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Judges reject Viasat’s plea to stop SpaceX Starlink satellite launches

Enlarge / 60 Starlink satellites stacked for launch at SpaceX facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX SpaceX can keep launching broadband satellites despite a lawsuit filed by Viasat, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Viasat sued the Federal Communications Commission in May and asked judges for a stay that would halt SpaceX’s ongoing launches of low …

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Rocket Report: SpaceX tests FAA again in Texas, India pushes Vikas engine

Enlarge / VSS Unity burns its rocket motor on July 11, 2021. Virgin Galactic Welcome to Edition 4.07 of the Rocket Report! Looking back to Virgin Galactic’s flight and ahead to Blue Origin, we’re continuing to experience a very special moment in human spaceflight history this week, with final preparations underway for Jeff Bezos and …

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Musk Trolls Buffett With Fake Quote on Twitter, Then Deletes It

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>Elon Musk went after Bitcoin hater Warren Buffett recently, sharing what looked like a bullish crypto quote attributed to the billionaire investor. The tech entrepreneur, whose comments on social media have been moving crypto markets this year, later removed the post with the obviously fake Buffett statement. </strong> Elon Musk Finds Buffett’s …

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Starlink dishes go into “thermal shutdown” once they hit 122° Fahrenheit

Enlarge / Starlink satellite dish and equipment in the Idaho panhandle’s Coeur d’Alene National Forest. Wandering-coder A Starlink beta user in Arizona said he lost Internet service for over seven hours yesterday when the satellite dish overheated, demonstrating one of the drawbacks of SpaceX’s broadband service. When the user’s Internet service was disrupted, the Starlink app …

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Elon Musk Reaffirms His Crypto Allegiance

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and Spacex, has, at last, reaffirmed his cryptocurrency allegiance, after a series of contradictory signals that collaborated with the market plunge this past week. Musk affirmed he ultimately favors cryptocurrency against fiat-issued money on Twitter, something that was seen as a clear rebuff from his earlier …

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Elon Musk Hints at Tesla Accepting Dogecoin for Payments

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>Elon Musk, also referred to in social media as the ‘Dogefather,’ due to its affiliation with the Dogecoin currency, has hinted Tesla could start accepting the currency as a payment for its cars. The company, which is now accepting bitcoin as payment for its cars and holds it as part of its …

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SpaceX successfully lands a Starship test flight

Enlarge / Starship SN15 descending back to Texas under two of its three upgraded raptor engines. Successful landing! Trevor Mahlmann By now, many readers are familiar with SpaceX’s Starship tests. The rocket makes its way skyward and performs maneuvers that seem like impossibilities to a generation raised on rockets that simply shot things to orbit. These …

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FCC lets SpaceX cut satellite altitude to improve Starlink speed and latency

Enlarge / A SpaceX Starlink user terminal/satellite dish. SpaceX SpaceX today was granted permission to use a lower orbit for Starlink satellites, as regulators agreed with SpaceX that the change will improve broadband speed and latency while making it easier to minimize orbital debris. In granting SpaceX’s request, the Federal Communications Commission dismissed opposition from …

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China’s state rocket company unveils rendering of a Starship look-alike

Enlarge / Screenshot of a presentation from China’s main state-owned rocket manufacturer, CALT. Weibo/CALT This weekend, China celebrated its sixth “National Space Day” in Nanjing, a capital city in one of the country’s eastern provinces. As part of the festivities, Chinese space officials highlighted the Chang’e-5 mission’s recent return of lunar samples, some of which were …

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SpaceX landed a rocket on a boat five years ago—it changed everything

How do you launch and land a rocket in the same day? Here’s how. SpaceX A couple of weeks before the April 8, 2016 CRS-8 launch, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module was loaded into the trunk of the Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX The day before launch, Dragon was loaded with “late load” cargo in advance of …

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