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elon muskElon Musk Tweets Test Firings of the New Raptor Engine

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

elon muskSpaceX Mini-BFS will make fully reusable Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy in 2019

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Elon Musk tweeted that SpaceX will make a mini-Big Falcon Spaceship upper stage for the Falcon 9. They are aiming for an orbital flight by June 2019. The MVac will have too high TWR and have flow separation at sea …

launchSpaceX BFR will beat SLS rocket to orbit so cancel SLS now

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If SpaceX hits its timeline for SpaceX BFR development with sub-orbital hops in late 2019 and orbital flights in 2020 they will beat the Boeing Space Launch System (SLS) into space. The SpaceX BFR will be completely reusable and will …

economic impactWill the US waste $100+ billion on SLS, Orion and LOP-G by 2030?

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The US could get so much more accomplished in space if they stop wasting money on the Space Launch System, Orion and the Lunar gateway. The US did waste money on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. The …