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militaryOrbital Kinetic Bombardment gets close to nuclear on damage and cost

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As of 2017, the US has an estimated 4,018 nuclear weapons in either deployment or storage. The US plans to spend $1.2 trillion to modernize the nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years. Two-thirds of the nuclear weapons budget will …

nasaSpaceX Falcon 9 block 5 certified for most important NASA missions

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is qualified to launch NASA’s most expensive and highest-priority science missions. NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) has certified the two-stage Falcon 9 as a Category 3 rocket. Falcon 9 Block 5, the rocket’s newest iteration that …

scienceOumuamua mission value versus New Horizon Pluto and Europa Clipper

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A space mission to chase down the Oumuamua object would be worth the $2 to 4 billion or so cost. Oumuamua is worth looking at for scientific value even it is only an anomalous interstellar object. Harvard researchers have calculated …

spaceSpaceX BFR reusability simulation video

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The SpaceX Mini-BFR for the Falcon 9 will only be used for testing and will not become a fully reusable second stage for the F9 or FH. If SpaceX makes the F9 upper stage more reusable. Elon has said they …

satellitesBetter communication between financials cities could pay for SpaceX Starlink

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SpaceX Starlink will provide the lowest latency and high 100 Gigabit per second connections. Light travels 45% faster in vacuum versus fiber optic cable. Lasers for Starlink satellites will enable fast low latency connections. The top ten financial cities could …

elon muskSpaceX Mini-BFS will make fully reusable Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy in 2019

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Elon Musk tweeted that SpaceX will make a mini-Big Falcon Spaceship upper stage for the Falcon 9. They are aiming for an orbital flight by June 2019. The MVac will have too high TWR and have flow separation at sea …

economic impactSpaceX low latency Starlink satellite network will be massively profitable

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SpaceX has US Federal Communications Committee (FCC) approval to build a constellation of 4,425 low Earth orbit communication satellites. It will use phased array antennas for up and downlinks and laser communication between satellites to provide global low-latency high bandwidth …

astronomy2025 SpaceX BFR and gravity slingshots for speed to reach alien Oumuamua object

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Harvard researchers have a paper which proposes that 2017 interstellar object Oumuamua was an alien solar sail. Speed, acceleration and other reasons to think it is an alien solar sail The reasons for this are: 1. It came in at …

elon muskSpace Force will be more new space weapons and not space marines

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The U.S. military is creating the Space Force as a sixth branch. It will not be about space marines but acquiring new space weapons and other systems for space domination. Space Force is about organizing to speed up development of …

spaceFalcon Heavy Starman has made first pass beyond Mars

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The Falcon Heavy launched Starman has made its first pass beyond Mars. It has gone into an orbit where it will fly around the Earth and around Mars for millions of years. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched the Tesla Roadster …