SpaceX launches another batch of Starlink satellites before sunrise
ORLANDO, Fla. — An hour before sunrise Saturday, SpaceX launched yet another batch of Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral, continuing the company’s mission to build a constellation of satellites that can deliver high-speed internet to the entire planet.The launch, which went off as scheduled at 5:21 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch complex 40, deployed 58 small satellites, loaded inside the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket, to low-Earth orbit. The satellites deployed and began to fan out about 40 minutes after launch.Also on board were 3 SkySat satellites, as part of the com...
In Historic First, SpaceX Successfully Launches NASA Astronauts Into Spaceebetz@discovermagazine.com (Eric Betz)on May 31, 2020 at 4:20 pm
Elon Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX, made history on Saturday when its Crew Dragon capsule safely reached space carrying two NASA astronauts. It was the first time a private company had put a human into orbit.On Sunday, Crew Dragon went on to successfully dock with the International Space Station (ISS), which the astronauts are now safely aboard.The historic launch marks the first time NASA astronauts have blasted off from American soil since the Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011.Appropriately, that final flight of space shuttle Atlantis was piloted by astronaut Douglas Hurley, who commanded ...
Just days after it launched astronauts, SpaceX is already back to send up its internet satellites
ORLANDO, Fla. — On the heels of a historic mission with astronauts, SpaceX is back to its regularly scheduled programming.The company plans to launch another 60 of its own internet satellites to low-Earth orbit on Wednesday at about 9:25 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch pad 40.Called Starlink, the 570-pound satellites are part of what will one day be a constellation numbering in the tens of thousands. The plan, SpaceX said, is to offer high-speed broadband internet to remote parts of the world. But to get there, the company needs to have thousands of Starlinks in orbit.Space...
Rationalizing Tesla’s Stock Price
On Monday, June 1, 2020, Tesla‘s stock price rose $63.10 to close at $898.10. Given that Tesla has 185.37 million shares outstanding, this jump in price represented an increase in market capitalization of $11.7 billion. To provide perspective, that number equals approximately 50% of Ford’s market capitalization. That leads one to suspect there must have been some important good news either over the weekend or on Monday. Unfortunately, most of the news filtering in was bad. Electric car sales were down in China. Tesla was cutting prices in the United States. The deep recession was leading auto ...
Moscow Bemused at U.S. Space 'Hysteria' as Musk Taunts Russia
Moscow space officials on Sunday said they were puzzled by "hysteria" around the successful SpaceX flight as Elon Musk taunted Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to beat it to Mars.On Saturday, SpaceX made history by becoming the world's first commercial company to send humans into orbit, leading Russia to lose its long-held monopoly on space travel.Musk lobbed a jab at Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian space chief who once said Washington may one day be forced to "deliver its astronauts to the ISS by using a trampoline.""The trampoline is working," quipped Musk at a post-flight news confe...
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News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend
‘The trampoline is working’Russia's space agency, hitherto the only one able to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, congratulated SpaceX for its successful launch of a manned rocket.Officials also said they were puzzled by the "hysteria" around the successful SpaceX flight as Elon Musk taunted Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to beat Moscow to Mars.Saturday's launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida was the first of American astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years, and the first ever by a private company. Russia on Sunday put a brave face on the loss of its sp...
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SpaceX milestone manned spaceship launch applauded
This handout photo released by NASA shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft launched from Launch Complex 39A on NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday. Photo: AFPAs Chinese netizens applauded the feat of US commercial space firm SpaceX, which has conducted the first private-sector manned space mission, they also reflected on the state of the commercial space sector in China, where self-reliance is the key.At 3:22 pm U...
US astronauts enter space station in milestone mission
Washington (AFP) - NASA astronauts entered the International Space Station on Sunday after a landmark 19-hour journey on the first crewed US spacecraft in nearly a decade, a triumph for SpaceX and private enterprise.The arrival completed the first leg of the trip, designed to test the capabilities of the Crew Dragon capsule. But the mission will only be declared a success when the astronauts return safely to Earth in a few months' time.The spaceship's hatch opened at 1:02 pm Eastern Time (1702 GMT) as Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley carried out final procedures before crossing the threshold about ...
SpaceX docks at the International Space Station with two NASA astronauts for the first time
ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule eased its way to the International Space Station on Sunday morning, autonomously docking and marking the first time an American commercial capsule with humans aboard performed the feat.The docking, which concluded shortly before 10:30 a.m. EDT, came at the end of a 19-hour journey in space for the newly renamed capsule, now called “Endeavour.” The name was chosen by astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who went on the mission, as a callback to the space shuttle Endeavour that took them both to space for the first time on separate flights.For the ...
SpaceX’s astronaut-riding Dragon arrives at space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company.With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically, no assistance needed. The linkup occurred 262 miles (422 kilometers) above the China-Mongolia border.Once the capsule was latched securely to the space station, the congratulations flowed from NASA, SpaceX ...