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SpaceX wants to land Starship on the Moon before 2022, then do cargo runs for 2024 human landing

November 3rd, 2019 at 3:20 am » Comments Off

Speaking at a quick series of interviews with commercial space companies at this year’s annual International Astronautical Congress, SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell shed a little more light on her company’s current thinking with regards to the mission timelines for its forthcoming Starship spacefaring vehicle. Starship, currently in parallel development at SpaceX’s South Texas […]



‘Whoa, it worked’: Elon Musk tweets via SpaceX’s Starlink Satellites

November 1st, 2019 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

  A view of SpaceX’s first 60 Starlink satellites in orbit, still in stacked configuration, with the Earth as a brilliant blue backdrop on May 23, 2019.  But Starlink won’t be truly operational until several hundred more satellites go up. SpaceX’s nascent internet-satellite constellation is already providing some boutique service, according to Elon Musk. Late […]



Battle for Mars: Planet Bezos, Planet Musk, Planet Branson, or Planet New America?

August 5th, 2019 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” becoming the first human being to walk on the moon. NASA reported to Congress that the Apollo program cost $25.4 billion ($176 billion in 2019 dollars). At the time, there were only two entities with the resources to […]



Everyone’s going back to the moon. But why?

July 22nd, 2019 at 12:47 am » Comments Off

The Deep Space Gateway, seen here in an artist’s rendering, would be a spaceport in lunar orbit. Boeing As the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo landing approaches, a host of countries are undertaking lunar missions. What’s behind the new space race? At 2.51am on Monday 15 July, engineers at India’s national spaceport at Sriharikota […]



LightSail 2 gets ready to make its debut in space

June 26th, 2019 at 10:58 pm » Comments Off

Artist’s concept of LightSail 2 above Earth. Image: The Planetary Society Yesterday, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launched NASA’s STP-2 mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying with it a whole raft of technology demonstrations that will one day aid in smarter spacecraft design and help the agency’s efforts in getting to Mars. Some of […]



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