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elon muskSpaceX Will Make Vacuum Optimized Raptor and Mass Producing at Three Per Day This Summer

A few months ago SpaceX and Elon Musk were going to only make one version of the new Raptor engine for initial tests and flights but now Elon tweets that a vacuum optimized Raptor engine could be ready earlier.

futureNASA Reveals a Moon Plan That Relies on the Terrible SLS Rocket

NASA has selected 11 companies to conduct studies and produce prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration program. This effort will help put American astronauts — the first woman and next man — on the Moon’s south pole …

elon muskElon Musk Tweets Test Firings of the New Raptor Engine

Elon Musk tweeted out the test firings of the new raptor engines. pic.twitter.com/ChEGbjTGKZ — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 pic.twitter.com/yFhNx3fiOD — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 First firing of Starship Raptor flight engine! So proud of great work …

elon muskElon Musk is in Texas for Test Firing of Raptor Engines Destined for the Starhopper

Elon Musk is in Texas for the test firing of the Raptor Engine that will be used on the Starhopper test vehicle. There has been over 1200 seconds of testing over two years on previous versions of the Raptor engine. …

blue originNew Blue Origin New Glenn Rocket and a Successful First Commercial Sub-orbital Payload

Blue Origin has successfully launched a first commercial payload. It was a sub-orbital launch with the New Shepard rocket. The New Shepard system took 8 NASA-sponsored research and technology payloads into sub-orbital space. This flight was dedicated to NASA’s Flight …

analysisSpaceX Stainless Steel Rocket Will Be Lighter, Stronger and Have 65X Lower Cost Material

Elon Musk explained to Popular Mechanics why SpaceX switched to a 300 series alloy of stainless steel. Advanced carbon-fiber structure made very slow progress and the cost per kilogram was $135. There is a lot of cutting and they would …

launchRendering of SpaceX Heavy Configuration for Superheavy Starship

There has been a rendering of SpaceX Superheavy Starship with two additional side boosters. Each side booster would have 31 Raptor engines like the Super heavy first stage. A SpaceX rocket with this configuration would be able to launch about …

cubesatRocket Lab launched seven small satellites

Rocket Lab launched seven payloads to orbit yesterday. The mission, named ‘It’s Business Time,’ marks Rocket Lab’s second successful orbital launch and deployment of customer satellites. Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle lifted-off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia …

launchSpaceplanes authorized for Cape Canaveral and Stratolaunch has engine success

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) issued Space Florida a Launch Site Operator License (LSOL) for operations at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). This landmark license expands the capabilities of the Cape …