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…

Rocket startup Skyrora achieves a successful sub-orbital launch from Scottish island – TechCrunch

[ad_1] This past weekend was a busy one for rocket launches, including for new launch companies hoping to join the ranks of SpaceX and Rocket Lab as private, operational space launch providers. Edinburgh-based Skyrora achieved a significant milestone for its program, successfully launching its Skylark Nano rocket from an island off the coast of Scotland…

Interstellar Technologies’ privately-developed MOMO-5 rocket falls short of reaching space – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Private launch companies seeking to lower the coast of reaching space continue to develop new vehicles, and the latest to attempt a trip to space is Interstellar Technologies (IST), a Japanese private launch company founded in 2003. The company first launched a vehicle in 2017, but the launch didn’t go exactly as planned and…

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…

FCC has “serious doubts” that SpaceX can deliver latencies under 100ms

[ad_1] The Federal Communications Commission said it has “serious doubts” that SpaceX and other low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite providers will be able to deliver latencies of less than 100ms. As we reported yesterday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai backed off a plan that would have completely prevented SpaceX and other LEO companies from applying for rural-broadband…

Ajit Pai caves to SpaceX but is still skeptical of Musk’s latency claims

[ad_1] Getty Images | Yuichiro Chino The Federal Communications Commission has reversed course on whether to let SpaceX and other satellite providers apply for rural-broadband funding as low-latency providers. But Chairman Ajit Pai said companies like SpaceX will have to prove they can offer low latencies as the FCC does not plan to “fund untested…

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…

Elon Musk tells employees Starship rocket is ‘top SpaceX priority’

[ad_1] Now that SpaceX has successfully launched NASA astronauts into space, Elon Musk wants the company to put the pedal to the metal on developing its large capacity Starship rocket. Musk sent a company-wide email Saturday in which he told employees that accelerating progress “dramatically and immediately” on Starship should be their “top priority,” according…

Bankrupt OneWeb seeks license for 48,000 satellites, even more than SpaceX

[ad_1] SpaceX and OneWeb have asked for US permission to launch tens of thousands of additional satellites into low Earth orbit. SpaceX’s application to launch 30,000 satellites—in addition to the nearly 12,000 it already has permission for—is consistent with SpaceX’s previously announced plans for Starlink. OneWeb’s application to launch nearly 48,000 satellites is surprising because…