SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket launching from Cape Canaveral on Saturday morning carrying another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit. This marked the 15th mission to launch the satellites into orbit, which will be used to provide wireless high-speed internet to remote places around the world, where going online is either unreliable, expensive, or unavailable. Read more to watch the launch and for additional information.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is planning to launch its first uncrewed mission to Mars in less than four years. Why so long? Well, the opportunity to launch a mission to Mars comes every 26 months, since Earth would be closest to the red planet at that time. Musk believes that human beings need to establish a permanent and self-sustaining presence on Mars to ensure the continuance of consciousness as we know it in case of a catastrophic event that leaves Earth uninhabitable. Read more for a video and additional informaiton.
Mission: Impossible actor Tom Cruise is officially going to space in October 2021 to either shoot an entire movie or a part of one in space. Universal Pictures hired director Doug Liman, whom he worked with on Edge of Tomorrow, to be the director of this upcoming film. Both Tom Cruise and Doug Liman will be transported on a Crew Dragon capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX, with Michael Lopez-Alegria at the controls. Read more for two videos and additional information.
SpaceX is minutes away from the first polar launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida since February 26, 1969. The Argentinean SAOCOM-1B satellite and two American secondary payloads have been loaded on a Falcon 9 rocket, and liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) is targeted for 7:18 PM EDT during a launch window that lasts ten minutes. Read more for two livestreams and additional information.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral early Tuesday, transporting 58 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit, along with three Planet-owned SkySat commercial reconnaissance satellites. Once it broke through the lower atmosphere, the first stage flew itself back to landing on an off-shore droneship ahead of the second stage reaching orbit. Read more for a highlight video and additional information.
SpaceX has just successfully completed the first hop test for their Starship SN5 prototype, which could one day help colonize Mars. It took to the skies for around 40-seconds this afternoon in the South Texas village of Boca Chica, near SpaceX’s facilities. The spacecraft traveled sideways during the uncrewed flight and then deployed its landing legs before sticking the landing. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission with the Crew Dragon capsule is a success. Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley safely splashed down into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida and remain inside the spacecraft as recovery ships move toward them. This marks the first return of a commercially built and operated American spacecraft carrying astronauts from the International Space Station. Read more for two videos and additional information.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are set to undock from the International Space Station in the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour at 7:34 p.m. EDT as the Demo-2 test flight enters its final stage. The mission first began on May 30th and after undocking, they are expected to spend just under a day in orbit before returning to Earth Sunday afternoon. Read more for the livestream and additional information.
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The SpaceX ANASIS-II mission is well underway, and the agency has successfully launched and then landed a Falcon 9 rocket Monday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying a military communications satellite for South Korea. It was originally set for a Sunday launch, but was eventually delayed over concerns about the second stage of the rocket’s test launch. Read more for a livestream and additional information.
SpaceX has just launched a Falcon 9 rocket today, June 30, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, with an upgraded global positioning satellite (GPS) for the U.S. Space Force. This marks SpaceX’s 11th launch this year, and this Lockheed Martin satellite features onboard anti-jamming capabilities and signals that are 3-times more accurate as well as 8-times more powerful than its predecessors. Read more for the livestream and additional information.