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Musk threatens Florida move

Elon Musk is considering shifting the giant SpaceX Starship development and testing work from its current Texas base to Florida. Musk’s worry is an ongoing environmental review being undertaken by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA is expected to deliver its verdict on Starship testing by February 28th, and which – if favourable – […]

February 14, 2022

Musk: “SpaceX bankruptcy a genuine risk”

Elon Musk has admitted in a memo to staff that problems with his massive Starship places SpaceX into a “genuine risk of bankruptcy”. SpaceX has let go a number of senior executives and adding that development work on the crucial Raptor engines has created a “disaster” for the company. “The Raptor production crisis is much […]

December 1, 2021By Chris Forrester

Musk’s giant Starship likely for January launch

Elon Musk’s next-generation Starship is truly huge. Images give just an impression with humans dwarfed by the rocket. Elon Musk says its first launch could take place as soon as January provided that the scheme receives a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) licence. Musk was talking to delegates at National Academies’ Space Studies Board and Board […]

November 19, 2021

Starlink to end beta test in Oct

Elon Musk, in one of his regular Tweets, says that the Starlink initial beta broadband-by-satellite test stage will end in October. This early adopter test-stage has more than 100,000 users spread over 17 countries. SpaceX has launched almost 1,800 Starlink satellites into orbit and well over 1600 are fully working. Musk’s Tweet suggests that a […]

September 20, 2021By Chris Forrester

Starlink data transfers “the speed of light”

Elon Musk has said his Starlink broadband by satellite service will operate its data-transfer of customer’s material at “the speed of light”. Musk’s comments refer to the use of laser transmitters on board the ‘next generation’ of satellites. Early satellites already in space, about 1700 of them, will depend on non-laser ground-based gateway links to […]

September 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

Musk readying Starship launch

SpaceX founder Elon Musk, speaking on August 15th, said that its massive Starship rocket should be ready for flight within the next few weeks. The major challenge, despite the obvious technical and engineering work in hand, comes from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and gaining its permission to actually launch the rocket. The complete Starship […]

August 17, 2021By Chris Forrester

Musk readies Starship for launch

Elon Musk’s massive Starship is being assembled at its Starbase launch facility at BocaChica in south Texas. The Super Heavy Starship rocket is simply huge; The bottom, booster, stage stands 70 metres tall. Then SpaceX has added another 50 metres of the upper stage and the total combination of some 120 metres, and the end […]

July 8, 2021By Chris Forrester

Musk targets 100 people per Starship

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is normally focused on launching satellites into orbit, plus a couple of astronauts now and again. But now he is targeting his all-new ‘Starship’ super-rocket, and flights carrying up to 100 people. Musk’s Starship is the vehicle which he wants to use to get missions to the Moon, and eventually Mars. He […]

June 10, 2020