SpaceX awarded $178million launch contract for NASA mission to Jupiter moon

Elon Musk’s private rocket company SpaceX was awarded a $178 million launch services contract for NASA’s first mission focusing on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa and whether it may host conditions suitable for life, the space agency said on Friday. The Europa Clipper mission is due for blastoff in October 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket… Read More SpaceX awarded $178million launch contract for NASA mission to Jupiter moon

British billionaire Richard Branson flies to space aboard Virgin Galactic flight

British billionaire Richard Branson on Sunday soared more than 50 miles above the New Mexico desert aboard his Virgin Galactic rocket plane and safely returned in the vehicle’s first fully crewed test flight to space, a symbolic milestone for a venture he started 17 years ago. Branson, one of six Virgin Galactic Holding Inc employees… Read More British billionaire Richard Branson flies to space aboard Virgin Galactic flight

SpaceX accepts dogecoin as payment for lunar mission next year

SpaceX will launch the “DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon” in the first quarter of next year, with Elon Musk’s commercial rocket company accepting the meme-inspired cryptocurrency dogecoin as payment. Geometric Energy Corporation announced the dogecoin-funded mission on Sunday, with the statement not disclosing the mission’s financial value. “We’re excited to launch DOGE-1 to the Moon!”,… Read More SpaceX accepts dogecoin as payment for lunar mission next year

SpaceX Starship SN15 prototype achieves successful landing

SpaceX achieved the first successful touchdown of its prototype Starship rocket during the latest test flight of the next-generation launch vehicle in south Texas on Wednesday, after four previous landing attempts ended in explosions. The feat marked a key milestone for the private rocket company of billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk in its development of… Read More SpaceX Starship SN15 prototype achieves successful landing

Four astronauts return from International Space Station aboard SpaceX capsule

Four astronauts returned safely to Earth from the International Space Station early on Sunday in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, parachuting to splash-down in the Gulf of Mexico, NASA said. Their return marked the end of the first crew rotation mission to the station by the Crew Dragon spacecraft, developed in partnership between NASA and… Read More Four astronauts return from International Space Station aboard SpaceX capsule

U.S. FAA authorizes next three SpaceX Starship launches

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it authorized the next three launches of the SpaceX Starship prototype and confirmed the agency’s head spoke to Chief Executive Elon Musk about safety last month. The FAA said that prior to the launch of SN15, the FAA would verify that SpaceX implemented corrective actions arising from an… Read More U.S. FAA authorizes next three SpaceX Starship launches

NASA, SpaceX launch 4-member crew to International Space Station

NASA and Elon Musk’s commercial rocket company SpaceX launched a new four-astronaut team on a flight to the International Space Station on Friday, the first crew ever propelled into orbit by a rocket booster recycled from a previous spaceflight. The company’s Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour, also making its second flight, streaked into the darkened pre-dawn… Read More NASA, SpaceX launch 4-member crew to International Space Station

SpaceX Starship SN11 rocket fails to land safely following test launch

An uncrewed SpaceX Starship prototype rocket failed to land safely on Tuesday after a test launch from Boca Chica, Texas, and engineers were investigating, SpaceX said. “We do appear to have lost all the data from the vehicle,” SpaceX engineer John Insprucker said in a webcast video of the rocket’s flight test. “We’re going to… Read More SpaceX Starship SN11 rocket fails to land safely following test launch