SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. or simply SpaceX is an aerospace manufacturer founded by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk. It was established in 2002 keeping in mind the colonization of Mars, but at a reduced space transportation cost. Headquartered in California, this private company is set to see its first manned space flight taking off for the International Space Station on May 27. The mission named Demo-2 will have NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley aboard its spacecraft, the Crew Dragon. If it happens, it’s going to bring a revolution in the domain of space privatization. SpaceX is also the largest commercial satellite constellation operator globally with the third launch of the Starlink project in January this year.

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NewsBytes Briefing: SpaceX's Starship finally sticks the landing, and more

07 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: SpaceX's Starship finally sticks the landing, and more

After numerous flight tests ending up in fiery balls of fire, Elon Musk's SpaceX has finally managed to land a Starship prototype without an incident.

06 May 2021

SpaceX's Starship SN15 prototype finally succeeds at high-altitude flight, landing

Elon Musk-led SpaceX successfully launched a high-altitude Starship prototype on Wednesday. It also marks a historic achievement for the company as the SN15 rocket is the first to land safely after the flight.

01 May 2021

NASA freezes funding to SpaceX HLS contract after rivals protest

Even as Amazon crushed the workers' protests against inhuman working conditions, the company's CEO Jeff Bezos successfully used the same strategy to compel NASA to suspend SpaceX's funding for the lunar project.

28 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple puts Facebook, Google on notice, and more

In January everyone had dismissed Apple CEO Tim Cook's privacy campaign as a PR stunt. We had called it back then that it was no ordinary PR stunt, and Cook was setting up a booby trap to gut rivals Facebook and Google.

27 Apr 2021

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule had a near-miss with space debris

Last week we had reported how SpaceX Crew-2 mission carried four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) without incident. Unfortunately, the mission wasn't entirely incident free. The manned Crew Dragon capsule had a near-miss collision with potentially deadly space debris.

26 Apr 2021

Elon Musk to host 'Saturday Night Live,' fans lash out

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is set to become the first non-actor or athlete to host Saturday Night Live since Donald Trump.

24 Apr 2021

Will ask Starlink to seek permits for India operations: DoT

In a major development that ties Elon Musk and India together, the billionaire's satellite internet service called Starlink could be planning to begin its operations in India.

23 Apr 2021

NASA, SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts successfully embark on journey to ISS

On April 23, NASA launched a crew of four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station (ISS) without incident.

18 Apr 2021

SpaceX awarded contract to build lander for manned lunar mission—Artemis

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has chosen Elon Musk's SpaceX to build the lunar lander for the Artemis mission.

15 Apr 2021

Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin launches and lands New Shepard rocket

Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin might be several steps behind Elon Musk's commercial spaceflight competitor SpaceX, but it's inching toward its first manned spaceflight.

11 Apr 2021

SpaceX won't 'catch' rocket components anymore, will go fishing instead

Elon Musk's ambitious space exploration venture SpaceX has been all over the news lately for its Starlink satellite internet program, Crew Dragon missions, Falcon 9 payloads-transport rockets, and the notoriously explosive Starship test flights.

06 Apr 2021

Astronauts successfully relocate SpaceX's Resilience—first for a commercial crew port

On Monday, astronauts successfully relocated the SpaceX Crew-1 spacecraft from the forward port of the International Space Station's (ISS) Harmony module to the space-facing port.

02 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: US Army bets big on HoloLens, and more

If you thought augmented reality tech was just a passing fad, the US Department of Defense begs to differ. The agency made a massive $21.88 billion deal with Microsoft to supply the US Army with 120,000 ruggedized HoloLens AR units.

01 Apr 2021

SpaceX will add 360-degree glass dome to Crew Dragon capsule

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule might have famously completed two International Space Station (ISS) missions, but it is also primarily designed to be SpaceX's vehicle for space tourism. To that effect, the space vehicle is getting an upgrade that's more touristy than space worthy.

01 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: India continues to punish TikTok, and more

The best way to deal with bullies is to inflict a significant cost for their belligerence. And India has been doing a fine job hurting the economic interests of China for its border transgressions.

31 Mar 2021

SpaceX loses yet another Starship prototype in mid-air explosion

Just weeks after the SpaceX Starship Serial Number 10 (SN10) rocket met a fiery demise after a seemingly successful landing, the Starship SN11 exploded in mid-air yesterday.

16 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Google faces a $5 billion lawsuit, and more

Google's last-ditch effort to have the class action lawsuit thrown out has failed. Now the technology conglomerate faces $5 billion in potential fines for tracking user activity through Chrome browser's incognito mode.

15 Mar 2021

SpaceX Falcon 9's latest Starlink mission completes record ninth launch

SpaceX has launched yet another 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit on Sunday. The satellites were deployed by the Falcon 9 rocket, which has made its record ninth launch to date.

04 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: WhatsApp gets desktop voice calling, and more

Nothing drives innovation more than your consumer base waking up and saying no to the abuse. At least, that seems to be why Facebook has been adding new and shiny features at an impressive rate.

04 Mar 2021

SpaceX's Starship SN10 rocket explodes after successful landing

Earlier today, SpaceX successfully launched and landed its Starship SN10 rocket. The flight took the spacecraft to an altitude of 10 kilometers above ground. SpaceX called it a successful test flight.

17 Feb 2021

Musk's SpaceX raises $850 million, now valued at $74 billion

Elon Musk's SpaceX has reportedly raised $850 million in an equity funding round last week. CNBC reports the shares were sold at $419.99 apiece. Citing unsubstantiated sources familiar with the financing, the report added that the company is now valued at around $74 billion.

05 Feb 2021

Starlink passes 10,000 users, counters objections to FCC funding

Lobbyists for small Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the US are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate SpaceX's Starlink program.

05 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Google learns blackmailing Australia doesn't work, and more

They say it doesn't hurt to try, but Google will beg to differ; especially, if that involves blackmailing entire countries.

02 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Google pays for systemic racism, misogyny, and more

It looks like we've figured out why Google removed the "don't be evil" clause from its motto in 2018.

02 Feb 2021

Elon Musk's SpaceX announces first all-civilian mission for late-2021 launch

SpaceX was founded by Elon Musk in 2002 to make space flight more accessible. On Monday, the company announced it will fly an all-civilian crew into orbit around Earth aboard its Crew Dragon capsule later this year.

01 Feb 2021

Elon Musk has 'happy monkey' with brain wired for videogaming

In a revelation that's not going to sit well with PETA and company, Elon Musk claimed that he has a monkey playing video games with wires hooked up to its head.

30 Jan 2021

Starship explosion prompts FAA to investigate SpaceX for license violations

Elon Musk's Mars mission has hit a regulatory hurdle. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched a probe into the failed December landing of the Starship prototype.

27 Jan 2021

SpaceX Starlink satellites featuring laser intercommunication enhance polar region coverage

SpaceX launched 10 laser link-enabled Starlink satellites into polar orbit using its Transporter-1 dedicated rideshare mission on January 24.

27 Jan 2021

Axiom Space reveals space tourists visiting ISS for $165 million

You can buy your way into space! For $55 million each, former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe, Canadian investor Mark Pathy, and American real estate investor Larry Connor will fly to the International Space Station sometime next year.

25 Jan 2021

SpaceX beats ISRO's record; Launches 143 satellites in one go

Elon Musk's commercial space endeavor SpaceX has smashed the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) record for sending the most number of satellites in a single mission.

21 Jan 2021

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 60 Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX fired up its Falcon 9 rocket for the eighth time launching multiple Starlink satellites into orbit on Wednesday.

07 Jan 2021

Elon Musk surpasses Jeff Bezos to become world's richest person

Tesla Inc. and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has surpassed Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to become the world's richest person, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

25 Dec 2020

Elon Musk says it's 'impossible' to take Tesla private

Billionaire Elon Musk has clarified that privatization of Tesla Inc. is impossible even though he is keen to spend more time on innovation rather than engineering, design, and general company operations, which limit the tech genius to some extent.

16 Nov 2020

SpaceX's Crew Dragon 'Resilience' successfully launches 4 astronauts to ISS

Elon Musk-owned SpaceX has successfully launched four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on its Crew Dragon 'Resilience' spacecraft—its first-ever operational space taxi flight for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

12 Nov 2020

NASA officially certifies SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft for human spaceflights

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the US has officially certified Elon Musk-owned SpaceX to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) on its Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket.

09 Nov 2020

US: Virgin Hyperloop scripts history; completes first human passenger ride

Richard Branson-backed Virgin Hyperloop created history on Sunday after successfully completing the world's first human passenger ride in a hyperloop pod at its DevLoop test facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

07 Oct 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple launching iPhone 12 on October-13, and more

Last night, Apple sent out invites for a 'Hi, Speed' event.

29 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Microsoft 365 suffered an outage, and more

Last night, Microsoft 365 suffered a major outage due to an internal change and left essential web services down for hours, including Microsoft Office 365, Teams, and Outlook.

28 Sep 2020

SpaceX slightly modifies its plan for Starship's first 'high-altitude' flight

SpaceX is inching closer to the first-ever 'high altitude' test flight of Starship, the rocket expected to fly to Mars one day, making humans a multi-planetary species.

13 Sep 2020

Soon, Starship's SN8 prototype will fly up to 60,000 feet

SpaceX's next Starship prototype will soon be attempting a major high-altitude flight.


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