SpaceX to receive $178 million to fly the Europa Clipper mission on its Falcon Heavy rocket. That's significantly cost effective compared to NASA's in-house SLS that costs around $2 billion.
The Rhineland-Palatinate state authority in Germany has announced today that it has set up 12 Starlink satellite dishes that will help the flood-affected people. More dishes will be deployed later.
In the upcoming week, SpaceX will attempt to launch its Transporter-2 mission, Starsem will orbit 36 OneWeb internet satellites, and Roscosmos will send a cargo mission to the ISS.
Next week could turn out to be quite lively or fairly dull for rocket launches with lots of the launches marked as No Earlier Than. Two missions on Friday, however, will definitely try to launch.
In the upcoming week, China will be sending its first three taikonauts to the new Chinese Space Station. They are set to blast off on Thursday morning aboard the Shenzhou 12 spacecraft.
The German government is formulating a plan that would see it subsidise the hardware costs for internet satellite hardware from the likes of Starlink. Starlink sells this hardware for $499 normally.
The CEO responded to a fan on Twitter, saying that the company's offshore launchpad could be operational next year. It will be used as a launch platform for the Starship spacecraft.
There are several launches planned for this week including a Falcon 9 which will be helping a Dragon capsule into orbit so that it can deliver cargo to the International space station.
This week we will see SpaceX and OneWeb orbit more satellites that will beam internet connectivity back to Earth. China also re-attempt its Tianzhou-2 supply mission to the Chinese Space Station.
Google Cloud and SpaceX today announced a new partnership in which Starlink satellite internet will rely on Google's private fiber-optic network to quickly make connections to cloud services.
The upcoming week of rocket launches is fairly routine, SpaceX is hoping to launch more Starlink satellites and Virgin Galactic could also fly its SpaceShipTwo-class VSS Unity rocketplane.
SpaceX has successfully completed a soft landing of its Starship rocket which will take astronauts back to the Moon later in the decade. This is a major leap forward for the company.
It's a quiet week in terms of rocket launches this week. If we are lucky, we should see SpaceX launch its Starship SN15 from Boca Chica, Texas, as it attempts to perform its first smooth landing.
NASA has pushed back the splashdown for Crew-1 Dragon. The astronauts will now undock from the ISS on Friday before landing in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday morning. The event will be streamed.
This week is packed full of rocket launches among which China will launch the first module of its space station. The Chinese Space Station could receive three taikonauts as soon as June.
Four astronauts are now in Earth orbit aboard the SpaceX Crew-2 Dragon. They are set to dock at the International Space Station at 5:10 a.m. EDT on Saturday bringing the ISS crew size to 11.
NASA has pushed the Crew-2 Dragon mission back from Thursday to Friday. The crew will reach the space station on Saturday bringing the people on board to 11 until four people leave next week.
The week will see SpaceX take more astronauts to the ISS, a Helicopter fly on Mars, and possibly the first successful landing on SpaceX's Starship after it was selected for NASA's Artemis missions.
NASA has announced that it has awarded SpaceX a $2.89 billion contract to continue developing a human landing system ready for the 2024 Artemis 3 mission which will return Americans to the Moon.
There aren't too many launches this week but SpaceX is prepping its next Starship mission where it will attempt to perfect the landing procedure so it can move on in the testing process.
SpaceX's Starship SN11 mission turned into a catastrophe today as the firm attempted to launch in low-visibility conditions. Despite the thick fog, debris could be seen falling after the mishap.
The next week will feature an interesting launch from Blue Origin, the firm owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos. Astronauts will practice getting aboard the craft ready for a crewed mission in the future.
SpaceX is planning to launch its Starship SN11 sometime this week. The firm still hasn't performed a perfect landing of the craft but it has been improving its technique after each test.
In the upcoming week, we have several rocket launches due. The most interesting will be the maiden flight of Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket which is launching from Vandenberg AFB.
Elon Musk indicates that the SN10 engines lacked thrust. The rocket landed at 10 m/s, damaging some parts. It also used "Helium in header" to atone for SN8's explosion, but that was also problematic.
There are four planned rocket launches this week, two from SpaceX, one from Rocket Lab, and another from the Chinese National Space Administration. Rocket Lab's mission was delayed from last week.
SpaceX has finally managed to land a Starship rocket, however, several minutes after, the vehicle exploded due to a fire which managed to reach the propellant which subsequently ignited.
There are three rocket launches expected this week. Rocket Lab is launching several satellites, Iran is re-attempting to launch its Pars 1 satellite, and SpaceX will try to land Starship SN10.
This week, India, SpaceX, Russia, China and Iran are all planning space launches. All of the launches are carrying satellites but for very different purposes from internet delivery to monitoring.
Every sector needs someone like Elon Musk who will experiment and develop new technologies to reduce carbon emissions, according to Bill Gates. He specifically cited the steel and cement industries.
After several scrubbed launch attempts, SpaceX finally got its Starship SN9 off the ground today thanks to good visibility and wind conditions. Unfortunately, like SN8, the rocket failed to land.
Elon Musk sent the price of bitcoin up by $6,000 today after adding #bitcoin to his Twitter profile. The price of bitcoin had been lingering around $32,000 with some expecting it to fall lower.
SpaceX has launched 143 satellites into space today. The launch set a record for the number of satellites being launched into space at once, it was previously held by India's space agency.
Starship SN8 executed an almost perfect high-altitude flight test before plummeting towards the earth at a velocity greater than the intended threshold. SpaceX and Musk extolled the test as a success.
Dragon and the Falcon 9 become the first NASA-certified system in over 40 years for regular manned trips to the ISS. The approval echoes SpaceX's success in the Commercial Crew program.
Starlink, the satellite-based internet service developed by SpaceX, is opening up its beta program to more customers, promising speeds up to 150Mbps. However, it costs nearly $600 upfront.
Dubbed Crew-1, the Crew Dragon's second manned flight to the International Space Station is scheduled for next month on November 15, weather permitting, with four astronauts on board.
In a job listing for a Resort Development Manager by SpaceX, the company states that its launch site in Boca Chica Village will be a 21st-century spaceport and the company's first resort.
Falcon 9 broke the Atlantis space shuttle's turnaround time after it hoisted South Korea's first military satellite to deployment. For the first time, SpaceX retrieved both rocket fairings too.
For its second cryogenic pressure test to failure, the SN7 prototype for Starship was taken beyond its limit. The fuel tank 'popped' and was soon engulfed in white, thick plumes of nitrogen.