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Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, is a private space exploration company. It was the world's first privately held company to successfully launch a cargo mission into space.

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What performance specification would be lower for Krypton than for Xenon in Hall effect thrusters?

The Ars Technica article SpaceX scrubs first attempt to launch 60 Internet satellites [Updated] (found here) discusses the use of Krypton rather than Xenon in the Starlink Hall effect ion thrusters: ...
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What does this SpaceX tweeted photo show and what causes the pure red and blue color?

This May 4, 2019 SpaceX tweet says More photos from Falcon 9’s 40th successful launch from Pad 40 in Florida and 39th first stage rocket booster landing to date → http://flickr.com/spacex and ...
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How will Starlink satellites deploy from the fairing and reach their orbits?

Elon Musk posted this picture of the first 60 Starlink satellites packed densely into the fairing of the Falcon scheduled to launch in a few hours. There doesn't appear to be a launcher or ejector to ...
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Why will Starlink satellites use krypton instead of xenon for electric propulsion?

The press kit for the first Falcon 9 Starlink launch and deployment of the first 60 satllites scheduled for May 15, 2019 says: With a flat-panel design featuring multiple high-throughput antennas ...
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How will Starlink satellites be capable of tracking on-orbit debris and autonomously avoiding collision?

The press kit for the first Falcon 9 Starlink launch and deployment of the first 60 satllites scheduled for May 15, 2019 says: Starlink satellites are capable of tracking on-orbit debris and ...
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Can we get to Mars today using current rockets/technology?

I was wondering if, using the rockets we have today (I'm guessing the most likely candidate is the Falcon Heavy), we could send at least 1 human to Mars. For arguments sake, let's ignore the fact it ...
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Why is SpaceX's Raptor's design so simple in comparison to SSME?

What is especially striking to me is how simple Raptor is in configuration compared to SSME. The Raptor doesn't have an LP fuel or oxygen pump. What's even more surprising, if we are to compare the ...
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When Falcon 9's stage 2 engine fires up, does the flame of the engine affect stage 1 in any way?

Are there any specific design considerations that are made over nonreusable, traditional rockets to tolerate the blast from the stage 2 engine? As shown in this moment:
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Is this Falcon 9 on a drone ship in Port Canaveral on fire?

The Teslarati article SpaceX’s latest Falcon 9 booster returns to port as NASA hints at “vested interest” shows this tweet about booster number B1056 from Jennifer Krafft Photography: #SpaceX #...
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What object is visible in the background of the Dragon view from the CRS-17 launch?

In the livestream of the CRS-17 Mission, at 28:02 into the livestream (T+13:02) there is a flashing object visible in the bottom, left third of the screen. This object moves "up" in the frame. It is ...
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Books on Vertical-Landing Vertical-Takeoff (VTVL) of Rockets? or Rocket Design in General?

I am working on a rocket control system design and I am trying to understand the the fundamental principles and concepts to design an efficient controller for recovering and landing the rocket, ...
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Is there video from the Falcon second stage of the Dragon solar panels deploying?

We get video from the second stage of the Dragon leaving the second stage. And we get video from the Dragon of its solar panels deploying. But a cool view would be of the Dragon's solar panels ...
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SpaxeX employees on the droneship when the booster lands?

SpaceX is doing a great job in recovering the boosters from its rockets. The Falcon Heavy has 3 boosters. 2 of which land at Cape Canaveral and 1 on a drone ship somewhere in the ocean. Are there ...
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Why does the Superdraco exhaust seem so under-expanded in this photo?

The Ars Technica articles From zero to 100mph in 1.2 seconds, the SuperDraco thruster delivers Dragon was destroyed just before the firing of its SuperDraco thrusters both include this "file photo" ...
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How will Mars terraforming missions really work, how do pioneers like SpaceX plan on conquering Mars? [duplicate]

We know Mars is now dead in the water (or space), it is now merely an oversized rock hurtling through space, with a bit of atmosphere. I was reading up on terraforming the planet, and learned that ...
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Most challenging aspects of a reusable satellite scheme like this?

What would be the most challenging aspects of a reusable satellite scheme similar to the one shown in this video? For the kilo-constellations (e.g. SpaceX's StarLink with 4,500 to 7,500 satellites) ...
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What does the StarLink constellation look like now? Numbers of planes and inclinations?

In the question SpaceX's 4,425 satellite constellation - what's the method to the madness? I took the orbital parameters in SpaceX's filing SpaceX non-Geostationary Satellite System Attachment A - ...
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How to judge the compatibility and veracity of Scott Manley's explanations for the SpaceX AMOS-6 anomaly?

I was recently caught off-guard by a proposed explanation for a SpaceX malfunction which seems to have turned out to have been a joke at probably my expense and no-one else's, meaning I completely ...
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Could Falcon 9 take off without launchpad

As far as I'm currently aware, the Falcon 9 block 5 does not have the capability to retract it's landing legs once they're deployed, however: If F9 landing legs had the ability to retract themselves (...
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What exactly happened to crew dragon on 4/20?

The crew dragon experienced an anomaly yesterday during testing. It seems that there was some sort of unexpected event that resulted in damage to the crew dragon test article. This unconfirmed video ...
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How could a hydrazine and N2O4 cloud (or it's reactants) show up in weather radar?

Question: How could a hydrazine and N2O4 cloud (or it's reactants) show up in weather radar? Tweet: This is what an ‘anomaly’ looks like on weather radar. Tweet (with GIF): Dragon's static ...
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How many SpaceX 2nd stages are in heliocentric orbits?

I can think of one particularly famous SpaceX 2nd stage in heliocentric orbit that even has its own website: https://www.whereisroadster.com/ and I know one was used to send DSCOVR towards Sun-Earth ...
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Why is DSX two satellites connected by a ring, and what are all those tubes? (upcoming SpaceX STP-2 payload)

Reminiscent of a chrome-plated exhaust manifold from a 20th century vehicle. The Teslarati article SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy flies a complex mission for the Air Force in launch video discusses the ...
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What is “propulsive passivation” and why will the SpaceX STP-2 mission do it?

The Teslarati article SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy flies a complex mission for the Air Force in launch video discusses the upcoming third Falcon Heavy mission STP-2 and quotes the caption on the linked ...
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What barge height limit warning sign is Scott Manley describing? (Falcon Heavy core fell into ocean)

In the beginning of Scott Manley's new video The First Commercial Lunar Spacecraft - 20 Years before Israel & Beresheet he takes a moment to talk about recent Falcon Heavy core falling off the ...
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Why did the Falcon Heavy center core fall off the ASDS OCISLY barge?

On the second flight of the Falcon Heavy, they successfully landed the side cores at LZ-1 and LZ-2, and the center core downrange on the ASDS Of Course I Still Love You. Reports have come in that ...
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Could the BFR Tanker be used as an artificial gravity counterweight for interplanetary travel?

An alternative storyline to the Mars transport architecture: Tankers refuel starship, last Tanker gets mounted on the Starship for the Mars orbital injection burn, once on a Martian trajectory tanker ...
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Does the US Navy guard SpaceX drone ships and make sure bad actors don't abscond with critical technology on the high seas?

SpaceX loses the center core of its Falcon Heavy rocket due to choppy seas While I thought my question How vulnerable could space launch vehicles be to a “lone gunman”? was just my tangential ...
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Space-X Canaveral launch question

In the past, I could see space shuttle launches from my front door on the gulf coast of Pinellas County by looking due east on a clear day or night. I have tried to catch Space-X launches a couple ...
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What is known about these early Falcon XX concepts?

I came across this page with the following picture from 2010: I must say the Falcon X, Falcon X heavy and Falcon XX look rather interesting. Does anybody know of resources that explain the intended ...
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What would the damage radius be if a Falcon 9 booster impacted the Earth without a landing burn?

Apologies in advance if this is the wrong stack exchange for the question, but I figured it would fit here; if not let me know and I'll delete/move it. I'm trying to figure out what the damage radius ...
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SpaceX Avionics [closed]

Just wondering what are some avionics aboard the falcon 9 and heavy. also what are some avionics on the dragon? Just general avionics that play a pivotal role in space travel.
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Is the BFB/super heavy likely to have an easier time landing than the Falcon 9 booster?

Despite the deep throttle of the Merlin 1D engine, the weight of the Falcon 9 booster is less than the force of a single Merlin engine firing at minimum throttle (See here). This means that the Falcon ...
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What are these big shiny metallic “lumps” on the bottom edge of each Falcon Heavy nozzle?

What are these big shiny metallic "lumps" on the bottom edge of each nozzle of each core of this Falcon Heavy image from the Teslarati article SpaceX reveals Falcon Heavy Block 5 in first official ...
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What is the white spray-pattern residue inside these Falcon Heavy nozzles?

What is the white residue in a spray pattern seen on the inside of each nozzle of each side core of this Falcon Heavy image from the Teslarati article SpaceX reveals Falcon Heavy Block 5 in first ...
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What is the O/F mixture ratio and the ISP for the SuperDraco Engine by SpaceX?

Is it safe to assume a mixture ratio of 2.16 with an ISP of 313 s for the NTO/MMH, SuperDraco Engine manufactured by SpaceX? I am referencing the 2.16 propellant mixture ratio, and estimating or ...
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Why does Arabsat 6A need a Falcon Heavy to launch

Is it just me or does a falcon heavy seem like a bit of an overkill to launch Arabsat 6A? Falcon Heavy - GEO payload: 26,700 kilograms Arabsat 6A - weight: ~6000 kilograms Wouldn't some other ...
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What went wrong during SpX-DM1

Several times since SpaceX's Crew Dragon Demo-1 Mission, I have seen allusions to a minor fault. For example, a recent article about a comparable product mentions that After its largely successful ...
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Why is the Falcon Heavy interstage not black?

Falcon Heavy has two side boosters that are essentially standard Falcon 9 lower stage with a nose cone, along with a black interstage, as seen below. But the renders that SpaceX shows of Falcon Heavy ...
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Will a Cygnus and Dragon be on station at the same time in April 2019?

According to the launch schedule at the moment I looked (which is of course only a snapshot in time) there is a Cygnus mission (NG-11) scheduled for Apr 17, 2019. There is a SpaceX Dragon Cargo ...
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For the Starhopper testing, how will SpaceX hold down the vehicle?

SpaceX is testing the Raptor engine on the Starhopper they built in Boca Chica. For static fires of a Falcon 9/Heavy they use the pad itself, the holddowns to the pad, to keep it from taking off. ...
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How are satellites made “demisable” and what else do recent FAA documents tell us about SpaceX's plans for StarLink satellites?

Comments in chat mention that recent FAA documents show that there have been design changes in the StarLink satellites that make future builds "demisable". This sounds interesting but I don't really ...
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How does a turbopump work

I am a kid pursuing a career in propulsion, and I was wondering, "how does a turbopump work?" I would really appreciate a detailed explanation. Thanks!
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What is meant by “a high-energy geostationary orbit”? (SpaceX Arabsat 6A)

The Teslarati article SpaceX’s April 7th Falcon Heavy launch a step toward new commercial markets says: While there is some inherent uncertainty surrounding the (once again) fairly new rocket, ...
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Falcon 9 Landing Speed

I wanted to know what the fastest speed is that a Falcon 9 can land at and thus the max force the landing legs can withstand. I assumed the mass when landed is 26,000 kg (I once heard that somewhere). ...
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Speed needed for the ship to escape Mars, on The Martian movie

Based on the two speeds and altitudes that are presented in the movie: "The Martian" which are respectively 741 m / s and 1350m, 850 m / s and 1843 m I would like to prove with calculations whether or ...
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Difference between “undock” and “depart” (SpaceX Dragon Mission 1); when did it leave?

Reading the Astronomy SE question Did I see the dragon capsule on Friday night? I thought I'd check some times. Wikipedia's SpX-DM1 says: ...
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What is the orbit and expected lifetime of Crew Dragon trunk?

Per the timeline mentioned in the webcast the Crew Dragon separated from its trunk before the deorbit burn. I suppose that happens so clean separation can be confirmed before committing to deorbit as ...
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Nose cone of Dragon 2 closes only after deorbit burn

The Dragon v2 capsule opens its nose cone right after it separated from the Falcon's second stage. It is then open for the whole flight until after the deorbit burn. So there appears to be a good ...
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Why does this boat have a landing pad? (SpaceX's GO Searcher) Any plans for propulsive capsule landings?

The BBC News article SpaceX Dragon demo capsule set to return to Earth talks about the return of the first Crew Dragon capsule to Earth: Four parachutes should bring it into soft contact with water ...