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SpaceX announces future plan to launch thousands of small broadband satellites

SpaceX announces future plan to launch thousands of small broadband satellites

Elon Musk-led SpaceX on Wednesday announced its plans to launch thousands of small satellites starting in 2019 to establish a global broadband internet constellation.

Patricia Cooper, vice president of satellite government affairs at SpaceX, told the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation that the private-sector firm wanted to launch 4,425 small satellites to low Earth orbit starting in 2019.

The satellites, all of which would be launched in phases on Falcon 9 rockets, will be fully deployed by 2024.

SpaceX successfully launches ‘used’ Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX successfully launches ‘used’ rocket

Making a big leap in its bid to drive down costs of space flights, Elon Musk’s SpaceX recently flawlessly launched a used rocket and then retrieved it. The event marked the first time for any space firm to fly a used booster that had soared before on an orbital mission. After being successfully sent into space, the Falcon 9 rocket returned and landed on an ocean platform.

SpaceX to perform a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo missions

SpaceX to perform a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo missions

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk-led SpaceX aims to perform a feat that hasn’t been attempted even by government-run space agency NASA since its Apollo missions nearly half a century ago.

Mr. Musk, the private-sector space firm’s founder and chief executive officer, announced recently that his company would fly two paying passengers on a trip around the Moon by the end of year 2018.

SpaceX to fly 2 civilians on private trip around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX to fly 2 civilians on private trip around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced on Monday (Feb. 27th) that two private citizens will make a trip around the Moon in 2018, aboard the company’s Dragon spacecraft.

Without revealing the names of the two private citizens, Mr. Musk said that the two individuals have already paid a significant deposit to help the company meet the cost of the mission. The two civilians’ names will be announced later, pending the result of their initial health tests, which will be conducted to ensure their fitness for the Moon mission.

SpaceX all set to launch ISS resupply mission from historic KSC pad

SpaceX all set to launch ISS resupply mission from historic KSC pad

SpaceX is all set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo craft from the same Kennedy Space Center (KSC) pad that was used to launch men to the Moon nearly five decades ago.

The Elon Musk-led private space firm has plans to launch the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo craft for the International Space Station (ISS) at 10:01 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

Elon Musk shares his views about Trump's Immigration Order

Elon Musk shifts his views about Trump

During the tightly-fought 2016 presidential election, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did not think that Donald Trump was the right person for the job. However, the billionaire innovator has now shifted his views about the Republican leader.

While Trump has long been a vocal opponent of the notion of man-made global warning, Musk has been an ardent supporter of the idea that man-made global warming is a real threat to humanity. Nevertheless, Musk has endorsed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a global warming skeptic, as Secretary of State.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket could return to flight on December 16

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket could return to flight on Dec. 16

Elon Musk-led SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, which has been grounded since Sept. 1, is expected to return to flight by the mid of this month, company officials indicated.

Company officials said a Falcon 9 rocket could lift off with 10 satellites on December 16th, provided that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gives the green signal for the rocket’s return to flight.

Satellite communications company Iridium, a SpaceX customer, also confirmed that Iridium NEXT is scheduled to be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 16the at 12:36 p.m. PST [2036 GMT].

NASA offering $30,000 for solving ‘space poop’ problem

NASA still struggling to solve ‘space poop’ problem

While Elon Musk is persistently pushing ahead with his aim to send humans to Mars, NASA still has no idea what to do with astronauts’ shit during deep space travel.

Like any other human, astronauts need to go to toilet even in a spacecraft. NASA researchers are still struggling to determine how to treat waste that it doesn’t harm astronauts during a space flight.

SpaceX’s fueling proposal sparks safety concerns

SpaceX’s fueling proposal sparks safety concerns

Elon Musk-led SpaceX’s proposal to fuel rockets while astronauts are present has raised safety concerns among members of the International Space Station Advisory Committee.

The NASA panel is apprehensive about the proposal as it could be risky to astronauts. Pointing out that nobody has ever been near the launch pad when a rocket was fueled; committee chairman Thomas Stafford called the proposal a “hazardous” operation.

Stephanie Schierholz, a spokesperson for the American space agency, confirmed that the two sides are pursuing talks over the issue.

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SpaceX to resume rocket launches in November: Musk

SpaceX to resume rocket launches in November: Musk

SpaceX has announced its plans for November rocket launch after witnessing a major setback in September when its rocket exploded while undergoing preparations for a test fire at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

As per Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, it was not an explosion, but a ‘fast fire’. But those who have witnessed the incident said that the blast turned the Falcon 9 rocket into a bowl of fire. The incident that took place on September 1is considered as one of the biggest setback for SpaceX as well as for Facebook and Eutelsat, a French satellite provider.

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