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SpaceX delays the launch of its first broadband satellites to February 21

SpaceX BFR project More Elon Musk likely silenced his naysayers forever (or at least for a few months) with the successful (and rather awe-inspiring) launch of the Falcon Heavy earlier in February, and now, the entrepreneur is headed back into space with yet another project that at one point seemed far-fetched. Musk has long outlined plans to launch low-orbiting satellites to beam high-speed internet to folks around the world as part of a program called “Starlink,” and now, those plans are inching closer to fruition. While the first couple satellites associated…

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How to track Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster through space – CNET

Dummy astronaut “Starman” as seen in the Tesla Roadster before the cameras cut out. SpaceX Elon Musk’s cherry-red Tesla Roadster launched on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6, but we stopped getting images from its on-board cameras shortly after. People are still following the electric car’s movements across the solar system, however, through the Where Is Roadster? website.  Pearson’s site shows the electric car’s location in the solar system. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET “I guess we just want our Apollo moment,” said Ben Pearson, builder of the Tesla-tracking site, explaining the…

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SpaceX’s ‘Falcon’ feat may be just a prelude to the main event

According to SpaceX, the BFR will generate 11.8 million pounds of thrust and be able to carry a 150-ton payload. That far surpasses any rocket now in production, outstripping even the promised capabilities of NASA’s enormous Space Launch System, or SLS. (The names of the two rockets speak volumes about the difference between the cultures of NASA and SpaceX.) Even more important than BFR’s size will be its cost. SpaceX says the Falcon Heavy will cost about $90 million per launch but aims to make BFR cheaper than that —…

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Science 

Elon Musk Says His SpaceX Rocket Will Avoid Disaster of Soviet Super Heavy Rocket

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the Soviet Union failed four times to launch its heavy N-1 rocket into space and eventually had to abandon the project—half a century later in Moscow is yet to launch a space-bound projectile of its size. But SpaceX founder Elon Musk believes that his super heavy rocket—the Spacex Falcon Heavy—can avoid the problems faced by the Soviets. Launched this week, Musk’s rocket is designed to deliver a payload of 64 tons to a low-Earth orbit, similar to that of the Russian N-1. Related: The…

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14 things you might not know about the SpaceX rocket launch – CNET

One of the most ridiculous parts of the launch was seeing a dummy astronaut called “The Starman” inside a Tesla Roadster floating in space. SpaceX Before Tuesday’s test launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, not even the company’s CEO Elon Musk knew what to expect. “It’s either going to be an exciting success or an exciting failure,” he said. “One big boom! I’d say tune in, it’s going to be worth your time.” Musk was right: There was a big boom when the Falcon Heavy’s 27 engines fired and lifted…

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Space 

SpaceX wins accolades for Falcon Heavy success

ORLANDO, Florida — A rare combination of politicians, space advocates and even competitors lauded SpaceX for its successful inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy Feb. 6. Among those congratulating the company for the test flight of the heavy-lift rocket was President Donald Trump. In a tweet late Feb. 6, he congratulated SpaceX and its chief executive, Elon Musk. “This achievement, along with @NASA’s commercial and international partners, continues to show American ingenuity at its best!” he stated. Congratulations @ElonMusk and @SpaceX on the successful #FalconHeavy launch. This achievement, along with…

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Technology 

After Falcon Heavy launch, Elon Musk revealed 7 wild things – CNET

Starman behind the wheel SpaceX Following the successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, founder and real-life comic book character Elon Musk answered questions from reporters about the achievement and his plans for the future.  Musk relayed the fate of the rocket’s center booster, which missed its droneship landing, unlike the spectacle of the near simultaneous touchdown of the twin side boosters. Musk went on to reveal a number of remarkable things about the mission and what’s next for SpaceX, starting with the…

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Space 

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — A SpaceX Falcon Heavy successfully launched on its inaugural flight here Feb. 6, placing a demonstration payload into orbit and boosting the company’s interplanetary ambitions. The Falcon Heavy lifted off at 3:45 p.m. Eastern from Launch Complex 39A here, after more than two hours of delays due to high upper-level winds. The two side boosters landed at pads designated Landing Zone 1 and 2 at the former Launch Complex 13 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The center core landed on a drone ship downrange,…

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Time for SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket to fly: Watch live video of the final countdown

[embedded content] CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The maiden launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is arguably the biggest thing to hit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center since the retirement of the space shuttle fleet in 2011. RELATED: SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy rocket for first time, putting a sports car in space Liftoff was set for 3:45 p.m. ET (12:45 p.m. PT) today, amid concerns about upper-level winds.. Hundreds of journalists have signed up to cover the launch from NASA’s historic Launch Complex 39A, where Apollo moon rockets and space shuttles have blasted…

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SpaceX no longer planning crewed missions on Falcon Heavy

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — As SpaceX gears up for the first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, the company is backing away from one potential use of the vehicle, launching crewed missions beyond Earth orbit. In a teleconference with reporters Feb. 5, a day before the scheduled inaugural launch of the rocket, SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said the progress the company was making on an even larger vehicle made it unlikely that the Falcon Heavy will ever be used for launching crewed spacecraft. “What we decided internally is…

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