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Jun 18, 2020

SpaceX set to finish three Starship prototypes in the same month

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SpaceX appears to be on track to complete its third Starship prototype in a month just days after the company finished testing a new steel tank and at the same time as it prepares to roll another full-scale ship to the launch pad.

Postponed by several weeks after the (fleeting) success of the Starship serial number 4 (SN4) prototype, violently destroyed by a minor testing mishap on May 29th, SpaceX’s fifth full-scale Starship tank section (SN5) could roll to an adjacent testing facility at any point in the next few days. In fact, SN4’s successor has likely been ready to begin tank proof and static fire testing for several weeks since it was stacked to its full height on May 12th. SN4 rolled to the launch pad on April 23rd and remained SpaceX’s top Starship priority until its demise more than a month later.

As it turns out, the explosion that destroyed the ship also launched a ~25 metric ton (~55,000 lb) counterweight installed a few days prior some 100m (300+ ft) into the air, where it proceeded to fall back to earth and obliterate the steel mount Starship SN4 sat on. The loss of that pad hardware necessitated its own several-week delay but SpaceX appears to be nearly done installing and outfitting replacements as of June 18th – an incredible turnaround given the scale and complexity of everything involved. Of course, the whole purpose of those rapid repairs is to get back to the business of testing Starships as quickly as possible.

Jun 18, 2020

NASA says SpaceX can reuse Crew Dragon capsules and rockets on astronaut missions: report

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NASA has approved the use of preflown Crew Dragon capsules and Falcon 9 rockets on SpaceX’s crewed missions to the International Space Station.

Jun 17, 2020

How to land a job at Elon Musk’s SpaceX, according to the rocket company’s software team

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

SpaceX software team members who helped “develop and deploy software that flew” the Crew Dragon capsule used to launch NASA astronauts into orbit in May, held a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session on June 6. They answered questions about how to land a job at Elon Musk’s rocket company.

Jun 16, 2020

Nextbigfuture has noted that with about 20 lunar missions with SpaceX Starships, SpaceX could build a one gigawatt industrial moon base

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

SpaceX could use the electric skateboard of the Cybertruck to build all the of vehicles that they need for a lunar mining operation. About twenty-five to thirty cybertrucks could be delivered to the moon with every SpaceX Starship.

A lunar base and mining operation would lower the cost for lunar operations by 70 times and by ten times for high earth orbit. A lunar mining operation would also lower the cost of operations to Mars and the SpaceX plans for a city on Mars. Before, Elon Musk makes a city on Mars using a dozen fleets of one hundred Starships he will build a mining town on the moon.

Hypebeast has rendered a Tesla Cybertruck as a six-wheel lunar rover.

Jun 16, 2020

The Path To Mars

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SpaceX Starship



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Jun 15, 2020

NASA is hiring someone to help bring Martian samples back to Earth

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

NASA is planning to bring Martian samples back to Earth — and they’re looking for someone to lead the mission.

The Mars Sample Return (MSR) program, set to take place over the next decade, aims to collect samples of Martian rock, soil, and atmosphere for analysis and testing on Earth.

NASA has previously sent several rovers to Mars, but no program or robot has ever been able to bring back samples, which could give researchers new insights into the Red Planet.

Jun 15, 2020

Expedition 50 — 51 Crew Undergoes Final Training Outside Moscow

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Jun 15, 2020

NASA lit a fire in space to keep future astronauts safe (video)

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NASA lit a fire in a used Cygnus cargo spacecraft to better prepare for accidents in space.

Jun 15, 2020

SpaceX Crew Dragon: astronauts reveal big benefit over space shuttle

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Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are the only two people who know what it’s like to fly on a SpaceX rocket. On Friday, the pair revealed some more details about how it feels, and why the Falcon 9’s design changes things.

Jun 15, 2020

SpaceX going to MARS

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How SpaceX is planning to go to MARS?

Watch yourself

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