NASA Awards SpaceX $2.9 Billion Lunar Lander Contract

NASA has selected SpaceX to continue development of the first commercial human lander that will safely carry the next two American astronauts to the lunar surface. NASA is still going to use the overpriced Space Launch System rocket to launch four astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft for their multi-day journey to lunar orbit. There, two …

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One Falcon Heavy Launch of a Kilometer-Scale Space Station With 1G of Gravity With No Motion Sickness

Generating artificial gravity inside rotating space habitats has been a dream of science fiction since the earliest pioneers of astronautics. However, rotating to produce artificial gravity poses a serious challenge; Humans experience discomfort and motion sickness when exposed to rotation rates greater than a few RPM. To produce artificial gravity near 1g at rotation rates …

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SpaceX Will Pass Total Space Shuttle Launches in 2021

SpaceX has had 114 successful space launches out of 116 attempts and they have had 10 successful launches so far in 2021. The Space Shuttle had 135 missions. SpaceX should surpass the Space Shuttle by the end of 2021 just by maintaining the first-quarter launch pace. In 1974, Werner Von Braun wrote an article for …

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SpaceX Ground Testing SN15 Starship and Soon BN1 Booster

SpaceX is testing the SN15 Starship prototype which is the first of an upgrade batch of five Starship prototypes. The BN1 booster is assembled and close to the start of ground testing. The BN1 booster will not be flown. The SN20-SN24 batch of Starships and the BN3 or BN4 super-heavy boosters should be the first …

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SpaceX FAA Filing for 40 Story Tower to Launch and Catch Super Heavy Rocket

SpaceX filed with the FAA to build a 469 ft tall steel launch tower for its Starship rocket in Texas and it will catch the super-heavy booster when landing. SpaceX is proposing to build a 469 ft tall steel launch tower for its Starship rocket in Texas, which will also "catch the super-heavy booster upon …

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Another Day Another Successful SpaceX Starlink Mission

If this latest Todays SpaceX Starlink mission succeed and there are now 1378 Starlink satellites in orbit and the next mission will fill out the 1440 satellites for the first shell of satellites. SpaceX is trying to launch Starlink satellites every week. They launched 240 satellites in March. They should have 3-4 launches in April. …

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SpaceX Batches Major Starship Prototype Upgrades

Elon Musk says the SN15 rolls to launch pad in a few days. It has hundreds of design improvements across structures, avionics/software and engine. Next major technology rev is at SN20. Those ships will be orbit-capable with heat shield and stage separation system. Ascent success probability is high. However, SN20+ vehicles will probably need many …

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SpaceX Starship SN11 Fails After Landing Engine Start

SpaceX Starship SN11 had a test flight and had an engine problem. Looks like engine 2 had issues on ascent & didn’t reach operating chamber pressure during landing burn, but, in theory, it wasn’t needed. Something significant happened shortly after landing burn start. Should know what it was once we can examine the bits later …

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SpaceX SN11 Starship Test Flight Scrubbed Today

SpaceX YouTubers are all focused on the possible SN11 test flight today. SpaceX has not started the initial operations for fueling so any flight was scrubbed for today.at least 3 hours about 2 hours. The SN10 exploded a few minutes after a hard landing. SOURCES= NASA Spaceflight, What About it?, Everyday Astronaut Written by Brian …

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SpaceX Has Stacked Super Heavy BN-1, SN-11 Launch Target is Friday

The SN-11 SpaceX Starship prototype is prepping for a Friday launch. The SN10 was able complete its 10-kilometer flight and returned and landed. However, the SN10 landing was too hard and it resulted in an explosion a few minutes later. I think SpaceX will make the adjustments and fixes for a safe SN-11 landing. The …

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