SpaceX gets FCC approval to deploy thousands more internet satellites

SpaceX’s plan to build a global, high-speed wireless internet network using satellites has taken another step forward. The FCC approved the company’s request to deploy more than 7,000 very-low-Earth orbit satellites for its Starlink network. It follows the regulator giving SpaceX the green light in March to launch 4,425 satellites. When it’s complete, Starlink will […]

Kazakhstan chooses SpaceX over a Russian rocket for satellite launch

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches in September 2018. (credit: SpaceX) The first satellite launched into orbit, Sputnik, launched from a spaceport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Central Asian country was then a Soviet republic. Later, the first human to fly into space, Yuri Gagarin, also launched from Kazakhstan. Today, despite its independence, this spaceport […]

SpaceX has a launch Sunday night, and it may make some noise

SpaceX The US Air Force has a message for residents of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties—do not be alarmed on Sunday night around 7:30pm local time if you hear a loud noise. That’s just the sonic boom of a rocket’s first stage, returning from space, and landing for the first time ever at […]

A shadowy op-ed campaign is now smearing SpaceX in space cities

Enlarge (credit: Getty / Aurich) In early August, Boeing’s Leanne Caret and SpaceX’s Gwynne Shotwell took the stage at Johnson Space Center to announce the first astronauts who will fly on their commercial crew spacecraft. It was a significant moment to see two of the most powerful women in aerospace alongside one another—two fierce competitors coming […]

SpaceX plans to send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa around the Moon in 2023

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has been named as the first tourist who will fly around the Moon using SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), according to CEO Elon Musk. If all goes as planned the founder of a Japan’s largest online clothing retailer Zozotown hopes to reach the Moon in 2023. To keep himself company during […]

SpaceX says its BFR will fly someone around the Moon. We have questions.

Enlarge / Concept illustration of the Big Falcon Spaceship flying around the Moon. (credit: SpaceX) On Thursday evening, without any advance notice, SpaceX tweeted that is had signed the world’s “first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle.” Moreover, the company promised to reveal “who’s flying and why” on Monday, September […]