SpaceX ‘getting ready’ to fly orbital Starship design with new FCC filing – gpgmail

SpaceX is taking the steps necessary to begin test flying the orbital-class version of its Starship spacecraft, with new documents filed by the company (via Teslarati) with the FCC seeking necessary permissions for it to communicate with the prototype while it’s in flight. The company filed documents with the U.S. regulatory agency this week in […]

ESA Calls for Space Traffic Rules After Near Miss With SpaceX Satellite

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We talk often about how big space is, and indeed, it is really, mind-bogglingly big. However, space around Earth is feeling smaller all the time. SpaceX has launched the first few dozen of what will eventually grow to a swarm […]

Fleet Space Technologies raises $7.35M for its space-based IoT tech – gpgmail

Australian satellite startup Fleet Space Technologies has raised a $7.35 million round of funding to help launch its next generation of nanosatellites, extremely small satellites it employs to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity to customers globally. Fleet’s satellites are roughly the size of shoe boxes, which are much cheaper and easier to launch than […]

Near miss between science craft and Starlink satellite shows need to improve orbital coordination – gpgmail

A European satellite that measures the Earth’s winds using lasers had a close encounter with one of SpaceX’s Starlink constellation yesterday in a situation that illustrates the growing inadequacy of existing systems for global coordination of orbital issues. It’s getting crowded up there, and email and phone calls between HQs soon won’t cut it. The […]

SpaceX Starhopper Rocket Completes Second and Final Test Flight

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. SpaceX has big plans for the Starship that include launching deep space missions and colonizing Mars. Before it can do any of that, it has to finish designing the vehicle. The final Starship will be a sci-fi masterpiece of stainless […]

SpaceX’s Dragon completes record-setting third Space Station resupply mission – gpgmail

A SpaceX Dragon capsule that set down in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday after having been docked at the International Space Station since late July became the first such vehicle to do three of those trips. SpaceX uses its Dragon cargo capsule to ferry experiment materials, supplies and more to and from the ISS, and […]

Orbion raises $9.2M to mass-produce plasma thrusters for small satellites – gpgmail

Michigan-based startup Orbion has secured $9.2 million in Series A funding, which it will use as it undertakes the mass-produced manufacturing of its plasma thrusters for use in small satellites. Orbion’s thrusters are Hall-effect thrusters, which use an electric field to accelerate their propellant and create thrust. Hall-effect thrusters are nothing new, but Orbion’s approach, […]

SpaceX Starhopper ‘hops’ to around 500 feet and flies for just under a minute in new test flight – gpgmail

SpaceX has completed a second low-altitude test flight of its ‘Starhopper’ demonstration prototype, which is being used to test technologies that will be used to build the full-scale next-generation SpaceX ‘Starship’ spacecraft. This test involved ‘hopping’ the Starhopper (hence the name, get it?) to a height of around 150m (or a little under 500 feet), […]

NASA Astronaut Accused of World’s First ‘Space Crime’ Denies Allegations

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Decorated US astronaut Anne McClain had been accused of committing the first crimes in space. McClain is going through an acrimonious divorce and her spouse, Summer Worden, has alleged that McClain committed financial improprieties by accessing financial records while serving […]

Satellite internet startup Astranis books first commercial launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 – gpgmail

Y Combinator-backed startup Astranis is now set to launch its first commercial telecommunication satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, with a launch timeframe currently set for sometime starting in the fourth quarter of next year. Astranis aims to address the market of people who don’t currently have broadband internet access, which is still a huge […]