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Rocket Lab Neutron Launch Vehicle revealed with ‘Hungry Hippo’ tech

Rocket Lab Neutron Launch Vehicle revealed with ‘Hungry Hippo’ tech

Putting satellites, cargo, and astronauts into space is an expensive proposition. As a result, all the private companies working with NASA are attempting to reuse some of the rocket hardware to help reduce the cost of launches. SpaceX is the best-known company in the private space industry, with its Falcon 9 rockets being routinely reused. While SpaceX may be the best known, it's certainly not the only private company working to put satellites and other cargo into orbit as efficiently and cheaply as possible.

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Elon Musk warns Starship engines could bankrupt SpaceX [Update]

Elon Musk warns Starship engines could bankrupt SpaceX [Update]

SpaceX faces a "genuine risk of bankruptcy" if Starship can't fly once every two weeks in 2022, Elon Musk has warned employees, blaming rocket engine production challenges and management crisis for the surprise ultimatum. Starship is set not only to take NASA's Artemis mission to the Moon later this decade and, beyond that, missions to Mars, in addition to being a key part of SpaceX's own products like the Starlink satellite internet service.

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NASA DART: What comes next for the collision-course asteroid mission

NASA DART: What comes next for the collision-course asteroid mission

NASA's DART mission is underway, launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 and aiming to answer one of the biggest questions in science - and sci-fi movies: can we avoid a potentially life-ending asteroid strike on Earth? Much to Bruce Willis' disappointment, we're guessing, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test won't try to nuke a rogue space rock altogether. Instead, its ambitions are altogether more focused.

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NASA’s DART mission launches and heads towards its demise

NASA’s DART mission launches and heads towards its demise

Scientists have confirmed that asteroids have impacted Earth in the past. Most of those impacts left craters of various sizes and caused no real harm to the planet, but there have been some catastrophic impacts in the distant past. One of the biggest impacts ever to take place on the planet is the Chicxulub Impactor, estimated to have been six miles wide. That massive impact left a crater 90 miles wide on the Mexico Yucatán Peninsula and killed most life on the planet.

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SpaceX has completed static fire testing for the DART mission

SpaceX has completed static fire testing for the DART mission

SpaceX is the company that will put the NASA DART mission into space. DART is NASA's ambitious mission to test our ability to redirect an asteroid away from Earth using the impact of a spacecraft. The goal is to determine if the planet is ever threatened by an asteroid that could cause death and destruction, can humanity deflect the asteroid preventing the impact. Yesterday, SpaceX successfully static fired the Falcon 9 rocket that will put DART into orbit.

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SpaceX successfully places 53 additional Starlink satellites in orbit

SpaceX successfully places 53 additional Starlink satellites in orbit

This week was a busy one for SpaceX, having launched the Crew-3 mission to the ISS. Only days later, SpaceX also launched another Falcon 9 to put 53 Starlink satellites into orbit. This was an interesting flight shrouded in fog at launch but had decent weather above the fog layer.

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ISS welcomes new crewmembers with SpaceX Crew-3 arrival

ISS welcomes new crewmembers with SpaceX Crew-3 arrival

Yesterday, we mentioned that SpaceX and NASA have finally successfully launched the Crew-3 mission, sending four new astronauts to live on the ISS. The successful launch came after several delays due to weather and other issues. Crew-3 was supposed to have launched on October 31, and it was then delayed until November 3 before finally launching on November 10. Crew-3 finally docked with the ISS 30 minutes ahead of schedule on Thursday, November 11 at 6:32 PM.

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SpaceX Crew-3 mission finally launches after delays

SpaceX Crew-3 mission finally launches after delays

NASA and SpaceX finally launched the Crew-3 mission yesterday on November 10, at 9:03 PM EST. The launch happened at Launch Complex 39A at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The capsule used for the mission was the Crew Dragon Endurance, and it was pushed into orbit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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SpaceX Crew-3 launch today: How to watch NASA’s latest liftoff

SpaceX Crew-3 launch today: How to watch NASA’s latest liftoff

Just a day after the landing of Crew-2, SpaceX Crew-3 is expected to launch - today! This event is set to take place at 9:03 p.m. EST, on November 10, 2021. The launch will be broadcast live VIA YouTube, which we'll also have embedded here, in the article below.

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NASA SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts splash down as Crew-3 prepares for launch

NASA SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts splash down as Crew-3 prepares for launch

The Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft delivered NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts safely into the Gulf of Mexico at approximately 10:33 PM EST (22:33) near Pensacola, Florida. This splashdown stands as an example of a safe, reliable, cost-effective bit of transportation as executed by NASA's Commercial Crew Program. NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 mission is expected to launch on or after November 10, 2021.

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 undocks from ISS: What happens next

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 undocks from ISS: What happens next

As expected, today marks the return of NASA, ESA, and JAXA astronauts on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft, marking the end of NASA's Crew-2 mission that launched back in late April. The SpaceX Crew-2 mission docked with the International Space Station on April 24 and, as of 2:05 PM ET today, has undocked for a return to Earth.

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Amazon wants permission from the FCC to add 4500 satellites to its constellation

Amazon wants permission from the FCC to add 4500 satellites to its constellation

Along with SpaceX, Amazon was one of the companies that sought permission to put a constellation of satellites into orbit to deliver broadband Internet service around the globe. Delivering broadband Internet connectivity from orbit is an ideal method of bringing Internet connectivity to parts of the US that aren't served by broadband today. However, in many parts of the US, broadband speeds are extremely slow, and there is only one carrier meaning no competition typically leading to higher prices and slower speeds. Satellite broadband also adds more competition for underserved areas.

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