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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, said the company has begun preparations to develop a permanent human settlement on Mars with SpaceX's Starship rocket. Musk has projected that SpaceX's first uncrewed mission to Mars could occur in a minimum of four years. SpaceX's Starship vehicle is a reusable rocket-and-spacecraft combo that is currently under development at the company's South Texas facility.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said he wants to send at least two cargo ships to Mars by 2022 in an effort to determine hazards, establish life-support infrastructure and identify potential water resources, CNBC reported Friday. Musk plans to carry out that plan through the development of a 42-engine rocket system called BFR designed to […] More
SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket with a reused lower stage to deliver a communications satellite into orbit from NASA‘s Kennedy Space Center, Space.com reported Thursday. Irene Klotz writes the launch was the first reflight of a used orbit-class rocket booster and the second time it landed on SpaceX’s Of Course I Still Love You robotic drone ship at sea. […] More
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said the company plans to use its Falcon Heavy rocket to send two passengers to the moon in 2018 via a private lunar mission, Space.com reported Monday. Musk told reporters in a teleconference the two individuals will fly aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft to travel around the moon for a week, […] More
Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, has said the company thinks it has “gotten to the bottom of the problem“ that resulted in the explosion of the company's Falcon 9 rocket in September. “It involves a combination of liquid helium, advanced carbon fiber composites, and solid oxygen“¦ Oxygen so cold that it actually enters solid phase,“ Musk […] More
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has revealed plans to build a 400-feet tall integrated rocket and spaceship system he hopes can send 100 people to Mars and start a civilization on the planet, Florida Today reported Wednesday. James Dean writes Musk said at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico that SpaceX’ Interplanetary Transport System could cost $10 […] More
The U.S. Air Force has approved SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket, clearing the way for the company to pursue military launch service contracts. The military branch said Tuesday it spent more than $60 million and took almost two years to complete the certification process. “This is an important step toward bringing competition to national security space […] More
SpaceX is preparing for the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket as the mission marks the first time that a rocket component will be retrieved post-launch for reuse, Popular Science reported Saturday. Loren Grush writes that the rocket’s first-stage component is due to land on a spaceport in the Atlantic Ocean as the rest of the spacecraft delivers cargo to the International Space […] More

SpaceX has submitted an application with the Federal Communications Commission seeking a special temporary authorization to support the first orbital flight test of its Starship launch system. The Starship test launch will be carried out at SpaceX’s Boca Chica test site in Texas to support the company's efforts to gather data to measure entry dynamics and gain more insights into what the launch vehicle experiences in a flight.

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