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Musk’s Starship #3 to launch on March 14

SpaceX has announced that the third test flight of its Starship giant ‘Super Heavy’ rocket, subject to the usual weather considerations, will happen on March 14th. Recent days have seen various final tests and rehearsals take place at the Boca Chica launch site and the FAA and other national agencies (for wildlife and environmental impact) […]

March 6, 2024By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat 36D readies for launch

Eutelsat’s latest satellite has appeared in the list of craft due for launch by SpaceX. The satellite will launch towards the end of March. The launch is something of a surprise and has not formally been announced by Eutelsat. Eutelsat 36D is based on Airbus’ Eurostar-Neo satellite bus, and weighs approximately 5,000kg. It will be […]

March 5, 2024By Chris Forrester

Starlink: 10,000 lasers in space

SpaceX broke a batch of records on the March 3rd-4th weekend. In a 20-hour period it launched the Dragon ‘Crew-8’ group of astronauts to the International Space Station. It also launched a large batch of 53 scientific satellites on its latest Transporter mission, and placed another group of 23 of its own Starlink satellites into […]

March 5, 2024

Starlink #2 needed 17 corrections

The FAA has detailed and listed the 17 technical corrections that need to be carried out of the giant SpaceX Starship rocket before the third test flight can take place. The FAA says that its investigation into the rocket’s November 17th 2023 explosion has concluded. All updates are underway. SpaceX issued its own comments and […]

February 28, 2024

SpaceX increases Starlink payloads

On February 27th 2023, SpaceX it launched its first batch of its Starlink Version-2 satellites – 21 of them were launched into their transfer orbits. However, SpaceX has steadily increased the number of these V2 craft on each rocket. A few months after that debut launch it managed to carry an extra satellites, and placing […]

February 28, 2024By Chris Forrester

SpaceX not serving Taiwan

SpaceX has been accused of denying its Starlink broadband service to Taiwan in order not to upset China, and in so doing may be in violation of its obligations to the US government, reports the WSJ. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R., Wis.) has written to Elon Musk that multiple sources told a House committee he leads […]

February 26, 2024By Chris Forrester

SpaceX’s 300th successful mission

Last weekend there were multiple launches made by SpaceX with its Falcon 9 rocket making its 300th successful mission. However, the company has also started de-orbiting some of its Starlink satellite while at the same time explaining its plans for its work with T-Mobile and telephony. A tweet from company President, Gwynne Shotwell, said: “Falcon […]

February 22, 2024

Bahamas approves SpaceX for new landings venture

The Bahaman government’s Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (MOTIA) has announced the successful negotiation and execution of a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with SpaceX, marking what it describes as a “revolutionary leap” for The Bahamas into the realm of space tourism. SpaceX is currently finalising mission designs where one of the company’s floating droneships […]

February 22, 2024By Chris Forrester

SpaceX launching Indonesian satellite

Telkomsat-113BT (Merah Putih 2) is due for a launch today [February 20], weather permitting, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 3.11pm Florida-time when the launch window opens. The High Throughput Satellite launch will happen from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral. The customer is PT Telkom Satelit Indonesia (Telkomsat) and will be placed […]

February 20, 2024By Chris Forrester

SpaceX explains D2D smartphone plan

SpaceX has informed the FCC of its plans to expand its current broadband-by-satellite service to include Text and ultimately Voice services. On February 13th SpaceX wrote to the FCC saying it wanted to take another step towards realising the FCC’s own vision of a ‘Single Network Future’ which would bring ubiquitous mobile connectivity to consumers […]

February 16, 2024By Chris Forrester