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nasaSpaceX launching another Block 5 rocket but will add new helium tanks for NASA astronauts

SpaceX is working towards getting the Falcon 9 Block 5 certified for launching astronauts for NASA. SpaceX has built the crew Dragon space capsule. They still need to add new helium tanks to the Block 5. The Block 5 has …

spaceSpaceX on track for BFR tests in first half of 2019

SpaceX appears to be on track to begin testing the SpaceX BFR and BFS starting in the first half of 2019. SpaceX has installed a large rocket fuel tank at its Boca Chica, Texas launch facility. Elon Musk has said …

shipSee the new Giant SpaceX net for catching rocket nose cone shells

SpaceX has improved the boat that will catch Falcon rocket nose cone shell. SpaceX made the catching net four times larger. The nose cone shells are called payload fairings. Once outside the atmosphere the fairing is jettisoned which exposes the …

israelSpaceIL plans to land hopping robot on the moon by end of 2018

Isreali startup SpaceIl plans to launch a lunar lander and robotic rover to the moon in December, 2018. SpaceIL had been competing in the Lunar Xprize contest. The Lunar XPrize had a few deadline extensions but was finished with no …

futureUS government should dump SLS and make Turbo rocket instead

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) project will cost about $40 billion from now to 2030 and will produce a chemical rocket about 1000 times more expensive to launch than a SpaceX BFR. SLS will start inferior to the SpaceX Falcon …

elon muskElon Musk shows emails that Thai Rescue team wanted the mini-sub option

Elon tweeted out evidence that the dive rescue team co-leader did want the mini-sub option. BBC News previously indicated that the rescue chief indicated that the SpaceX rescue mini-sub was not practical. Elon Musk indicated that person was a former …

spaceSpaceX working on SpaceX BFR factory and faring catcher

The SpaceX BFR factory is expected to take 12-18 months for Phase 1 and another 12 or so months for Phase 2. Pictures indicate the work to prepare the site of the SpaceX BFR factory is ramping up SpaceX continues …

spaceDivers completed the Thailand rescue but mini-sub was not used

Divers in northern Thailand have rescued all 12 boys and their football coach from flooded caves, 17 days after they got trapped underground.

nasaGiant next generation space telescope will look at a version that could launch on a SpaceX BFR

NASA had funded a study that would examine SpaceX’s next-gen BFR rocket as an option for launching LUVOIR. The Large UV/Optical/IR Surveyor (LUVOIR) is a concept for a highly capable, multi-wavelength space observatory. On June 1, 2018, NASA HQ instructed …

elon muskElon Musk has tweeted mini-sub rescue tests in LA pool

Elon Musk has tweeted out short video of underwater tests of the rescue mini-subs. These mini-subs could be used to save 8 boys and their coach who are still trapped in caves in Thailand. Four of the boys were already …