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Elon Musk's New SpaceX Starship: Here's Everything We Know So Far

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Elon Musk's New SpaceX Starship: Here's Everything We Know So Far. Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. He added, "It needed to be made real," and clarified that the Starship that SpaceX has just built down in Texas is a prototype built "for suborbital [vertical take-off and landing] tests" to prove that the world's biggest-ever spaceship can both launch from and land back on Earth, just like SpaceX's smaller Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. After those VTOL tests are complete, SpaceX will proceed to build an "orbital version" of the rocketship that will be "taller," with "thicker skins ... & a smoothly curving nose section," according to Musk. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. What do we know about Starship today? Because that's a pretty good story in and of itself.

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Sunday, January 13


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Elon Musk’s Bad Week Gets Worse as SpaceX Lays off 600 People

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SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Tesla billionaire Elon Musk, is laying off 10 percent of its 6,000-employee workforce. Elon Musk — the billionaire founder of electric-car company Tesla — launched SpaceX in 2002 to make space travel accessible to everyday people. Equidate’s Robert Hilmer says SpaceX is one of the most valuable private companies in the world, with the potential to raise an “unlimited amount” of capital. Everywhere I travel around the world, investors of all types — individuals, family offices, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds or private equity — want to get into SpaceX.

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Saturday, January 12


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SpaceX to lay off 10 percent of its workforce

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Elon Musk's company maintains it's financially strong but needs the staff reductions to ensure it can accomplish long-term goals of deploying satellite-based broadband service and transporting humans to other planets. "To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company," the company said in a statement Friday. Musk, who also serves as CEO of Tesla and the Boring Company, founded SpaceX in 2002 "to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets." A SpaceX plan teased in August calls for an unmanned, robotic mission to Mars as soon as 2022, followed by the first human flight to the red planet a few years later. Since early 2017, SpaceX has also been talking up plans to send tourists around the moon.

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SpaceX to lay off 10 percent of its workforce

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Elon Musk's company maintains it's financially strong but needs the staff reductions to ensure it can accomplish long-term goals of deploying satellite-based broadband service and transporting humans to other planets. "To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company," the company said in a statement Friday. Musk, who also serves as CEO of Tesla and the Boring Company, founded SpaceX in 2002 "to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets." A SpaceX plan teased in August calls for an unmanned, robotic mission to Mars as soon as 2022, followed by the first human flight to the red planet a few years later. Since early 2017, SpaceX has also been talking up plans to send tourists around the moon.

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Friday, January 11


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Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it's glorious

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Elon Musk and SpaceX's ambitious plans to reach around the moon and all the way to Mars require a big effin' rocket. Musk tweeted out an image on Thursday of an assembled early version of the SpaceX Starship, which was once known in polite company as the Big Falcon Rocket. "Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering," Musk wrote. Musk dropped a few more details about the prototype: "This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won't wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section."

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Elon Musk shows off SpaceXs massive Starship test rocket

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Musk on Thursday night tweeted an image of the completed Starship test-flight rocket from a SpaceX facility in south Texas. A video of the reusable rocket standing against a cloudy sky was tweeted by a rocket enthusiast, and retweeted by Musk:. The Starship rocket is intended to be a key component of Musk’s plan to land on — and one day colonize — Mars. The plan is for the 100-passenger Starship to be blasted into space by SpaceX’s upcoming “Super Heavy” rocket, which itself may take its first test flight later this year.

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Thursday, January 10


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Elon Musk: A future version of Tesla Roadster will fly thanks to SpaceX technology

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Elon Musk: A future version of Tesla Roadster will fly thanks to SpaceX technology. To-do list, if you are Elon Musk : Replace petroleum-powered cars with electric Teslas. Connect the human brain to computers via Neuralink. And now there's another to-do: Build flying Roadsters with rocket technology. So says the billionaire tech CEO via Twitter. An email sent to both Tesla and SpaceX seeking comment was not returned by the time this story was published. But this is not the first time Musk has talked about flying Teslas.

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Monday, January 07


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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon makes its way to the launchpad ahead of first major test flight

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All eyes will be on both companies in 2019 as they inch their way towards their goals, and SpaceX just teased that they’re almost ready to hit a big milestone. In a series of recent Twitter updates from the accounts of SpaceX and top dog Elon Musk, the Crew Dragon appears ready for one of its biggest tests yet: an actual launch. Sitting on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, the Crew Dragon spacecraft is perched on a Falcon 9 and is currently being prepped for an unmanned test flight that will bring it closer to actually carrying passengers. Both companies have fallen behind their original schedules, forcing NASA to continue to rely on Russia’s Roscosmos space group in order to keep a steady stream of astronauts on missions to the International Space Station.

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Saturday, January 05


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Falcon 9 with Crew Dragon vertical at Launch Complex 39A

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Falcon 9 with Crew Dragon vertical at Launch Complex 39A. For the first time since 2011, a crew-rated spacecraft is standing on Launch Complex 39A. While it is just for fit checks, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is aiming for an unpiloted test launch in late-January at the earliest. The year 2019 is already off to a fast start with multiple deep space encounters performed by several robotic spacecraft. Closer to home, however, another vehicle is being prepped for its first orbital flight: SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. However, schedule unknowns still remain. Unfortunately, this does not appear to include those reviewing safety items for commercial crew flights, as was suggested in a tweet by Wayne Hale, a former Space Shuttle Program manager and flight director who currently consults for Special Aerospace Services. If the current funding lapse, which stems from a disagreement between the U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump over funding regarding a border wall across the U.S.-Mexico border, lasts much longer, it is plausible commercial crew flights could be put on hold. While it is unlikely to continue past several weeks, thus far each side has dug in on their positions.

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Sunday, December 23


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SpaceX launches first US national security space mission

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A SpaceX rocket carrying a US military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Sunday, marking the space transportation company’s first national security space mission for the United States. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying a roughly $500-million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 8:51 AM local time (1351 GMT). The successful launch is a significant victory for billionaire Elon Musk’s privately-held rocket company, which has spent years trying to break into the lucrative market for military space launches dominated by Lockheed and Boeing Co. SpaceX sued the US Air Force in 2014 over the military’s award of a multibillion-dollar, non-compete contract for 36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed. The satellite is the first to launch out of 32 in production by Lockheed under contracts worth a combined $12.6 billion for the Air Force GPS III program, according to Lockheed spokesperson Chip Eschenfelder.

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