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SpaceX's Starship rocket passes fifth high-altitude flight test with flying colours
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SpaceX's Starship rocket passes fifth high-altitude flight test with flying colours

In four previous tests, the rockets launched successfully but some issues during landing or after touch down resulted in spectacular explosions.

SpaceX will build lunar lander for NASA to send humans back to the moon
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SpaceX will build lunar lander for NASA to send humans back to the moon

Flying to the moon on NASA-launched Orion capsule astronauts will transfer to Starship in lunar orbit for the ride down and back.

SpaceX Starship SN11 soars in test flight before mid-air explosion in foggy weather
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SpaceX Starship SN11 soars in test flight before mid-air explosion in foggy weather

The foggy-weather launch was unusual for a Starship prototype, with the spacecraft hardly visible from cameras near the launchpad.

SpaceX postpones flight test for Starship rocket due to a delayed inspector
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SpaceX postpones flight test for Starship rocket due to a delayed inspector

Musk said that the FAA inspector was unable to reach Starbase in time, the launch will happen on Tuesday.

Elon Musk explains why SpaceX's Starship SN10 engine blew up after landing safely
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Elon Musk explains why SpaceX's Starship SN10 engine blew up after landing safely

SpaceX is in the midst of multiple fixes, so the issue doesn't affect SN10's successor, which is also flying on a test flight this month.

Hits and misses: Will all the risks SpaceX is taking to test its Starship rocket pay off?
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Hits and misses: Will all the risks SpaceX is taking to test its Starship rocket pay off?

Starship can carry some 100 tons of material into space, with SpaceX calling it "the world's most powerful launch vehicle ever developed.

SpaceX's Starship SN10 lifts off, flips mid-air, sticks landing before exploding during flight test
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SpaceX's Starship SN10 lifts off, flips mid-air, sticks landing before exploding during flight test

The two earlier prototypes reached a similar altitude in December and February, before slammed into the ground.

SpaceX Starship SN9 prototype explodes on landing again: Here’s all you need to know
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SpaceX Starship SN9 prototype explodes on landing again: Here’s all you need to know

The Starship rocket needs to master its landing as this is the second time that it has exploded with the first time happening last year, in December.

'Mars is looking real': SpaceX's Starship prototype SN5 aces key 'hop' towards interplanetary travel
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'Mars is looking real': SpaceX's Starship prototype SN5 aces key 'hop' towards interplanetary travel

The stainless-steel craft lifted itself into the air, and travelled sideways in a brief, uncrewed flight before sticking its landing as planned.

SpaceX's new Starship prototype rocket exploded during ground tests, no injuries reported
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SpaceX's new Starship prototype rocket exploded during ground tests, no injuries reported

The Starship rocket stands at 120 metres and is designed to carry humans and 90,718 kgs of cargo to the moon and Mars.

SpaceX to test encrypted internet services from Starlink satellites in US military planes
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SpaceX to test encrypted internet services from Starlink satellites in US military planes

The US Space Command chief visited SpaceX’s Starlink factory in Washington but didn't elaborate on the Pentagon’s plans.

SpaceX is looking at the US military as a potential customer for Starlink, Starship
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SpaceX is looking at the US military as a potential customer for Starlink, Starship

Currently, NASA is SpaceX's main customer and expanding to support the US military is the next logical step.

Space Week 2019: A year for tech demonstrations, space oddities, commitments to explore the Moon; Part II
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Space Week 2019: A year for tech demonstrations, space oddities, commitments to explore the Moon; Part II

We’re bound to see some very exciting things happening on the moon soon – particularly if plans laid out by billionaires space entrepreneurs pan out.

SpaceX unveils new design for prototype Mars spacecraft Starship with missions expected in months
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SpaceX unveils new design for prototype Mars spacecraft Starship with missions expected in months

The latest iteration of the Starship Mars spacecraft was revealed to a crowd of space enthusiasts and reporters at SpaceX's Boca Chica facility.

Elon Musk's SpaceX is scouting for possible locations to land Starship on Mars
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Elon Musk's SpaceX is scouting for possible locations to land Starship on Mars

There are nine possible locations and they are all lat, warm and hazard-free, with frozen water beneath it.

SpaceX's future Mars vessel Starhopper completes first Raptor engine flight test
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SpaceX's future Mars vessel Starhopper completes first Raptor engine flight test

The Mars rocket completed a seemingly-successful low-altitude test of its next-generation Raptor engine.

Building a city on Mars could cost an eighth of the global economy: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk
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Building a city on Mars could cost an eighth of the global economy: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk

If followed through, Musk's dream of a permanent Mars settlement could be the most expensive construction project ever undertaken.

SpaceX is expanding its Florida facilities to accommodate the Starship launch
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SpaceX is expanding its Florida facilities to accommodate the Starship launch

Starship is a central part of Musk’s interplanetary space travel ambitions and NASA’s Artemis mission.

Elon Musk's SpaceX Super Heavy Megabooster to have 41 raptor rocket engines
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Elon Musk's SpaceX Super Heavy Megabooster to have 41 raptor rocket engines

Why not 42? Musk had the same thought and nurses hope that the final count will be 42.

SpaceX's Starhopper goes up in flames in second static fire test of its Raptor engines
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SpaceX's Starhopper goes up in flames in second static fire test of its Raptor engines

Part of the Starhopper went up in flames after a fuel leak, apart from which the static fire test was a success, SpaceX said.