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SpaceX Will Launch the First of Its Global Internet Satellites

Last week, SpaceX realized a decade-long dream of successfully launching the most powerful rocket in the world. The Falcon Heavy’s achievement, marked resoundingly with thunderous sonic booms following twin booster touchdowns at Cape Canaveral, was only upstaged by Starman—a doomed mannequin at the wheel of Elon Musk’s Roadster With the ...

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SpaceX Keeps Lining Up Covert Military Launches

Last September, SpaceX was fueling its Falcon 9 for a routine test fire before launch when a composite liner inside the upper-stage fuel tank failed, letting oxygen seep in. Friction between the tank’s aluminum liner and carbon overwrap ignited a towering inferno that engulfed the rocket, the launch pad, and ...

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Watch SpaceX Launch a Super-Secret Payload for the Feds

On Sunday, April 30, SpaceX will send up yet another satellite into orbit from its Kennedy Space Center launchpad. The payload? Nobody has any idea, other than the people who designed, built, or work with the thing. No one else knows what kind of satellite it is, what it’ll do, ...

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SpaceX Plans to Launch Humans Around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX is planning to send two private individuals on a trip around the moon sometime next year. In a phone briefing today, CEO Elon Musk gave details of the mission, which would use two of SpaceX‘s long-awaited technologies: a crew-rated capsule, the Crew Dragon, and the high-powered Falcon Heavy rocket. ...

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Watch SpaceX Try to Launch NASA’s Science Into Space

[embedded content] SpaceX is back, and it’s launching your tax dollars into low Earth orbit. Saturday morning will mark the private rocket company’s tenth mission to the International Space Station—and its second launch attempt since a Falcon 9 rocket blew up on a launchpad last September. Saturday’s launch will lift ...

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The SpaceX Explosion: What You Need to Know

Early this morning, SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a hot run, a test fire before a launch planned for this Saturday. And in response, everyone has a lot of questions: What does this mean for SpaceX? What does it mean for its launch schedule? What does it mean for ...

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Watch as SpaceX Fires (and Hopefully Lands) Another Rocket

[embedded content] While you wait for SpaceX to launch—and attempt to land—its 28th Falcon 9 rocket, I’m going to ask you to take a moment and think about the mission’s payload. The JCSat-16 is a telecommunications satellite. Amid the constellation of artificial objects orbiting this planet—things that peer to the ...

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