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SpaceX forced to abort Starship ‘hop’ after engine trouble

August 4th, 2020

SpaceX was preparing to launch its Starship prototype on a short “hop” test, but engine trouble halted the test at the last possible second. An issue with the engine triggered an automatic abort, according to SpaceX boss Elon Musk. SpaceX is planning to try the test launch again soon. Between trips to the International Space …

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SpaceX delays mount as Elon Musk says company is ‘paranoid’

July 14th, 2020

SpaceX delays begin to pile up as a trio of missions are waiting to launch but continue to get pushed back. SpaceX’s launch schedule is packed, and delays can have dramatic effects on future launches. The fifth launch of SpaceX’s Starship could still happen this week, but it’s up in the air. For much of …

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Elon Musk pushes SpaceX staff to focus on Starship

June 8th, 2020

Elon Musk wants SpaceX’s Starship to be the top priority moving forward, according to an email obtained by CNBC. Starship is SpaceX’s next-gen rocket platform designed to carry humans to other worlds, including Mars. Musk says that future versions of Starship will be capable of interstellar travel. SpaceX has had an incredibly busy year. In …

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Incredible video shows SpaceX’s Starship prototype exploding

June 1st, 2020

SpaceX’s Starship prototype SN4 exploded during a static fire test on Friday, just hours before the second launch attempt of the Crew Dragon. The two projects are completely different and the explosion had no impact on the NASA mission. Video of the explosion shows the rocket prototype spilling what appears to be oxygen shortly before …

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A SpaceX Starship prototype survived a test its predecessors failed

April 27th, 2020

A SpaceX Starship prototype successfully passed a cryo pressure test that claimed the claimed the lives of several of its predecessors.  This particular prototype, SN4, will now proceed to a static fire test and hope to eventually get the chance to ‘hop’ a short distance so SpaceX can test out its launch and landing chops. …

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SpaceX Starship prototype explodes during pressure testing

April 3rd, 2020

SpaceX Starship prototype SN3 was destroyed during a pressure test early this morning, producing a massive cloud of steam before the vehicle crumpled and collapsed.  This is now the second time a Starship prototype has endured such a failure during pressure testing, with a similar incident occurring back in November 2019.  Elon Musk notes that …

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Elon Musk presents Starship to the world

September 30th, 2019

If you even casually follow space news you’ve no doubt already heard of SpaceX’s Starship. Starship — and the Super Heavy launch vehicle that will send it skyward — are SpaceX’s big bet on the future of space travel, and Elon Musk imagines that one day, Starship will head to Mars and beyond. The project …

SpaceX’s StarHopper nails its latest ‘hop’

July 26th, 2019

SpaceX is spinning a lot of plates these days — from various contracts with NASA to agreements with many smaller clients to launch various satellites and spacecraft into Earth orbit — but its Starship project is definitely one of its biggest bets on the future. Starship is SpaceX’s long-term project to produce a spacecraft that …

SpaceX is inching closer to Starship’s big debut

July 8th, 2019

SpaceX has had an incredibly busy year thus far, with a steady series of rocket launches and new initiatives like Starlink in the very earliest stages, and all the while the Starship project looming over it all. Starship is SpaceX’s future-looking rocket platform that could one day ferry travelers to Mars and beyond, and in …