbit

We, and especially SpaceX, probably imagine rocket launches that take off any time just like planes. Reality, however, is that such launches are at the mercy of the weather even more than planes are. That's pretty much the reason why SpaceX postponed the launch of its ambitious satellites twice. They say third time's a charm and, finally, 60 satellites from Elon Musk's Starlink vision are now on their way to float around the earth and bring the Internet connection of the future.

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