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NASA schedules the first Crew Dragon operational flight for Halloween

NASA NASA and SpaceX have set a new launch date for Crew Dragon’s first crewed operational flight: October 31st. The SpaceX Crew-1 mission follows the company’s successful Demo—2 test flight, which flew astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS. It was the first crewed flight that launched from US soil since the final …

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SpaceX’s reused rockets will carry national security payloads for the first time

SpaceX, Flickr SpaceX has been reusing rockets for years, but they’ve been off-limits for some crucial launches. They’ll get more use soon, however. The private spaceflight company has signed a contract with the US Space Force to reuse a Falcon 9 booster rocket for the first time on a National Security Space Launch mission. The …

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SpaceX scales back plans for Starship’s first high-altitude flight

Elon Musk, Twitter You might want to dial back your expectations for the first high-altitude SpaceX Starship flight. Elon Musk now says the flight with the SN8 prototype will top out at 15km, or close to 50,000ft, instead of the 18km and 60,000ft he’d mentioned earlier. It’s not clear what prompted the lowered expectations, but …

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Rocket Report: Musk updates Super Heavy plan, China to launch spaceplane?

<figcaption class=”caption”><div class=”caption-text”><a href=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TrevorMahlmann_StarlinkLiftoff_CROPPED.jpg” class=”enlarge-link” data-height=”365″ data-width=”743″>Enlarge</a> <span class=”sep”>/</span> Sound-activated remote camera view as the 12th Starlink mission begins on Thursday, September 3.</div><div class=”caption-credit”><a rel=”nofollow” class=”caption-link” href=”https://arstechnica.com/author/trevormahlmann/”>Trevor Mahlmann</a></div></figcaption> </figure> Welcome to Edition 3.14 of the Rocket Report! So basically, it’s Pi week for us. Also, you may realize we did not put out a Rocket …

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SpaceX targets another Starlink launch Thursday to continue record pace

Falcon 9 B1060 and 60 Starlink satellites standing on LC-39A in preparation for launch at 9:29an EDT on September 1, 2020. Trevor Mahlmann The booster will attempt to land on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship after separating from the 2nd stage. Trevor Mahlmann Close-up photograph of the titanium-tipped payload fairing. Trevor Mahlmann …

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SpaceX seeks FCC broadband funds, must prove it can deliver sub-100ms latency

Enlarge / A SpaceX Starlink user terminal/satellite dish. SpaceX SpaceX, Charter, Verizon, CenturyLink, Frontier, Cox, and about 500 other companies are seeking government funding to provide broadband in rural areas. The Federal Communications Commission yesterday released a list of applicants for the first phase of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), which is set to …

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SpaceX makes first polar orbit launch from Florida in ‘decades’

SOPA Images via Getty Images While SpaceX didn’t pull off a doubleheader Sunday launch like it planned, the company still managed a rare feat. Instead of launching eastward like every other Cape Canaveral rocket, the Falcon 9 headed south toward Cuba, close to populated areas on Florida’s coast (via The Verge). The “SAOCOM 1B” mission …

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SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday that was historic for two reasons

Plenty of clouds remained Sunday when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched. Trevor Mahlmann This was the fourth flight of this first stage. Trevor Mahlmann The first stage made a successful return to a landing site near the launch pad. Trevor Mahlmann As a strengthening low pressure system crossed the Florida peninsula on Sunday, weather conditions …

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SpaceX satellites’ effect on night sky can’t be eliminated, astronomers say

Enlarge / Artist’s impression of low-Earth orbit satellites like those launched by SpaceX and OneWeb. NOIRLab / NSF / AURA / P. Marenfeld Broadband satellites being launched by SpaceX and other companies will inevitably have a negative impact on astronomers’ ability to observe the night sky, according to a new report by astronomers. There are …

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Pushing boundary of reuse, SpaceX tries to fly the same Falcon 9 a sixth time

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. Trevor Mahlmann Close-up of the previously used fairing. Trevor Mahlmann …

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