SpaceX simulates lifting Starship with launch tower ‘arms’

SpaceX has taken Starbase’s rocket-catching launch tower ‘arms’ to new heights during the latest series of proof tests. That process began in earnest on January 4th, when SpaceX lifted, opened, and swung the tower’s building-sized arms for the first time. Four days later, SpaceX performed a variation on the first round of tests, again slowly … Read more

SpaceX Starship prototype completes fourth static fire

In its true last act of the year, SpaceX successfully fired up its first orbital-class Starship for the fourth time in approximately two months, placing the prototype one step closer to flight readiness. Starship S20 first left its roost in SpaceX’s Starbase factory in early August, briefly performing a fit test atop Super Heavy Booster … Read more

NASA Artemis delegation tours SpaceX’s Starship factory and launch pad

Thanks to the failure of Blue Origin’s NASA Human Landing System (HLS) lawsuit, SpaceX and the space agency were finally able to get back to work last month. Taking advantage of that, NASA astronauts and Artemis Program leaders recently took a tour of SpaceX’s South Texas Starship factory and launch pads – a massive hub … Read more

SpaceX installs Starship booster on orbital launch mount for the third time

After several signs of imminent activity on Sunday, SpaceX has installed Super Heavy Booster 4 (B4) on Starbase’s lone ‘orbital launch mount’ for the third time. Around 10am CST (UTC-6), SpaceX began retracting more than a dozen clamps that hold the 69m (~225 ft) tall Super Heavy – the largest booster ever built – to … Read more

SpaceX to upgrade Starship with 50% more Raptor engines

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that future Starships – or at least certain Starship variants – are being upgraded with 50% more Raptor engines and stretched propellant tanks. On December 17th, the CEO revealed the plans, confirming a tweet published three months prior stating that Starship was “begging for an extra 3 engines.” Musk was … Read more

SpaceX: Starship orbital flight has to be postponed for months

Probably the most ambitious rocket project since the Apollo program is getting ready for a first launch of its two stages these days, but that involuntarily takes longer than Elon Musk would like. Because before March 2022, the SpaceX spaceship is not allowed to take off. Examination of safety and environmental issues The reason for … Read more

SpaceX’s Starship could put humans back on the moon next year | Elon Musk

It’s been an eventful month for Elon Musk. The world’s richest man and founder of Tesla and SpaceX was, controversially, named Time’s person of the year; became embroiled in a Twitter spat over his taxes with a politician he branded “Senator Karen” and got a bizarre new haircut after splitting with his girlfriend, the pop … Read more

Lots of cargo and crew missions, Starship tests>

A year with many missions really began for SpaceX when on January 8, 2021 a Falcon 9 rocket brought the communications satellite Türksat 5A into earth orbit. By mid-December, 27 more launches of the Falcon 9 rocket followed as SpaceX’s reliable workhorse. By the end of the year, the number of launches after the latest … Read more

SpaceX to replicate Starbase, build multiple Starship launch pads in Florida

Less than two weeks after CEO Elon Musk revealed that SpaceX has restarted construction of a Starship launch site at Kennedy Space Center’s existing LC-39A pad, NASA has revealed the company’s plans for an entirely different Starship launch site just a few miles to the north. Known as Launch Complex 49 (LC-49) and located where … Read more