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Watch SpaceX launch NASA’s latest exoplanet-hunting satellite – TechCrunch

Watch SpaceX launch NASA’s latest exoplanet-hunting satellite – TechCrunch SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket today during a 30 second window at 6:32pm EDT. Onboard is NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) designed to find exoplanets. SpaceX said this morning there’s an 80 percent chance of launching …

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Elon Musk’s latest SpaceX idea involves a party balloon and bounce house – TechCrunch

Elon Musk’s latest SpaceX idea involves a party balloon and bounce house – TechCrunch Elon Musk took to Twitter Sunday night to announce a new recovery method for an upper stage SpaceX rocket. A balloon — a “giant party balloon” to quote him directly — will ferry part of a …

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Virgin Galactic successfully tested its rocket-powered spacecraft today for the first time since 2014 – TechCrunch

Virgin Galactic took to the skies today for the first test of its rocket-powered spacecraft in over three years. The SpaceShipTwo launch platform deployed the USS Unity at a set altitude where the space craft will fire its engines for as long as 30 seconds bringing the craft to 1 …

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SpaceX successfully launches Iridium-5 Falcon 9 mission – TechCrunch

SpaceX has successfully launched its Iridium -5 mission, which carries 10 satellites to add to Iridium’s NEXT global communications constellation. This is the fifth set of 10, out of a total of 75 that SpaceX is launching for client Iridium, and today’s launch used a first stage Falcon 9 booster …

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Watch SpaceX launch Iridium-5 aboard a re-used Falcon 9 rocket live – TechCrunch

SpaceX is launching its next mission for client Iridium this morning, with an instantaneous launch window for the mission opening at 7:13 AM PDT (10:13 AM EDT). The Iridium -5 mission will take off from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and there’s a backup window set for …

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3D printed rocket maker Relativity raises $35M to simplify satellite launches – TechCrunch

LA-based space startup Relativity has raised $35 million in Series B funding, in a new round led by Playground Global, and including existing investors Social Capital, Y Combinator Continuity and Mark Cuban. The funding will help the startup expand its automated, 3D-printing process for manufacturing rockets quickly and with greatly …

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SpaceX is making big money moves – TechCrunch

Planning a mars mission, a global telecommunications network for inexpensive internet service, and creating an interplanetary hedge against world war three isn’t cheap, so it’s no wonder that SpaceX is closing on $500 million in new cash through a financing round led by Fidelity, according to multiple sources with knowledge of …

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SpaceX and United Launch Alliance land $640 million in Air Force launches – TechCrunch

The U.S. Air Force wants to maintain its options: It awarded a total of $640 million in satellite launch contracts to both SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance (Boeing and Lockheed Martin’s joint space launch venture), with the goal of making sure it has access to at least two options …

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Rocket Lab’s next launch vaults it into full commercial operation – TechCrunch

Rocket launch startup Rocket Lab is moving from its initial testing phase into proper commercial operations with its next mission. The company’s past two launches, “It’s a Test” and “Still Testing” were (you guessed it) primarily tests of its Electron launch craft vehicle and launch process, but its next mission, …

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