Tag: Private Spaceflight

SpaceX to Launch Starlink Internet Satellites Tonight After Postponement

SpaceX, the private rocket company founded by Elon Musk, will try again on Thursday evening to launch dozens of satellites at once. Wednesday’s attempt to launch Starlink, the company’s bid to get into the space-based internet business, was postponed because of strong winds high in Earth’s atmosphere. Mr. Musk’s goal is to one day send […]

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SpaceX Delays Launch of Starlink Orbital Internet Satellites

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start […]

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SpaceX to Launch 60 Starlink Satellites, Aiming to Build Orbital Internet

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start […]

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Jeff Bezos Unveils Blue Origin’s Vision for Space, and a Moon Lander

WASHINGTON — In a carefully choreographed event akin to an announcement of a new iPhone, Jeffrey P. Bezos unveiled a moon lander. Mr. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, also owns Blue Origin, a rocket company. In a convention center ballroom here, Mr. Bezos described on Thursday a dreamy, ambitious vision of the […]

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Stratolaunch, World’s Largest Airplane by Wingspan, Takes Its First Flight

Its wingspan is longer than a football field. The tail is 50 feet from the ground. It was made by reassembling parts from two used Boeing jetliners. On Saturday, the world’s largest airplane took flight for the first time. The twin-fuselage plane, called the Stratolaunch, flew for about two and a half hours over the […]

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Moon Landing Beckons for Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft

On Thursday, a small Israeli nonprofit, SpaceIL, will attempt to make history and become the first private organization to land a spacecraft on the moon. This is a feat that has only been accomplished by three nations — the United States, the former Soviet Union and China. The SpaceIL lander is named Beresheet, which means […]

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Falcon Heavy, SpaceX’s Giant Rocket, to Launch With Large Satellite

[embedded content] The launch was only a test flight, and the rocket was not carrying anything for a paying customer. Instead, a spacesuit-wearing mannequin, nicknamed Starman, sat in the driver’s seat of a red Tesla Roadster that belonged to Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX. Video broadcast from orbit turned into the […]

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SpaceX to Launch Crew Dragon for NASA. Here’s How to Follow the Mission.

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, says the purpose of his space company is to get people to Mars. To date, though, SpaceX has launched only things like satellites and cargo (and one Tesla sports car), not astronauts. On Saturday, SpaceX is aiming to get one step closer to its goal with a demonstration flight […]

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SpaceX and NASA to Test Launch Crew Dragon, a New Ride to Orbit

The space shuttle Atlantis rolled to a stop on a runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 21, 2011, its last flight. That ended an era of American spacecraft carrying astronauts to space. “Mission complete, Houston,” said Christopher J. Ferguson, the mission commander. “After serving the world for over 30 years, the […]

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Virgin Galactic Sends a Rocket Plane to Space Again, in Its Highest Flight Yet

After its first spaceflight in December, Virgin Galactic sent the same vessel past the edge of the atmosphere for a second time on Friday. This time, the rocket plane went higher and faster than before — and it had three crew members on board instead of two. The flight marked another step forward in a […]

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How Israel’s Moon Lander Got to the Launchpad

It started in 2010 with a Facebook post. “Who wants to go to the moon?” wrote Yariv Bash, a computer engineer. A couple of friends, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub responded, and the three met at a bar in Holon, a city south of Tel Aviv. At 30, Mr. Bash was the oldest. “As the […]

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SpaceX, Elon Musk’s Rocket Company, Cuts 10 Percent of Its Work Force

SpaceX, the private rocket company founded by the billionaire Elon Musk, is laying off about 10 percent of its work force in what it framed as a necessary cutback to position the company for an unchartered future. The company will have about 6,000 employees remaining after the layoffs, which will take place companywide. “To continue […]

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Virgin Galactic Rocket Ship Reaches Space, a Milestone in Space Tourism

A Virgin Galactic spacecraft flew more than 50 miles above the Mojave Desert in California on Thursday morning, climbing into the edge of space for about a minute, a crucial milestone in the race to make big-business space tourism a reality. The craft, SpaceShipTwo, soared at speeds topping out at 2.9 times the speed of […]

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NASA’s Return to the Moon to Start With Private Companies’ Spacecraft

In a step toward returning to the moon, NASA announced on Thursday that it had selected nine companies that will vie for contracts to take small payloads for the space agency to the surface of the moon. “We are building a domestic American capability to get back and forth to the surface of the moon,” […]

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Watch Rocket Lab Try to Launch an Electron Rocket to Orbit From New Zealand

This weekend, a small rocket company will try to launch its first commercial mission. It will not be nearly as big a spectacle as the maiden flight of SpaceX’s powerful Falcon Heavy rocket in February, which propelled Elon Musk’s sports car on a trajectory beyond Mars. But Rocket Lab’s Electron is a harbinger of a […]

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How Many Space Stations Does This Planet Need?

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — At one end of Bigelow Aerospace’s factory is a mock-up of a gargantuan home for future astronauts. With a unique design — it could be packed into a rocket, then unfurled in space — it would comfortably house a dozen people as a voluminous space station or serve as a […]

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Lights, Camera, Blastoff: SpaceX Rockets Light Up California’s Night Skies

Just after sundown on Sunday, people around Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California looked up and spotted the red glare of a rocket. Mara Altman was at a fund-raiser dinner on a farm outside San Diego. A mariachi band had just started playing when the guests caught sight of the rocket. “I had […]

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SpaceX to Announce First Customer for Trip Around the Moon

Someone has booked a trip around the moon on a SpaceX rocket, and the details — including the identity of the passenger — are to be revealed Monday evening at an event at the company’s Los Angeles-area headquarters. SpaceX is scheduled to stream the announcement beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. The mystery passenger is […]

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