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SpaceX Starship SN15 prototype successfully lands with only a small fire

SpaceX Starship SN15 prototype successfully lands with only a small fire

SpaceX's anticipated launch of the Starship SN15 has wrapped up and was largely a success. This was a milestone moment for SpaceX, which has watched past Starship prototypes explode during various states of launch and landing, paving the way for a reusable rocket to Mars. As with past launches, SpaceX broadcast the SN15 event.

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SpaceX SN15 Starship prototype high-altitude test was canceled

SpaceX SN15 Starship prototype high-altitude test was canceled

SpaceX announced that it was not going to carry out the high-altitude test of its SN15 Starship prototype recently. The test had been scheduled to occur on Friday, April 30. SpaceX didn't indicate why it canceled the test, and it's expected to conduct the test early next week, but that is unconfirmed.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon successfully splashes down in the Gulf

SpaceX Crew Dragon successfully splashes down in the Gulf

Yesterday we mentioned that SpaceX was attempting a rare nighttime splashdown for its Crew Dragon capsule, returning a quartet of astronauts from the ISS to Earth. This was the first nighttime splashdown of a capsule with crew aboard since the Apollo era. NASA and SpaceX have now confirmed that the four astronauts have splashdown successfully and returned safely home.

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SpaceX astronauts returning from ISS will splash down in darkness

SpaceX astronauts returning from ISS will splash down in darkness

SpaceX will attempt to recover its crew capsule this week in darkness, splashing down astronauts in the ocean under cover of the night for the first time since Apollo 8 in 1968. SpaceX is targeting the predawn hours of Sunday to return three NASA astronauts and one Japanese astronaut to earth after high winds prevented a pair of earlier returns.

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NASA pauses SpaceX lunar lander contract amid competitor outcry

NASA pauses SpaceX lunar lander contract amid competitor outcry

Earlier this month, SpaceX scored a NASA lunar lander contract, beating out competitors Blue Origin and Dynetics. Fast-forward to this week when Blue Origin filed a challenge with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which soon confirmed that Dynetics is also protesting the newly awarded NASA contract.

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As SpaceX helps the ISS get crowded, NASA has a fix for sleepy astronauts

As SpaceX helps the ISS get crowded, NASA has a fix for sleepy astronauts

The International Space Station is getting so crowded, NASA astronauts are setting up a whole new design of temporary bed, and it looks likely to need the new system a lot more over the next few years. The Crew Alternate Sleep Accommodation, or CASA, arrived on the ISS earlier this month, with the recent SpaceX Crew-2 mission demonstrating just why it was needed.

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NASA Moon lander bid losers file protests over $2.9bn SpaceX win

NASA Moon lander bid losers file protests over $2.9bn SpaceX win

NASA may have awarded SpaceX the Artemis 2024 Moon lander contract, but rival bidders Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Dynetics are already protesting the US space agency's decision. The two companies filed protests this week after Elon Musk's SpaceX won a $2.9 billion contract to develop the spacecraft which will return American astronauts to the surface of the Moon.

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FCC approves SpaceX Starlink agreement to expand for Alaska

FCC approves SpaceX Starlink agreement to expand for Alaska

An approval was revealed this week by the FCC for SpaceX and their next wave of Starlink satellites. The approval was for a modification to the license SpaceX holds for deploying satellites to an altitude of 550 kilometers. Per the release, the FCC suggests that "Based on our review, we agree with SpaceX that the modification will improve the experience for users of the SpaceX service, including in often-underserved polar regions."

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NASA Crew-2 reaches ISS: Here’s what’s next for SpaceX

NASA Crew-2 reaches ISS: Here’s what’s next for SpaceX

SpaceX and NASA closed out last week with the successful launch of the Crew-2 mission. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket carried four astronauts into low Earth orbit early Friday morning, and the following day, the Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station. Now, the four astronauts who have just arrived at the ISS begin a six-month mission as part of the ISS Expedition 65 crew.

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Elon Musk says Starship could take humans to the moon in 2024

Elon Musk says Starship could take humans to the moon in 2024

NASA and SpaceX came to an agreement that will see the SpaceX Starship rocket take humans back to the moon in 2024. NASA is currently operating the Artemis program with the goal of sending humans back to the moon and establishing a long-term and sustainable human presence on and around the moon by the end of the 2020s. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently said that he believes SpaceX will be ready to put astronauts on the moon in 2024.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon successfully docks with the ISS

SpaceX Crew Dragon successfully docks with the ISS

SpaceX has confirmed that its Crew Dragon spacecraft called at Crew-2 has successfully docked with the ISS. The docking happened early this morning and placed four new astronauts from three different countries aboard the space station. The docking and greeting ceremony marks the start of the new crewmembers' six-month stay in space.

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SpaceX Crew-2 launches to set new NASA records at ISS

SpaceX Crew-2 launches to set new NASA records at ISS

SpaceX has successfully launched NASA's Crew-2 mission, with four astronauts headed to the International Space Station aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida this morning, at 5:49am EDT, again demonstrating the potential of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

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