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SpaceX X-37B Launch Delayed Until December 11
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SpaceX X-37B Launch Delayed Until December 11

Recent weather conditions have delayed the SpaceX X-37B launch until Monday, December 11th. Using a Falcon Heavy, the space plane will launch from Complex-39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The X-37N space plane is a top-secret plane, which is operated by the U.S. space Force. Since it's mostly classified, we don't know much about it. However, military officials have stated the plane is mainly for "testing technologies for future spacecraft and carrying experiments up to space and back to earth.If all goes well and the SpaceX X-37B launch is successful, this will mark another successful mission using the Falcon Heavy. As of today, the Falcon Heavy has had 8 launches.
SpaceX 90th Orbital Mission Will Launch 23 Starlink Sattelites
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SpaceX 90th Orbital Mission Will Launch 23 Starlink Sattelites

Tonight, the SpaceX 90th orbital mission will launch 23 starlink sattlites into low earth orbit, thanks to a Falcon 9 rocket.Onboard this Falcon 9, 23 starlink satellites are scheduled to link off from Cape Canaveral at 11:01 PM EST. This will mark the SpaceX 90th orbital mission of 2023. If for some reason the weather doesn't cooperate or something happens, SpaceX has backup opportunities until 2:659 AM EST on Thursday, December 7th.As always, you can watch the launch live on SpaceX's account on Twitter. Coverage will begin about five minutes before the launch.If everything works correctly, the rocket's first stage will come back to earth about 8 minutes after launch. It will touch down on the SpaceX droneship which is stationed off the Florida Coast. In addition to this, the...
Pioneer Aerospace Purchased By SpaceX for $2.2 Million
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Pioneer Aerospace Purchased By SpaceX for $2.2 Million

SpaceX has recently acquired Pioneer Aerospace, a space parachute manufacturer, for $2.2 million.The rocket company owned by Musk made this purchase following the bankruptcy of Pioneer Aerospace's parent company in Florida. This marks SpaceX's first publicly disclosed acquisition since 2021 when it acquired Swarm, a small satellite company, for $524 million.Pioneer Aerospace has played a pivotal role as a supplier of drogue parachutes for various SpaceX and NASA missions. These missions encompass multiple crewed flights and cargo deliveries to the International Space Station (ISS), as well as the "Osiris Rex" mission.The drogue chutes manufactured by Pioneer Aerospace are highly advanced components tailored for high-velocity scenarios. Specifically designed for SpaceX's Dragon...
SpaceX Launching 47 Starlink Satellites on Thursday
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SpaceX Launching 47 Starlink Satellites on Thursday

SpaceX is gearing up for yet another significant launch of its Starlink internet satellites, which you can watch live.On Thursday morning, June 22, a Falcon 9 rocket will take off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, carrying a payload of 47 Starlink spacecraft. The scheduled liftoff time is 3:19 a.m. EDT (0719 GMT; 12:19 a.m. local time).If you're eager to catch the action as it unfolds, you can tune in to the live broadcast of the launch. SpaceX will provide a thrilling visual spectacle as their rocket propels the Starlink satellites towards their designated orbits in space.The Starlink project aims to establish a global network of satellites that can deliver high-speed internet access to even the most remote regions on Earth. With each successful launch, SpaceX g...
Another Falcon 9 Rocket Will Be Launched On Sunday
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Another Falcon 9 Rocket Will Be Launched On Sunday

SpaceX is preparing for the launch of another Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, June 18th. This time, the rocket will carry out the PSN SATRIA mission from the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) located at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.The launch window will be open for a duration of 178 minutes, starting at 6:04 p.m. In case any issues arise, there is a backup opportunity available on Monday, June 19th, with a launch window of 198 minutes, beginning at 5:54 p.m.The first stage booster assigned to this mission has previously been used for various missions, including CRS-22, Crew-3, Turksat 5B, Crew-4, CRS-25, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13G, O3b mPOWER, and four Starlink missions.Once the first stage separates from the Falcon 9, it will make a controlled landing on the A Shortfall...
52 Starlink Satellites Were Launched Into Orbit by SpaceX
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52 Starlink Satellites Were Launched Into Orbit by SpaceX

Early Monday morning, SpaceX successfully launched a batch of Starlink satellites into orbit. The event took place at 3:10 a.m. EDT (0710 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket carried 52 Starlink spacecraft, and this was the first of two planned launches for SpaceX on that day.After liftoff, the Falcon 9's first stage returned to Earth approximately 8.5 minutes later. It performed a precise landing on the SpaceX droneship called A Shortfall of Gravitas, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. This marked the ninth launch and landing for this specific booster, according to SpaceX.Meanwhile, the rocket's upper stage continued its journey, carrying the 52 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit. They were ultimately deployed approximately 65 m...
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base
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SpaceX launches Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base

SpaceX is all set for an exciting rocket launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Monday, June 12. The eagerly awaited event will take place within a launch window that opens at 2:19 p.m., providing a captivating spectacle.This anticipated launch is an integral part of SpaceX's Transporter-8 mission, which primarily focuses on the deployment of small satellites. The mighty Falcon 9 rocket will carry an impressive payload of 72 items on this mission, including CubeSats, MicroSats, a re-entry capsule, and orbital transfer vehicles. These advanced vehicles are tasked with transporting the spacecraft to their intended destinations for future deployment.In case of any unforeseen circumstances on Monday, SpaceX has a backup opportunity scheduled for Tuesday, June 13 at precisely 2:19 ...
Artemis 3 Delay Concerns: NASA Worried About Starship Problems
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Artemis 3 Delay Concerns: NASA Worried About Starship Problems

NASA is expressing concerns about potential delays in the highly anticipated Artemis 3 mission due to issues with SpaceX's Starship vehicle. The agency is worried that the lunar lander version of the Starship may not be ready in time.During a joint meeting on June 7, Jim Free, NASA's associate administrator for exploration systems development, shared the possibility of a delay in the Artemis 3 timeline. This mission holds significant importance as it marks the return of humans to the moon after more than 50 years. The original target of December 2025 might need to be pushed back to 2026.The main concern revolves around the number of launches required for SpaceX to prepare the Starship for Artemis 3. Each mission involves launching the Starship lander itself, along with several add...
SpaceX Is Launching 4 People On a 10-day AX-2 Mission
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SpaceX Is Launching 4 People On a 10-day AX-2 Mission

Later today, SpaceX will launch a private mission to the International Space System, which will be a 10-day Ax-2 mission.The craft is set to liftoff at 5:37 PM, from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and a Dragon Capsule. This launch will take place from Pad 39 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.Not only will this be the 2nd ever private mission to the station, but it will also put the first woman from Saudi Arabia in Space, Rayyanah Barnawi. Including her, there are a total of 4 Ax-2 crew members. Once onboard, these people will spend 10 days conducting more than 20 groundbreaking scientific experiments.One of these experiments will test how micro gravity affects stem cell growth. In addition to this, the crew will also engage in public outreach to "promote scien...
Blue Origin Will Build NASA’s Next Lunar Lander
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Blue Origin Will Build NASA’s Next Lunar Lander

During an event at NASA Headquarters today, Administrator Bill Nelson announced the company will work with Blue Origin to build the next lunar lander. Other companies will also take part, which include Boeing, Draper, SpaceX, and Lockheed Martin.The lunar lander will be apart of the Artemis mission program, which starts at the end of the decade. The lander will be called " Blue Moon ", and will transport astronauts to the moon's surface.The contract between all these companies is priced at around $3.4 billion. According to John Couluris, who works at Blue Origin, they plan to invest "well north" of that money into Blue Moon.When the project is finished, Blue Moon will stand 16 meters tall, and a mass of 16 metric tons. The craft is expected to have a demonstration landing on A...