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spaceWill Space Launch System be the 21st Century Spruce Goose?

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Howard Hughes was paid $23 million ($300 million inflation adjusted) to develop the Spruce Goose. It was the largest airplane in the world at the time. It did not fly until after World War 2. Hughes had to fly it …

spaceWhy Don’t Other Rocket Companies Test More Rockets?

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SpaceX and China have been the builders and testers of new rockets for the last decade. Other countries and companies rarely test new rockets. Many other competing companies and nations have as much or more money, but they just do …

nasaSpaceX Crew Astronauts, Spacesuit and Crewed Dragon

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Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first two NASA astronauts to fly in the Dragon spacecraft. They will use the new SpaceX spacesuits. The SpaceX Crew Dragon will fly in mid-2019. How SpaceX’s first astronaut crew is preparing …

elon muskSpaceX Orbital Starship Prototype Built By June 2019 and Orbital Launch Might Be in 2019

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Elon Musk has tweeted that the first orbital Starship upper stage prototype should be completed by June 2019. He has stated that the Super Heavy first stage will start construction in the spring. Previously, Elon Musk has targeted the Super …

spaceSpaceX Texas Launch Site Progress

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SpaceX continues to build the Starship hopper test rocket. They are removing placeholder engines and opened up the rocket to add fuel tanks and the real raptor engines. Here are tweets about progress on the Texas launch site. It still …

spaceSpaceX Adding New Raptor Engines and Fuel Tanks to Starship Hopper

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SpaceX has taken the Starship Hopper apart again. They are removing the placeholder Raptor engine. They will be adding in the fuel tanks and the new Raptor engines. Elon Musk had sais the previously installed engines were a mix of …

businessSpaceX Will Start Building the Super Heavy First Stage Booster This Spring

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Elon Musk had tweeted that the Super Heavy first stage will start getting built in the spring. Both, but demo Starship is being built now, whereas Super Heavy hardware will start getting built in spring — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December …

businessSpaceX Lays Off 10% of Staff After Disappointing Fund Raising

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SpaceX is laying off ten percent of their 6000+ staff. SpaceX has very expensive projects to develop the Superheavy Starship (aka BFR) and the Starlink global space-based internet. SpaceX makes most of its money from commercial and national security satellite …

satellitesSpaceX Successfully Launches Iridium 8 Satellite

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SpaceX has another successful launch of the Falcon 9. They deployed the Iridium 8 satellites. They launched ten more Iridium satellites to complete a $3 billion upgrade to the company’s global voice and data relay network. They successfully landed the …

satellitesElon Officially Unveils the Starhopper

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Elon Musk has officially unveiled the Starhopper. It is actual images and not renderings. Nextbigfuture has been tracking the construction for the last month. Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an …