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  1. AlphaAtlas

    Tesla Stock Drops Following Employee Layoff Announcement

    In an open letter to employees, Tesla announced plans to cut their workforce by about 7% this morning. The letter written by Elon Musk notes that they grew by 30% last year, suggesting that Tesla may have expanded a little too quickly, and that the staff cut is necessary for Tesla to meet its...
  2. cageymaru

    SpaceX Wins Military Contract to Experiment with Commercial Space Internet

    Elon Musk's SpaceX has been granted a $28 million Department of Defense (DoD) contract per FA8650-17-S-9300 to research and experiment with establishing connectivity, operational, and special purpose experimentation with U.S. Air Force ground sites and aircraft. In phase two of the experiments...
  3. AlphaAtlas

    SpaceX Launches First National Security Mission

    Earlier this week, SpaceFlightNow reported that SpaceX made their first successful launch with a military payload. The Falcon 9 rocket carried a GPS satellite with the nickname "Vespucci" into orbit. Unlike most Falcon 9 missions, SpaceX didn't try to recover the rocket's first stage, as the...
  4. AlphaAtlas

    SpaceX Breaks Records With Falcon 9 Launch

    On Monday, SpaceX successfully launched a rocket carrying 64 small satellites. While this doesn't top the 104-satellite record set by an Indian rocket last year, it did set the record for the highest number of satellites ever launched by a U.S. rocket. It was also SpaceX's 19th launch this year...
  5. AlphaAtlas

    NASA to Launch SpaceX Safety Review Following Elon Musk's Pot Interview

    NASA and SpaceX have enjoyed a very fruitful business relationship, but a controversial interview where Elon Musk smoked weed and drank whiskey is allegedly endangering it. The Washington Post reports that the interview prompted a safety review of SpaceX. While NASA didn't specifically confirm...
  6. cageymaru

    SpaceX Receives FCC Approval to Launch Low Earth Orbit Internet Satellites into Space

    SpaceX has won FCC approval to launch 7,518 Starlink low Earth orbit internet satellites into space. These satellites will initially create a blanket of internet coverage for the USA, but the program is expected to expand worldwide as SpaceX seeks to broaden the network to 12,000 units. Kepler...
  7. AlphaAtlas

    The ISS's Supercomputer is Ready for Service

    SpaceX sent an HP supercomputer to the ISS over a year ago, and now, after an extensive testing period, that supercomputer is available for astronauts to use. According to HP, performing calculations onboard the space station instead of on ground-based stations will save precious time and...
  8. AlphaAtlas

    SpaceX Launches and Lands Rocket in California

    SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket with the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, then landed the rocket right where it took off. Though they've landed rockets in Florida before, this marks the first time a SpaceX rocket landed on the west coast. This was...
  9. AlphaAtlas

    Yusaku Maezawa is Going Around the Moon

    In a webcast, SpaceX announced that Yusaku Maezawa will be the first human to leave the Earth's orbit in decades, if everything goes according to plan. Elon Musk intends to send the billionaire Japanese art curator, along with several of his friends, around the moon and back using SpaceX's BFR...
  10. AlphaAtlas

    SpaceX Will Fly 2 Private Passengers Around the Moon

    Back in February of 2017, SpaceX promised it would send 2 "anonymous" passengers around the moon in 2018. That didn't really pan out, as the rocket SpaceX wanted to use was never certified for human space travel. But SpaceX is now saying that it signed on 2 passengers to go around the moon in...
  11. DooKey

    NASA Signs Off on SpaceX’s “Load-And-Go” Procedure for Crew Launches

    NASA has signed off on the load-and-go procedure for crew launches that SpaceX uses with their Falcon 9 rocket to get more fuel onboard and increase rocket thrust. This is an important step in gaining final approval for the Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket configuration. In the event there is...
  12. DooKey

    Bezos Throws Cash, Engineers at Rocket Program as Space Race Accelerates

    Reuters is reporting that several people familiar with the Blue Origin program say Jeff Bezos is throwing big money at the program to get his New Glenn heavy-launch vehicle off the ground. Flight tests for this rocket are at least two years off and this puts him between a rock and space...
  13. DooKey

    After 25 Years, Military Told to Move From Expendable to Reusable Rockets

    Congress is ordering the military to use reusable rockets whenever possible and they have to include the use of such vehicles in solicitation of launch contracts. Further, everyone knows SpaceX has been the champion of reusable rockets and has launched missions to the ISS as well as military...
  14. DooKey

    SpaceX Nabs $130 Million to Launch an Air Force Satellite With Falcon Heavy

    SpaceX just received a $130M contract to launch an Air Force satellite with their Falcon Heavy rocket. If you think about this it's pretty amazing they got the contract when only one Falcon Heavy has been launched to date. Either SpaceX made an offer the Air Force couldn't refuse or the Falcon...
  15. DooKey

    SpaceX’s Final Upgrade to its Falcon 9 Rocket isn’t Quite Final

    Earlier this month SpaceX launched its new Block 5 Falcon 9 and this new rocket is supposed to fly 10 times each with minimal refurb in between. Further, the rocket is supposed to be crew capable, but the recent launch didn't include crucial changes required to gain certification. The back story...
  16. DooKey

    SpaceX Plans to Replace Long-Haul Flights with Rocket Travel

    You can't say Elon Musk and his ventures aren't forward thinking because his SpaceX company is planning to replace long-haul aircraft flights with rocket transportation in the next 10 years. The idea is to use the BFR to launch 100 passengers on a trip to anywhere in the world within half an...
  17. DooKey

    SpaceX Increasing Launch Cadence as Promised

    Last year SpaceX set a new launch record of 18 missions and their COO said they would increase their cadence by 50 percent this year. Believe it or not they are rocking those launches and should be on track to launch almost 30 missions this year. Further, the expectation is to beat that number...
  18. DooKey

    SpaceX Receives FCC Approval for Starlink Satellite Constellation

    The FCC has approved the deployment of a 4,425 satellite constellation for SpaceX. The satellites will be in support of the Starlink internet service that Elon Musk envisions will provide affordable internet services to remote areas that are currently underserved. However, there is one caveat...
  19. R

    Elon Musk Deleted SpaceX and Tesla Facebook Accounts

    Time is reporting that Elon Musk has deleted the Facebook accounts for SpaceX and Tesla following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Following a call on twitter to delete facebook, Elon Musk was not even aware of the pages existance. Musk shortly after deleted both accounts. While the quote below...
  20. R

    The Moon is Getting 4G Coverage

    Reuters is reporting that Vodaphone and Nokia are teaming up to put the first mobile phone network on the moon next year. The reason? Unfortunately not a theme park (yet), but to stream high-definition video from the lunar landscape back to earth. Nokia is developing space-grade 4G networking...
  21. DooKey

    SpaceX Successfully Launches Two Test Sats for Starlink Internet Service

    SpaceX strikes again and successfully launches a Paz satellite for a Spanish operator into orbit. However, SpaceX decided they were also going to launch two test sats into orbit for another Elon Musk venture called Starlink. Starlink is a satellite based internet service that he hopes will...
  22. R

    Elon Musk's Satellite Broadband Clears Crucial U.S. Hurdle

    Bloomberg is reporting today that Elon Musk's SpaceX application to provide broadband services using satellite technologies was recommended by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today. Last year SpaceX requested authority to deploy and operate a constellation of 4,425 satellites operating 700-800 miles above...
  23. R

    SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Happening Now

    SpaceX's heavy lift version of the Falcon 9 rocket is set to launch today at 3:45 PM EST. This is the first test of the Falcon Heavy, and is meant to be a demonstration to see if the rocket can put a payload into orbit. SpaceX has confirmed the Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster is onboard the...
  24. DooKey

    NASA Moving Forward With SpaceX and Boeing Crewed Capsules This Year

    NASA has released their target dates for Boeing and SpaceX manned flights and they will occur in November and December respectively. However, all is not rosy because a recent report by the Aerospace Safety and Advisory Panel states the capsules may not be able to be certified because Boeing and...
  25. DooKey

    US Leads the World in Space Launches for the First Time Since 2003

    For the first time since 2003 the US led the world in space launches last year. Previous to this the Russians were the clear leaders year over year and in 2016 the US tied with China for the lead. What this means is that the US is starting to get back to a leadership role in space exploration...
  26. DooKey

    SpaceX Shows Off Their Falcon Heavy on NASA Launchpad

    SpaceX has lifted the new Falcon Heavy from a horizontal position and placed it on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral. The first launch is scheduled in a few weeks and Elon Musk has promised his own Tesla is going to be onboard as cargo. However, Elon isn't real optimistic about this flight, but...
  27. FrgMstr

    What the Hell California - Part 2

    Following up on our first hand pictures we shot last week of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch in California, I have seen some fairly crappy documentation of it, but this video from Jesse Watson over on Vimeo is top shelf coverage! Check out the video.
  28. DooKey

    SpaceX Is Attempting Another First Next Week

    SpaceX is going to do something next week that's never been done before. They are going to launch a refurbished Dragon Capsule and a refurbished Falcon 9 rocket on the same mission. Reusing two major components at the same time is going to drive down costs significantly in the future...
  29. DooKey

    Elon Musk Continues to Beat the Drum about Climate Change and AI

    Elon Musk recently spoke to Rolling Stone and shared his thoughts about climate change and the development of AI. He believes both of these are the biggest threats to humanity in the future. He has always been a climate change proponent, but what I found interesting is his comment that there's...
  30. DooKey

    The NASA-SpaceX Partnership Saved NASA Hundreds of Millions

    According to a research paper published by NASA's Edgar Zapata, the space agency has actually saved a considerable amount of money and resources by choosing to invest in SpaceX. A commercial partnership is now the best option for space exploration. However, I know some of you (I'm one) out...
  31. DooKey

    SpaceX is Launching a Secret Mission Called 'Zuma'

    On November 16th, between 8PM and 10PM Eastern, SpaceX is sending a secret payload called "Zuma" beyond our atmosphere. The aerospace corporation test-fired a Falcon 9 rocket on November 11th with the intention of launching the mission on the 15th. While the latest target date was moved by a...
  32. DooKey

    SpaceX Keeps Lining Up Covert Military Launches

    Elon Musk and his SpaceX venture are continuing to rack up customers in both the commercial and military launch markets. As a matter of fact Spacecom is coming back for repeat business even though they lost a satellite last year in a launch pad explosion. It appears reusable boosters are...
  33. M

    Elon Musk Shares First Photo of SpaceX's New Spacesuit

    Elon Musk recently posted a picture of SpaceX's new spacesuit on social media. His company and Boeing, both have contracts to send humans to the International Space Station scheduled for 2017, but are expecting delays. Take us to your leader has a different definition with Musk at the helm...
  34. M

    SpaceX Successfully Launches Dragon Mission to ISS

    SpaceX has successfully launched its CRS-12 mission with the Dragon spacecraft carrying 6,400 pounds of supplies and equipment for the International Space Station. The Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) will be the last flight the company contracted with NASA for this particular program. This...
  35. M

    SpaceX Plans Expansion of Rocket Refurbishing Facilities in Florida

    According to Reuters, Elon Musk's own personal rocket company, SpaceX is planning to expand the facilities used for its refurbishment and storage of rockets in a 2.2 acre lot of land next to the building it currrently occupies. Formerly the building was used for Nasa's Spacehab modules, the...
  36. M

    SpaceX Relaunches Used Rocket

    CBS news reports the previously used Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched the first stage rocket on its second flight, sending BulgariaSat-1, the first Bulgarian satellite into orbit from Kennedy Space Center. The rocket landed on a offshore droneship a few hundred miles east of Cape...
  37. FrgMstr

    Musk's SpaceX Launching Classified Payloads

    Elon Musk may not be happy with our government, but make no mistake that SpaceX still likes its money green. SpaceX has been making its way up the ladder for US Military space launches at it is outbidding its competitor United Launch Alliance LLC. One major reason for SpaceX’s appeal to...
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