SpaceX launches the first batch of their Internet satellites

Photo: SpaceX On Thursday, May 23rd, SpaceX launched the first 60 satellites of their internet constellation using a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket. These satellites are positioned in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and are low enough to still be affected by Earth's atmosphere to passively deorbit quickly if there's an issue where a satellite becomes inoperable. After launch, the first stage separated and was recovered far out in the Atlantic Ocean after launching SpaceX's heaviest payload to date. Also recovered on this mission were both halves of the payload fairing after they separated from the F9 where they were no longer needed. All 60 satellites weighed about 13,620kg (30,026lbs) total, 227kg (50

Blue Origin announces "Blue Moon"

Today at 4pm EDT in Washington DC, Jeff Bezos held a small press conference with select media of the unvailing of Blue Origin's new project to create a human prescence on the Moon. This new Lunar Lander is able to fit inside the fairing of New Glenn, their orbital rocket currently in production and testing, and is powered by their new BE-7 engine. The BE-7 engine uses LH2 (Liquid Hydrogen) and LOX (Liquid Oxygen) as a propellant, and will begin hot fire testing this summer. This new engine is also capable of deep throttling for higher precision while landing on the lunar surface and can restart multiple times. "Blue Moon" also comes in two configurations, one for payloads, and one for crewed

SpaceX launches CRS-17 after delay from NASA

Photo: Richard Angle At 2:48am EDT, before even the rooster was crowing, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with supplies for the International Space Station. On board the Dragon Spacecraft is over 5,500 pounds of supplies & support for over 250 experiments that the astronauts will perform. This is the seventeenth out of twenty resupply missions that SpaceX will perform for NASA. According to SpaceX, “under the CRS contracts, SpaceX has restored the United States’ capability to deliver and return significant amounts of cargo, including live plants and animals, to and from the orbiting laboratory”. The Dragon Spacecraft is expected to return to Earth in about four weeks carrying over 4,200 pou

Amidst weather, Dragon is preparing for launch tomorrow morning.

Currently, SpaceX is targetting 3:12am EDT for the launch of their Cargo Dragon vehicle from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40). This is their 17th commercial resupply mission with the Dragon spacecraft and it will be carrying more than 5000lbs of cargo. Weather is currently 40% go and there is a backup launch window on May 4th at 2:48am EDT if tomorrow morning's attempt is scrubbed. After launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket will boostback and land on a droneship just off the coast of Florida. After the anomaly of Crew Dragon at LZ-1 occurred, they are opting out of landing at the landing zones to perserve data that could help in the investigation of the anamoly. #SpaceX #Block5 #Fa

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