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SpaceX flies the same, sooty booster for the sixth time [Updated]

SpaceX flies the same, sooty booster for the sixth time [Updated]

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B1049 making waves in the atmosphere on Tuesday. Trevor Mahlmann Blue hour at SLC-40, where SpaceX's Falcon 9 B1049.6 stands ready to loft the 11th batch of Starlink satellites. Trevor Mahlmann A very sooty booster after 5 launches and landings. Trevor Mahlmann Reused booster: check. Trevor Mahlmann Reused legs: check. Trevor Mahlmann Reused fairings: check.…
SpaceX Starlink speeds revealed as beta users get downloads of 11 to 60Mbps

SpaceX Starlink speeds revealed as beta users get downloads of 11...

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Enlarge / A SpaceX Starlink user terminal/satellite dish.SpaceX Beta users of SpaceX's Starlink satellite-broadband service are getting download speeds ranging from 11Mbps to 60Mbps, according to tests conducted using Ookla's speedtest.net tool. Speed tests showed upload speeds ranging from 5Mbps to 18Mbps. The same tests, conducted over the past two weeks, showed latencies or ping…
In a consequential decision, Air Force picks its rockets for mid-2020s launches

In a consequential decision, Air Force picks its rockets for mid-2020s...

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Enlarge / Artist's rendering of a Vulcan-Centaur rocket launch. On Friday afternoon, the US Air Force answered one of the big questions that had been hanging over the US launch industry for more than a year—which two companies will be selected to compete for national security launch contracts from 2022 to 2026? During a video…
An early version of Starship takes its first, tentative steps off Earth

An early version of Starship takes its first, tentative steps off...

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Ignition! Starhopper looks on as SN5 lifts off for its 150m hop test. Trevor Mahlmann Roger, roger, SN5—we see you hovering clear five by. Trevor Mahlmann SN5. In flight. Over Texas. Trevor Mahlmann Turning to orient for landing. Trevor Mahlmann SN5 coming in for a landing. Those legs! Just so we're clear about this, SpaceX…
SpaceX now plans for 5 million Starlink customers in US, up from 1 million

SpaceX now plans for 5 million Starlink customers in US, up...

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Enlarge / A SpaceX Starlink user terminal/satellite dish.SpaceX SpaceX has asked the US for permission to deploy up to 5 million user terminals for its Starlink satellite-broadband network in the US after nearly 700,000 people in the country registered interest in the service. SpaceX in March received a Federal Communications Commission license for up to…
Dragonship Endeavour is flying free, on its way back to Earth

Dragonship Endeavour is flying free, on its way back to Earth

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Enlarge / Crew Dragon backs away from the International Space Station on Saturday.NASA TV On Saturday evening the Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, named Dragonship Endeavour, undocked from the International Space Station to begin its journey home. The undocking came after NASA and SpaceX determined the spacecraft would find calm…
SpaceX completes static fire of Starship prototype, will hop next

SpaceX completes static fire of Starship prototype, will hop next

Enlarge / Overhead view of SN5 static fire test on Thursday. After scrubbing several attempts for weather concerns, technical issues, and even a range violation due to a nearby boat, SpaceX succeeded in static-fire testing the latest prototype of its Starship vehicle on Thursday. At 3:02pm local time in South Texas, the single Raptor engine…
Details on SpaceX Starlink beta emerge along with photos of user terminals

Details on SpaceX Starlink beta emerge along with photos of user...

As SpaceX readies beta-testing for its Starlink broadband service, Internet users have dug into the Starlink website and found new details on the upcoming beta tests and images of the user terminals that will be installed outside customers' homes. Reddit users yesterday said they did some data mining of the Starlink support website and main…
SpaceX Anasis-II mission: How to watch Falcon 9 launch military satellite Tuesday

SpaceX Anasis-II mission: How to watch Falcon 9 launch military satellite...

The Falcon 9 booster for the Anasis-II mission is a history-making rocket. It was the booster used to deliver NASA astronauts to the ISS in May. SpaceX SpaceX may have postponed another Starlink launch on Saturday, but it's gearing up for yet another mission as it readies itself to launch a South Korean military satellite…
SpaceX launch of 57 Starlink satellites that wear sun visors delayed again

SpaceX launch of 57 Starlink satellites that wear sun visors delayed...

This Falcon 9 rocket launched in November 2019, carrying 60 Starlink satellites. SpaceX The latest SpaceX Starlink launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, has been postponed for the third time in three weeks. Blastoff was originally set for June 26 but was delayed to address technical concerns and then delayed again on Wednesday because of weather that wouldn't cooperate.…

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