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SpaceX Starship Orbital Launch ‘Highly Likely’ in November, Says Musk

SpaceX’s first orbital flight with reusable spacecraft Starship could happen in late October, though CEO Elon Musk called November “highly likely” for the launch window in a tweet on Wednesday. Musk also added that SpaceX will have two boosters and ships prepared for orbital flight by that point, and will be producing Starship full stacks […]

SpaceX Says Both Starship and Falcon 9 to Launch 2nd-Gen Starlinks

SpaceX says both its Falcon 9 booster and reusable Starship rocket will be used to launch its next-generation Starlink satellites, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday (via PCMag). The plan is expected to “further accelerate” the deployment of the Starlink constellation for the second-gen satellite system. The company is […]

Elon Musk Names His Two Biggest Goals for the Year

Tesla and SpaceX are among two of Elon Musk’s most notable companies and the billionaire CEO recently outlined his primary goals for the remainder of the year. @ElonMusk said on early Monday that his two main goals for the year are getting SpaceX’s Starship reusable rocket into orbit and facilitating a wider release of Tesla’s […]

SpaceX Starship to Launch Sky Perfect JSAT Satellite in 2024

SpaceX is continuing its trend of launching hardware for others, this time securing a contract to launch satellites from one Japan-based broadband company. Sky Perfect JSAT Holdings Inc. has selected SpaceX’s Starship to launch its Superbird-9 communications satellite, as detailed in a press release on Thursday (via @SpaceX). The launch of Superbird-9 is set for […]

Elon Musk’s ‘Technical Background’ Gives SpaceX Advantage, Says Former NASA Official

Some posit that SpaceX has significantly accelerated humanity’s move toward the stars, but one former NASA administrator says that couldn’t have happened without the company chief’s technical expertise. Elon Musk’s technical background plays a major role in what makes SpaceX so efficient, according to former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver in an interview with Politico […]

SpaceX Plans to ‘Catch’ Starship’s Booster on First Orbital Flight

SpaceX has filed updated flight path and additional specifications with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the planned first orbital test flight of its Starship spacecraft (via @Erdayastronaut). Starship finally received FAA approval for its first test flight last month. Shortly after, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Starship would be ready to launch atop […]

Pentagon Considering SpaceX Starship for ‘Quick’ Military Deployment: Report

According to The Intercept, the office of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) at the Pentagon exploring SpaceX’s Starship as means to quickly deploy military reaction teams anywhere in the world. The intel comes from documents the publication obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. USTRANSCOM partnered with SpaceX in 2020 to assess Starship’s viability for logistics. […]

FAA Gives Environmental Green Light for SpaceX Starship Flight Test

The Federal Aviation Administration has released its conclusion on the environmental impact of SpaceX’s first Starship orbital flight. The ruling summary explains a Starship launch “would not significantly affect the quality of the human environment.” The decision reads as follows (via @NASASpaceflight): After reviewing and analyzing all available data and information on existing conditions and […]

NASA Meets With SpaceX for Starship Moon Mission Update

Representatives from NASA recently met with SpaceX leadership for an update on Starship ahead of the Artemis III mission, currently slated for April 2025. .@NASA and @SpaceX leadership recently met for an update on Starship, the human landing system that will take our @NASAAstronauts to the lunar surface with #Artemis III. Starship is vital to […]

Exposé: How SpaceX is Safely Pioneering Reusable Rockets with Mission Success

Space and flight publication Aviation Week conducted interviews with top SpaceX executives as part of a behind-the-scenes look at the company for a two-part series looking into how it has impacted the industry. SpaceX is farthest along in achieving airline-like flight operations in the space industry with reusable launch vehicles, and the company has done so […]

SpaceX Reveals Larger Plans for Roberts Road Starship Production Area

As SpaceX continues to shape its plans around the upcoming Starship reusable rocket, the company has upgraded its plans for expansion of the spacecraft’s production area. SpaceX has submitted updated plans for an upcoming Starship production area, adding about 136,000 square feet of extra space, according to plans shared by @Harry Stranger on Wednesday. SpaceX […]