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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 […]



Elon Musk’s Starlink:The hidden agenda behind SpaceX’s mission to DOMINATE space internet?

June 23rd, 2019 at 8:06 am » Comments Off

ELON MUSK’s Starlink, the controversial space internet system designed by SpaceX, may have an undisclosed purpose. Aside from providing high-speed internet access to billions of people in “underserved communities around the world”, Elon Musk’s vision could advance the ambitions of SpaceX’s sister company, Tesla. Manny Shar, head of analytics at Bryce Space and Technology, told […]



Space X launches 60 satellites for Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Constellation

June 3rd, 2019 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

The 60 satellites packed tightly into a fairing. With one launch in the books and potentially dozens still to go, SpaceX has begun its build-out of the ambitious Starlink internet constellation—a series of interconnected satellites designed to deliver high-speed internet to paying customers around the globe. The 60 Starlink satellites, each weighing 500 pounds (227 […]



A 30 million page library is heading to the moon to help preserve human civilization

March 16th, 2019 at 1:58 am » Comments Off

Falcon 9 rocket launches carrying Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Feb. 21, 2019. The massive archive is aboard Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft. When Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft launched toward the moon last week, it was carrying a mysterious cargo. Mission planners called it a time capsule but hinted that that wasn’t the […]



Elon Musk reveals future price plan for a return ticket to Mars

February 18th, 2019 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

Ready to start a new life on Mars? Elon Musk, the tech entrepreneur vying to send humans to the red planet within the next decade, claimed on Monday that the cost of a ticket will one day enable “most people in advanced economies” to feasibly give up their Earth-bound dwellings and move to Mars. The […]



Elon Musk receives FCC approval to launch over 7,500 satellites into space

December 5th, 2018 at 12:45 pm » Comments Off

The FCC this week unanimously approved SpaceX’s ambitious plan to launch 7,518 satellites into low-Earth orbit. These satellites, along with 4,425 previously approved satellites, will serve as the backbone for the company’s proposed Starlink broadband network. As it does with most of its projects, SpaceX is thinking big with its global broadband network. The company […]



Is Colonizing Mars the most important project in human history?

December 3rd, 2018 at 5:41 am » Comments Off

The Red Planet is a freezing, faraway, uninhabitable desert. But protecting the human species from the end of life on Earth could save trillions of lives. The Earth and Mars are a bit like fraternal twins that slowly grew apart. Four billion years ago, both planets were warm, sheathed by protective atmospheres, and carved with […]



We need Elon Musk much more than he needs us

November 5th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Heroes are not created equal. Most people recognize the name Sully Sullenberger, but far fewer can tell you what Alan Turing did during World War II. Fewer still could tell you that Turing was chemically castrated because he was gay, and committed suicide shortly thereafter. But thanks for bringing one of the most horrifying wars […]



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