NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Logs Second Successful Flight

Operating an aircraft in a controlled manner at Mars is far more difficult than flying one on Earth. Even though gravity on Mars is about one third that of Earth’s, the helicopter must fly with the assistance of an atmosphere with only about 1% of the density at Earth’s surface. Each second of each flight … Read moreNASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Logs Second Successful Flight

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SpaceX test-fires rocket ahead of Crew-2 astronaut launch for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceXhas fired up the rocket that will ferry its next crew of astronauts to the International Space Station next week.  The private spaceflight company conducted a static-fire test on Saturday (April 22) of its Falcon 9 rocket at Pad 39A here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The test is one of … Read moreSpaceX test-fires rocket ahead of Crew-2 astronaut launch for NASA

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SpaceX faces scrutiny over launch safety requirements

US aviation regulators had said earlier this year that SpaceX violated its test licence during the launch of Starship SN8 in December 2020. The US House Committee for Transport and Infrastructure is investigating a SpaceX launch that took place last year, according to Reuters. The company launched its Starship SN8 prototype from its rocket facility … Read moreSpaceX faces scrutiny over launch safety requirements

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SpaceX planning launch of two Falcon Heavy missions in summer and fall – Spaceflight Now

File photo of the third Falcon Heavy launch in June 2019. Credit: SpaceX/U.S. Air Force SpaceX plans two Falcon Heavy launches this year for the U.S. Space Force in July and October, and United Launch Alliance has four national security space missions on its 2021 schedule, according to a military spokesperson. The Falcon Heavy missions … Read moreSpaceX planning launch of two Falcon Heavy missions in summer and fall – Spaceflight Now

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Highlights From SpaceX’s Launch of 4 Astronauts for NASA

Here’s what you need to know: The first two launches of NASA astronauts by Elon Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX, worked like a charm. The third worked like a charm too — a string of successes over the past year that is making human spaceflight look routine, as NASA and Mr. Musk’s company intend it to. … Read moreHighlights From SpaceX’s Launch of 4 Astronauts for NASA

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ULA, SpaceX split military launch contract awards – Spaceflight Now

EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated March 12 with additional details on launch sites and vehicle configurations. Artist’s illustration of a Vulcan Centaur launch. Credit: United Launch Alliance The U.S. Space Force announced Tuesday that it awarded $384 million in contracts to United Launch Alliance and SpaceX, giving each company two missions to launch military satellites in 2023. United … Read moreULA, SpaceX split military launch contract awards – Spaceflight Now

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SpaceX Stats

Up NextNext Launches Apr 23rd, 9:49AM (UTC+00:00) SpaceX launches the second operational mission of its Crew Dragon vehicle as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, carrying NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Thomas Pesquet, and Akihiko Hoshide to the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon lift off from LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center. … Read moreSpaceX Stats

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