NASA's VIPER rover.

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NASA's VIPER Rover To Be Carried By SpaceX's Falcon Heavy In 2023

NASA has selected SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket to lift the Astrobotic Technology's lander that carries its Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER), the water-hunting rover, to the moon in 2023. VIPER aims to land on the Southern pole of the Lunar surface in Falcon Heavy's first moon visit. It is the same site where astronauts are supposed to land under the Artemis mission slated for 2024.

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 - 04:38 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: NASA, SpaceX, Falcon Heavy Rocket, Astrobotic Technology, VIPER rover, moon

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Representational photo: Starship rocket.

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SpaceX's Next Starship High-Altitude Launch Scheduled On April 12

SpaceX's next Starship SN15 test launch has been scheduled for April 12. The future Mars vehicle will expectedly roll out on April 9 at Boca Chica launch site in Texas, US. Reportedly, the surrounding areas have already been cleared as the last four high-altitude flights ended up in fiery crash, latest being on March 30. As per boss Elon Musk, the issue is "getting fixed six days to Sunday". 

 

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 - 07:45 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: SpaceX, Elon Musk, Starship SN15, Boca Chica, Texas

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Elon Musk's tweet.

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Elon Musk's Tweet On Taking Dogecoin To Moon Prompts 29% Surge In Its Value

Cryptocurrency Dogecoin on April 1 reached a new high of $0.7 as it has spiked 29% since mid-February after Tech mogul Elon Musk tweeted to take it to "literal moon". Musk had tweeted, "SpaceX is going to put a literal Dogecoin on the literal Moon", helping the cryptocurrency to take off from its last $0.634. Earlier, in another instance, Dogecoin's value had increased 25% after Musk published a one-word tweet in February.

Fri, 02 Apr 2021 - 03:11 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: Elon Musk, Cryptocurrency, Dogecoin, moon, SpaceX, Tweet

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SN11 explosion visible in the fog.

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SpaceX Starship SN11 Prototype Explodes Again After Vanishing In Fog

Elon Musk-owned SpaceX's Starship SN11 prototype on March 30 ended in an explosion as it lifted off through dense fog at the Starship development facility at Boca Chica, Texas. The SN11 prototype, the fourth consecutive failed flight, reportedly reached an altitude of 10km. However, it is still unclear if it exploded mid-air, crash-landed or its flight termination system got activated. Sources said the SpaceX cameras had frozen after SN11's… read-more

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 - 12:09 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: SpaceX, Starship SN11, Boca Chica, Texas

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Space debris falling through night sky in US.

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US: Night Sky Blaze With Fireballs, Turns Out Space Debris

Stargazers were left in awe after the night sky over the US states of Washington and Oregon was lit by streams of fireballs on March 26. Initially assumed to be a meteor shower, Astronomer Jonathan McDowell from National Weather Service tweeted that it was space debris. Several other experts clarified that the debris was from SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch in early March, which was reentering Earth.

Sat, 27 Mar 2021 - 06:11 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: SpaceX, Falcon 9, Washington, oregon, Meteor Shower, Space Debris

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Falcon 9 launched from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida.

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SpaceX Sets Record Of 9 Lift-Offs Of Falcon 9 With First-Stage Booster

In a record-extending incident, Elon Musk-owned SpaceX's reusable rocket Falcon 9 used the first-stage booster for a record ninth time as it lifted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Centre on March 14. The aerospace company achieved this feat during the launch of 60 satellites under its ambitious Starlink satellite internet project. The highly efficient booster has previously supported many launches including Crew Dragon Demo-1, RADARSAT… read-more

Mon, 15 Mar 2021 - 11:45 AM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: SpaceX, Falcon 9, First Stage Booster, Crew Dragon, Starlink, Kennedy Space Centre

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SpaceX's SN 10 rocket crashlands in Texas

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SpaceX's Third Starship Rocket Explodes During Its Test Flight

Elon Musk-owned SpaceX's another prototype of the Starship rocket exploded on the ground on March 3. The test flight, SN10, of the SpaceX's futuristic ambitious project burst into flames on the launch pad minutes after its take off. Interestingly, the rocket made for the ongoing Mars mission was third such accident as its earlier two prototypes, SN8 and SN9, had also resulted in crash landing. The test was held at Boca Chica in Texas.

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 - 10:15 AM / by Neha Sanjeev

Tags: SpaceX, Rocket, Mars Space Mission, Starship

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Yuskau Maezawa with Elon Musk

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Opportunity To Join Moon Mission 2023; Completely Funded By Japanese Billionaire

The Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has announced a contest to select eight eligible SpaceX 'Starship' passengers globally for his Dear Moon 2023 mission. Releasing a YouTube video, Maezawa shared the criteria which is to "push its envelope to help other people and greater society in some way" and "willing to support other crew members who share similar aspirations." Moreover, Maezawa clarified that the six-day lunar voyage will be… read-more

Wed, 03 Mar 2021 - 02:13 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: SpaceX, Starship, Lunar Mission, Dear Moon Project, Yusaku Maezawa

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Representational photo: Satellite broadband constellation.

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SpaceX's Starlink Service To Be Launched In India By 2022: Reports

SpaceX's Starlink has confirmed that its satellite broadband service will possibly be launched in India by 2022. Reportedly, the service will reach most regions in India. However, the official roadmap and timing are yet to be revealed. As per sources, Starlink is even accepting preorders for nearly Rs 7,200 to reserve the service at the earliest ahead of local installation. The Starlink broadband constellation currently provides data… read-more

Fri, 26 Feb 2021 - 05:15 PM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: SpaceX, Starlink, Satellite Broadband Service, Internet, India

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Crash landing of Starship SN9.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX Starship Test Flight Crash Lands Again

Elon Musk-owned SpaceX's test flight of Starship SN9 prototype burned up in flames as it took a hard landing in Boca Chica of South Texas. The 160-ft full-scale stainless steel rocket failed to timely position itself for a controlled vertical landing after performing the belly-flop maneuver. Reportedly, the future Martian-vehicle had reached a height of 10 km. Moreover, the crash was second among Starship prototypes in the last two months,… read-more

Wed, 03 Feb 2021 - 10:35 AM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: SpaceX, Starship SN9, Boca Chica, South Texas

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