SpaceX has established close ties with US intelligence agencies – WSJ

SpaceX has established close ties with the US military and intelligence agencies and plans to expand contracts with the government, including the secret Starshield project. This was reported by the Daily Caller with reference to The Wall Street Journal. According to the media source, Starshield is just one example of ... Read more

Odysseus transmits first images to Earth on its way to the Moon

Intuitive Machines has shared the first images of its Nova-C (Odysseus) lander against the Earth. The device is on its way to the Moon as part of the IM-1 mission. The company published the stunning images on the X platform. “The images were captured shortly after separation from SpaceX’s second ... Read more

SpaceX launches private Nova-C lander to the moon

SpaceX has sent a lander to the moon, built by the private American company Intuitive Machines Inc, reports Bloomberg. We are talking about the Nova-C (Odysseus) project vehicle. It will attempt to land on the south side of the Moon on February 22. The rocket with the module was launched ... Read more

Elon Musk’s SpaceX fined after employee’s “near amputation”

U.S. labor officials have fined Elon Musk’s SpaceX $3,600. This happened after an accident at the company’s site in Washington state, writes Reuters. The incident resulted in a “near amputation” of a SpaceX employee at the Redmond facility. The company’s employee suffered a leg injury. The inspectors visited the site ... Read more

SpaceX wins contract to launch the Starlab space station, to be delivered by Starship

SpaceX has won a contract to launch a commercial space station partially built by the European company Airbus SE, writes Bloomberg. According to the contract, the station will be delivered to space by a Starship rocket, which is still being tested. The amount of this agreement has not yet been ... Read more

SpaceX is being sued over a tragedy that left a company employee in a coma

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is facing a negligence lawsuit in the United States. It was filed by the wife of one of the company’s employees who fell into a coma after an incident at a factory in California, writes Reuters. The tragedy occurred on January 18, 2022, when a SpaceX employee ... Read more

An alternative to Starlink: EU plans to create its own competitive IRIS² system

The EU wants to limit the dominance of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite communications, fearing the need to rely on the US company SpaceX in the event of a national security crisis, reports Politico. With this in mind, the bloc plans to sign billion-dollar contracts for the construction and operation of ... Read more

Axiom Mission 3: SpaceX sends tourists to the ISS again

It has become such a common event that news sites hardly ever write about new manned comic launches. But SpaceX has sent space tourists to the ISS again on the Crew Dragon Freedom as part of the Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) mission from Axiom Space. A Falcon 9 Block 5 ... Read more

Direct to Cell: SpaceX and T-Mobile test service using Starlink satellites

SpaceX has begun testing the Direct to Cell service, which will make Starlink satellite communications available on ordinary smartphones, writes Engadget. The company sent and received the first text messages using the Starlink satellites it recently launched into orbit. As part of the experiment, SpaceX collaborated with T-Mobile. “On Monday, ... Read more

SpaceX accused of illegal dismissal of employees who criticized Elon Musk

The U.S. Labor Department has accused SpaceX of illegally firing eight employees for a letter calling CEO Elon Musk a “distraction and a disgrace”, writes Reuters. A regional representative of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed the complaint. He claims that SpaceX has violated the rights of employees to ... Read more

SpaceX launches Starlink satellites that will provide Direct to Cell service

A Falcon 9 rocket launched 21 Starlink satellites into orbit. Six of them are capable of providing the Direct to Cell service. This is stated in SpaceX’s announcement on the X platform. According to Elon Musk, the service will allow provide communication anywhere on Earth. But he also noted that ... Read more

SpaceX finally launches secret USSF-52 mission with Boeing X-37B spaceplane

SpaceX has finally launched the secret USSF-52 mission with a Boeing X-37B spaceplane on board. The Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from the LC-39A launch complex at the Kennedy Space Center on December 29, 2023 at 01:07. The launch was scheduled for December 10, but was postponed several times due ... Read more

SpaceX receives US permission to test Direct to Cell service for six months

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted Elon Musk’s SpaceX company permission to test the Direct to Cell service, reports Bloomberg. Thus, the commission approved the company’s request for six months of testing, which will involve about 2,000 test devices and 840 satellites. As you know, in the fall, ... Read more

Jeff Bezos may be ahead of Elon Musk on Mars thanks to NASA’s decision

Billionaire Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin will launch a mission to Mars for NASA. This information was confirmed by the space agency, writes The Register. We are talking about the ESCAPADE mission to study the electromagnetic fields of the Red Planet. To do this, Blue Origin will launch two spacecraft using ... Read more

SpaceX presented the updated Starlink

SpaceX has introduced a new standard Starlink terminal, which is simpler and thinner and no longer has a motor to adjust, instead it will have a stand and users will just have to move it to orient the device. According to The Verge, the new terminal is available only to ... Read more

The second orbital test of the SpaceX Starship again ended in an explosion. But this time the ship worked better

The second orbital test of SpaceX’s Super Heavy launch vehicle and Starship spacecraft again ended in an explosion. This time, however, both the launch vehicle and the ship performed much better than in April 2023. During the second test, all first-stage engines worked without failure and the Super Heavy separated ... Read more

SpaceX Starship prepares for second test launch

SpaceX has posted a video on the preparation of the Super Heavy rocket and Starship for the second flight test. According to SpaceX’s X/Twitter post, the Starship is preparing to launch on November 17, 2023, but is still awaiting final regulatory approval. SpaceX has made a large number of upgrades ... Read more

SpaceX could earn $15 billion in revenue from Starlink and rocket launches as early as 2024

In 2023, SpaceX expects to generate about $9 billion in revenue from contract launch of Starlink rockets and services. In 2024, this figure should increase to $15 billion. This is reported by Bloomberg, citing its sources. It is also expected that next year Starlink will bring SpaceX more revenue than ... Read more

Elon Musk assures that Starlink has finally broken even

Starlink, owned by SpaceX, has reached breakeven. This information was made public by the company’s CEO Elon Musk, writes Reuters. The billionaire attributes this result to “the excellent work of a great team.” In his post on the X platform, he also said that Starlink accounts for the largest share ... Read more

SpaceX has submitted a mysterious application to the ITU for the use of almost 30 thousand satellites

SpaceX has submitted a mysterious application to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the use of 29,988 satellites, reports PCMag. ITU is a global regulator that oversees the allocation of radio frequencies for satellite providers. Therefore, SpaceX’s application may be an attempt by the company to expand the radio frequency ... Read more

Starlink satellite communication should be available on regular smartphones in 2024

Starlink satellite communications may soon be available on smartphones. This is a Direct to Cell service that will allow you to exchange files, text and voice messages via a satellite connection, reports The Register. The service is scheduled to launch in 2024. First, users will be able to send text ... Read more

NASA prepares to launch Psyche mission to study metal-rich asteroid

NASA is preparing for the Psyche mission, which will study a metal-rich asteroid, reports Engadget. We are talking about the asteroid 16 Psyche, which consists mainly of iron and nickel. It is believed that it was once part of the planet’s core. But there is another theory – the asteroid ... Read more

SpaceX receives US Space Force contract for Starshield satellite communications

SpaceX has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Space Force under which the company will provide satellite communications to the military as part of the Starshield program. The contract is worth $70 million, reports Engadget with reference to Bloomberg. It is expected that Elon Musk’s company will provide services ... Read more

US Senate Committee investigates Elon Musk’s decision not to activate Starlink near Crimea

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee is investigating national security issues over Elon Musk’s decision not to activate the Starlink satellite network to support the Ukrainian attack on the Russian fleet off the coast of Crimea, reports Bloomberg. Committee chairman Jack Reed said that reports on the use of Starlink ... Read more

Starlink received $1.4 billion in revenue in 2022, but this is significantly lower than forecasts

Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellite communications network Starlink generated $1.4 billion in revenue in 2022. This is evidenced by documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, writes The Verge. The result is significantly higher than the financial indicator for 2021, which was $222 million. However, last year’s revenue was ultimately much ... Read more