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Rocket Report: FAA grounds Starship, Biden’s big rocket dilemma

Rocket Report: FAA grounds Starship, Biden’s big rocket dilemma

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Enlarge / Northrop Grumman conducted a validation test of its GEM 63XL rocket motor on Jan. 21 at its Promontory, Utah, facility.Northrop Grumman Welcome to Edition 3.31 of the Rocket Report! Most of the news this week has happened with bigger rockets, with an especially interesting bit concerning the Falcon Heavy rocket and NASA's Europa…
Hold the phone—SpaceX is fueling Starship on Thursday afternoon [Updated]

Hold the phone—SpaceX is fueling Starship on Thursday afternoon [Updated]

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Enlarge / SpaceX believes its SN9 prototype is ready to take to the skies. Update 3pm EST Thursday: SpaceX is loading its Starship SN9 prototype with propellant on Thursday afternoon. That much we know. But whether this is for a "wet dress rehearsal," a static fire test, or an actual launch, who knows. After the…
SpaceX launches 143 satellites into orbit, most ever  [Updated]

SpaceX launches 143 satellites into orbit, most ever [Updated]

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The Transporter-1 mission lifts off on Sunday morning. Trevor Mahlmann Foul weather scrubbed a launch attempt of the Transporter-1 mission on Saturday. Trevor Mahlmann SpaceX's Transporter-1 mission is set to lift off on Saturday, January 23rd at 9:40am EST. Trevor Mahlmann A view inside the payload fairing shows the stack of satellites launching. SpaceX Another…
SpaceX launches 134 satellites into orbit, most ever  [Updated]

SpaceX launches 134 satellites into orbit, most ever [Updated]

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The Transporter-1 mission lifts off on Sunday morning. Trevor Mahlmann Foul weather scrubbed a launch attempt of the Transporter-1 mission on Saturday. Trevor Mahlmann SpaceX's Transporter-1 mission is set to lift off on Saturday, January 23rd at 9:40am EST. Trevor Mahlmann A view inside the payload fairing shows the stack of satellites launching. SpaceX Another…
SpaceX scrubs first attempt to launch 143 satellites [Updated]

SpaceX scrubs first attempt to launch 143 satellites [Updated]

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SpaceX's Transporter-1 mission is set to lift off on Saturday, January 23rd at 9:40am EST. Trevor Mahlmann A view inside the payload fairing shows the stack of satellites launching. Spaceflight Another view inside the fairing. Spaceflight This will be the fifth flight of this rocket, which will attempt to land aboard the 'Of Course I…
SpaceX hot fire tests its Starship vehicle three times in four hours

SpaceX hot fire tests its Starship vehicle three times in four...

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Enlarge / The Sun glints around the lower fin of Starship SN8 on Dec. 9, 2020.Trevor Mahlmann On Wednesday, in South Texas, SpaceX fired up its newest Starship prototype not once or twice. Rather, engineers and technicians fueled and test fired their SN9 prototype and its Raptor rocket engines three times in less than four…
SpaceX has launched its 50th previously flown rocket [Updated]

SpaceX has launched its 50th previously flown rocket [Updated]

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Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket stands ready to launch the Turksat 5A mission. 9:30pm ET Thursday: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched on Thursday evening from Florida, sending a communications satellite toward geostationary transfer orbit. The rocket's first stage then returned to Earth and made a safe landing on the Just Read the Instructions…
SpaceX won “rural” FCC funding in surprising places, like major airports

SpaceX won “rural” FCC funding in surprising places, like major airports

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The Federal Communications Commission last week awarded $9.2 billion to 180 broadband providers, saying the money will bring Internet access to 5.2 million "unserved" homes and businesses in rural areas across the United States. But consumer advocates say they've found major problems in the FCC's funding choices, such as sending money to wealthy urban areas…
Teardown of “Dishy McFlatface,” the SpaceX Starlink user terminal

Teardown of “Dishy McFlatface,” the SpaceX Starlink user terminal

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Enlarge / Ken Keiter gets ready to tear apart the SpaceX Starlink user terminal, "Dishy McFlatface." Engineer Ken Keiter recently came into possession of one SpaceX Starlink user terminal, the satellite dish that SpaceX nicknamed "Dishy McFlatface." But instead of plugging it in and getting Internet access from SpaceX's low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, Keiter…
SpaceX Starlink engineers take questions in Reddit AMA—here are highlights

SpaceX Starlink engineers take questions in Reddit AMA—here are highlights

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Enlarge / Starlink logo imposed on stylized image of the Earth. SpaceX Starlink engineers answered questions in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Saturday, covering topics such as data caps (which they hope to never implement), when the public beta will expand to more users, and how the satellite-broadband service will expand and change…

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