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First Saudi Woman Is Headed to Space in Very Pricey Trip

Along with a record-holding NASA astronaut on a very expensive private SpaceX flight

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia’s first astronauts in decades rocketed toward the International Space Station on a chartered multimillion-dollar flight Sunday. SpaceX launched the ticket-holding crew, led by a retired NASA astronaut now working for the company that arranged the trip. Also on board, per the AP : a US businessman who now...

More Fallout for SpaceX's Rocket Launch

Environmental groups aren't happy and are suing the FAA over Starship's launch

(Newser) - Wildlife and environmental groups sued the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday over SpaceX’s launch last month of its giant rocket from Texas. SpaceX’s Starship soared 24 miles high before exploding over the Gulf of Mexico on April 20. The rocket's self-destruct system caused the nearly 400-foot rocket...

Starship Was Launched Without Normal Protections

Launch obliterated launchpad, spread debris much further than expected

(Newser) - Before last Thursday's launch, SpaceX warned that its Starship rocket was likely to explode—but the company did not predict that the launch would obliterate the launchpad, causing particulate matter to spread over a much wider area than expected. As is standard practice, the Federal Aviation Administration has grounded...

Elon Musk's No Good, Very Bad, $13B-Loss Day

Perfect storm involving 3 of his firms leads to financial fallout for CEO

(Newser) - It's been a challenging few days for Elon Musk: Tesla had a disappointing earnings call on Wednesday, his SpaceX rocket exploded minutes after takeoff on Thursday, and Twitter continues to ... go through some things . The CEO took a big financial hit amid these struggles from all of his three...

It's Take Two for Starship
Starship's Launch
Ends in Flames

Starship's Launch Ends in Flames

World's most powerful rocket doesn't quite make it into the atmosphere

(Newser) - SpaceX's massive rocket did indeed get off the ground on Thursday morning, but it quickly returned there in flames and never made it into orbit, reports the New York Times . Starship exploded over the Gulf of Mexico minutes after liftoff from the SpaceX facility in Boca Chica, Texas; it...

SpaceX Scrubs Launch of World's Biggest Rocket

Elon Musk's company delays test flight of Starship

(Newser) - SpaceX still plans to launch a behemoth into space—the world's largest and most powerful rocket known as Starship—but it's not happening Monday as planned. The nearly 400-foot-tall rocket was on the launch pad at the company's facility in Boca Chica, Texas, but the company called...

Most Powerful Rocket Ever Cleared for Launch

Uncrewed Starship is scheduled for Monday morning liftoff

(Newser) - After receiving the all-clear from the Federal Aviation Administration, SpaceX plans its first test flight of the most powerful rocket ever built. The launch of the crewless Starship is scheduled for 7am Monday from the company's base east of Brownsville, Texas, reports. The Starship spacecraft consists of...

Elon Musk Is Apparently Building His Own Town
Elon Musk
Aims to Build
'Texas Utopia'

Elon Musk Aims to Build 'Texas Utopia'

'Wall Street Journal' has the scoop on emerging 'town' on farmland near Austin

(Newser) - Elon Musk's next big move: Building a company town, apparently. The Wall Street Journal reports that Musk or related entities have bought up to 6,000 acres of farmland outside the Texas capital of Austin. The goal has a Musk-like sound to it:
  • "In meetings with landowners and

SpaceX Blocks Ukraine's Military Use of Starlink

Company says technology was intended for communication, not offensive applications

(Newser) - SpaceX leaders have conceded that they've been blocking Ukrainian forces from employing Starlink technology for military uses. "It was never intended to be weaponized," SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said at a conference Thursday, CNN reports. Frustrated Ukrainian officials answered along the lines of "but that's...

Musk: 'I Frankly Don't Want to Be the CEO of Any Company'

The CEO/CEO/CEO testified in a Tesla shareholder trial in Delaware

(Newser) - Elon Musk is a CEO in triplicate: It's the title he has at Tesla, SpaceX, and now Twitter. But as he tells it, he'd prefer the count to be zero. Musk said as much from the witness stand Wednesday while in a Delaware court where he was battling...

World's Most Powerful Rocket Takes Flight Again

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy flies again for first time since 2019

(Newser) - SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket—the most powerful operational rocket in the world, though soon to be overpowered —took flight Tuesday for the first time in three years. The rocket launched about 9:40am from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying two classified satellites into space for...

SpaceX: We Can't Keep Paying for Ukraine Satellites

CNN reports the company wants Pentagon to start picking up the tab for Starlink

(Newser) - Last Friday, Elon Musk laid out on Twitter how much it's cost his SpaceX company this year to donate 20,000 or so Starlink satellite units to Ukraine: roughly $80 million, with projections by Musk that the figure will exceed $100 million by year's end. Now, it looks...

He Was a Space Tourist in 2001. He's Going Back

Dennis and Akito Tito to board SpaceX's second commercial flight around the moon

(Newser) - Dennis Tito hopes to become a space tourist once again. The 82-year-old aerospace engineer-turned-financial analyst who paid $20 million to Russia for a trip to the International Space Station in 2001 says he and his 57-year-old wife Akito have signed up for a SpaceX flight around the moon. Though it'...

'Outcasts' Find Meaning in Their Passion for SpaceX
They Moved to Texas to
Get Close to Starbase

They Moved to Texas to Get Close to Starbase

Loren Grush visits 'Rocket Ranch' near SpaceX launch facility and reports back for the Verge

(Newser) - In his quest to send people to Mars, Elon Musk has been launching rockets from a SpaceX facility in remote Texas, outside Brownsville and near a village called Boca Chica. The launch facility itself, called Starbase, has a "Willy Wonka" feel to to it, writes Loren Grush at the...

'Alien Obelisk' Actually Fell From Space
'Alien Obelisk'
Actually Fell
From Space
in case you missed it

'Alien Obelisk' Actually Fell From Space

Piece likely jettisoned from SpaceX Dragon capsule fell in southern Australia last month

(Newser) - From a distance, Mick Miners thought the strange object on his expansive sheep farm in Australia might have been a blackened dead tree. Experts say it's actually something far more exciting: a 9-foot-long chunk of a SpaceX capsule—one of the few pieces of space debris to fall to...

SpaceX Employees Criticized Musk. Then Came the Firings

COO Gwynne Shotwell said letter requesting action from leaders was 'overreaching activism'

(Newser) - SpaceX fired at least five workers who helped write and share an open letter criticizing CEO Elon Musk on Thursday, per Reuters . The letter—which called Musk's public behavior "a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment" and also called out his "harmful Twitter behavior"—began circulating...

Musk Accused of Exposing Himself to Flight Attendant

2016 allegations are just now making headlines

(Newser) - Amid his Twitter drama, a new scandal for Elon Musk: A 2016 sexual misconduct allegation against the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has been made public. Documents and interviews obtained by Business Insider reveal that that year, a flight attendant who worked for the SpaceX corporate jet fleet accused Musk of...

4 ISS Astronauts Splash Down in Gulf of Mexico

It's been a busy month for SpaceX service

(Newser) - SpaceX brought four astronauts home with a midnight splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, capping the busiest month yet for Elon Musk’s taxi service. The three US astronauts and one German in the capsule were bobbing off the Florida coast, near Tampa, less than 24 hours after...

3 Blast Off for Space Station Visit, Paying $55M Each

SpaceX provides the ride for tourists shelling out big bucks to NASA

(Newser) - SpaceX launched three rich businessmen and their astronaut escort to the International Space Station on Friday for more than a week’s stay, as NASA joins Russia in hosting guests at the world’s most expensive tourist destination. It’s SpaceX’s first private charter flight to the orbiting lab...

Musk Revises Prediction for Mars Landing

2029, SpaceX CEO estimates this time

(Newser) - Elon Musk has been saying all along that he considers a trip to Mars possible relatively soon. In 2016, he told 100,000 people at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, that he wanted to build a rocket that could take people there and help maintain a city on...

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