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SpaceX’s weekend Starlink launch featured a stunning early morning sky

SpaceX’s weekend Starlink launch featured a stunning early morning sky

On Saturday, June 13, SpaceX launched another batch of Starlink satellites, bringing its total to 540 units. The launch took place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida using the Falcon 9 rocket, which was successfully landed at sea soon after the launch. In addition to the Starlink satellites, SpaceX also launched three small satellites called Skysats intended for observing Earth.

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SpaceX to now make Starship its top priority

SpaceX to now make Starship its top priority

SpaceX has made history twice last week in launching two NASA astronauts and docking the Crew Dragon capsule with the International Space Station, a first for a commercial spacecraft. Although it was just the first of many planned crewed missions, CEO Elon Musk seems intent on making sure the company remembers what it's really all about, launching 100 or more people into space aboard the Starship and its future kin.

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How SpaceX’s launch of NASA astronauts defines future of commercial spaceflight

How SpaceX’s launch of NASA astronauts defines future of commercial spaceflight

Elon Musk and his ultimate dream of colonizing Mars made its maiden steps when SpaceX Falcon 9 took flight with the company’s Crew Dragon Demo-2 spacecraft from the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020. This is for the first time NASA has taken flight from American land in a spacecraft developed by an American company for its Commercial Crew Program.

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SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites with sun-blocking visors

SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites with sun-blocking visors

It hasn't even been a week yet and SpaceX already made its second rocket launch. Of course, such frequent launches will be the norm if the company ever achieves its goal of economic commercial rocket launches. While last week's historic launch brought two astronauts to the International Space Station, this latest catapults non-living satellites into orbit. While comparatively less exciting, it still makes a few first for Elon Musk's highest-profile company after Tesla.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon crew made history again at the Space Station

SpaceX Crew Dragon crew made history again at the Space Station

It's not the first time that men and women have been catapulted into space but NASA, SpaceX, and mankind reached a historic milestone last Saturday nonetheless. May 30, 2020 will be remembered by many as the first time NASA astronauts made such a journey aboard a SpaceX commercial spacecraft. That was literally only half the journey and, Sunday morning, that lucky pair made history again, this time being the first to board the International Space Station from that same commercially-made capsule.

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NASA and SpaceX make history: Crew Dragon launch goes like clockwork

NASA and SpaceX make history: Crew Dragon launch goes like clockwork

NASA and SpaceX have made space history, with the Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying two American astronauts safely blasting off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida today. The launch had been delayed, after plans last week had been scrapped at the last minute because of inclement weather.

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SpaceX Starship SN4 exploded (the last one imploded)

SpaceX Starship SN4 exploded (the last one imploded)

So remember that SpaceX Startship SN3 implosion we witnessed back in early April of this year? Today SpaceX SN4 and its Raptor engine took part in a static fire test. The main bit of the test went great... then something went very wrong. NOTE: This explosion has no direct relation to the SpaceX launch still scheduled to take place on May 30, 2020 (tomorrow).

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NASA/SpaceX Crew launch scrubbed, rescheduled

NASA/SpaceX Crew launch scrubbed, rescheduled

Today the SpaceX/NASA launch was scrubbed due to imperfect atmospheric conditions. This was expected partway through the day due to inclement weather - and the appearance of a tornado in the area. NASA reported that, had they been working with a slightly more open launch window, they might've been able to launch a little later T-0, but this was an "instantaneous launch window" that could not be changed.

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SpaceX NASA launch: How to watch live [UPDATE: Scrubbed]

SpaceX NASA launch: How to watch live [UPDATE: Scrubbed]

Today NASA's Commercial Crew Program will launch NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on a SpaceX Crew Dragon to the ISS. The International Space Station will receive the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft after the 4:33 EDT launch today on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. To participate and watch live, you'll want to take a few steps.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon will carry its first astronauts on Wednesday

SpaceX Crew Dragon will carry its first astronauts on Wednesday

The COVID-19 coronavirus has put many plans on hold, some indefinitely even. The events of the past months may have forced many to lose sight of the future but these events give humanity even more reason to rise up to the challenge. As the saying goes, "ad astra per aspera" and SpaceX and NASA are taking that to its literal next step when SpaceX makes history with its first crewed mission this week.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule arrives at launch complex

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule arrives at launch complex

SpaceX is currently preparing for a historic mission that will see the Crew Dragon capsule send American astronauts into space for the first time. The Crew Dragon capsule that will carry the astronauts into space has reached the Florida launch site ahead of the historic launch currently scheduled for next week. The spacecraft arrived at Launch Complex 39A at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 15.

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon simulator lets public dock spacecraft with ISS

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon simulator lets public dock spacecraft with ISS

Private space company SpaceX has published a new online simulator that lets anyone attempt to dock its Crew Dragon with the International Space Station. The simulator features on-screen controls and can be used in an ordinary web browser, one that features digital versions of the space environment, the ISS, and SpaceX's crewed spacecraft. Spoiler alert: docking is harder than it looks.

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