Linkspace of China Has Third Reusable Rocket Hop Test

LinkSpace, a chinese rocket launch startup, had its third reusable rocket hop test. Linkspace CEO Hu Zhenyu said on Weibo that the 1.5-metric-ton rocket reached an altitude of 300 meters during a 50-second flight before making a powered descent and vertical landing with an accuracy of 0.07 meters. There is a Youtube video of the …

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Future Elon and SpaceX Domination Will Be Like Rockefeller and Standard Oil

John D Rockefeller created Standard Oil, which built up the modern oil and refining industry. Standard Oil created massive price advantages and scale beyond its competitors. It grew by increasing sales and through acquisitions. In 1868, the Lake Shore Railroad, a part of the New York Central, gave Rockefeller’s a transportation rate of one cent …

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NASA 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 by 2024 and establish sustainable missions by 2028. NASA has asked for an extra $1.6 …

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Elon 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 by @SpaceX team!! pic.twitter.com/S6aT7Jih4S — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 Brian WangBrian Wang is …

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Elon 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. The new raptor engine has been radically redesigned. Raptor is a staged combustion, methane-fueled rocket …

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New 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 Opportunities program, an essential program for researchers providing access to microgravity for technology development. Blue …

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SpaceX 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 lose 35 percent of the material in processing. It has to have a lot of …

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Rendering 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 250 tons in one launch versus the 100 tons of the SpaceX Superheavy. Kimi Talivitie …

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