SpaceX Retrofits Crew Dragon to Carry Five People
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by Heidi
1w ago
As a response to a query from NASA, SpaceX looked into retrofitting the Crew Dragon currently docked to the International Space Station to carry five crew members in an emergency. The solution: Move a seat from a leaky Soyuz to the Crew Dragon. The query was the result of a Soyuz spacecraft that lost a … Keeping reading SpaceX Retrofits Crew Dragon to Carry Five People on RedOrbit ..read more
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SpaceX Agrees to Have Starlink Avoid Interfering with Astronomical Work
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by Heidi
2w ago
SpaceX signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to have its Starlink constellation avoid interfering with astronomical readings. The agreement covers Starlink’s radio transmissions, especially the 10.6 – 10.7 GHz radio band often used by telescopes. NSF and SpaceX already had an agreement to have Starlink meet international radio astronomy protection standards for … Keeping reading SpaceX Agrees to Have Starlink Avoid Interfering with Astronomical Work on RedOrbit ..read more
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Elon Musk Files Bid to Move Shareholder Fraud Trial to Texas
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by Heidi
3w ago
To support his acquisition of Twitter, Elon Musk sold billions of dollars’ worth of Tesla stock. He also took out loans using Tesla stock as collateral. This had the predictable effect of causing a sharp decline in Tesla stock prices. Shareholders filed a lawsuit in a Californian court alleging that Musk may have committed fraud … Keeping reading Elon Musk Files Bid to Move Shareholder Fraud Trial to Texas on RedOrbit ..read more
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SpaceX to Raise $750 Million at $137 Billion Valuation
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by Heidi
3w ago
SpaceX is planning a funding round to raise $750 million at a $137 billion valuation. The round is being organized by Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that is better known as the digital asset startup-supporting company “a16z.” Andreessen Horowitz also has a $400 million stake in Twitter now that it has been taken private. … Keeping reading SpaceX to Raise $750 Million at $137 Billion Valuation on RedOrbit ..read more
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NASA Considers SpaceX Crew Dragon to Evacuate International Space Station
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by Heidi
3w ago
In mid-December 2022, control teams for the International Space Station noticed a bad leak in a Soyuz spacecraft designated to bring three crew members back to Earth. Analysis showed that it might have gotten hit by a micrometeroid and leaked onboard coolant. The International Space Station can maneuver to avoid man-made debris and has dodged … Keeping reading NASA Considers SpaceX Crew Dragon to Evacuate International Space Station on RedOrbit ..read more
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SpaceX Launches Lunar Mission for Japan, UAE
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by Heidi
1M ago
SpaceX successfully launched a lunar mission for Japan and the UAE. The UAE provided Rashid, a nearly 10-kilogram lunar rover that will operate on the Moon for 10 days. Japan sent the HAKUTO-R Mission 1 robotic lander. HAKUTO-R is currently rolled up in the shape of a ball and will unroll when it reaches the … Keeping reading SpaceX Launches Lunar Mission for Japan, UAE on RedOrbit ..read more
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SpaceX Launches 40 OneWeb Satellites
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by Heidi
1M ago
SpaceX launched 40 OneWeb satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket on December 8, 2022. The launch was part of OneWeb’s reshuffling of launch contracts amid Europe’s sanctions against Russia. It had previously planned to launch the satellites on a Russian Soyuz rocket. In a move that must seem routine by now, SpaceX landed the first … Keeping reading SpaceX Launches 40 OneWeb Satellites on RedOrbit ..read more
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Yuzaku Maezawa Announces Crew for dearMoon Mission
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by Heidi
1M ago
The Japanese fashion mogul Yuzaku Maezawa finally announced the crew of the dearMoon mission, which he promotes as a candidate for the first civilian mission to go to the Moon and back. As expected, most of the crew work in the arts. They include: DJ & producer Steve Aoki Youtube creator Tim Dodd Artist Yemi … Keeping reading Yuzaku Maezawa Announces Crew for dearMoon Mission on RedOrbit ..read more
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SpaceX Unveils “Starshield” for Military Use
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by Heidi
1M ago
Earlier this week, SpaceX unvieled “Starshield,” a Starlink derivative for military use. Starshield can be used to “support national security efforts,” including spying on Earthbound targets and hosting government and military payloads. SpaceX already beefed up Starlink’s ability to resist attacks by enemy governments in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, although it refused … Keeping reading SpaceX Unveils “Starshield” for Military Use on RedOrbit ..read more
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FCC Authorizes Launch of 7,500 Starlink v2 Satellites
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by Heidi
2M ago
The FCC authorized SpaceX to launch up to 7,500 Starlink v2 satellites.  SpaceX had initially applied to launch 30,000 satellites. However, the FCC expressed concern that launching that many satellites would clutter up low Earth orbit and deferred a decision on launching the rest of the full 30,000. SpaceX has already begun manufacturing the Starlink … Keeping reading FCC Authorizes Launch of 7,500 Starlink v2 Satellites on RedOrbit ..read more
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