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SpaceX To Shift Starship Work From California To Texas

SpaceX is reportedly shifting its work on prototypes of its next-gen "Starship" launch vehicle from Los Angeles to Texas. The news comes less than a week after the aerospace company announced its plans to lay off 10% of its 6,000-person workforce to tackle its more ambitious projects. An anonymous reader shares the report from Space.com: In a statement, SpaceX said it was now planning to build prototypes of its Starship vehicle, the upper stage of its next-generation reusable launch system, at i...
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SpaceX Texas Spaceport Schematic and Artist Conception

SpaceX is initially building a launch pad for the Starhopper at Boca Chica, Texas. However, SpaceX has to build a lot more for the orbital Super Heavy Starship launches. There are older plans and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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SpaceX is Lifts a Bulk Head into the Starhopper and Landing Pad Area Seems Ready for Paving

Bocachicagal at NASA Spaceflight Forum has pictures of the bulkhead being lifted into the Starhopper. Tweets from CowboyDan and Roger Holt with picture and video. Whoa! BCGal hangin' with it,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Elon Musk says he talked to CERN about building tunnels for its biggest ever particle collider

Elon Musk said on Twitter that the director of research lab CERN, Fabiola Gianotti, asked him about collaborating on a new particle collider. The new particle collider is slated to be four times the size of the Large Hadron Collider. Musk said she asked him whether The Boring Company could build tunnels for proposed new collider. A CERN spokesman confirmed that Gianotti met Musk in July last year. The project is not yet set in stone, and a spokesman said that a decision would need to be taken ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Fcc, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Cern, Switzerland, Royal Society, Musk, Large Hadron Collider LHC, LHC, Fabiola Gianotti, Gianotti, Boring Company, Boring Co


How Much Is SpaceX Stock Worth?

At long last, we can put a price tag on SpaceX stock -- even if we can't yet buy it.
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Rocket Report: Iranian booster failure, SpaceX cuts, Vulcan near final design (ars technica)

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 1.32 of the Rocket Report! As we get deeper into the new year, the launch business is starting to heat up, especially among the smaller rockets. Companies are eyeing launch sites, securing launch contracts, and scrambling on development of their rockets. This is simply going to be a huge year for small-sat launchers, and we're going to do our best to stay on top of everything....
Tags: Spacex, Florida, News, Vandenberg Air Force Base, AMP, US Air Force, Falcon, Eric Berger, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Aurich Lawson, Florida Relativity Space, Launch Complex 16 Ars


Why Don’t Other Rocket Companies Test More Rockets?

SpaceX and China have been the builders and testers of new rockets for the last decade. Other countries and companies rarely test new rockets. Many other competing companies and nations have as much... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Spacex, China, Innovation


Elon Musk's 'incredibly expensive' tunneling plans unrealistic, says Uber

Elon Musk’s plans for underground tunnels to solve congestion in cities are unrealistic because they are too expensive to dig, Uber has said. Speaking about its “flying car” project, the company’s aviation engineering director, Mark Moore, said the Boring Company tunnels pioneered by the entrepreneur were “one of the most expensive things you can do”. "It's a great thing if he can do it. The cost is really what he's up against. It really is incredibly expensive to dig holes under the gro...
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Here’s how SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will look motoring in from sea

If you’re coming back from space at high speeds, it’s generally safer to descend over water than land, for a number of reasons. Certainly SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will do so, and this is how it’ll look when it comes back to land aboard the GO Searcher retrieval ship. Expect a bit more of a hero’s welcome, though. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the GO Searcher; it got a bit of publicity late last year when it underwent some helicopter landing tests at sea. See, the GO Searcher isn’t ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Florida, Tech, Atlantic, Port Canaveral


A scrappy competitor to SpaceX and Blue Origin just secured a crucial and historic launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida

Relativity Space is a startup focused on 3D-printed rockets that was founded by former SpaceX and Blue Origin engineers The company has secured a launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Called Launch Complex 16, it's a historic location where missiles and Space Race hardware were once tested. The US Air Force awarded Relativity Space a contract for the site, saying they "were impressed" by the company's team and technologies. Relativity Space seeks to prove that its first r...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Mississippi, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Usaf


Dreaming of Mars, the startup Relativity Space gets its first launch site on Earth

3D-printing the first rocket on Mars. That’s the goal Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone set for themselves when they founded Los Angeles-based Relativity Space in 2015. At the time they were working from a WeWork in Seattle, during the darkest winter in Seattle history, where Ellis was wrapping up a stint at Blue Origin . The two had met in college at USC in their jet propulsion lab. Noone had gone on to take a job at SpaceX and Ellis at Blue Origin, but the two remained in touch and had an idea f...
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SpaceX ditches plans to develop Mars spaceship at Los Angeles port

SpaceX has abandoned plans to open up shop at the Port of Los Angeles.
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SpaceX won't develop Mars spaceship at LA port

SpaceX has abandoned plans to open up shop at the Port of Los Angeles.
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SpaceX to build Mars ships in Texas, not Los Angeles

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX says it will build test versions of its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles, dealing another blow to the local economy only days after the company announced massive layoffs.The... [Author: [email protected]]
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SpaceX to build Mars spaceship in Texas, not Los Angeles

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX says it will build its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles, dealing another blow to the local economy only days after the company announced massive layoffs. The Southern California-based company announced Wednesday that test versions of its Starship and Super Heavy rocket will be […]
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Boeing-Lockheed's Vulcan rocket design 'nearly fully mature'

A joint venture between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp will conduct the final design review for its new flagship Vulcan rocket within months, it said on Wednesday, as the aerospace company heads for a showdown with Elon Musk's SpaceX and others in the launch services market. The final design review is a crucial milestone as the company, United Launch Alliance (ULA), tries to move into full production ahead of a first flight in spring 2021 after slipping from its initial 2019 timetable. ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Reuters, Boeing Co, Lockheed Martin Corp, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Boeing Lockheed, United Launch Alliance ULA, Dane Drefke


SpaceX says it’ll build and test its Starship prototypes in Texas, not Los Angeles

SpaceX says it’ll build and test the prototypes for its next-generation Starship space cruiser and Super Heavy booster in South Texas, despite a deal it struck to build a rocket factory at the Port of Los Angeles. At least by some accounts, the turnabout is a setback to Los Angeles’ efforts to build a high-tech “Silicon Harbor” at the port, with SpaceX’s planned 18-acre site on Terminal Island as the centerpiece. The Los Angeles City Council approved a rent-free, 20-year lease agreement with bil...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, Los Angeles, Port Of Los Angeles, Los Angeles City Council, South Texas, Silicon Harbor, Joe Buscaino, Terminal Island


SpaceX opts for Texas over LA for Starship work

SpaceX will center its largest-scale operations not in its Los Angeles-area headquarters but in south Texas facilities, the company said today. Development of its next-generation Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle will take place in Texas, while Falcon 9 and Dragon work will remain at Hawthorne. The L.A. Times first reported the news. The decision spells trouble for workers at the Hawthorne, CA facility where many of SpaceX’s work has been done heretofore — however it may also come as li...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Texas, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Port Of Los Angeles, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Hawthorne, South Texas, Starship, Hawthorne CA, Vandenberg Air Base, Super Heavy, SpaceX Starship


SpaceX opts for Texas over LA to build Starship prototypes

Update: CEO Elon Musk says on Twitter that Starship and Raptor (rocket engine) development is staying in Hawthorne, while prototypes are being built in Texas. Musk also said that the story “stems from a miscommunication by SpaceX .” Original story follows (the headline has also been updated). The source info is incorrect. Starship & Raptor development is being done out of our HQ in Hawthorne, CA. We are building the Starship prototypes locally at our launch site in Texas, as their size make...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, California, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Port Of Los Angeles, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Hawthorne, South Texas, Starship, Hawthorne Calif


In setback to “Silicon Harbor” goals, Los Angeles Port plan to bring SpaceX to San Pedro appears to be off

The SpaceX deal to create a manufacturing site on Terminal Island in the Port of Los Angeles is off, Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino has announced, dealing a setback to the goal of creating a “Silicon Harbor” in San Pedro. No further explanation has been provided about the decision, which was announced via two tweets put out by Buscaino before dawn Wednesday, Jan. 16. Port spokesman Phillip Sanfield issued this written statement: “While we are disappointed that SpaceX will not be expand...
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India’s space agency is aiming to create world’s first rocket with two reusable stages

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has gained accolades for its multiple successful launches of reusable rockets. Now, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), wants to take this idea a step further and create the first rocket that has two reusable stages. According to a report from Times of India, ISRO is going to conduct advanced tests of this technology in June and July.  For the recovery of the first stage, ISRO is going to follow SpaceX‘s method and land it on a pad situated in the sea. To recover the se...
Tags: Startups, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, India, ISRO, Insider, Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO, Times of India ISRO


SpaceX Texas Launch Site Progress

SpaceX continues to build the Starship hopper test rocket. They are removing placeholder engines and opened up the rocket to add fuel tanks and the real raptor engines. Here are tweets about progress... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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SpaceX Adding New Raptor Engines and Fuel Tanks to Starship Hopper

SpaceX has taken the Starship Hopper apart again. They are removing the placeholder Raptor engine. They will be adding in the fuel tanks and the new Raptor engines. Elon Musk had sais the previously... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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These are the 577 positions SpaceX is cutting at its headquarters in a major round of layoffs

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, is laying off about 10% of its workforce. In a notice required by California law, the company said it's eliminating 577 positions at its headquarters in Los Angeles. Business Insider compiled that layoff data into two charts that summarize the roles and duties of those being let go. Technicians, engineers, and machinists together make up a majority of SpaceX's terminated positions, while managers and supervisors represent about 7% of the layoffs...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Fcc, California, Los Angeles, Trends, Nasa, Virgin Galactic, Mars, Los Angeles Times, Musk, Falcon, Los Angeles County, LA Times, Hawthorne


Wine on Mars? The World's Oldest Wine-Making Country Wants to Make It Happen

The first human colonists on Mars will have to forgo many of the creature comforts of Earth -- things like enjoying an ozone layer, for example, or opting out of rearing genetically engineered Martian babies. Fortunately, one essential earthly amenity these hardscrabble colonists may not have to give up is wine. Georgia, a country with an 8,000-year-old viticulture tradition, is putting its top space and wine scientists to work figuring out how to grow grapes on Mars. The project, named IX Mil...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Washington Post, China, Georgia, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Iss, The Washington Post, Tbilisi, Chang, Ardmore, International Space Station ISS, Red Planet


Here's how Elon Musk and Glynne Shotwell announced hundreds of layoffs at SpaceX

Elon Musk and Gwynne Shotwell were choked up at an all-hands meeting on Friday where they announced layoffs of about 10 percent of SpaceX employees. Post-restructuring, SpaceX headcount still stands above 6,400, employees told CNBC.
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SpaceX rocket booster returns to Port of L.A., Dragon capsule soon to follow

SpaceX workers were busy Monday, Jan. 14, at the Port of Los Angeles preparing a Falcon 9 rocket booster for eventual re-flight. The booster was used during a launch on Friday, Jan. 11, out of Vandenberg Air Force Base to propel a set of 10 communication satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications. After carrying the payload through the thickest parts of the atmosphere, the booster separated and descended back to Earth in a controlled burn of its engines. It then stuck the landing on an unm...
Tags: Business, Spacex, Elon Musk, California, Sport, Earth, Soccer, International Space Station, Port Of Los Angeles, Iss, Pacific Ocean, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, San Pedro, Baja California, SpaceX Falcon


SpaceX to lay off about 10% of its workforce 'due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead'

SpaceX, the rocket company owned by Elon Musk, will lay off about 10% of its employees, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday, citing an unnamed source. SpaceX confirmed the layoffs, citing the "extraordinarily difficult challenges" of developing a new interplanetary spacecraft and launching a global satellite internet network. A document filed by SpaceX with the state of California suggests at least 577 people at the company's headquarters will lose their jobs on March 12. The company has ...
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Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures targets $350M for new funds

Valar Ventures, one of the three venture funds co-founded by Peter Thiel, has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $350 million across two new funds. The PayPal co-founder and billionaire investor in Facebook and SpaceX is also behind Founders Fund and Mithril Capital Management. Valar, a New York-based firm, plans to raise $150 million for its fifth flagship venture fund and an additional $200 million for its first opportunity fund, presumably for foll...
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SpaceX layoffs include 577 positions in Hawthorne

Hours after launching its first rocket of the new year on Friday morning, Elon Musk’s company told stunned employees that roughly 10 percent of SpaceX’s workforce would be laid off. Workers were sent home early to await notification to their private email addresses about their fate. The vast majority of Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s more than 6,000 employees are employed at its headquarters and rocket factory in Hawthorne; hundreds of others are based in Seattle, Florida, Washington, D....
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