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SpaceX’s Starlink aims to put over a thousand of its communications satellites in super-low orbit

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Satellites, Space, SpaceX

SpaceX’s planned communication satellite constellation, known as Starlink, will now be targeting a much lower orbit than originally planned, at least for over a thousand of the satellites, the company revealed in an FCC filing. The move should help mitigate orbital debris and provide better signal for the company’s terrestrial users as well.

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SpaceX lands Falcon 9 booster on Just Read The Instructions drone ship

By | booster, falcon, Falcon 9, Gadgets, spacecraft, spaceflight, SpaceX, transport

SpaceX confirmed on Twitter this morning that it recovered the booster from the latest Falcon 9 launch. Shortly after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California at 7:39AM ET this morning, the booster stage landed on the Just Read The Instructions drone ship. The company will now try to catch the rocket’s fairing with a […]

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Watch SpaceX launch NASA’s latest exoplanet-hunting satellite

By | Elon Musk, Falcon 9, Gadgets, hyperloop, outer space, Space, spaceflight, SpaceX

SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket today during a 30-second window at 6:32pm EDT. On board is NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), designed to find exoplanets. SpaceX said this morning there’s an 80 percent chance of launching today. Following the launch, SpaceX will attempt to recover the Falcon 9 rocket and […]

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Elon Musk’s latest SpaceX idea involves a party balloon and bounce house

By | Business, Elon Musk, Gadgets, hyperloop, john carmack, New Mexico, spaceflight, SpaceX, transport

Elon Musk took to Twitter Sunday night to announce a new recovery method for an upper stage SpaceX rocket. A balloon — a “giant party balloon” to quote him directly — will ferry part of a rocket to a bounce house. Seriously. If anyone else proposed this idea they would be ignored, but Elon Musk […]

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Virgin Galactic successfully tested its rocket-powered spacecraft today for the first time since 2014

By | Gadgets, outer space, richard branson, space tourism, spacecraft, spaceflight, spaceshiptwo, SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, virgin group, vss enterprise

Virgin Galactic took to the skies today for the first test of its rocket-powered spacecraft in over three years. The SpaceShipTwo launch platform deployed the USS Unity at a set altitude where the space craft will fire its engines for as long as 30 seconds bringing the craft to 1 1/2 the speed of sound. […]

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SpaceX launch will bring science and supplies to ISS and return with a glitchy Robonaut

By | Gadgets, international space station, ISS, NASA, Science, Space, SpaceX

SpaceX is about to launch its 14th resupply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a lightly used Dragon capsule filled with goodies at 1:30 PST. In addition to the delivery, this Dragon will also take back some cargo: the malfunctioning Robonaut 2, which apparently bricked itself sometime during the last few months.

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