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SpaceX launches heavy telecom satellite, sticks high-seas landing
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Enlarge / SpaceX launched a similar satellite, Telstar 19 Vantage, in July of this year. (credit: SpaceX) 12:55am ET Monday Update: A little more than an hour after its launch window opened—the delay was due to remnant thunderstorms in the area—SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched from Florida early on Monday morning. The rocket’s first stage […]

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Its Used Block 5 Rocket
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SpaceX successfully launched one of its used Falcon 9 rockets from Cape Canaveral tonight at 1:18AM ET, deploying the Merah Putih communications satellite just over half an hour later. This marks the first time that SpaceX reused one of its new powerful Block 5 boosters — the final upgrade of the Falcon 9 that is […]

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Saturday night live: SpaceX to attempt second launch of Block 5 rocket
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Enlarge / The Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 rocket, on the launchpad, with its Telstar 19V payload. (credit: SpaceX) Having worked through its fleet of used Block 4 rockets, SpaceX will now transition into flying its more advanced Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 rocket full time. As early as 1:50am ET […]

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Internally, NASA believes Boeing ahead of SpaceX in commercial crew
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Enlarge / An artist’s view of the Starliner spacecraft en route to the International Space Station. (credit: Boeing) One of the biggest rivalries in the modern aerospace industry is between Boeing and SpaceX. Despite their radically different cultures, the aerospace giant and the smaller upstart compete for many different kinds of contracts, and perhaps nowhere […]

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SpaceX price hikes will make ISS cargo missions more costly
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NASA said it will pay $400 million more for cargo delivery to the International Space Station (ISS) starting in 2020, thanks in part to a 50 percent price increase from supplier SpaceX. On top of that, the ISS will receive six fewer tons of cargo, so…

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Watch live: SpaceX to launch a small planet hunter for NASA [Updated]
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TESS launch Wednesday update: SpaceX had to scrub Monday’s launch attempt due to an unspecified issue with the Falcon 9 rocket’s guidance, navigation, and control system. However, after engineers with the California-based company looked at the rocket, it has been declared ready for flight. The 30-second launch window opens at 6:51pm ET (22:51 UTC). Weather […]

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It’s official: SpaceX will build its monster rocket in California
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Enlarge / SpaceX will build the BFR rocket and the BFS spaceship (shown here on the Moon) near its California headquarters. (credit: SpaceX) During his State of the City address on Monday, the mayor of Los Angeles made it official: SpaceX will build the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) at the Port of Los Angeles. “This […]

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Interior secretary: SpaceX wouldn’t be building rockets if it were regulated!
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Enlarge / Zinke addressing the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum in Princeton, NJ. (credit: Nate Anderson) PRINCETON, NJ—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has seen things in his time as a Navy SEAL—and he wants to keep them far away from your family. “I don’t want your kids to ever see what I’ve seen,” he told a […]

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'What's Facebook?', Elon Musk Asks, As He Deletes SpaceX and Tesla Facebook Pages
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It is unlikely that Facebook will see a significant drop in its mammoth userbase following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. But on Friday, the #DeleteFacebook campaign, which is seeing an increasingly growing number of people call it quits on the world’s largest social network, found its biggest backer: Elon Musk. Responding to WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton’s […]

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