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elon muskEvery 3-5 years SpaceX is adding a decade lead on competitors

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Former Pentagon Under Secretary of Defense for acquisition tech and logistics John Young told CNBC in February that no one can compete with even Falcon Heavy, let alone BFR. “Musk said it’s ‘game over,’ and I believe that’s true.” …

elon muskSpaceX will launch five Iridium next mobile satellites on May 22

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Next week will use a previously-flown Falcon 9 booster, and the final two Iridium Next missions will fly on new Block 5 boosters. This would be the tenth launch for SpaceX in 2018. May 22 Falcon 9 Iridium Next 51-55 …

elon muskHyperloop through Boring Tunnels to Spaceports and SpaceX BFR for 70 minutes between any city on Earth

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Elon Musk plans to connect downtown city centers via hyperloop through Boring tunnels to spaceports that would use SpaceX BFR to fly anywhere in the world within 30-40 minutes in order to reduce transit time. This would eventually let people …

elon muskElon tweets about 60 space launches per year for five years and space colonization with BFR

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Elon Musk indicates that SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for ~300 missions over 5 years. Then SpaceX BFR takes over and Falcon retires. The goal of SpaceX BFR is to enable anyone to move to moon, …

air forceUS Air Force Falcon Heavy mission pushed to October, 2018

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The US Air Force is the first paying customer for a Falcon Heavy mission. The STP-2 mission has a number of objectives, including demonstrating the new rocket’s capabilities and launching several satellites. The U.S. Air Force is targeting October for …

elon muskSpaceX and Tesla cooperate on advanced materials

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Tesla and SpaceX have been building material engineering teams to develop new advanced materials for their respective products. The teams are so interlinked that Tesla recruiters referred to them as a “SpaceX/Tesla Materials Engineering organization. Two years ago, Musk hired …

elon muskFalcon 9 block 5 is on the launch pad

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Elon Musk has stated the following goals with the SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 there will be up to 300 more flights of Falcon 9 Block 5 before retirement of the rocket. – Block 5 is really it’s the 6th …

laserMaterials for the Interstellar Starshot lightsail

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Nature materials -Materials challenges for the Starshot lightsail A solar sail able to be pushed by lasers to 20% of light speed would need to be about 10 square meters but weigh less than a gram. The sail will have …

laserMaterials for the Interstellar Starshot lightsail

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Nature materials -Materials challenges for the Starshot lightsail A solar sail able to be pushed by lasers to 20% of light speed would need to be about 10 square meters but weigh less than a gram. The sail will have …

elon muskSpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 should launch next week and could eventually cost $40 million per launch

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket should be the next mission launched in one week by SpaceX. The Block5 should have up to ten reuses of the first stage. Falcon 9 Block 5 static fire test complete ahead of …