SpaceX Mounts Starship Booster on Texas Launch Tower

SpaceX Mounts Starship Booster on Texas Launch Tower

SpaceX’s massive Super Heavy booster stage is now standing (very) tall on the company’s launch pad in south Texas, as it awaits a series of tests and final checks. The company is eager to launch the fully stacked Starship rocket for a flight test as early as July, but a number of regulatory hurdles still … Read more

SpaceX Just Pulled Off Three Launches in 36 Hours

SpaceX Just Pulled Off Three Launches in 36 Hours

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched Germany’s SARah 1 military imaging satellite into orbit on June 18.Photo: SpaceX It was a busy weekend for SpaceX, with the private space company launching three of its Falcon 9 rockets into orbit over a period of three days. SpaceX’s final launch may even have been carrying a classified government … Read more

Elon Musk Pegs July for First Orbital Launch of Starship

Elon Musk Pegs July for First Orbital Launch of Starship

Starship is designed to carry astronauts and cargo to the Moon, and maybe even further destinations like Mars.Photo: SpaceX Yesterday, Elon Musk said Starship will be ready for its first orbital launch next month, followed by monthly liftoffs from the company’s south Texas base. It’s an ambitious timeline, but the private space company has not … Read more

Here’s the Latest Prototype of SpaceX’s Giant Starship

Here's the Latest Prototype of SpaceX's Giant Starship

A video posted to NASASpaceflight’s YouTube channel showed the new prototype being rolled out to the testing area.screenshot: Gizmodo It’s been nine months since we last saw a new Starship prototype exit the SpaceX factory in Boca Chica, Texas. The unfinished rocket, designated S24, is slated for qualification testing, but the Elon Musk-led company still … Read more

Rocket Lab Helicopter Catches Falling Rocket Booster, Then Drops It

Rocket Lab Helicopter Catches Falling Rocket Booster, Then Drops It

The rocket booster deployed a parachute to slow down its acceleration on its descent back to Earth.Picture: RocketLab Private aerospace company Rocket Lab just pulled off a mid-air capture of a rocket booster as it plunged its way back through Earth’s atmosphere, hooking it with a long rope attached to a helicopter. The mission, dubbed … Read more

SpaceX to Fly Three Polaris Program Space Flights

SpaceX to Fly Three Polaris Program Space Flights

Artist’s conception of a Polaris mission. Picture: Polaris Program Jared Isaacman, mission commander for the first all-private trek to Earth orbit, can’t get enough of space. The billionaire space tourist has purchased three new flights with SpaceX, including one that could launch later this year. The stated purpose of the three missions is to “rapidly … Read more

Rocket That Will Hit the Moon Isn’t From SpaceX

Rocket That Will Hit the Moon Isn't From SpaceX

A view of the Chinese rocket booster—and not the Falcon 9 second stage—as seen from an observatory in Italy on February 6, 2022Picture: Virtual Telescope Project/Gianluca Masi A fresh look at the available evidence suggests a Chinese booster will smash into the Moon in early Trader not a SpaceX Falcon 9 second stage as was … Read more