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ESA boss praises SpaceX

Josef Aschbacher, Director General at European Space Agency (ESA) has praised Elon Musk’s SpaceX, saying that the rocket launch company “has undeniably changed the launcher market paradigm as we know it.” Aschbacher, in a blog post for ESA, said: “With the dependable reliability of Falcon 9 and the captivating prospects of Starship, SpaceX continues to […]

May 26, 2023

Arabsat’s BADR-8 readies launch

SpaceX has scheduled the launch of Arabsat’s latest satellite for May 23rd. Launch is scheduled for 11.25 pm Florida-time, but the mission launch is very much subject to local weather considerations. A back-up launch could happen exactly 24-hours later if weather halts the mission. BADR-8 is a latest next-generation geostationary Eurostar Neo satellite from Airbus. […]

May 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

Triple launch weekend for SpaceX

SpaceX is prepping for a busy weekend. On May 19th it will handle two missions: The first will take 22 Generation-2 ‘Mini’ Starlink satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in the early hours at 04.41 UTC. Launch two will take care of the Iridium/OneWeb mission at 13.19 UTC and from Vandenberg in […]

May 18, 2023By Chris Forrester

SpaceX extends reuse of Falcon 9 boosters

SpaceX regularly reuses its Falcon 9 booster rockets. Reuse levels of eight or 10 time are now fairly routine. Indeed, some boosters have now flow 13 to 15 times. William Gerstenmaier, VP/Build & Flight Reusability at SpaceX, now says that booster refurbishing is taking place to extend the life of a typical booster to a […]

May 18, 2023

Another 56 Starlinks launched

May 14th saw an additional 56 Starlink broadband satellites launched. The launch was followed by a successful landing of the Falcon 9 booster stage on the ‘Just Read The Instructions’ floating drone ship downrange in the Atlantic Ocean. The launch marked the 11th launch and landing for this particular Falcon 9 first stage booster, SpaceX […]

May 15, 2023By Chris Forrester

Starlink on Florida trains

Brightline, a train operator in Florida, is installing SpaceX’s Starlink broadband by satellite service on 10 of its trains. The services connect major cities throughout the US state. The announcement comes following Starlink gaining regulatory approval to deliver its signals to moving vehicles. The ‘free’ service is initially available on five trains serving Miami and […]

May 12, 2023By Chris Forrester

SpaceX adds 51 more Starlinks

SpaceX successfully added another 51 of its Starlink broadband-by-satellite craft in a flawless launch on May 10th from the Vandenberg Space Force Base. Following the launch, the Falcon 9 booster successfully landed on a floating barge, ‘Of Course I Still Love You’, ready for refurbishment and reuse. It was the third launch and landing for […]

May 11, 2023By Chris Forrester

SpaceX tops 4,000 orbiting satellites

The May 4th launch of 56 Starlink satellites for SpaceX represented a key milestone for Elon Musk’s broadband by satellite project and its Falcon-9 rocket. With these satellites moving towards their orbital responsibilities, SpaceX surpasses 4,000 satellites in orbit and will have launched 4,340 total satellites according to data from astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell at the […]

May 5, 2023By Chris Forrester

SpaceX readies another 56 Starlinks

SpaceX is scheduling May 4th to launch an additional 56 of its Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Launch for the mission is targeting an early morning slot at 07.34 UTC, subject to the usual weather considerations. A back-up launch date is […]

May 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

Triple success for SpaceX; Ariane loses contract

Elon Musk’s SpaceX scored three perfect launches over the past few days. However, it has emerged that Arianespace has lost an important contract to launch a satellite for Viasat. It has also emerged that Musk is budgeting to spend $2 billion on his Starship development programme. SpaceX’s three recent launches (46 Starlinks on April 27th, […]

May 2, 2023