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SpaceX delayed its NASA astronaut launch because a red 'nail polish' material was plugging part of its rocket engines

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket takes off with the Crew Dragon spaceship and its first astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center on May 30, 2020 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Joe Skipper/Reuters SpaceX delayed its next astronaut mission for NASA after engine problems led to the abort of a Falcon 9 rocket launch. The culprit turned out to be a nail polish-like substance that blocked a vent hole after a treatment by a SpaceX vendor. If the rocket hadn't aborted its launch, there could have been an u...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Falcon 9, Rocket Launch, Falcon, Crew Dragon, Kennedy Space Center, McGregor Texas, Tech Insider, Hans Koenigsmann, Koenigsmann


NASA video builds excitement for November’s historic Crew Dragon launch

NASA has posted a rousing video focusing on the first operational crewed flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, set for mid-November.
Tags: Space, Spacex, News, Trends, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Crew Dragon, Breaking Twitter, Crew-1


The Big Question: Why is Elon Musk selling all his houses in America?

Born in South Africa in 1971, Elon Musk was raised in a complex and multicultural family. As a kid, he was smart and eager to read any book that he could get his hands upon. Slowly and steadily, Elon Musk was developing and selling patents related to his own computer coding programs even before he reached adolescence. Today, he is one of the most renowned personalities in the world owing to his success with Paypal, Tesla, and SpaceX among a vast plethora of companies that he has turned into c...
Tags: Business, Spacex, Elon Musk, America, Tech, Tesla, South Africa, Musk, Elon, Gene Wilder, Joe Rogan, Paypal Tesla


SpaceX engine swap should clear way for astronaut launch

SpaceX is replacing two suspect engines in the Falcon 9 rocket that will boost four astronauts to the space station.
Tags: Spacex, News, Falcon


Red coating contaminates SpaceX rockets, delays crew launch

SpaceX’s second astronaut flight is off until mid-November because red lacquer dripped into tiny vent holes in two rocket engines that now must be replaced. SpaceX and NASA officials announced the discovery of the potentially damaging contamination Wednesday. The clogged holes were found after the aborted launch of a GPS satellite on Oct. 2.
Tags: Spacex, News, Nasa


SpaceX Starlink Beta Customer Offer is 20-40 ms Latency and Up To 150 Mbps

SpaceX is offering Starlink as a service to beta customers. An email was sent to some of the people who signed up for SpaceX Starlink notifications. The Starlink network has about 888 satellites in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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SpaceX Starlink Public Beta Begins: It's $99 a Month Plus $500 Up Front

Rei writes: According to an email sent out to the Starlink mailing list, Starlink is now moving from a private, free, invite-only beta to a much larger, subscription-based public beta. Bandwidth estimates have risen to 50-150Mbps, while latency remains similar, at 20-40ms. This is expected to decrease to 16-19ms by summer of 2021. As it is a beta, the email cautions that "There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all" as they enhance the system. Pricing involves an antenna purchase ...
Tags: Spacex, Tech, Canada, Rei, StarLink, SpaceX Starlink


SpaceX’s Starlink finally reveals its satellite broadband pricing for rural America: At $99 a month, it’s a good deal

The $499 equipment cost and laggy latency give room for pause SpaceX’s satellite broadband service Starlink has finally revealed its pricing: $99 a month for speeds that vary between 50Mbps and 150Mbps... plus 500 bucks to buy the necessary equipment.…
Tags: Spacex, America, Software, StarLink


Daily Crunch: Zoom adds end-to-end encryption to free calls

Zoom adds a much-requested feature (but with a catch), TikTok partners with Shopify and Jack Dorsey lays out his argument for tomorrow’s Senate hearing. This is your Daily Crunch for October 27, 2020. The big story: Zoom adds end-to-end encryption to free calls Zoom was criticized earlier this year for saying it would only offer end-to-end encryption to paid users. Now it says free users will have the option as well, starting in Zoom 5.4.0 on both desktop and mobile. There are, however, a f...
Tags: Security, Spacex, Enterprise, Microsoft, Senate, New York City, Tech, Sony, Jack Dorsey, Shopify, Zoom, Atlanta Los Angeles, Danny Crichton, StarLink


About 3% of Starlink Satellites Have Failed So Far (slashdot)

According to Phys.Org, about 3% of SpaceX's Starlink satellites "have proven to be unresponsive and are no longer maneuvering in orbit, which could prove hazardous to other satellites and spacecraft in orbit." From the report: In order to prevent collisions in orbit, SpaceX equips its satellites with krypton Hall-effect thrusters (ion engines) to raise their orbit, maneuver in space and deorbit at the end of their lives. However, according to two recent notices SpaceX issued to the Federal Commu...
Tags: Spacex, News, Jonathan, McDowell, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Jonathan McDowell, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics CfA, StarLink, BeauHD, Chandra X Ray Center


Armenian email campaign asks SpaceX not to aid Turkish regime with satellite launch

SpaceX staff and members of the media have been inundated this morning with emails ostensibly from concerned Armenians around the world, asking the company to cancel a launch contract with the Turkish government. The concerns are valid — and the mass-email method surprisingly effective. In the form email, received by TechCrunch staff hundreds of times in duplicate and with minor variations, the senders explain that they represent or stand in solidarity with Armenians worldwide, an ethnic and ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Opinion, US, Tech, Turkey, Nato, Middle East, Armenia, Airbus, Erdogan, Aerospace


Starlink's internet satellite public beta costs $600 upfront, SpaceX says — and some users are dropping even more for better equipment

SpaceX founder Elon Musk. AP Photo SpaceX's public beta test for Starlink, its satellite internet project, will cost $600 upfront, it said in an email Monday that was then posted online by Reddit's Starlink community. The "Better Than Nothing Beta" costs $99 for an ongoing monthly subscription, plus $499 for a kit containing a tripod, WiFi router, and terminal to connect to the Starlink satellites. Speeds will vary from 50 Mbps to 150 Mbps, SpaceX said. Some users are already spending more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, US, Trends, Canada, Reddit, North America, Musk, StarLink, Kate Duffy, Better Than Nothing Beta


SpaceX launches Starlink app and provides pricing and service info to early beta testers

SpaceX has debuted an official app for its Starlink satellite broadband internet service, for both iOS and Android devices. The Starlink app allows users to manage their connection – but to take part you’ll have to be part of the official beta program, and the initial public rollout of that is only just about to begin, according to emails SpaceX sent to potential beta testers this week. The Starlink app provides guidance on how to install the Starlink receiver dish, as well as connection s...
Tags: Android, TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Microsoft, Tech, Earth, Broadband, Canada, United States, Telecommunications, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Cnbc, Spacecraft


SpaceX and LeoLabs partner up for tracking of Starlink satellite deployments

SpaceX and orbital object tracking startup LeoLabs have announced a new commercial partnership that will see LeoLab track SpaceX’s Starlink satellites during their initial deployment and orbital travel. The arrangement means that LeoLabs will immediately start tracking new Starlink satellites once they’re released in space following a launch, giving SpaceX immediate info in terms of placement and trajectory during the crucial initial few days of any new batch launch. LeoLabs’ provides an a...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Earth, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Outer Space, StarLink, LeoLabs, LeoLabs LeoLabs


NASA and SpaceX set November 14 target date for first operational Crew Dragon launch

The first mission to officially carry astronauts to the International Space Station for a standard crew rotation is now tentatively set for November 14. NASA provided an updated date for the mission this week, after it shifted from an original planned timeframe of sometime in October. This is the first time that Crew Dragon, SpaceX’s human-rated capsule, will be flown in for an operational ‘shift-change’ mission at the ISS, after its historic Demo-2 mission earlier this year officially conclu...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Japan, Spacex, Nasa, International Space Station, Astronaut, Astronauts, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Mike Hopkins, Kate Rubins


Dozens of families in rural Texas will get SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet for free in 2021

SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Elon Musk's SpaceX has agreed to provide internet in a Texas school district via its Starlink network of satellites.  It will provide internet to 45 families in early 2021, and an additional 90 families later on. The families will not pay for the internet access. This is the first time that SpaceX's Starlink, a space-based internet service, is being offered in southern US. Nearly 900 Starlink satellites are cu...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, US, Trends, Ars Technica, Canada, Musk, StarLink, Ector County, Getty Images Elon Musk, Kate Duffy, Elon Musk Paul Hennessy, Scott Muri, ECISD, Pleasant Farms


About 3% of Starlink Satellites Have Failed So Far

According to Phys.Org, about 3% of SpaceX's Starlink satellites "have proven to be unresponsive and are no longer maneuvering in orbit, which could prove hazardous to other satellites and spacecraft in orbit." From the report: In order to prevent collisions in orbit, SpaceX equips its satellites with krypton Hall-effect thrusters (ion engines) to raise their orbit, maneuver in space and deorbit at the end of their lives. However, according to two recent notices SpaceX issued to the Federal Commu...
Tags: Spacex, Tech, Jonathan, McDowell, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Jonathan McDowell, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics CfA, StarLink, Chandra X Ray Center


Max Q: NASA makes key discovery for future of deep space exploration

Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This past week, we unveiled the agenda for TC Sessions: Space for the first time. It’s our inaugural event focused on space startups and related technologies, and it’s happening December 16 and 17. It’s entirely virtual, of course, and the good news is that means you can attend easily from anywhere in the world. We’ve got an amazing lineup, including newsmakers we regularly c...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Microsoft, Tech, Intel, Nasa, Moon, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace, Falcon, Sofia, Lockeed Martin, Microsoft Microsoft


Elon Musk reportedly sold Gene Wilder's former estate to Wilder's nephew, and may have financed 95% of the sale

An aerial view of the Gene Wilder house. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images; Pictometry/Los Angeles County Assessor Elon Musk has sold a home that belonged to Gene Wilder to Wilder's nephew, Variety reports. Musk announced earlier this year that he would sell off his houses, but stipulated that Wilder's house could not be torn down.  The house, located in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, was never occupied by Musk — Musk used it to house Ad Astra, the school he launched for hi...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Real Estate, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Getty Images, Vogue, Musk, Hunter, Variety, Bel Air, Wilder, Gene Wilder, Astra, BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI


SpaceX Had Its First 100 Successful Rocket Flights

On Saturday, October 24, 2020, SpaceX completed its 100th successful flight since Falcon 1 first flew to orbit in 2008. Over the course of these flights, SpaceX landed Falcon’s first stage booster 63... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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SpaceX reaches 100 successful launches with Starlink mission

SpaceX launched another set of Starlink satellites Oct. 24, marking the 100th time the company has placed payloads into orbit.
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SpaceX launches 60 more satellites during 15th Starlink mission

SpaceX has launched another batch of 60 Starlink satellites, the primary ingredient for its forthcoming global broadband internet service. The launch took place at 11:31 AM EDT, with a liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This is the fifteenth Starlink launch thus far, and SpaceX has now launched nearly 900 of the small, low Earth orbit satellites to date. This launch used a Falcon 9 first stage booster that twice previously, both times earlier this year, including just i...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Texas, Tech, Broadband, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon, Outer Space, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, StarLink, Ector County Independent School District


Elon Musk Sells the Gene Wilder House to Wilder’s Nephew

Much as he’s done in business, Elon Musk appears to be blazing his own trail when it comes to buying and selling houses. After listing all six of his Bel Air estates earlier this year to much fanfare, the Tesla and SpaceX tycoon is proving the naysayers wrong, slowly but surely unloading each of the […]
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Moguls, Bel Air, Wilder, Gene Wilder House


Announcing the Agenda for TC Sessions: Space 2020

TC Sessions: Space is happening this December 16 and 17 – our first ever dedicated space event. This is a live, virtual two-day conference featuring the most important people in the space industry, across public, private and defense. We’re thrilled to be hosting NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Rocket Lab CEO and founder Peter Beck, U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations General Jay Raymond, Lockheed Martin VP and head of civil space programs Lisa Callahan and many more. In addition to th...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Air Force, Thompson, Ground Control, Tom, John Thompson, Rocket Lab, Moon Mars, Jay Raymond, Chris Kemp, NASA NASA


SpaceX internet satellite launch scrubbed in final moments

HAWTHORNE — Just moments before liftoff, Hawthorne-based SpaceX delayed a launch Thursday of another batch of internet satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The launch was set for 9:14 a.m. California time, but it was delayed just moments before liftoff. SpaceX announced that the delay was to “allow additional time for mission assurance work.” A new launch date was not immediately set. The Falcon 9 rocket being used for the launch has flown two previous missions, most recently in...
Tags: Business, Spacex, Florida, Texas, News, California, Sport, Soccer, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, Odessa Texas, National News, StarLink, Ector County, Top Stories Breeze, COVID


SpaceX is on a stunning streak with Starlink, Elon Musk's plan to bathe Earth in high-speed internet. But the scheme isn't without big snags.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has called Starlink user terminals, which are designed to connect to the internet via a fleet of orbiting satellites, "UFOs on a stick." Ashish Sharma/SpaceX SpaceX has rocketed 835 Starlink satellites into orbit to build a high-speed internet service. Elon Musk, the company's founder, says Starlink will soon open for a public beta, followed by paid US service shortly thereafter. Early results are promising, with high speeds and low latencies. SpaceX even gave Star...
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Microsoft created a portable data center the size of a shipping container connected by SpaceX satellites that can be placed anywhere — take a look

Modular Datacenter. Microsoft Microsoft Azure, the brand's cloud computing arm, just announced a portable data center. The new data center can be located anywhere with a satellite signal. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Microsoft Azure just announced a new design for modular, portable data centers. Azure is the company's cloud computing service, used by big names including Boeing, eBay, and Samsung.The Azure Modular Datacenter (MDC) is designed to work just about anywhe...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Microsoft, Scotland, Cloud Computing, Samsung, Trends, Tech, Features, Data Center, MDC, Microsoft Microsoft, Redmond Washington, Microsoft Azure, StarLink, Tech Insider


Azure in Spaaaaaaaaace: Microsoft signs up with SpaceX's satellite net constellation Starlink

In space, no one can hear you scream, 'Office 365 is down again!' If only there was a way to minimize outages on Earth... Although it may be struggling to keep bits of the Azure cloud vertical in recent weeks, Microsoft continues to eye off-planet applications and connectivity for its data centres.…
Tags: Spacex, Microsoft, Software, StarLink, Spaaaaaaaaace


SpaceX is working with Microsoft to build a satellite network that can detect the launch of nuclear weapons

A test launch of a North Korean ballistic missile. KCNA (North Korea) SpaceX has asked Microsoft's Azure cloud computing business to help the rocket company fulfill a $149 million Pentagon project. For the contract, SpaceX will build four experimental satellites that detect missile launches as part of the Department of Defense's Space Tracking Layer network. The contract follows the partial rollout of SpaceX's ever-growing "megaconstellation" of Starlink internet satellites. "Microsoft wil...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, News, Microsoft, North Korea, Azure, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Satellites, Nuclear Weapons, Pentagon, US Air Force, Falcon, Reuters