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SpaceX Rocket Suffers 'Rare but Catastrophic' Failure

Falcon 9 disintegrates in orbit, leaving Starlink satellites stranded; future launches may be delayed

(Newser) - Two hours after SpaceX launched its latest Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday evening, a message popped up from CEO Elon Musk on X : "Upper stage restart to raise perigee resulted in an engine RUD for reasons currently unknown." Translation, per the New York Times : The second stage of...

SpaceX Vehicle Will Destroy International Space Station

NASA has chosen company to build 'deorbit vehicle' to take out ISS after 2030

(Newser) - NASA has awarded SpaceX an $843 million contract to build the vehicle that will bring the International Space Station out of its longtime orbit of Earth when its operating lifespan ends in a few more years. SpaceX, controlled by Elon Musk, will build the vehicle that will bring down the...

SpaceX Engineers' Suit Blames Firings on Harassment Letter

'Journal' looks into Musk's relationships with women who work for him

(Newser) - Eight engineers sued SpaceX and chief executive Elon Musk on Wednesday, claiming they were fired illegally after raising concerns about accusations of sexual harassment and discrimination at the company. The group says it had distributed a letter in 2022 calling Musk a "distraction and embarrassment" and urging other executives...

Musk: 4th Starship Test Was an 'Epic Achievement'

This time, there were no explosions

(Newser) - SpaceX says the fourth test flight of the most powerful rocket ever built was a big success. Starship completed a test flight without explosions for the first time, with both the spacecraft and the booster completing controlled landings, the AP reports.
  • The 400-foot-tall Starship was launched at 8:50am Eastern

Rivals: Musk's SpaceX Is an 'Anti-American' Empire

Critics gripe to 'NYT,' claiming space launch company is no 'accidental monopoly'

(Newser) - Elon Musk's SpaceX is the topic of conversation in the latest deep dive by the New York Times into his business practices, and the upshot is: His rivals aren't happy. They claim that although SpaceX is now a major player in the space launch arena, with NASA and...

Starship Breaks Up Over Indian Ocean During Reentry

But test flight outperformed 2 previous efforts

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. SpaceX's mega rocket blasted off on another test flight Thursday, this time with the spacecraft reaching enough speed to coast toward its finish line halfway around the world. It outperformed the previous two test flights, which both ended in explosions over...

SpaceX Cleared for 3rd Starship Test
FAA Clears 3rd Starship Test

FAA Clears 3rd Starship Test

Launch could happen Thursday morning

(Newser) - SpaceX's third test flight of its Starship rocket could happen Thursday morning, weather allowing. The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared a launch from the Starbase test site in Texas in a 110-minute window starting at 8am Eastern, Ars Technica reports. The latest estimate is 9:02am Eastern. "The...

Wife of Man in 2-Year Coma Blames SpaceX

Ydy Cabada, wife of Francisco Cabada, sues company for negligence

(Newser) - The wife of a SpaceX worker who's spent the last two years in a coma is suing Elon Musk's company for negligence. Reuters previously disclosed Francisco Cabada's skull fracture as one of at least 600 injuries at SpaceX since 2014, some resulting in disability and amputations. Cabada...

Feds: SpaceX Illegally Fired Workers Behind Letter on Musk

Regional official of the National Labor Relations Board filed complaint

(Newser) - Eight SpaceX employees fired in the summer of 2022 after helping to write and share an open letter criticizing CEO Elon Musk were illegally terminated, federal labor officials said Wednesday. The letter—which called Musk's tweets and public behavior "a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment"—called...

SpaceX Mission 'Presumed Failed' Minutes After Launch

Starship reached space this time, but contact was then lost

(Newser) - SpaceX's Starship, the world's most powerful rocket, saw liftoff from Texas on Saturday around 8am ET, and the New York Times notes that its upper stage did successfully separate from its Super Heavy booster—further than it got during its initial launch in April, which ended in an...

Musk Has One- Word Response to Report of Starlink IPO

'False' is his reply to Bloomberg article on possible SpaceX initial public offering as early as next year

(Newser) - Elon Musk is countering reports suggesting SpaceX is considering spinning off its Starlink satellite business in an initial public offering as soon as next year. Though the SpaceX CEO described the report as " false " on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that SpaceX had already begun moving Starlink's assets to...

FAA Clears Second SpaceX Starship Test

Company is targeting Friday launch

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration has given the green light to SpaceX for a second test flight of its Starship rocket, more than six months after the most powerful rocket ever built exploded soon after liftoff . "The FAA determined SpaceX met all safety, environmental, policy and financial responsibility requirements,"...

Report: At Musk's SpaceX, Hundreds of Hidden Injuries

Reuters details amputations, crushed limbs, even a death in rush to send humans to Mars

(Newser) - Elon Musk has long been eager to get humans to Mars ASAP—maybe too eager, according to a new Reuters' documentation of injuries at SpaceX facilities over the past decade. The news agency conducted interviews and sifted through government files to reveal how many SpaceX workplace injuries, all previously unreported,...

In a First, NASA Craft Heads to Metal Asteroid

Until now, exploration has been limited to surfaces of rock, ice, and gas

(Newser) - NASA's Psyche spacecraft rocketed away Friday on a six-year journey to a rare metal-covered asteroid. Most asteroids tend to be rocky or icy, and this is the first exploration of a metal world. Scientists say it may be the battered remains of an early planet's core and could...

DOJ's Tesla Probe Goes Beyond Alleged Glass House for Musk

Prosecutors are looking at other perks the CEO may have received dating back to 2017

(Newser) - A Justice Department investigation exploring whether Tesla funds were used to build a proposed glass house for CEO Elon Musk is more wide-reaching than previously known and could result in criminal charges. Federal prosecutors in New York are not only investigating other potential personal benefits Tesla provided to the billionaire...

Book: Musk Blocked Drone Attack by Ukraine

Walter Isaacson reveals SpaceX CEO's role in turning off Starlink network near Crimea in 2022

(Newser) - Earlier this year, SpaceX execs acknowledged that they blocked Ukrainian forces from using Starlink communications systems for military purposes in the war against Russia. Now, CNN reports that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk personally had his engineers cut off power last year—the exact date isn't clear—to a Starlink...

Elon Musk: Starship Is Ready for Launch. FAA: Not So Fast

Agency says investigation into disastrous first launch is still open

(Newser) - More than four months after the most powerful rocket ever created exploded soon after liftoff , SpaceX is ready to try again. The company has stacked its Starship rocket on top of a Super Heavy booster at its launch pad in Boca Chica in southern Texas. "Starship is ready to...

SpaceX Loaned Elon Musk $1B Around the Time He Bought Twitter

Though it's not clear what the loan was for

(Newser) - In October, the same month Elon Musk was acquiring Twitter, he took out what the Wall Street Journal describes as an "unusual" $1 billion loan from SpaceX. The following month, he paid it back in full, plus interest. It's not clear what the loan was for, and Musk...

SpaceX Put on an Overnight Show
SpaceX Was at
Work Overnight

SpaceX Was at Work Overnight

4 astronauts splash down off Florida in 'spectacular' middle-of-night capsule landing

(Newser) - Four astronauts returned to Earth early Monday after a six-month stay at the International Space Station, reports the AP , with their SpaceX capsule parachuting into the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Returning were NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren "Woody" Hoburg, Russia's Andrei Fedyaev, and the United Arab...

US Sues SpaceX, Which Elon Musk Says Is 'Insane'

Department of Justice alleges hiring discrimination

(Newser) - The US Department of Justice on Thursday sued SpaceX, the rocket company founded and run by Elon Musk, for alleged hiring discrimination against refugees and people granted asylum, the AP reports. The complaint, filed in an administrative court within the department, asserts that SpaceX wrongly claimed that federal export control...

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