Elon Musk: Raptor engine production lags so far behind that bankruptcy threatens

The production of Raptor engines at SpaceX is not going as well as the company would like. The company would have to fly at least two Starships per month next year because otherwise the company ‘risks going bankrupt’. Founder Elon Musk calls the production ‘a disaster’. Musk describes his concerns in a letter to employees, … Read more

SpaceX launches NASA probe to collide with asteroid at high speed

US space company SpaceX has successfully launched a launch that kicks off NASA’s DART mission. A SpaceX rocket has launched a probe that should collide with an asteroid at high speed next year. The DART spacecraft, or Double Asteroid Redirection Test, was successfully launched from California by a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX. It usually … Read more

Elon Musk hopes to launch Starship into Earth orbit in January

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hopes the Starship rocket can be launched into orbit for the first time in January 2022. Musk does warn about the risks and does not dare to say that it will immediately be a successful flight. Musk says in a meeting of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that … Read more

NASA postpones SpaceX moon mission to 2025

NASA has postponed the deadline for its Artemis III moon mission to ‘no earlier than’ 2025. The mission was previously scheduled for 2024. According to the space agency, the postponement is due to lawsuits between NASA, SpaceX and Blue Origin. NASA director Bill Nelson told US media this week that the timeline for the next … Read more

CNBC: SpaceX and NASA contract is lawful according to US court

A US federal court has ruled that NASA followed the law in awarding the lunar lander contract to SpaceX, according to CNBC. Space company Blue Origin is blunt and remains concerned about NASA’s selection process for the lunar lander. The court documents and the accompanying motivation have not yet been made public, but news channel … Read more

Amazon wants to launch prototypes of Project Kuiper internet satellites by the end of 2022

Amazon plans to launch two prototype satellites for its Project Kuiper internet service in the fourth quarter of 2022. The company is requesting a permit from the FCC to launch KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2 to an altitude of 590km. Amazon has submitted a request to the American telecom authority FCC for this, the company writes in … Read more

Blue Origin shares plans for commercial space station Orbital Reef

Blue Origin has shared its plans for a future commercial space station called Orbital Reef. This space station is being built by various space companies and should become operational between 2025 and 2030. The station is to function, among other things, as a kind of ‘mixed-use business park’, writes Blue Origin. Orbital Reef is to … Read more

Russia launches actress and director to ISS to make fiction film

A Russian Soyuz rocket took an actor and director to the ISS space station on Tuesday. Together with cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, the two will stay on board the ISS for twelve days to shoot the film The Challenge. The launch of cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild can be followed live … Read more

Researchers are doing location determination on Earth via Starlink satellites

Researchers at the University of California have developed a way to pinpoint a location on Earth using captured signals from Starlink satellites. The technique would yield an accuracy of about eight meters. The team reportedly operated independently of SpaceX and had no access to data sent from Starlink satellites to users on Earth. The researchers … Read more