SpaceX to build floating spaceports for rockets bound for the Moon and Mars, and for hypersonic Earth travel – TechCrunch

[ad_1] SpaceX is hiring experts in Offshore Operations in Brownsville, job ads revealed on Tuesday – and the purpose is to help the company develop and build floating spaceports that will provide launch sites for the company’s’ Super Heavy-class launch vehicles. SpaceX will use these larger rockets to get its forthcoming large payload rockets to…

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…

NASA taps Kathy Lueders to lead its human spaceflight efforts – TechCrunch

[ad_1] NASA has selected a new top official to oversee all of its efforts regarding human spaceflight — Kathy Lueders, who previously led NASA’s commercial crew program starting in 2014 and culminating in the successful first crewed demonstration launch of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft last month. Lueders also previously worked on NASA’S Commercial Cargo program, which…

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…

Watch live as ULA launches a U.S. military spaceplane for its first Space Force mission – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The United Launch Alliance (ULA) is targeting a liftoff time of 9:14 AM EDT (6:14 AM PDT) today for an Atlas V rockets carrying the Boeing-built X-37B orbital test vehicle on behalf of the U.S. space force, which is an autonomous winged spaceplane that looks a little like a scaled down version of the…

Watch live as ULA launches a secretive U.S. military spaceplane live for its sixth mission – TechCrunch

[ad_1] On Saturday, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) is targeting a liftoff time of 8:24 AM EDT (5:24 AM PDT) for one of its Atlas V rockets carrying the U.S. Space Force’s X-37B orbital test vehicle, which is a fully autonomous winged spaceplane that looks a little like a scaled down version of the Space…

RocketLab tests new hyperCurie engine that will power its deep space delivery vehicle – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Rocket Lab is already in the testing phase for a new engine it’s building to propel its forthcoming Photon Lunar spacecraft, according to CEO and founder Peter Beck . Beck shared an image of the engine, called hyperCurie, undergoing tests conducted by the company’s propellant team. HyperCurie, as its name implies, is an evolution…

Elon Musk says Starlink internet private beta to begin in roughly three months, public beta in six – TechCrunch

[ad_1] SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has shared more details about when in 2020 we can expect the company’s Starlink low-latency, high-bandwidth satellite internet service to actually be available to customers. He said on Twitter that a private beta for Starlink would begin in around three months, with a public beta to kick off…

In-space satellite servicing proves successful in record-breaking orbital spacecraft operation – TechCrunch

[ad_1] An illustration mission of Northrop Grumman’s first-ever Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-1) has confirmed successful, extending the lifetime of an Intelsat satellite by 5 years. The mission concerned Northrop’s MEV docking with Intelsat’s IS-901 satellite in orbit on February 25, after which it altered the orbit of the Intelsat spacecraft to bury it extra working…