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Max Q: SpaceX starts building out its production Starlink constellation

Max Q: SpaceX starts building out its production Starlink constellation There’s literally a lot more stuff in space than there was last week – or at least, the number of active human-made satellites in Earth’s orbit has gone up quite a bit, thanks to the launch of SpaceX’s first 60 production Starlink […]

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Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years

Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went into a bit more detail about the timelines and vehicle requirements to not only reach Mars, but to set up a sustainable base on the Red Planet that can serve […]

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Elon Musk says SpaceX’s Starship could fly for as little as $2 million per launch

Elon Musk says SpaceX’s Starship could fly for as little as million per launch SpaceX’s goal has long been to achieve truly reusable rocket launch capabilities, and for good reason: The company anticipates huge cost savings through re-usable rocketry, vs. expendable launch vehicles, which SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has described as a […]

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U.S. Air Force experimental test spaceship lands after a record 780 days in orbit

U.S. Air Force experimental test spaceship lands after a record 780 days in orbit The X-37B, a test vehicle operated by the U.S. Air Force, has returned from orbit and landed successfully at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, over two years after it originally launched on its latest mission aboard a […]

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Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted a 2020 presidential candidate

Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted a 2020 presidential candidate Microsoft said it has found evidence that hackers associated with Iran have targeted a 2020 presidential candidate. The tech giant’s security and trust chief confirmed the attack in a blog post, but the company would not say which candidate was the target. The […]

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Why Maxar CTO Walter Scott thinks now is the time to address the orbital traffic boom

Why Maxar CTO Walter Scott thinks now is the time to address the orbital traffic boom The number of objects in orbit around Earth has been growing, and growing fast. Before 1957, of course, there were a total of zero human-made objects in the orbital region of outer space just beyond Earth’s […]

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Experimental U.S. Air Force space plane breaks previous record for orbital spaceflight

Experimental U.S. Air Force space plane breaks previous record for orbital spaceflight The Boeing-built X-37B space plane commissioned and operated by the U.S. Air Force has now broken its own record for time spent in space. Its latest mission has lasted 719 days as of today, which is one day longer than […]

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SpaceX, Blue Origin, ULA and Northrop Grumman bid for U.S. national security launch contract

SpaceX, Blue Origin, ULA and Northrop Grumman bid for U.S. national security launch contract The U.S. Air Force is looking to lock in its launch providers for national security satellite missions to take place between 2022 and 2026, and the bids for this so-called “Phase 2” procurement contract are now in. The […]

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ULA successfully launches fifth U.S. Air Force protected communications satellite

ULA successfully launches fifth U.S. Air Force protected communications satellite The United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint-effort commercial launch service provider set up by Boing and Lockheed Martin, succeeded in launching a U.S. Air Force communications satellite to orbit today, the fifth in a series of launches to form a constellation. The […]

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SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy rocket with two flight-proven booster cores

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy rocket with two flight-proven booster cores SpaceX has succeeded in launching its third mission with the Falcon Heavy high-capacity rocket it first launched successfully last year. The rocket’s STP-2 mission took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida towards the end of a four-hour launch window that […]

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