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SpaceX just launched — and exploded — an experimental Starship rocket in Texas. The test nevertheless propels Elon Musk’s vision of interplanetary travel closer to reality.

SpaceX launched a prototype of its Starship spaceship thousands of feet into the air above its Boca Chica, Texas, facilities on Tuesday. The 16-story vehicle exploded upon landing. But Elon Musk previously estimated a 2-3 chance that the test flight would fail because it pushed Starship faster and farther than […]
SpaceX just launched — and exploded — an experimental Starship rocket in Texas. The test nevertheless propels Elon Musk’s vision of interplanetary travel closer to reality.
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New FAA documents reveal SpaceX’s latest plans for launching Starship prototypes on suborbital flights from South Texas — and potential hurdles to orbit

SpaceX is building a facility in Boca Chica, located at the southeastern tip of Texas, to develop, build, and launch fully reusable Starship-Super Heavy rockets. The company is focused on suborbital up-and-down flights of prototypes for now, but it eventually plans to launch Starships to orbit and land them back […]
New FAA documents reveal SpaceX’s latest plans for launching Starship prototypes on suborbital flights from South Texas — and potential hurdles to orbit
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SpaceX doubled down on clearing out the village where it’s building a rocket resort by telling residents ‘it’s not safe’ to live there — and some see it as a threat

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is working around the clock to realise a 40-story Mars rocket system called Starship-Super Heavy. The company is developing Starship at its launch site in Boca Chica, a remote wildlife-rich area at the southeastern tip of Texas. But SpaceX took root in July 2014 next […]
SpaceX doubled down on clearing out the village where it’s building a rocket resort by telling residents ‘it’s not safe’ to live there — and some see it as a threat
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A new SpaceX filing with the FCC suggests Starship rocket prototypes may fly more than 12 miles above Texas within the next 7 months

SpaceX has filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission related to experimental launches of its reusable Starship rocket system. The filing requests permission to track and communicate with Starship prototypes as they fly up to 12 1/2 miles, or 20 kilometers, into the air from SpaceX’s rocket-development facility in […]
A new SpaceX filing with the FCC suggests Starship rocket prototypes may fly more than 12 miles above Texas within the next 7 months
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Elon Musk: ‘SpaceX is building floating, superheavy-class spaceports’ for its Starship rocket to reach the moon, Mars, and fly passengers around Earth

This week SpaceX posted two new jobs for “offshore operations engineers” in Brownsville, Texas. Elon Musk, who founded the aerospace company in 2002, all but confirmed in a tweet on Tuesday that the jobs are to help build “floating, superheavy-class spaceports” for its next-generation Starship vehicle. Ocean-platform launches as a […]
Elon Musk: ‘SpaceX is building floating, superheavy-class spaceports’ for its Starship rocket to reach the moon, Mars, and fly passengers around Earth
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SpaceX’s latest Starship rocket prototype just exploded during an engine test

SpaceX’s fourth Starship prototype was destroyed during a test-firing operation on Friday in Boca Chica, Texas. The three previous Starship prototypes also failed and were destroyed during tests at the site, though by bursting or collapsing after being filled with inert liquid nitrogen (not explosive fuel). Elon Musk, the founder […]
SpaceX’s latest Starship rocket prototype just exploded during an engine test
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Elon Musk says SpaceX hopes to launch Starship for the first time within ‘2 to 3 months.’ But the ship may be just one of 20 different prototypes.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has posted new details about Starship: a fully reusable and potentially industry-upending rocket system that may land the first people on Mars. In September, Musk unveiled the first 16-story prototype. However, a pressure test in November caused the Starship to partly explode, shooting its giant domed […]
Elon Musk says SpaceX hopes to launch Starship for the first time within ‘2 to 3 months.’ But the ship may be just one of 20 different prototypes.
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A crushing cost estimate of SpaceX’s planned mega-fleet of 42,000 Starlink internet satellites glosses over a huge detail

SpaceX wants to surround Earth with a vast network of internet-providing satellites called Starlink. Financial analysts at Morgan Stanley Research estimated the project could grow SpaceX’s base valuation to $US52 billion, possibly up to $US120 billion. However, SpaceX has asked to nearly triple its maximum Starlink network from 12,000 to […]
A crushing cost estimate of SpaceX’s planned mega-fleet of 42,000 Starlink internet satellites glosses over a huge detail
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A stirring new SpaceX animation of Starship launching shows how the rocket company plans to turn Texas into Earth’s interplanetary transport hub

On Saturday, Elon Musk showed off new details of SpaceX’s planned super-heavy launch system called Starship. SpaceX posted a new animation on YouTube that shows the 39-story rocket launching from Boca Chica, Texas, where the company is developing the system, including a prototype called Starship Mark 1. The animation underscores […]
A stirring new SpaceX animation of Starship launching shows how the rocket company plans to turn Texas into Earth’s interplanetary transport hub
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Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering Mars

On September 28, Elon Musk unveiled SpaceX’s upcoming plans for its latest rocket, Starship. Starship is the rocket that Musk hopes will launch people to space as early as next year, and ultimately to the moon and Mars years from now. If all goes according to plan, Musk aims to […]
Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering Mars
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SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, is building and launching Mars rocket prototypes from the southeastern tip of Texas. The company, however, built its experimental spaceport in and around Boca Chica Village, a decades-old community of about 20 elderly residents. Citing safety and other concerns, SpaceX mailed letters […]
SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there
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Elon Musk says SpaceX could land on the moon in 2 years. A NASA executive says ‘we’ll partner with them, and we’ll get there faster’ if the company can pull it off.

Elon Musk says SpaceX may land cargo on the moon in two years, then people a year or two after that, using the company’s forthcoming Starship rocket system. Meanwhile, the Trump administration wants NASA to land astronauts on the lunar surface in 2024 with its Artemis program. Jeff DeWit, NASA’s […]
Elon Musk says SpaceX could land on the moon in 2 years. A NASA executive says ‘we’ll partner with them, and we’ll get there faster’ if the company can pull it off.
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Elon Musk says SpaceX is developing a ‘bleeding’ heavy-metal rocket ship. Making it work may be 100 times as hard as NASA’s most difficult Mars mission

SpaceX is developing a giant, fully reusable launch system called Starship to ferry people to and from Mars. Elon Musk, the aerospace company’s founder, said he recently made “radical” changes to the spacecraft’s design. One change gives Starship a stainless-steel body. The other is a heat shield that will “bleed” […]
Elon Musk says SpaceX is developing a ‘bleeding’ heavy-metal rocket ship. Making it work may be 100 times as hard as NASA’s most difficult Mars mission