SpaceX launches 58 more Starlink satellites and 3 Planet Skysats for first rideshare launch – TechCrunch

[ad_1] SpaceX has launched its latest batch of Starlink satellites, growing the constellation by another 58 spacecraft just 10 days after its most recent Starlink launch. That brings the total number of operational Starlink broadband internet satellites on orbit to 538. SpaceX also split the payload for this Starlink mission for the first time, giving…

Elon Musk says Starship is now SpaceX’s top priority – TechCrunch

[ad_1] SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk says that after accomplishing its first human launch, the company’s primary focus going forward will be developing Starship, its next-generation spacecraft. According to an internal email seen by CNBC, Musk said that Starship is job one for the company, with the exception of ensuring that everything goes well…

SpaceX’s first crewed spacecraft launch is officially cleared to proceed for May 27 target – TechCrunch

[ad_1] SpaceX has received approval on its mission to launch NASA astronauts for the first time ever on May 27, having passed a key Flight Readiness Review (FRR) conducted by the agency to ensure everything is go for launch. This final stretch check, conducted over the past few days after the Crew Dragon spacecraft was…

Space X has released a Crew Dragon simulator, so you can endure the terror of space from home

[ad_1] Space is a terrifying place devoid of oxygen and mercy, and you should never go there. But if you insist on spitting in Death’s eye and forsaking the Mother Earth that raised you, at least do a few dry runs before clambering aboard your flying metal shroud. Space X has released an online simulator…

Virgin Galactic is partnering with NASA to develop supersonic point-to-point air travel – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Virgin Galactic today revealed a new partnership with NASA, in pursuit of the goal of developing a high speed vehicle for point-to-point travel across Earth. NASA has been pursuing development of high mach air travel itself, with the development of its Supersonic X-59 low-boon supersonic test plane built by Lockheed Martin, but this new…

SpaceX and NASA break down what their historic first astronaut mission will look like – TechCrunch

[ad_1] NASA and SpaceX’s most defining moment of our current space era is coming up at the end of this month, with its Demo-2 mission on May 27. The mission will be the first-ever launch for SpaceX with humans on board, and for NASA, it’ll mark the first return to U.S.-based astronaut launches since the…

SpaceX sets a date with history in May – TechCrunch

[ad_1] This week in space was pretty active, with some startup news – including timing for a historic first – as well as scientific discoveries and innovation in the time of lockdown. Who better than NASA to demonstrate how science can get done remotely, since the agency is used to conducting experiments from millions of…