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  1. #161
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    December 6 to 9

    PCM = Post-Certification Mission
    OFT = Orbital Flight Test

    NASA abandoned Boeing Starliner to get with SpaceX & Elon Musk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD8MrMlM2Fg

    Musk Just Officially Revealed SpaceX rebuilds Starship orbital launch pad at the Cape to escape FAA
    Bored? Jump to 3:14. Play at 1.5 speed.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BxQ33WFBW0

    Super Heavy Booster 4 Attached + Test Tank Moved Back | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwtJg1GQ1kk

    B2.1 Test Tank Rolled Back To Production Site | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdoHQc2mWk0

    Elon Musk just revealed Starship 20 & Super Heavy Booster 4 is preparing to release this month
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd8k3enrhQA

    Watch SpaceX's Incredible Progress on Ship 21 & 22 Stacking, SpaceX $50M Launch On Dec 9
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAIyo7ADHJw

    INSANE $3.2B SpaceX Factory REVEALED By Elon Musk!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0s1Bl1r4xs

    Elon Talks about Starship Next Update + New Intermittent Closure | SpaceX Pink
    QD Protective Shield Installed
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX0pN7xSSFY

    Super Heavy Booster Quick Disconnect Hood Installed | SpaceX Boca Chica
    Go to 0:38.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yMTfV0cPjE


    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says “overdue” Starship update is coming soon
    December 8, 2021
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    CEO Elon Musk says he may finally present the first cohesive update on SpaceX’s next-generation Starship rocket development program in more than two years.

    While Musk routinely makes Starship-focused appearances and comments in public or by webcast every 3-6 months, there is a certain brand of update – along the lines of a high-profile tech product reveal – that the SpaceX CEO has only presented four times since Starship’s predecessor was first revealed in September 2016. Accompanied by a relatively detailed slide deck, the four main updates he’s given have provided a large amount of background on the status of Starship development and a variety of next steps – ranging from near-term plans to targets still a decade or more in the future.
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    Hopefully, this month, no later than next
    — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 7, 2021

    A Starship update with full stack on the orbital launch pad would be a great way to start the New Year?! 🚀@elonmusk https://t.co/WqZWnHLxsX

    — SPadre (@SpacePadreIsle) December 7, 2021

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-ceo...entation-soon/


    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says “overdue” Starship update is coming soon!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0PsZvZwrck

    The REAL REASON SpaceX Starship Orbital Flight Delayed so Many Times REVEALED by Elon Musk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGZQT6BBYpU

    SpaceX bankrupt? Super Heavy Operations VERY CLOSE!
    What about it!?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyYyLbpUGG4

    Booster 5 Rolls Out of the High Bay | SpaceX Boca Chica
    Start at 5:11.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjIw6dGdi64

    Starship stacks at once for first time in 10 months. SpaceX installed Booster QD hood into the OLM
    Play at 1.75 speed.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPDOFYzcJ1s

    Is SpaceX on the verge of bankruptcy? #shorts
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyaGLb-zYZs

    SpaceX launch table Booster Quick disconnect hood Starbase Boca Chica Dec. 09. 2021
    Spacex 3D Creation Eccentric
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQEqsSfA5ao

    Official! SpaceX Received NEW APPROVAL for Starship Orbital Launch, When Is Orbital Launch, Where?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYBVnWFZJ5Q
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    Multi Stage Pump Lifted and Installed at the Orbital Tank Farm | SpaceX Boca Chica

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnuGdeo4G7U


    Elon Musk Explains About Booster 5's Retirement, FCC Gave The Green Light To SpaceX
    Nothing new after 3:23.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoMqJt54EbY

    Quote from ^video:
    .
    A YouTuber named “What about it” posted on his Twitter profile that: And SpaceX Booster 5 is history even before flying.
    Reason, Not enough version 1 Raptor engines, Next up Raptor version 2 Booster!
    He further explained that, There are not enough version 1 Raptor engines. Musk has literally stated that by now, And they’re ramping up Raptor version 2 right now, and Elon is very upset about version 2 Raptors not being ramped up fast enough. So, Booster 5 needs Raptor version 1 to fly.
    One Twitter user asked again: So the first orbital attempt will be exclusively with Raptor 2’s?
    Felix replied that: No! Booster 4
    so the next first orbital flights will be B4 and S20, and B5 and S21 will be retired and put on display in a museum for tourists.

    https://massachusettsdigitalnews.com...ght-to-spacex/


    Not enough engines? Why SpaceX might be retiring unused Starship boosters!?
    What about it!?
    See the comments!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klAVdgoZYpw


    What about it!?
    @FelixSchlang
    As predicted a week ago, booster 5 is officially retired. Booster 4 is still on track for the orbital flight and the next booster to fly should be booster 7 now! I'd say with ship 22!
    .
    Elon Musk
    @elonmusk
    · 19h
    Replying to @NASASpaceflight
    Yup. Next booster will have 33 Raptor 2 engines, with 13 steering.

    Ship is being upgraded to 9 engines (3 sea-level gimbaling, 6 vacuum fixed) with increased propellant load.

    4:09 AM · Dec 18, 2021·Twitter for Android


    Europe is around 15 years behind SpaceX
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Europe+is+...+behind+spacex

    Why ESA head just warning Europe to STOP facilitating SpaceX & Elon Musk? What the heck happened...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4OT5jWj7L8

    IT HAPPENED! Elon Musk JUST REVEALED SpaceX Starship's Life Support!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHSlDu8cAVs

    What is so special about the SpaceX Starship?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TeBV6a1fGA

    What Scientists Really Think Of SpaceX Starship
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E31FjdOmlzA

    James Webb Space Telescope Update + New Closure Scheduled | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoJ_8TE1H3A

    Booster 6 Test Tank Now Inside the High Bay | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVFohB3w6dU

    SpaceX Starship Updates, ULA STP-3 ,NASA IXPE, Yusaku Maezawa on the ISS, Electron BlackSky + more
    Marcus House
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmDsGzRksk0

    SpaceX creates Reusable Rockets, it's the dream of all the aerospace corporations in the world
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NlWpCGS5yk

    Blue Origin rocket launches Michael Strahan to space
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ab3mWIaxws

    ^Seriously?
    THE ICONIC SPACEX LAUNCHES
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Y7Bs7I-Dg

    SpaceX Starship Orbital Launch May Get Rejected By FAA, but Not By FCC
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xJ31c7x_a4

    Booster Quick Disconnect Work Continues | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwnn5HBtoeQ

    Musk revealed the insane Engineering Of SpaceX Raptor Engines!that's why Elon upgrades the Raptor
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaAX3G8Vk5s

    The Old Rocket Designs That Make Starship Look Small
    Scott Manley
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IQy5O6OyuA
    Last edited by Space Racer; 12-18-2021 at 09:14 PM.
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    SpaceX rolls Super Heavy booster to orbital launch mount
    December 13, 2021
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    For the third time in four months, SpaceX has rolled the first potentially flightworthy Super Heavy booster towards Starbase’s orbital launch mount.

    Combined with a large crane – fitted with a jig solely used to lift boosters – moving to a spot just beside the booster, it’s clear that SpaceX is preparing to reinstall Super Heavy Booster 4 (B4) on the orbital launch mount. In the context of its unusual history, though, what happens next to the first more or less finished prototype of the largest rocket booster ever built is less clear.
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    Booster 4 is being hooked up to the SpaceX LR11000 crane. https://t.co/APLl78W8fn pic.twitter.com/FEbareRe72
    — Chris Bergin – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) December 13, 2021

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-mov...-launch-mount/



    Booster 4 Moved Next to the Orbital Launch Mount | SpaceX Boca Chica
    Go to 8:50.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1sKQNW4wvE


    SpaceX installs Starship booster on orbital launch mount for the third time
    December 13, 2021
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    After several signs of imminent activity on Sunday, SpaceX has installed Super Heavy Booster 4 (B4) on Starbase’s lone ‘orbital launch mount’ for the third time.

    Around 10am CST (UTC-6), SpaceX began retracting more than a dozen clamps that hold the 69m (~225 ft) tall Super Heavy – the largest booster ever built – to its transport and work stand. By 11:30am, Booster 4 was safely extracted from the stand and hovering above it as the lift team crossed their Ts and dotted their Is before proceeding. SpaceX’s newest Starbase crane then spun around and crawled a short distance to the orbital launch mount, where it lifted Booster 4 above the mount.

    In a process that this particular Super Heavy prototype is thoroughly familiar with, SpaceX then very carefully lowered B4 down into the center of the donut-shaped orbital launch mount, where 20 separate clamps – each capable of deploying and retracting – form a support ring and giant hold-down clamp.
    .

    This is the next level…..@StarshipGazerhttps://t.co/PWM7YNGsEC pic.twitter.com/sThSrW2ZS4
    — Zack Golden (@CSI_Starbase) December 13, 2021

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-sup...mes-the-charm/


    Booster 4 Lifted Onto the Orbital Launch Mount | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTg2K2-LO7w

    LIVE Booster 4 Lift at SpaceX Starbase Launch Complex 1080p Pro Camera History Happening LIVE
    Starship Gazer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AumXw1LlmUQ

    Super Heavy Booster 4 Lift to Orbital Launch Mount
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4Gp5E2ElXs

    SpaceX Superheavy V Already Scrap? Ship 20 & 21 progress, NASA SpaceX IXPE, Soyuz MS-20, BO NS-19
    Matt Lowne
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y_jG39TnrY

    Elon Musk just officially revealed SpaceX’s NEW Nuclear Reactor is extremely safe
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRKPQn6pprg

    Elon JUST OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED SpaceX's NEXT-GEN Starship! It's twice as big as the current one
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZlXZf3SfO0

    Ship 21 Nosecone Moved + BE-4 Engines Update | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_JNV0x8KfI

    It happened! Planetary Scientists just officially revealed the potential of SpaceX Starship...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG-RwBW5a-E

    SpaceX Super Heavy Booster 4 ready for action! + The IXPE story
    What about it!?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yAi7QCmfFc

    SpaceX Testing Booster 4 With Orbital Launch Mount's Quick Disconnect Arm + Static Fire Scheduled
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW-JFr6IE5U

    Elon Musk: SpaceX is Starting a New Program | SpaceX Pink

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ4uQMGeAFk

    SpaceX Starship Boca Chica 2021 12 12 Starbase and Wide Bay
    See caption about Maria
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI5zFTimjbA

    Ship 21 Nosecone Prepared for Stacking | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfIeAtNTIzQ

    ULA finally CAN'T STAND delaying BE-4 engines of Blue Origin, Vulcan debuts might slip to 2023.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVDhauBuESc

    SpaceX installing Super Heavy Booster on OLM [Orbital Launch Mount], Booster QD connect to B4. Mega Bay new updates...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJu0IMC7vB0

    SpaceX Christmas lights & spiral staircase on OLP Booster4 ready to static fire Boca Chica Dec 15 21
    Spacex 3D Creation Eccentric
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UDqoHwkmF4
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    December 16 to 18

    SpaceX VP says Starship is already winning commercial launch contracts
    December 16, 2021
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    A SpaceX executive says that the company’s next-generation, fully-reusable Starship rocket has already secured multiple commercial launch contracts.

    Set to debut no earlier than (NET) the first quarter of 2022 with a semi-orbital launch that aims to send Starship about 85% of the way around the Earth, Starship has a ways to go before it’s ready to routinely launch payloads. Nonetheless, SpaceX is confident enough in Starship’s eventual success to have effectively made it the foundation of every one of the company’s future goals – both in the short and long term.

    Today, SpaceX’s Falcon rockets have become a spectacularly successful revolution in cost-effective launch through reusability and vertical integration, among other things. Thanks to that unprecedented affordability, SpaceX has been able to kick off the deployment of its Starlink internet constellation, launching more than 1800 satellites and becoming the largest satellite operator in history in less than two and a half years. Where competition is possible, Falcon 9 dominates the global commercial launch market for both small and large satellites. And yet despite its staggering success, Falcon 9 remains at least one or two magnitudes too expensive and too performance-constrained to realize SpaceX’s grander ambitions.
    .
    Ochinero: we have been actively marketing Starship to commercial customers, and signed up some already. #WSBW
    — Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) December 13, 2021

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-sta...ontracts-2021/


    Elon Talks About Jeff Bezos + RS-25 Engine Hot Fire Test | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upZ-JLaYtp0

    Starhopper Gets a New Antenna | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND90px5MNnA

    New Discovery on Mars!! Why SpaceX should DEFINITELY put their first colony in the Valles Marineris.
    The Angry Astronaut
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjjhEay-cyY

    Crew-6 Mission Update + Orbital Launch Mount Venting | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YFfWZoYWIY


    SpaceX to replicate Starbase, build multiple Starship launch pads in Florida
    December 17, 2021
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    Less than two weeks after CEO Elon Musk revealed that SpaceX has restarted construction of a Starship launch site at Kennedy Space Center’s existing LC-39A pad, NASA has revealed the company’s plans for an entirely different Starship launch site just a few miles to the north.

    Known as Launch Complex 49 (LC-49) and located where NASA once considered building LC-39C, a third Saturn-class pad to match 39A and 39B, NASA now says that SpaceX aims to develop the site into a dedicated Starship launch pad. The plot of land NASA deemed LC-49 as recently as 2017 sits about 1 mile (1.6 km) northwest of NASA’s LC-39B Space Launch System (SLS) pad and 3 miles (5 km) northwest of LC-39A, which SpaceX has leased since 2014 and launched out of since 2017. Unlike 39A, though, SpaceX has a huge amount of work – and major environmental reviews – ahead of it to turn LC-49 into a site capable of launching a rocket more than twice as powerful as Saturn V.
    .
    Construction of Starship orbital launch pad at the Cape has begun
    — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 3, 2021

    "In response to an inquiry from SpaceX, NASA is preparing to conduct environmental assessments to develop…Launch Complex 49."

    "The 175-acre site…would support the launch and landing of the company’s Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle."https://t.co/y51Rm1ZNBh
    — Thomas Burghardt (@TGMetsFan98) December 16, 2021

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-flo...9-launch-pads/


    The Wide Bay Grows Taller | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGi13nzZAJ4

    SpaceX Starship Orbital Booster Begins Testing, SpaceX Under Fire
    spaceXcentric
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l3Mo4vbmiI

    Booster 4 Cryogenic Proof | First Test With Orbital Launch Mount
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXFVrPFrCJU


    Starship to stand on the shoulders of Saturn V and Shuttle at 39A
    December 5, 2021
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    Elon Musk has confirmed Starship will add another chapter in Launch Complex 39A’s incredible history at the Kennedy Space Center.

    Although plans have always involved the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), early work on a pad for Starship at 39A has been mothballed since 2019, as SpaceX placed its entire focus on Starbase in Texas. However, with one tweet, Musk confirmed construction work has returned to 39A for the rocket that is set to land humans on the lunar surface decades after Apollo 11 launched from the same launch site.

    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021...v-shuttle-39a/


    Pads 39a and 39b on the map
    Click the satellite view and zoom out a few clicks:
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=launch+pad...=web&iaxm=maps
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=launch+pad...=web&iaxm=maps


    NASA promotes East Coast Starship option at LC-49 following SpaceX interest
    December 17, 2021
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    SpaceX has always held ambitions of launching from KSC, with 39A cited as the launch pad during the initial reveal video for its next-generation launch system.

    Although work paused on the Starship launch site inside 39A, this was deemed to be temporary as the focus was switched to the accelerated development of SpaceX’s Starbase Production and Launch Site in Boca Chica, Texas.

    Then, over the Thanksgiving holiday, the initial structure of the 39A Starship mount was demolished, allowing for a clean-slate approach to building a mount more akin to that built at Starbase.

    Read the rest:
    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021...hip-lc-49-ksc/


    JWST Connection issue Fixed + RS-25 Controller Problem Update | SpaceX Pink

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YZm71sYshI


    Ship 21 Rolled Out of the Mid Bay | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHTQATW6C94

    SpaceX NOW TESTING the orbital Super Heavy Booster and Stage Zero Ready for BURNING 29 Engines
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CtxtTF0gFM

    Elon Gives Big Update on Future Starship Design | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS5FBdIF3eY

    FINALLY! SpaceX Is Testing Their New Super Heavy 2021!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgxtgokPbsE
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    December 18 to 21, the Sixth Anniversary of successful SpaceX booster landings

    SpaceX Starship Capability Boost, Starlink mission to break record, BE-4 delay and NS-19
    Marcus House
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUTau0YrktY

    Elon Musk JUST REVEALED SpaceX 3D Printer That Prints Starships!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z-Tz5vHU-c

    Booster 2.1 Test Tank Preparations for Testing | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wfeRCACGr0

    Drill Rig Used at the Orbital Tank Farm | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VvcUAJWf-c

    SpaceX gimbal test
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mx6jPiV0AU

    IT HAPPENED! Elon Musk OFFICIALLY REVEALED SpaceX's NEW Nuclear Reactor!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49U-X8n4iEQ

    The 2022 SpaceX Update Is Here..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHCm7Yh4h28

    Booster 4 Ready for 2nd Cryo Test | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrafvIBqQk4

    Starship Orbital Flight Dead on Arrival? Booster 4 tests, Booster 5 scrap, CRS-24, JWST, Turksat
    Matt Lowne
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-_XAgI3fs4

    Booster 4 Testing Begins | Starship Update (Narrated)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_DQwN_QR2s

    Starship Booster 5 - Rollout from SpaceX High Bay - December 8, 2021 (Compilation) // Jessica Kirsh
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifp6qNcAwW4

    Elon: Starship is Really Next Level + Briz-M Problem | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBU-NJVESPU

    33 Raptor Thrust Dome Ready for Sleeving | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezld_XDdrU4

    Elon Musk Just Revealed the Details of NEW MAJOR UPGRADES of SpaceX Starship!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxNFrxFuWQo

    SpaceX's Starship Won Multiple Commercial Launch Contract For 2022!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTzQ68aKOow

    6th Year of Landing Rockets | 100th Landing of SpaceX Rockets

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rsj_Nh_EvOs


    SpaceX lands 100th Falcon booster
    December 21, 2021
    .
    Exactly six years after its first successful recovery, SpaceX has landed a Falcon booster for the 100th time.

    On December 21st, 2015, the first Falcon 9 V1.2 Full Thrust (Block 1) rocket lifted off from SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral LC-40 launch pad on the company’s return-to-flight mission after a catastrophic in-flight failure just six months prior. Unwilling as ever to waste an opportunity, no matter how important the mission, SpaceX – on top of debuting a major Falcon 9 upgrade – chose to take advantage of the return to flight to attempt to land a Falcon booster back on land for the first time ever. Ultimately, on top of successfully deploying multiple Orbcomm OG2 communications satellites in orbit for a paying customer, Falcon 9 booster B1019 sailed through its boostback, reentry, and landing burns without issue. About nine minutes after liftoff, the rocket ultimately touched down on a concrete “landing zone” just a few miles from where it lifted off with uncanny ease relative to SpaceX’s numerous failed attempts in the ~18 months prior.

    Exactly six years later, on December 21st, 2021, Falcon 9 booster B1069 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Pad 39A with an upgraded, flight-proven Cargo Dragon in tow for SpaceX’s 24th International Space Station (ISS) resupply mission. CRS-24 also marked the company’s 31st and final launch of 2021, representing more successful Falcon launches completed in a single year than SpaceX had even attempted in its entire nine-year history up to the point of that first successful booster landing.
    .
    Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on the Just Read the Instructions droneship, marking the 100th successful landing of an orbital class rocket booster!
    — SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 21, 2021

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-lan...alcon-booster/


    List of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._launches#2015

    Astronauts Reveal What They Really Think Of SpaceX & Elon Musk
    "Utterly Impossible"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c9onoph6Rc
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    December 12 to 23

    Looking back in time with the James Webb Space Telescope
    60 Minutes
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMxdeUJ0v2c

    NASA James Webb Space Telescope Launch epic got BIG PROBLEM!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aenWVV2CJz0


    Webb telescope encapsulated inside Ariane 5 rocket’s nose cone
    December 18, 2021
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    The Ariane 5 rocket’s payload fairing, emblazoned with the Webb mission logo, was lowered over the James Webb Space Telescope on Friday.
    Credit: ESA-Manuel Pedoussaut


    The James Webb Space Telescope has been closed up inside the nose cone of its Ariane 5 launcher in French Guiana, and officials confirmed Saturday the huge astronomical observatory is set for blastoff Dec. 24.

    The 30-minute launch window opens at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT; 9:20 a.m. French Guiana time). The Ariane 5 rocket’s half-hour ascent will dispatch Webb, standing three stories tall on top of the launcher, on a trajectory toward an orbit around the L2 Lagrange point nearly a million miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/1...ets-nose-cone/


    SpaceX Raptor 2 Engine Test
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCiEhBxTn7s

    IT HAPPENED! Elon Musk FINALLY Reveals New 18m Wide Starship 2.0!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YghuOHU7TWM

    MASSIVE SpaceX ramp-up at KSC & Larger Starships confirmed!
    Second Starbase -- What about it!?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzg3EhwxGWs

    JWST is Go For Launch + 100th SpaceX Rocket Landing | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_dKFnF13vk


    Launch of Webb telescope delayed to Christmas morning
    December 21, 2021
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    Mirror segments on the James Webb Space Telescope reflect members of the Ariane 5 and Webb teams in French Guiana.
    Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/P. Baudon


    A poor weather forecast at the Guiana Space Center in South America has forced officials to delay the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope by one day to Dec. 25, Christmas morning, mission managers said Tuesday.

    The 32-minute launch window Saturday opens at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT). Ground crews at the jungle spaceport in French Guiana planned to transfer the European Ariane 5 rocket with the Webb telescope on top to the ELA-3 launch zone Wednesday.

    That rollout, expected to take about two hours, has been delayed to Thursday.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...stmas-morning/


    New Launch Time for James Webb Space Telescope | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QgeUMmcMDs

    NASA finally officially announced historic $10 billion machine launch! James Webb Telescope Ready
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tCae-hMqI8


    SpaceX begins testing first flightworthy Super Heavy booster
    December 22, 2021
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    More than three months after the building-sized Starship booster’s latest return to Starbase’s orbital launch site, SpaceX has finally begun the process of testing what CEO Elon Musk says is still the first flightworthy Super Heavy.

    After completing a number of pad tests in the days prior, SpaceX began filling Super Heavy Booster 4 (B4) with liquid nitrogen – supplied by the first orbital-class Starship launch – for the first time on December 17th. It’s unclear exactly what was done during the test but regardless of what transpired, the test and B4’s survival were a major, long-awaited milestone for both the Starship booster and the orbital launch site (OLS).
    .
    Some sweet TVC (Thrust Vector Control) gimbal action from the Center 9 Raptor gang on the Booster.

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the Booster steers. https://t.co/9shUdtzQn6
    — Chris Bergin – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) December 18, 2021

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-fli...r-first-tests/


    SpaceX & NASA ramp-up at KSC to Build Multiple Starship Launch Pads!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upQM3EkKYE8

    Booster 4 Undergoes Cryo Proof Test | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdlA3UcZP-s

    SpaceX Finally Conducting Static Fire Test of First Flightworthy Super Heavy Booster 4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBrtCK4P1Us

    Deep Space News - December 21st
    Scott Manley
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I7otH4Is_k

    SpaceX Made Final Prep On B4 Ahead Of 29 Raptor Static Fire Test This Week, Artemis Delayed!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3Y6fVidXVc

    SpaceX- Starbase, Tx Wide Bay Timelapse
    RGV Aerial Photography
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3JTm-hgIQ0

    Ship 21 Moved Outside of Mid Bay Once Again | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFQ30tnIFks
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    NASA Artemis delegation tours SpaceX’s Starship factory and launch pad
    December 23, 2021
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    Thanks to the failure of Blue Origin’s NASA Human Landing System (HLS) lawsuit, SpaceX and the space agency were finally able to get back to work last month.

    Taking advantage of that, NASA astronauts and Artemis Program leaders recently took a tour of SpaceX’s South Texas Starship factory and launch pads – a massive hub of activity that the company has deemed Starbase. In doing so, save for updates from SpaceX and even members of the public over the last 6-9 months, NASA officials were finally able to get up close and personal with the progress SpaceX has made while the space agency was temporarily forced to halt all work on HLS.
    .@NASA recently visited @SpaceX for a firsthand look at a prototype of the human lander that will ferry @NASAArtemis astronauts to the lunar surface during #Artemis III. This demonstration will lay the foundation for a long-term human presence at the Moon later this decade. pic.twitter.com/Ps8xZjq02j
    — NASA Artemis (@NASAArtemis) December 21, 2021

    While some aspects of SpaceX’s progress towards orbital Starship test flights were hampered by asymmetry between different programs, namely the readiness of Super Heavy and Starbase’s orbital launch site, SpaceX has still made some impressive progress in less than a year. At the start of 2021, Starbase’s lone orbital launch site was effectively a dirt lot and a fraction of the launch mount – the latter constructed well in advance of the rest of the pad. Less than a year later, that orbital launch site – including a skyscraper-sized launch tower, three massive arms, perhaps the most complex launch mount in spaceflight history, and the largest cryogenic tank farm ever built for a rocket – is on the verge of completion.
    Starbase, Tx Launch Site
    11 month difference pic.twitter.com/pfrJ0Co5ZT
    — RGV Aerial Photography (@RGVaerialphotos) December 7, 2021

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-sta...mis-tour-2021/


    Delayed Again! James Webb Telescope Was Better To Launch In SpaceX's Falcon 9
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt6wQgO_xco

    SpaceX Starship's problems: FAA!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i09RZuKK10

    Ship 22 Nosecone Repurposed for Cargo Door Pathfinder | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trWwbwFpSMM

    JWST Moved to the Launch Pad + Nasa Team Visiting Starbase | SpaceX Pink
    Under the Booster
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SViJbzDLpLk


    Webb telescope is a ‘time machine’ for astronomers to see the cosmic dawn
    December 23, 2021
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    The James Webb Space Telescope, set for launch in the coming days, will look back more than 13.5 billion years in time to see the faint infrared light from the first galaxies, revealing a previously unseen era of cosmic history that shaped the universe of today.

    It’s a cosmic time machine, capable of seeing galaxies and stars as they were as few as 100 million years after the Big Bang, the unimaginably violent genesis of the universe.

    “This telescope is so powerful that if you were a bumble bee 240,000 miles away, which is the distance between the Earth and the moon, we will be able to see you,” said John Mather, the mission’s senior project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

    “So what are we going to do with this great telescope? We’re going to look at everything there is in the universe that we can see.”

    That runs the gamut from the most distant galaxies in the cosmos, to planets, moons, asteroids, and comets in our own solar system. Webb will be able to observe everything from Mars out, seeing details undetected by every other space observatory since Galileo revolutionized astronomy with his first telescope in 1609.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...e-cosmic-dawn/


    Webb will take next leap in search for habitable worlds
    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...itable-worlds/


    Video: John Grunsfeld, astronaut and former NASA science chief, talks Webb
    .
    Astronaut, astronomer and former NASA science head talks James Webb Space Telescope
    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...ef-talks-webb/

    Spaceflight Now’s Stephen Clark speaks to astronaut, astronomer and former NASA science head, John Grunsfeld about the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. What big discoveries is he expecting from JWST? Is he nervous about the complex process to unfold the telescope in space? Why did his efforts to prepare JWST for possible servicing fail?

    As an astronaut, Grunsfeld made three visits to service the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit. He served as the Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute where he helped prepare for JWST operations and then served as associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA’s headquarters.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...ef-talks-webb/


    Video: Keith Parrish, Webb’s commissioning manager, talks through telescope deployments
    .
    How the James Webb Telescope will unfold in space and what happens if it goes wrong?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox3OHe4hAbo

    Spaceflight Now’s Editor, Stephen Clark, speaks with NASA’s Keith Parrish, the commissioning manager for the Webb Space Telescope. It is his job to make sure the observatory unfolds and extends correctly. He talks us through the deployment sequence in the month after launch. Find out how shake, shimmy and twirl are in the ground controller’s tool box to fix anything that goes wrong.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...e-deployments/


    Europe’s spaceport, flagship launcher ready for historic Webb mission
    December 24, 2021
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    An Ariane 5 rocket reaches the ELA-3 launch zone Thursday at the Guiana Space Center, the final port of call for the James Webb Space Telescope before it ascends into orbit.
    Credit: ESA/S. Corvaja


    Teams in French Guiana positioned a European Ariane 5 rocket into its starting blocks Thursday, ready for liftoff Christmas morning with the nearly $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope, the most expensive science instrument ever to leave planet Earth.

    The 180-foot-tall (54.8-meter) rocket rolled out of its final assembly building at the Guiana Space Center, towed by a diesel-powered Titan truck along dual rail tracks to the ELA-3 launch pad at the jungle spaceport.

    Once at the pad, the rocket and its mobile platform were hooked into the facility’s power, propellant, and data systems in preparation for an overnight countdown set to begin Friday evening.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...-webb-mission/


    Webb’s fate hinges on high-risk sunshade, mirror deployments
    .
    James Webb Space Telescope Deployment Sequence (Nominal)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzGLKQ7_KZQ

    If you want to see the faint, stretched-out light from the first stars and galaxies that began shining at the end of the cosmic dark ages a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, you’re going to need a big telescope. But not just any big telescope.

    You’re going to need to put it in space where it will have to operate at a few degrees above absolute zero to register the exceedingly faint infrared traces of that bygone era, detecting light that has been stretched out by the expansion of space itself over nearly 14 billion years.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...r-deployments/


    James Webb Space Telescope Launch Tomorrow + RD-0177 Testing | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkEqyBXO3eM


    Live coverage: James Webb Space Telescope lifts off atop Ariane 5
    .
    Live: The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcskZsWSyw0

    Read the progress report:
    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...status-center/


    Watch NASA & ESA launch the James Webb Space Telescope!!
    Everyday Astronaut
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuyM-JZRCtM


    Webb telescope finally leaves Earth in search of light from first galaxies
    .
    The James Webb Space Telescope, a NASA-led international collaboration that took nearly 30 years and $10 billion to get to the launch pad, finally left Earth with a Christmas morning rocket ride from a European spaceport in South America, setting off on a mission to hunt for the first light in the universe. That was just the easy part.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...irst-galaxies/


    James Webb Space Telescope Launch — Official NASA Broadcast

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nT7JGZMbtM


    JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE
    https://www.jwst.nasa.gov/

    James Webb Space Telescope
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_...pace_Telescope
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    SpaceX Starship Contracts Secured!, JWST Launch, CRS-24 & Turksat 5B
    Marcus House

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeKnydAXGBE

    THE FIRST 10,000 DAYS ON THE MOON (Timelapse)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOhz7ZBZ_1U

    British Space companies are doing VITAL work that NASA, SpaceX and ULA aren't. Why??
    The Angry Astronaut
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_hx5wlZYfM

    It happened! NASA & ESA Launch the Largest & Most Powerful Telescope ever James Webb on Christmas
    Start at 4:58.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5G-_sZJi-M


    Webb telescope completes first course correction burn, deploys main antenna
    December 26, 2021
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    A view of the circular high-gain antenna in its stowed position on the James Webb Space Telescope.
    Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now


    The James Webb Space Telescope fired its rocket thrusters for the first time late Saturday to line up for course toward an observing post nearly a million miles from Earth, then deployed a high-rate communications antenna Sunday to transmit science data to the ground.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...-main-antenna/


    WHERE IS WEBB?
    https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/webbLa...ereIsWebb.html

    Starship Updates: 29 Engine Test SOON | Booster 7/8 | JWST Launched | SpaceX CRS24 | Inmarsat Launch
    Scientia Plus
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Q4PgzVusc

    Elon Reacts to JWST Launch + Falcon Vs Long March | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhV4YZ0YZkA

    Because the sound has been deleted, this is being re-posted - SpaceX #Shorts
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa7eVTOG6Fw

    Spacex The world's largest can crusher test! RUD included! Starship Booster Boca Chica Dec. 27. 2021
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r18QVrjNn3Y

    JWST Second Burn is Expected Tonight + Angara A5 Launch | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2QlsQwN7H8

    Booster 7 Stacking Ops in High Bay | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgz77JLUe0A

    Possible Static Fire | Over Pressure Alert Notified | SpaceX Updates
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgaiIfT7rn4


    High-stakes sunshield deployment begins on Webb telescope
    December 28, 2021
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    Artist’s illustration of the Webb telescope’s sunshield pallet opening. Credit: NASA

    Mission controllers started the risky process Tuesday to unfurl the James Webb Space Telescope’s sunshield, a five-layer thermal barrier necessary to give the observatory infrared vision into the distant universe.

    Two large pallets containing the sunshield membranes were folded up on each side of Webb’s primary mirror for launch. Now, with Webb on course toward an observing post nearly a million miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth, ground teams are ready to open up the sunshield to its full dimension.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...ebb-telescope/


    IT HAPPENED...! Astronauts Just Revealed the potential SpaceX & Elon Musk...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XAyE2MSHQQ

    Elon Musk: SpaceX, Mars, Tesla Autopilot, Self-Driving, Robotics, and AI | Lex Fridman Podcast #252
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxREm3s1scA


    The FAA has postponed Starship/Super Heavy program PEA (Programmatic Environmental Assessment) until 28 Feb 2022.

    How bureaucracy hinders the progress of humanity (FAA vs SpaceX Starship)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwjxvHXb65Y

    No Launch! FAA Denied SpaceX's Plans for Starship's Orbital Launch In January, Elon Talks On Ship 20
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S-rENLjaps

    What's the Reason Behind the Delay? + JWST Forward Sunshield Pallet Unfolding | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0bJeFI2hpc
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    SpaceX to upgrade Starship with 50% more Raptor engines
    December 28, 2021
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    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that future Starships – or at least certain Starship variants – are being upgraded with 50% more Raptor engines and stretched propellant tanks.

    On December 17th, the CEO revealed the plans, confirming a tweet published three months prior stating that Starship was “begging for an extra 3 engines.” Musk was likely referring to the fact that a 9-engine Starship – combined with upcoming 33-engine Super Heavy boosters – would create a rocket with 42 engines, a number made famous as “the answer to the ultimate question of life [and everything]” in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – both of which the CEO vocally enjoys. As ever, it’s thus almost impossible to tell jokes from serious, consequential plans – as is the case with Starship.

    Nonetheless, origination aside, adding another three Raptor engines to Starship – boosting the count from six to nine – and stretching its tanks could be a substantial upgrade.
    .
    With that, Ship is basically begging for an extra 3 engines
    — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2021

    Yup. Next booster will have 33 Raptor 2 engines, with 13 steering.

    Ship is being upgraded to 9 engines (3 sea-level gimbaling, 6 vacuum fixed) with increased propellant load.
    — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2021

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-sta...lon-musk-2021/


    SpaceX’s first orbital Starship launch runs into more FAA delays
    December 28, 2021
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    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it’s at least two months behind schedule on an environmental review that must be completed before SpaceX will be allowed to attempt the first orbital Starship launch attempts.

    In mid-November, the FAA revealed plans to complete SpaceX’s “SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy Launch Vehicle Program” programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) – a review that can be built upon down the road – by December 31st, 2021, officially delaying Starship’s first orbital launch attempt into 2022. Based on the lack of updates from the FAA and progress with the Starship and booster assigned to the mission, that delay was already largely expected, but the rare update nonetheless confirmed it with certainty. Now, less than a month and a half after the FAA announced its Dec 31st target, the agency has waited until three days before that estimated deadline to announce that it will take at least two more months to complete the review.
    The FAA continues its Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the proposed @SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy project in Boca Chica, Texas. The new target date for issuing the Final PEA is February 28. Learn more at https://t.co/CZy1jVb5qM. #FAASpace pic.twitter.com/NjNyUsgF4I
    — The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) December 28, 2021

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-orb...re-faa-delays/


    IT HAPPENED! Elon Musk FINALLY Reveals New Nuclear Starship 2021!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvLU_S_-44k


    SpaceX’s packed 2022 launch manifest ready to blow 2021 out of the water
    December 29, 2021
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    On the heels of SpaceX’s last launch of 2021, which rounded out a record-breaking year and marked the 100th successful Falcon booster landing, the time has come to look at what the new year might hold for the world’s most prolific commercial launch provider and its workhorse rockets.

    Thanks in part to a number of delays that pushed a significant portion of SpaceX’s planned 2021 launches into next year, the company’s 2022 launch manifest is bigger than any other year in its already impressive history. In 2021, having completed 31 orbital launches, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 was the single most launched rocket in the world – beating out several Russian and Chinese rockets operated by each country’s national space agency. On its own, Falcon 9 launched six more times than the entire country of Russia.

    However, despite how impressive SpaceX’s performance was this year, all evidence suggests that 2022 could see almost twice as many Falcon launches as 2021.
    .
    All #SpaceX's launches in one picture. From 2006 to 2021. Launch with its mission name, date, rocket visualization & booster number.#Falcon9 #FalconHeavy #Space pic.twitter.com/rUhEQx0iYC
    — rykllan (@_rykllan) December 26, 2021

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-fal...launches-2022/

    ^Click the picture to expand to a visible size:
    https://twitter.com/_rykllan/status/...030464/photo/1


    Telescope tower extends on Webb observatory
    December 29, 2021
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    Artist’s illustration of Webb’s configuration as of Dec. 29, with its Deployable Tower Assembly extended.
    Credit: NASA


    The James Webb Space Telescope extended a four-foot tower Wednesday to give the observatory’s mirrors and instruments, designed to function at cryogenic temperatures, enough separation from the hot side of the spacecraft after the mission’s sunshield deploys over the next few days.

    Webb’s Deployable Tower Assembly moved the telescope’s mirrors, still folded up in their launch configuration, away from the spacecraft bus. The telescope structure contains Webb’s 18 gold-coated hexagonal primary mirror segments and four infrared instruments mounted in a carbon composite module.

    In an update posted online, NASA said the motor-driven telescoping tower extended about 48 inches (1.22 meters). The deployment took more than six-and-a-half hours, beginning at around 9:45 a.m. EST (1445 GMT) and ending at approximately 4:24 p.m. EST (2124 GMT), according to NASA.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/2...b-observatory/


    Ship 20 Readied for More Raptor Testing | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhVqNgTWwRU

    Starship 20 & Booster 4 in BIG TROUBLE - won't be able to debut for the next 2 months!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tODPbZmohwo

    China's angry terrifying warning to SpaceX & Elon Musk!
    China has done far worse to ISS in recent years. This is a phony complaint.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGEgR9vuY4A

    FAA Delays Starship!! Why Elon and SpaceX may be looking at other options besides Boca.
    The Angry Astronaut
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVULaolVCNI

    Starship Static Fire Test | Ship 20
    See the index.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC3tbUnEyfM

    Elon Reacts to FAA Delaying Starship Launch | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5bVkBn-TW0


    Webb ready for critical work to open sunshield
    December 30, 2021
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    JWST’s sunshield deployment during a ground test at Northrop Grumman.
    Credit: NASA


    The James Webb Space Telescope opened covers that protected the mission’s folded sunshield Thursday, and deployed a momentum flap to help the observatory balance against the unending light pressure from the sun.

    The steps pave the way for a critical three days of work to open the sunshield and tension all five of its ultra-thin layers, made of kapton with aluminum and silicon coatings.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/12/3...pen-sunshield/


    SpaceX almost loses Falcon 9 booster at sea
    December 30, 2021
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    After more than a week at sea, the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster responsible for the company’s 100th successful landing finally returned to port on Wednesday, revealing that it nearly toppled into the sea during the recovery process.

    Falcon 9 B1069 completed its first launch without issue early on December 21st, carrying a reused Cargo Dragon capsule into space and sending it on its way towards orbit and the International Space Station (ISS). Nine minutes after liftoff, it touched down on drone ship Just Read The Instructions (JRTI) without any apparent issue, more or less hitting the platform’s painted bullseye. While it’s difficult to determine with certainty, B1069 appeared to be in fine condition after landing, standing roughly straight up with all nine Merlin 1D engines well above the drone ship’s deck.

    That was decidedly not the case when the once-flown Falcon 9 booster finally sailed into Port Canaveral eight and a half days later.
    .
    Another view of the damage to the #Falcon9 and octagrabber. The first stage shifted so much it nearly took out the rails on the side of the droneship. A little bit more and the first stage would have slid off.

    �� for @Teslarati pic.twitter.com/aTEYparc3F
    — Richard Angle (@RDAnglePhoto) December 29, 2021

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-fal...t-at-sea-2021/


    Ship 20 Static Fires (Again) | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_12ePNH0wTc


    Elon Musk Just Revealed THE ROOT of Raptor production issues!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a-YaXmRr8c

    ^In such an area of possibility, where results are relatively unpredictable, a researcher who depends on many different interactive factors can't rely on things like probability or optimism. For him, there is only possibility, and there is only one way to find it: find the best talent, push the envelope, and try, try again.

    This is how some of our chemical compounds have been created in recent decades. This is how Edison created a long-lasting light bulb. This is how the enigma code was cracked in WWII.


    Watch the scary Sway of Super Heavy Booster | BOOSTER 4 Dismounted
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpCxq2EqPtg

    James Webb Space Telescope is Ready for Sunshield Deployment | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oKyhbYD3MA

    Booster 4 Removed From Orbital Launch Mount | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8T7AgdNLzQ
    Last edited by Space Racer; 01-01-2022 at 10:06 PM.
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    Most videos can be watched comfortably at 1.25 speed or 1.5 speed.

    Webb Team Releases Sunshield Covers
    December 30, 2021
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    Webb’s engineers have released and rolled up the sunshield covers that protected the thin layers of Webb’s sunshield during launch. After the team electrically activated release devices to release the covers, they executed commands to roll the covers up into a holding position, exposing Webb’s sunshield membranes to space for the first time.

    https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/page/2/?...ealphacentauri

    UoL_SciBriefings_2021-08-12-JWST
    Scroll down about 2/3 to see Simplified Timeline:
    https://media.universe-of-learning.o...08-12-JWST.pdf


    SpaceX closes out 2021 with $1.85 billion in new funding
    December 31, 2021
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    On the eve of the last day of 2021, SEC filings show that SpaceX has secured another $337 million, bringing the total funding the company has raised this year to approximately $1.85 billion.

    While there’s evidence that SpaceX’s Falcon and Dragon launch business is easily profitable on its own, the company has been simultaneously developing a next-generation rocket (Starship) and an unprecedentedly ambitious internet satellite constellation (Starlink) for at least the last 5-6 years. Additionally, SpaceX developed Falcon booster reusability and Falcon Heavy entirely on its own at a total cost of at least $1-2 billion. In short, rocket development is incredibly expensive, and adding a far more ambitious rocket and an immense satellite constellation into the mix has created an insatiable demand for fresh capital.

    Investors have been more than eager to satisfy that demand, practically chomping at the bit to buy SpaceX equity or debt over the last six years. Since 2015, SpaceX has raised an average of more than $1B per year for the last seven years.

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-202...n-new-funding/


    Elon Musk Explained "Starship atmospheric reentry"!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFSFIKSHstg

    The Action-Packed Future of SpaceX's Starship Rocket
    Scientia Plus
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6WCoxbn-tw

    SpaceX Starship test Marathon continues with Raptor v2 + JWST Update!
    What about it!?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlR898EhCVg


    Webb telescope unfurls diamond-shaped sunshield
    January 1, 2022
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    Artist’s concept of the James Webb Space Telescope, as it appeared after opening the mission’s five-layer sunshield.
    Credit: NASA


    Flying outbound from Earth at a distance of more than 400,000 miles, the James Webb Space Telescope extended two booms Friday and unfurled the mission’s five-layer sunshield to the size of a tennis court, notching a major milestone for the observatory after a nail-biting New Year’s Eve for astronomers and engineers on Earth.

    The critical deployments marked some riskiest moments to ready the nearly $10 billion observatory for science operations, following its successful launch Dec. 25 aboard a European Ariane 5 rocket.

    NASA confirmed the successful extension of the port-side mid-boom in an update shortly after 7 p.m. EST Friday (0000 GMT Saturday). Nearly four hours later, NASA announced the starboard boom was extended.

    Read about the problems encountered:
    https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/01/0...shield-deploy/


    Spacex vehicles! Hohmann transfer orbit opposition Earth Mars 2022 - 2050. Best time travel Window.
    Spacex 3D Creation Eccentric
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClLQzNBz6Yg

    SpaceX Starship Booster Removed, Starship Static Fire, JWST Update, Angara A5 & OneWeb Launch
    Marcus House
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWbYWOMVkyY

    Thank You 20,000 Supporters and Friends + JWST Update | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23CMywD_-8o

    Pentagon announces to launch New Nuclear Thermal Rocket!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNeUfORzFq8

    Preparation for Sunshield Tensioning + Last Dinner of 2021 | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfEaoivBvFc

    Work Continues to Prepare for Orbital Flight | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFhuXJVHNQQ

    SpaceX Starship Booster Catch Arms First Move

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytQQwDsP4Wg

    SpaceX Starship Mass Scrapping, Orbit Test delay, CRS-24, James Webb ST & 2022 Spaceflight Preview
    Matt Lowne
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4YuF6ox1uo

    Blue Origin and ULA team up against SpaceX, but it's a funny tragic story.
    Start at 4:03.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWRn2xYxuF4

    Why Starship Did Not Reach Orbit in 2021 | SpaceX Boca Chica
    2021 in review:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVqjh3JH4cU
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    Engineers taking more time to assess Webb’s behavior in space before continuing deployments
    January 2, 2022
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    Northrop Grumman teams work with the sunshield on the James Webb Space Telescope during ground testing.
    Credit: Northrop Grumman


    Engineers activating the James Webb Space Telescope decided Sunday to hold off tightening up the observatory’s critical sunshade to allow more time to check out the performance of its power systems and overall behavior now that several major deployments are complete.

    “Nothing we can learn from simulations on the ground is as good as analyzing the observatory when it’s up and running,” Bill Ochs, the Webb project manager, said in a NASA blog post Sunday. “Now is the time … to learn everything we can about its baseline operations. Then we will take the next steps.”

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/01/0...g-deployments/


    NASA resumes Webb deployments after pausing for weekend
    January 3, 2022
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    The James Webb Space Telescope’s five-layer sunshield, seen here during ground testing at Northrop Grumman’s factory in Redondo Beach, California.
    Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn


    Mission controllers started the delicate work of tightening the five razor-thin layers of the James Webb Space Telescope’s sunshade Monday. Managers said the nearly $10 billion observatory is “hunky-dory” after pausing deployments over the weekend to adjust the observatory’s power levels and ensure motors needed for the tensioning are in tip-top shape.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/01/0...g-for-weekend/


    James Webb Space Telescope Deployments Update | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhzW-kwxpzE


    SpaceX Starship prototype completes fourth static fire
    January 3, 2022
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    In its true last act of the year, SpaceX successfully fired up its first orbital-class Starship for the fourth time in approximately two months, placing the prototype one step closer to flight readiness.

    Starship S20 first left its roost in SpaceX’s Starbase factory in early August, briefly performing a fit test atop Super Heavy Booster 4 (B4) – both only partially complete at the time. Both returned to their nests for finishing touches soon after. However, relative to almost all other prototypes SpaceX has built in South Texas in the last two years, Starship S20’s path to flight readiness has been a long and windy one. It took SpaceX a full eight weeks after that first rollout to prepare Ship 20 for – and complete – its first cryogenic proof test, in which the rocket was pressurized and filled with hundreds of tons of liquid nitrogen (LN2).

    It took another three weeks after that milestone for SpaceX to then prepare Ship 20 for an even more important test – its first Raptor engine static fire.

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-sta...h-static-fire/


    What Scientists REALLY Think of Elon Musk & SpaceX Starship
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVHtmfF5q28

    Accelerating Martian and Lunar Science through SpaceX Starship Missions
    Two links:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comm...ience_through/
    https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/in...?topic=54755.0

    Mission Architecture Using the SpaceX Starship Vehicle to Enable a Sustained Human Presence on Mars
    https://liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/space.2020.0058

    Tiles Removed from Ship 20 | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTUThJ8HshI

    SpaceX's Mechazilla HUGE TESTING "Robot chopstick, Booster & Ship QD". Starship 20 & B4 New update.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEZH40SkVfE

    SpaceX News and Starship Updates | Orbital Launch in March?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5la1D5gMM1Y

    Moving! SpaceX Just Now Tested "Chopsticks Arm" on Orbital Launch Tower For Catching Ship 20 & B4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbobHbAgPW4

    5-10 years! Can you imagine?! 🤯🚀 #elonmusk #spacex
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPxn3wHjxKU

    Elon Gives Update on Raptor 2 + Webb's 5 Layers Sunshield Tensioned | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y02xHZtPiiU

    Live coverage: Webb’s secondary mirror deployed and latched
    https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/01/0...status-center/


    ‘We nailed it!’ Webb clears major hurdle with full sunshade deployment
    January 4, 2022
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    Artist’s illustration of the James Webb Space Telescope, as it appeared Jan. 4 after sunshield tensioning.
    Credit: NASA


    The final layers of the James Webb Space Telescope’s sunshade were robotically pulled taut with a system of motors, cables, and pulleys Tuesday, clearing a major milestone before unfolding mirrors to collect light from the oldest galaxies in the universe.

    “We nailed it,” said Alphonso Stewart, Webb’s deployment systems engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/01/0...de-deployment/


    Elon Musk says SpaceX making good progress on Starship’s upgraded Raptor 2 engines
    January 4, 2022
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    As is routine, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to offer a few details about the status of Starship, its Raptor engines, and a few upgrades planned for both.

    In mid-December, Musk revealed even more ambitious plans to upgrade Starship by stretching its propellant tanks and adding another three Raptor engines, potentially boosting the ship’s maximum thrust by 50% and substantially improving payload performance. These latest details are focused on an upgraded version of the Raptor engine and on additional changes to Starship’s structural design and assembly process.

    https://www.teslarati.com/elon-musk-...gine-progress/


    SpaceX Starship ‘launch tower’ spreads its rocket-catching arms
    January 4, 2022
    .


    Update: Shortly after publishing, SpaceX began a much more ambitious series of tests with the Starship launch tower’s two main arms, which are designed to lift and (one day) catch Starships and Super Heavy boosters.

    After lifting the arm carriage about 15m (~50 ft), several times higher than January 3rd’s far more conservative kickoff, SpaceX fired up each arm’s main hydraulic actuator and opened them about as wide as they’re able to move. Unsurprisingly, the arms’ first powered lateral movement happened very slowly, obviously telegraphing caution but probably also hinting at the start of a calibration process needed to determine their full range of motion and associate those positions with certain sensor readings or telemetry to ensure they can be safely controlled. As of midnight CST, that testing has continued well into the night.

    Regardless of the purpose, substantial powered movement is a major milestone for the tower’s main arms and all but guarantees that more extensive tests and simulations are soon to come.


    Chopsticks open wide now. Awesome! pic.twitter.com/0XT938wFc2
    — Starship Gazer (@StarshipGazer) January 5, 2022

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-sta...r-first-tests/
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    Many videos can be watched comfortably at 1.25 speed or 1.5 speed.

    Webb’s secondary mirror successfully deployed
    January 5, 2022
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    Artist’s concept of Webb’s secondary mirror support structure fully extended.
    Credit: NASA


    In another major milestone for the James Webb Space Telescope, a motor-driven tripod unfolded as planned Wednesday, moving a 2.4-foot-wide secondary mirror into position to reflect collected starlight back down to the instruments that will study it.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/01/0...ully-deployed/


    James Webb Space Telescope: Secondary Mirror Deployment - Mission Control Live
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EnlaXnFcGs


    SpaceX Orbital Catching Arms Full Articulation

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiuLI8t5JWU


    Mechazilla's Chopsticks Moved and Tested At Last | SpaceX Boca Chica
    Go to 13:40
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4MsI56HBRk

    SpaceX Team Testing the Lifting and Catching Arms | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAHlGUK9PJo

    This is War! Elon Musk's Reaction to China’s Mad LAST WARNING to SpaceX!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7y2rT2v3_4

    HUGE UPDATE! NASA's James Webb survived through the HARDEST part!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRrSHbd3MnM

    Construction of Level 3 of the New High Bay Begins | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUKgGxXwTtw

    Never seen it before! SpaceX's Mechazilla Chopsticks are fully open! Elon's new updates of Raptor 2.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frTdVsUfO0Y

    What's Next For James Webb Space Telescope? | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ2f1CcXeCo

    Three BIG updates for the James Webb Space Telescope
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Q5vP3R-2M

    WAI No Comment | What is SpaceX changing on the Starship 20 Flaps?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8BwCgzz_6U

    New SpaceX Starbase Fence Installed! [Starbase, Texas January 6, 2022]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3fqSeTR_FE



    First wing of Webb telescope’s primary mirror folds into place
    January 7, 2022
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    Artist’s illustration of the James Webb Space Telescope’s port-side mirror segment folded into place.
    Credit: NASA


    One of the two wings holding three of the James Webb Space Telescope’s gold-coated mirror segments folded into place Friday, setting the stage for positioning of the other wing Saturday to complete the nearly $10 billion observatory’s major deployments.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/01/0...ds-into-place/
    Above picture shows a reflection of the secondary mirror on its tripod.


    Live coverage: Webb telescope deploys primary mirror
    .

    See the progress report.
    https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/01/0...status-center/


    What Scientists JUST REVEALED About SpaceX Starship
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYvCB4ubXw4

    SLS & Starliner: Two Disasters Bury the US rocket industry! [Boeing, that is.]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw2V0PED6w4

    Starship Recovery Closer to Reality with Testing of Rocket-Catching Tower
    spaceXcentric
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qsHUxpeX_8
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    SpaceX Starship Mechazilla Awakens for the first time! Ready for the big launch?
    What about it!?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz6Ac1RCCe8

    Spacex 3D Creation Eccentric
    https://www.youtube.com/c/Spacex3DCr...centric/videos

    C-bass Productions
    https://www.youtube.com/c/CbassProductions/videos

    LabPadre
    https://www.youtube.com/c/LabPadre/videos

    RGV Aerial Photography
    https://www.youtube.com/c/RGVAerialPhotography/videos

    First Primary Mirror Wing Deployed + New Closures Scheduled | SpaceX Pink

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv580TH1WVQ

    Next Sections for Booster 7 Moved Into the High Bay | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX2zaxywArQ

    Raptor 2.0 New Testing on a vertical stand! Mechazilla is Massive testing underway. MegaBay Update
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XUe4FdGe1s

    SpaceX's Crazy Future and Starship Presentation Condensed
    Marcus House
    Skip this video if you've been following Starship and Boca Chica operations for the last few weeks.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi5DXe_65J8

    FINALLY SpaceX Testing Their New Starship Raptor Engine 2.0 Successfully!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iebTOEc_tRU

    Elon Musk Just TOTALLY CRUSHED Joe Biden & NASA: "PAYBACK TIME!"
    First 5-6 minutes are kinda boring.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihubkzshJ80

    James Webb Space Telescope is Now Fully Deployed | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhmqxtNXiOU

    WHERE IS WEBB?
    https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/webbLa...ereIsWebb.html

    Chopsticks Undergo Extensive Testing | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBwxIfblmpY

    Starship "Mechazilla" Launch Tower Close to Operational Status, Raptor-2 Updates,JWST Fully Deployed
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojBhgYX0fW4

    Chopsticks Moved Up The Tower, SpaceX Starbase, Boca Chica, TX
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TjotMuRoGQ

    Starship Catch Tower Final Stage
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y62abrRpvHg

    Starship Mechazilla ONLINE, James Webb FULLY deployed, SpaceX 1069 Damage, Transporter 3 Mission
    Matt Lowne
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3fvvmsmCNU

    Mechazilla's Chopsticks Raised to the Top of the Launch Tower | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxFnY9DiaHw
    Last edited by Space Racer; 01-12-2022 at 03:43 PM.
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    Astronomers relieved with final Webb telescope deployment milestone
    January 10, 2022
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    Still cruising toward its operating orbit nearly a million miles from Earth, the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope completed a transformation into its final dimension Saturday with the last of some 50 post-launch deployments, the unfolding of the observatory’s 21.3-foot (6.5-meter) primary mirror.

    Mission controllers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, confirmed the starboard, or right-side wing of Webb’s primary mirror had folded into place at 10:28 a.m. EST (1528 GMT) Saturday. The milestone occurred 14 days, 3 hours, and 8 minutes after the mission’s launch Dec. 25 from French Guiana aboard a European Ariane 5 rocket.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/01/1...ent-milestone/


    SpaceX simulates lifting Starship with launch tower ‘arms’
    January 10, 2022
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    SpaceX has taken Starbase’s rocket-catching launch tower ‘arms’ to new heights during the latest series of proof tests.

    That process began in earnest on January 4th, when SpaceX lifted, opened, and swung the tower’s building-sized arms for the first time. Four days later, SpaceX performed a variation on the first round of tests, again slowly lifting the assembly up the side of the launch tower and opening and closing the arms. The most notable difference was the addition of several tandem swing tests, which hinted at more applied tests that were soon to come. SpaceX also performed some basic tests with a third Starship fueling arm higher up on the tower, very slowly swinging it towards where Starship would be standing.

    On Sunday afternoon, a third major round of testing kicked off. This set of tests was considerably more focused than the prior two, suggesting that it was more of a simulation of the main purpose of the arms.

    Starship launch & catch tower pic.twitter.com/5mLIQwwu0k
    — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 9, 2022

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-lau...ft-simulation/


    Elon Musk's Big Updates on SpaceX's Mechazilla high-speed Testing! NASA's JWST deployments completed
    Boredom Begins at 1:49.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy7lN5tppww

    Robot Chopsticks 3rd Test Complete | Great Work by SpaceX Teams | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RPqMiKtI-Y

    SpaceX Starship Tower! (Watch it here)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KOm6148p24

    See SpaceX's Starship launch tower in amazing drone video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPgaQf4pRrg

    Elon Musk Revealed SpaceX Starship’s upgraded Raptor 2 engines
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcnUJrJ6M1U

    The cynical media is WRONG about Elon Musk, Mars and SpaceX - Here's why.
    The Angry Astronaut
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSK6RuqzNck

    Sentinel-1B Power System Problem + SLS Update | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx-uZM1Q8p8


    SpaceX “intends” to start launching next-generation Starlink satellites in March
    January 11, 2022
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    In a new Q&A with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), SpaceX says it still “plans” and “intends” to begin launching the next generation of Starlink satellites as early as March 2022.

    In August 2021, SpaceX filed an application modification request with the FCC in a bid to change its plans for the next-generation “Gen2” Starlink constellation, which still aims to drastically improve and expand upon its first few phases. SpaceX filed the first unmodified Gen2 Starlink application with the FCC in May 2020, requesting permission to launch an unprecedented 30,000 satellites. While the size of the proposed constellation is extraordinary, the FCC has also been exceptionally slow to process it. Only five months after SpaceX submitted its Starlink Gen2 modification request and nineteen months after its original Gen2 application did the FCC finally accept it for filing, which means that it has taken more than a year and a half to merely start the official review process.

    That extremely slow pace of work could pose problems for SpaceX’s characteristically ambitious deployment schedule.

    One of the most daring comments, I should say, is the claim that they intend to be ready for launch of Gen2 with Starship as soon as March 2022. It's obviously impossible for this to happen but shows how committed they are. The inclinations also indicate they might need the Cape. pic.twitter.com/Rfy8A7h9Ms
    — I can't believe I really made a space-only account (@Alexphysics13) January 8, 2022

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-sta...-launch-plans/


    SpaceX working on several Starship, Super Heavy upgrades and design changes
    January 11, 2022
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    Not long after Elon Musk confirmed plans to add three more Raptor engines to Starship and stretch the upper stage’s propellant tanks, the SpaceX CEO has confirmed one of several smaller design changes planned in the interim.

    On January 3rd, Musk confirmed that SpaceX is entirely relocating one of two secondary ‘header’ tanks that Starships use to store landing propellant. A graphic sketched on the side of future Starship rings further revealed plans to tweak most of the subsections that SpaceX stacks to form a Starship, complementing an upgraded nosecone design. Finally, another design change was spotted on hardware that will eventually become part of the first full-thrust Super Heavy booster.

    Yes
    — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 3, 2022

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-sta...-changes-2022/


    It's over, Elon! What China just did will change everything...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOVeQLT8NfI

    Elon Musk just Shocked everyone with SpaceX’s Mechazilla! Ready to Catch & Launch!!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU2oMipkOZA

    They tried to take Elon Musk out of SpaceX
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ooi5T8-In4

    SpaceX's Starship Orbital Tower Prepares to Stack the World's Largest Rocket
    spaceXcentric
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljaNtdw0ZeA

    How realistic is SpaceX's idea of catching the LARGEST rocket ever built?
    What about it!?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XK-xhpAbIM

    Catch Arms Ready For Proof Load Testing | SpaceX Pink

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEi3LaQH1go

    Chopsticks Load Testing | SpaceX Starbase TX | Starship Infrastructure Testing // Jessica Kirsh
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtekO5H6Qjg

    Ballast Bags Attached to Mechazilla's Chopsticks for Load Testing | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mpZbmgxAhA

    Elon Musk - SpaceX & the whole Rocket industry were HUMILIATED by the Indian space program...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlfVCD_QlFs
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    James Webb's first thing Discovery will blow your mind!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmflNkQAiyo

    WAI NC | SpaceX's cruel ending of Booster 3 - Booster 7 improves and Highbay level 3 growing fast
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lSH6XXy5WI

    Lift! SpaceX Conducting HUGE Tests On Launch Tower With 100-Ton Water Balls To Simulate Starship
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7LLeY0V650

    Mechazilla's Chopsticks Load Tested with Water Ballast Bags | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sWomHYJbYQ

    SpaceX Mechazilla's arm lifting proof Tests with 100-ton water balls to simulate Starship...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXNZw63yrBs


    SpaceX stress-tests Starship-catching arms with giant water balloons
    January 13, 2022
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    SpaceX has begun testing Starbase’s rocket-catching arms with ballast to simulate the weight of Starship and Super Heavy.

    SpaceX started the process of proof testing those arms about a week ago, beginning with some basic calibration work. Together, the three arms and launch tower amount to a giant custom-built robot that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has deemed “Mechazilla.” Controlled with a complex system of hydraulic and electromechanical actuators spread throughout each structure, SpaceX must calibrate all of those devices to enable the full range of motion the arms are meant to be capable of. To do so, SpaceX appeared to actuate both catch arms (also known as “chopsticks”) as far as they were able to move on January 4th, producing data that could be fed back into the system’s control software to properly set limits of motion.

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-sta...n-stress-test/


    Endgame: Amazon Vs SpaceX ( Bezos Vs Musk ) | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX74G3x0Cd8

    SpaceX gambles EVERYTHING on Starlink and Starship! Why? And what happens if Elon wins or loses?
    The Angry Astronaut
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljAUwRe-2EY

    UP! Elon & SpaceX Gives NEW Updates on Launch Tower Water Balls Mass for Starship Super Heavy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVUEV2MytJo

    Booster 3 Removed from Suborbital Pad A | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3nLYVh04t0

    SpaceX’s Starship & Mechazilla literally have the biggest balls out there!
    What about it!?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGO1vfMDhC0

    Amazon's Request For Extension Of Comment Deadline Granted by FCC | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJbE0GGMkdg

    Crews Work on Booster 4's Engine Section | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5f15c3ReTo

    Musk & SpaceX conducts HUGE Tests on the Launch Tower with GIANT water balls and Raptor 2 0...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42QDMTi_SWk

    SpaceX Rises to the Challenge, Transporter 3, Virgin Orbit Above the Clouds, JWST Update
    Marcus House
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiVh-xvus_g

    Elon Musk JUST REVEALED The INSANE NEW Starship 2.0!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPdjaZg6x-w

    Spacex load test for launch tower Chopsticks with 500 tons of test weights. Boca Chica Jan. 15. 2022
    Spacex 3D Creation Eccentric
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqhcRmoenjk

    Elon Gives Starlink Update + The Cytoskeleton Experiment News | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t22o6ZR_Znc
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    Jan 15 to 19

    Most videos can be watched comfortably at 1.25 speed or 1.5 speed.

    Booster 7 Methane Tank Sections Ready for Stacking | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDS__MaSeYk

    SpaceX Completed Starship Launch Tower Stress Test, Starlink Gen2 Starship Launch, LauncherOne, Mars
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETB_01cb0AU

    Artemis 1 Update + N351SL Successful Test Flight | SpaceX Pink

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGCZS3rFIwY

    Booster 7's Methane Tank Begins Stacking | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQydvpLM-OY

    SpaceX Starship Launchpad Vent, Huge Tower Lift, SpaceX Transporter 3, Virgin Orbit Above The Clouds
    Matt Lowne
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVZcFX4qd3g

    Elon Musk's SpaceX abandons Starlink plan that Amazon objected to, but the fight is not over..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_29xXedktI

    SpaceX and NASA Lunar HLS - Uncrewed Demo 1 Flight
    NickHenning3D
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlf3VXzGWd8

    SpaceX tests rocket catching system, but is the tank farm in trouble? | Starship Update (Narrated)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl_aLsXOu0o

    Ship 21 Moved Next To the Highbay | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0b6srWeBTg

    Getting Busy
    Falcon Launches in 2022
    No Starlink Launches on Falcon 9 after February because of expectation to launch on Starship
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._launches#2022

    Ship 20 Prepared for Lifting | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MzVTYi5Fbs


    SpaceX fully installs Super Heavy booster’s ‘aerocovers’
    January 18, 2022
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    For the first time, SpaceX has more or less installed a full set of ‘aerocovers’ on a Super Heavy booster prototype.

    Designed to protect the booster from both itself and Earth’s atmosphere during ground testing, liftoff, ascent, and reentry, Super Heavy’s the structures amount to thin, steel shells mounted on metal box frames. The most obvious aerocovers slot over the top of six racks of equipment installed on the outside of Super Heavy’s aft end, giving the booster a sort of utility belt of hydraulic systems, pressure vessels, avionics, and heat exchangers. Unsurprisingly, those racks are festooned with electronics, composites, and thousands of feet of wiring and thin plumbing – none of which are particularly suited to sit a few dozen feet from the fury of 29-33 Raptor engines or near the leading edge of a hypersonic reentry vehicle.
    ...
    Aside from the steel they’re mounted on, it’s likely that every system located on Super Heavy’s ‘utility built’ would begin malfunctioning or be destroyed outright if directly exposed to just a few seconds of the hypersonic buffeting and heating Starship boosters will experience during reentry. Unlike Falcon boosters, which almost always use reentry burns to slow down and create a sort of heat shield with their own exhaust, SpaceX is theoretically designing Super Heavy to survive the full force of reentry without an extra burn to cushion the blow.

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-sup...nstalled-2022/


    SpaceX Starship Super Heavy Booster 4 ready for final testing! Massive Starbase upgrade coming?
    What about it!?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac8sXsf2DP4

    SpaceX GSE Test Tank Explodes (Tested to Failure)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLjlQ_vC7js

    Spaceflight Kills Your Blood Cells, SpaceX's Big Balls and Other Deep Space Updates January 18th
    Scott Manley
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaCdVJ7ghk8

    Exo Mars 2022 News + JWST Mirror Segments Update | SpaceX Pink
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqV0Gxkt19Y

    GSE-4 Tank Fails During Testing | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx_Ae1MDTH4

    SpaceX's GSE-4 Tank Exploded During Testing! Super Heavy Booster ‘aerocovers’ fully installed.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyjwotMwe_g
    Vacuum Technology:
    CRUD = Contamination Resulting in Undesirable Deposits.
    CRAPP = Contamination Resulting in Additional Partial Pressure.

    Change your vacuum pump oil now.

    Test. Testing, 1,2,3.

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    SpaceX “intends” to start launching next-generation Starlink satellites in March
    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-sta...-launch-plans/

    SpaceX pushing to launch 2nd generation Starlink satellites by March
    January 11, 2022
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    In paperwork filed by SpaceX to the FCC, it has announced it is pushing to launch the first second generation Starlink satellites by March, 2022.

    While some news reports have suggested that SpaceX intended to launch those upgraded satellites on Starship, this reporting is certainly wrong. As the article at the link correctly notes, SpaceX does not have to state what rocket it plans to use in its paperwork. It could very easily launch these first upgraded satellites on a Falcon 9.

    The story however does provide this interesting tidbit about the FCC’s treatment of SpaceX in this licensing process:
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    SpaceX filed the first unmodified Gen2 Starlink application with the FCC in May 2020, requesting permission to launch an unprecedented 30,000 satellites. While the size of the proposed constellation is extraordinary, the FCC has also been exceptionally slow to process it. Only five months after SpaceX submitted its Starlink Gen2 modification request and nineteen months after its original Gen2 application did the FCC finally accept it for filing, which means that it has taken more than a year and a half to merely start the official review process. [emphasis in original]

    In other words, the FCC stalled SpaceX for more than a year and a half. If the DC bureaucracy can play such games with Starlink, this suggests it might very well be doing the same with the approval of the environmental reassessment for SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility, which the FAA has now delayed repeatedly since last year. There are many people in Washington, both in the Biden administration and in the established and permanent bureaucracy, who do not like SpaceX’s success or its independence, and wish to use government power to squelch it. This story provides us some evidence that such misuse of government power in the FAA is very likely occurring.

    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...ites-by-march/


    NASA’s safety panel claims management expertise in ’21 annual report, demanding that NASA run Artemis using a “top-down” approach
    January 12, 2022
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    NASA’s safety panel today issued its 2021 annual report, and rather than review issues of safety in the operations of the agency’s various manned programs, the panel focused on proposing a redesign of the management structure of NASA manned programs, demanding that NASA run Artemis using a “top-down” approach, taking power and control away from private commercial space and putting it in the hands of NASA’s bureaucracy. From the press release:
    .
    Specifically, the report recommends that NASA should develop a strategic vision for the future of space exploration and operations; establish and provide leadership through a “board of directors” that includes agency center directors and other key officials, with the emphasis on providing benefit to the agency’s mission as a cohesive whole; and manage Artemis as an integrated program with top-down alignment. The panel also reiterated a recommendation from its 2020 report that Congress designate a lead federal agency for civil space traffic management.

    This summary captures nicely the substance of the entire report [pdf]. Rather than review the specific safety issues in each of NASA’s manned programs — the panel’s actual job — the panel decided it would look at how Congress, the White House, and NASA’s leadership have organized the management of its manned program, and tell them all how to do things.

    None of this is the safety panel’s business. Such recommendations should come from Congress or the White House, or from a specific panel created by those elected officials or NASA’s top management, tasked with the specific job.

    The panel meanwhile ignored its real job, to review the engineering of NASA’s manned program and spot areas where such work might need to be revised or fixed. While the panel spent its time in 2020 putting together this inappropriate report, it apparently missed entirely the valve problem in Boeing’s Starliner capsule that has caused an additional year delay in its launch.

    This panel continues to demonstrate its corrupt and power-hungry attitude about how the U.S. should explore space. For years it did whatever it could to stymie NASA’s efforts to transfer ownership to the private sector, putting up false barriers to the launch of SpaceX’s manned Dragon capsule that made no sense and were really designed to keep all control within the government bureaucracy.

    Now this panel has decided its job is no longer to review the specific technical and engineering issues that could cause a manned spacecraft failure, such as with Boeing’s Starliner. Instead it now believes it should be the designer of NASA’s entire management.

    It is long past time that this panel is shut down. It isn’t doing its actual job, and is instead interfering with everyone else’s.

    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/nasas-safety-panel-claims-management-expertise-in-21-annual-report-demanding-that-nasa-run-artemis-using-a-top-down-approach/

    Links posted in above article:

    NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2021 Annual Report
    https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasas-aerospace-safety-advisory-panel-releases-2021-annual-report

    ASAP Annual Report for 2021
    https://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/asap/documents/2021_ASAP_Report-TAGGED.pdf

    NASA’ safety panel illustrates the impossibility of exploration by NASA [Jan 2018]
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/nasa-safety-panel-illustrates-the-impossibility-of-exploration-by-nasa/

    NASA safety panel reviews commercial crew, tries to justify its paperwork demands [Jul 2018]
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/nasa-safety-panel-reviews-commercial-crew-tries-to-justify-its-paperwork-demands/

    NASA’s warped measure of safety [Dec 2018]
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/nasas-warped-measure-of-safety/



    SpaceX Mechazilla Mind Blowing Tests Begin + More Space News!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThHchuWSZVQ

    JWST | All 18 Mirror Segments Are Now Fully Deployed + RS-25 Hot Fire Test | SpaceX Pink

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYvhMzLzL6A

    Cargo Door Prototype Spotted With Smooth Nosecone | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1xGBn3Ng_4

    WHY SpaceX Starship Super Heavy Booster 4 will never FLY?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aao7Xo-OXm0

    SpaceX Raptor 2 Test (Throttling)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IG8OCVOnEo


    Chinese satellite in near miss with Russian ASAT test debris
    January 20, 2022
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    An illustration of objects and space debris in Earth orbit. Credit: ESA/ID&Sense/ONiRiXEL, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

    HELSINKI — A Chinese satellite experienced a near miss Tuesday with a piece of debris created by Russia’s destructive anti-satellite test conducted in November.

    The Space Debris Monitoring and Application Center of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) issued a warning Tuesday of an extremely dangerous encounter between the Tsinghua Science satellite (NORAD ID: 46026) and one (49863) of more than a thousand trackable pieces of debris from the Nov. 15 ASAT test.

    https://spacenews.com/chinese-satell...t-test-debris/

    Debris from Russian anti-sat test just misses Chinese satellite
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...ese-satellite/


    AFRL partners with SpaceX to explore Rocket Cargo potential
    Thursday, Jan 20
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    WASHINGTON — The Air Force Research Laboratory is using a new five-year contract with SpaceX to better understand the constraints and viability of using space launch vehicles for point-to-point cargo transport.

    The $102 million contract, which AFRL awarded Tuesday under its Rocket Cargo program, will give the lab more concrete data about how reusable launch vehicles could be used in future cargo missions and how the commercial capability could be adapted for use by the Department of Defense. The intent, according to program manager Greg Spanjers, is to ensure the government is ready to leverage the commercial service once industry has matured the capability.

    https://www.c4isrnet.com/2022/01/20/...rgo-potential/

    SpaceX’s Starship gets Air Force point-to-point cargo study contract
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...tudy-contract/


    SpaceX OLIT Catching Arms Full Load Test
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STf8yEAMeT0

    Oilfield Workers Spotted in Starbase | SpaceX Boca Chica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh313erPDSI

    NASA space 🚀spacex spacex news
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B8sKxjO2_s


    SpaceX rocket catch simulation raises more questions about concept
    January 21, 2022
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    CEO Elon Musk has published the first official visualization of what SpaceX’s plans to catch Super Heavy boosters might look like in real life. However, the simulation he shared raises just as many questions as it answers.

    Maybe something like this pic.twitter.com/PUBLdaewt8
    — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 20, 2022

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-roc...ses-questions/


    NASA foresees gap in lunar landings after Artemis 3
    https://spacenews.com/nasa-foresees-...ter-artemis-3/

    NASA: No further Artemis Moon landings for at least two years after first in 2025
    January 21, 2022
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    The tortoise appears to be dying: NASA today announced that there will be a two-plus year pause of Artemis missions to the lunar surface after it completes its hoped-for first manned Moon landing in 2025.
    .
    In presentations at a two-day meeting of the NASA Advisory Council’s Human Exploration and Operations Committee Jan. 18 and 19, agency officials said the Artemis 4 mission, the first after the Artemis 3 mission lands astronauts on the moon, will not attempt a landing itself.

    Instead, Artemis 4 will be devoted to assembly of the lunar Gateway. The mission will deliver the I-Hab habitat module, developed by the European Space Agency and the Japanese space agency JAXA, to the Gateway. It will be docked with the first Gateway elements, the Power and Propulsion Element and Habitation and Logistics Outpost, which will launch together on a Falcon Heavy in late 2024 and spend a year spiraling out to the near-rectilinear halo orbit around the moon.

    Essentially, the Biden administration appears to be switching back to NASA’s original plans, to require use of the Lunar Gateway station for any future lunar exploration, thus delaying that exploration considerably. Do not expect any of this schedule to take place as promised. The 2025 lunar landing will be delayed, as will all subsequent SLS launches for Artemis. The rocket is simply too complicated and cumbersome to even maintain one launch per year, while inserting Gateway into the mix only slows down lunar exploration even more.

    NASA officials also revealed that they are limiting their lunar landing Starship contract with SpaceX to only that single planned ’25 Moon mission. For future manned missions to the Moon the agency will request new bids from the entire industry.
    .
    NASA’s Human Landing System (HLS) Option A award to SpaceX last year covers only development of a lander and a single crewed flight on Artemis 3. NASA will acquire future landings through a separate effort, called Lunar Exploration Transportation Services (LETS). The goal of LETS is to select one, and possibly more, companies to provide “sustainable” landing services.

    The timing of LETS — a draft request for proposals is scheduled for release this spring — means there will be a gap of a couple years before the first landing service acquired through that program would be ready. “It’ll be about two years from the Option A award to the LETS award before we’ll have this sustainable lander,” Kirasich said. “It’s a different lander with more aggressive requirements than Option A.”

    It appears that Jeff Bezos’ political lobbying efforts have paid off, and that NASA is now reopening bidding so that his consortium, led by Blue Origin, can once again compete for that lunar lander contract. Whether the Bezos’ team will be able to propose anything comparable to Starship is however very questionable.

    None of this really hurts SpaceX. Its contract with NASA helps them develop a Starship lunar lander. Then, while NASA twiddles its thumbs....

    Read the rest and see the comments:
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...first-in-2025/


    Blue Origin "Jarvis Project" Copies SpaceX & Elon Musk got tragically failed!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRct9BO6DPk

    It's official, SpaceX signs deal to rocket military cargo around the world
    Ellie in Space
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJAf7KDX3J0

    SpaceX finally revealed its Starship & Super Heavy landing trick!
    What about it!?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DXwsUJMO40
    Vacuum Technology:
    CRUD = Contamination Resulting in Undesirable Deposits.
    CRAPP = Contamination Resulting in Additional Partial Pressure.

    Change your vacuum pump oil now.

    Test. Testing, 1,2,3.

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    Untill we reach near light velocity...space is a long ways aways. For now,Einstein is still right.

    COMMUNISM DOESN'T WORK.
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