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SpaceX Starlink satellite launch today will be first under U.S. Space Force

SpaceX Starlink satellite launch today will be first under U.S. Space Force

SpaceX is set to put a new string of Starlink satellites into orbit today in a launch planned to happen at Cape Canaveral. If the launch goes off, it will be the first launch of 2020 and will be the 45th Space Wing's inaugural launch as part of the U.S. Space Force. The 45th Space Wing is one of five Air Force space wings that have been assigned to the U.S. Space Force effective December 20, 2019.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon animation reveals the ISS round trip in store

SpaceX Crew Dragon animation reveals the ISS round trip in store

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule has had something of a rocky year, but assuming things go to plan from here on out, we should see it begin to do crewed test flights early next year. Today, SpaceX gave us a taste of what's ahead by releasing a new, three-minute long animation that details a round trip for the Crew Dragon capsule, from lift-off here on Earth to splash down in the ocean.

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Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars: Your SpaceX briefing

Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars: Your SpaceX briefing

You’ve probably seen pictures and the headlines, which probably leave you with a bunch of questions. What is SpaceX? Are they competing with NASA? Is the stuff about Mars actually happening? Elon Musk’s ambitious and ongoing space exploration project has been attracting plenty of attention and excitement. Even more so in recent months, as SpaceX's commercial space flights made significant progress in 2019.

So here is your SpaceX crash course, definitely no pun intended.

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SpaceX launches NASA cargo for the ISS: Here’s what they sent

SpaceX launches NASA cargo for the ISS: Here’s what they sent

SpaceX has once again successfully launched a large load of NASA cargo destined for the International Space Station. The launch happened on Thursday, December 6, from the Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40. Assuming everything goes according to plan, the cargo vessel will arrive at the ISS this weekend, bringing astronauts their latest batch of supplies and experiments.

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SpaceX Starship MK1 just exploded [UPDATE: Statement]

SpaceX Starship MK1 just exploded [UPDATE: Statement]

Today at approximately 3:27 PM CST, an "anomaly" occurred with the SpaceX Starship MK1*, causing massive failure. This happened after a full pressure test on the evening of November 18, during another test this afternoon at SpaceX facilities near Boca Chica, South Texas. Thanks to the efforts of several intrepid live video documentarians, we can see the rapid depressurization and explosion frame-by-frame. NOTE: To be EXTRA CLEAR - this was a prototype unit undergoing pressure testing. Testing is done to avoid situations like these during actual live launches.

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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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