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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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Is there any independent evaluation/report on the feasibility of SpaceX going to Mars by 2024?

According to Independent report concludes 2033 human Mars Mission is not feasible An independent report concluded that NASA has no chance of sending humans to Mars by 2033, with the earliest such ...
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SpaceX Crew Dragon depressurization for emergency EVA

As far as I know, the Crew Dragon does not have an airlock. Therefore, if astronauts inside needed to go outside for some reason, they'd need to suit up, depressurize the cabin, and then they'd be ...
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How long can Crew Dragon stay at ISS?

It appears that the first manned Crew Dragon flight to ISS may be extended due to there being only one US astronaut there. NASA is also trying to determine how long Dragon's first crewed mission ...
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Satellite communications interference due to Starlink by SpaceX

As of 8th February 2020, SpaceX has launched 242 Starlink satellites. To what extent will SpaceX's launch of its Starlink satellites affect satellite communications for other satellites? How much (...
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How long does it take to refuel a rocket?

I've been wondering how long the refueling of a rocket, say the falcon 9 takes. That's it.
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Asteroid Mining on Ceres

I am an Architecture and Urbanism student. Currently I am working on designing a space habitat for mineral mining on Ceres. I have been reading about space mining techniques mostly on near Earth ...
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How do ships catch fairings? Can fairings steer or do the ships do all the work?

A comment in The Pod Bay says it all: ...fourth Starlink payload launched. Booster landed on OCISLY. (Has now launched three times, LC-39A, SLC-40, SLC-4W once at each launch pad they own!) ...
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How fast do Starlink satellites (SpaceX new satellites) rotate around the earth?

I'm specifically interested in knowing how long they take to do a full circle around the earth but don't find any info. Could anyone help me?
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Do the latest Starlink satellites use inter-satellite laser communications?

Do the latest (as of Jan 30, 2020) Starlink satellites use inter-satellite laser communications? I can't find any info about that!
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How come the SpaceX fairing doesn't get burned on return? [duplicate]

In the SpaceX January 29, 2020 Starlink mission, the fairing separation happened at the altitude of 104 km, speed 8636 km/h. SpaceX is trying to retrieve the fairing halves and reuse them. 104 km is ...
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How does SpaceX transmit the video feed from the first and second stage cameras back to Earth?

There appear to be at least 1 reasonably high-res (500+ px vertical res) live video stream being transmitted from both the SpaceX F9 first and upper stages all the way up into LEO throughout their ...
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Landing legs problem with Falcon 9 Block 5 / Starlink 3 mission

Is this a late landing burn problem? it seems that the engine touch the OCISLY ground as the landing legs flex. Landing occurs at about T+0:08:20
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How fast could a fully fueled Falcon 9 go to propellant depletion if started in a vacuum

I guess my question is related to somehow assembling and fueling a falcon 9 in LEO then launching it. I would say if all stages were fully fulled and the Merlins were all vacuum optimized. Situation ...
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Does Dragon have any timeframes during launch where there is not a planned survivable abort mode?

The space shuttle had many scenarios with combinations of SSMEs or SRB failures where there was no planned survivable abort available because of a variety of factors (aerodynamics, energy, g forces, ...
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How will the huge SpaceX Starship be moved/ferried on long distances on the ground?

There are evidences that the current rocket by SpaceX, Falcon 9 booster can be ferried on long distances on the regular road network. Long distance road ferry movements seems to be necessary because ...
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After Crew Dragon launch abort, was Falcon 9's detonation intentional?

On 2020 January 19 SpaceX launched the Crew Dragon capsule and tested an in-flight abort, where the capsule separated from the Falcon 9 shortly after launch. Many headlines claim that the Falcon 9 ...
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Why was the SpaceX abort test not initiated by real booster failure?

Today (2020-01-19) SpaceX had a successful flight abort test. As far as I can understand, at a specific altitude, Crew Dragon fired its engines and escaped from the rocket. This test looks like a ...
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How does SPACEX capture such images?

I was watching Today's launch test by SpaceX and had a question pertaining to the method used for imagery of objects mid-air! Other than on-board cameras, what techniques do NASA and SpaceX follows ...
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Why do SpaceX expect the Falcon 9 rocket to explode during the in flight abort test?

This article - https://futurism.com/spacex-blow-falcon-9-rocket-launch/amp - states that after 88 seconds, the first stage engines will shut down, and an automated abort command will be sent to the ...
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What is the mysterious object flying by in this SpaceX video?

In the last second of this video tweeted by spaceX, you can see an object fly by on screen. Did this come from the SpaceX ship, or is it foreign space junk? If it turns out to be the latter, is that a ...
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Comparing Long March 5's CZ-5-300 RP-1/LOX booster to Falcon 9 first stage; similar Isp's but very different relative volumes

Wikipedia's CZ-5-300 and Falcon 9 Full Thrust provide the following rough figures. ...
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Has FCC jurisdiction for all the world for SpaceX's Starlink position?

These days, you can read in the news that SpaceX requested FCC for permission to change the orbit of the Starlink satellites already in orbit. Now... from my understanding, the Starlink satellites ...
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What happens between Payload deployment and the ISS docking

When SpaceX is livestreaming their CRS missions they usually end up by separating the payload from the second stage with an altitude at about 200 km. But I am wondering how the payload gets up to the ...
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SpaceX Dragon Maximum Return Payload

For one of my university courses, we were asked to assess the viability of an asteroid exploitation mission. Assuming that we can somehow mine and refine the material (platinum in this case), we still ...
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How do the Starlink satellites shine?

As we can see the Starlink satellites with the naked eye as they pass by. I was wondering about what makes them visible. Do they have large mirrors that reflect the sunlight making them look as if ...
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What is the surface area of Falcon 9 payload fairing?

what is the external surface area of the payload fairing of the Falcon 9 ?
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What is the density of supercooled LOX at −206 °C, as SpaceX uses it

I want to calculate the size in cubic meters of Starship's propellant tanks. The only figures for LOX I can find are at −183 °C. 1141.7 kg/m³ at −183 °C. Could somebody please calculate it at −206 °C,...
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Two line element set

I was wondering where I could find the TLE of a satellite ( I am looking for CASSIOPE). I went into this link - https://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=39265 but it has only got the most recent updated TLE. ...
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Space Debris and Megaconstellations: plans for ~1000kms altitude orbits

SpaceX's Starlink and other mega-constellation plans highlight safe de-orbiting features but does this also extend to altitudes higher than 1,000 kms? My concern is whether these smaller sats will ...
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Can pressure fed engines augment Starship's landing on the Moon?

Can a pressure fed engine be powerful enough to augment the landing of Starship on the Moon? How much thrust is needed to land SS if it’s brought to zero velocity at an altitude of 10 meters? A ...
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How does the SpaceX Dragon nosecone separate?

SpaceX's Dragon uses a nosecone to protect the docking port during ascent. The nosecone seems very large. 1/3 of the capsule's height large. And yet, it separates while the second stage engine is ...
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How fast could the Tesla Cybertruck drive on Mars?

Elon Musk said "Tesla Cybertruck (pressurized edition) will be official truck of Mars". Lets estimate its driving on flat sands to achieve some sort of maximum performance at 0.38 g, 0.07 bar and −70°...
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Cryogenic systems in kwajalein Island- Spacex- falcon 1

Is the LOX (liquid oxygen) required for the falcon-1 launch transported or produced? If transported, how? If produced, did they set up a cryogenic oxygen plant in Kwajalein?
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Satellite spotting

My normal activity in early morning and evening is to count how many satellites I can spot which is between 5-7. At 6 am on 22nd November I counted 51 all in single file some 3 abreast; it was ...
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Why is one Starlink satellite not following the adjacent one in this image?

The following image shows trails of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites as seen in the sky above the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile: Image Source: SpaceX’s Newly Launched Starlink ...
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Why did the SpaceX Starship MK1 prototype pop?

During a pressurization test on November 20th, 2019, SpaceX's Starship MK1 prototype "popped" at the SpaceX facility in Boca Chica TX. Do we know what caused this apparent failure? Some claim that ...
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Why is SpaceX not also working on a smaller version of Starship?

SpaceX is planning to retire Falcon 9, which would leave it with only Starship. While a Starship launch is expected to be cheaper than a Falcon 9 one, a downscaled Starship launch would be cheaper ...
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SpaceX's Starlink and astronomy

I was reading articles about Starlink and some concerned astronomers that SpaceX Starlink will lead to more space junk and eventually the death of ground based astronomy. I am just wondering how ...
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What is the difference between a “Suicide burn” and a “Hoverslam”?

As far as I can tell, the terms Suicide burn and Hoverslam have both been invented rather recently (with SpaceX themselves coining Hoverslam and the Kerbal Space Program loosely credited with Suicide ...
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What are the bottlenecks stopping SpaceX from launching more frequent batches of Starlink?

If Starlink truly has a large financial potential for SpaceX, how come they are not launching a batch of these satellites every day? What are the bottlenecks?
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Can / should the Starlink satellites be blackened?

So that they are not as visible? I assume the SpaceX engineers have considered this option.
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Falcon 9 Type Rocket with Raptors

I've seen the question "Why don't SpaceX just use Raptors in the F9 now since their better" asked here and there, and I understand why it isn't possible to do that- they're not a drop-in replacement ...
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Dragon capsule thrust requirements

SuperDraco engines installed inside Dragon capsules assume launch escape capability, propulsive landing, reaction control system and main propulsion. Launch escaping and propulsive landing seem to ...
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Power supply for StarShip?

Early renderings of the Mars Colonial Transport showed 2 fan shaped solar arrays deployed while in space. I haven seen any depictions of the StarShip with a solar array either in orbit or standing on ...
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Does SpaceX's Starship have aerodynamic problems due to its thin skin?

Looking at the Starship it looks bumpy, like the skin is buckling in places. Is that a problem? If so, how big a problem? If not, why not? I'm thinking specifically about aerodynamic problems here,...
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Who built Starlink's electric propulsion systems?

Wondering who actually built the Starlink propulsion systems? Did SpaceX develop this technology in-house, outsource or acquire a company that had the IP and bring this back in-house? Very curious ...
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Why is the Falcon Heavy center core recovery done at sea?

Why does SpaceX attempt sea recoveries of the Falcon Heavy center core instead of staying at altitude and performing a land based recovery at a different site?
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What is the expected date for the first Starship 20km test flight?

What is the expected date for the first Starship test flight which is aiming for 20km flight? Is there any news about it? Initially, it was 11th October but after September 27 presentation it is ...
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Why do two Starships dock in such a manner their heat shields face opposite sides?

In the Starship Launch Animation, first, a crewed Starship launches and reaches orbit. Then the fuel tanker Starship rendezvous with the former and docks like this for orbital re-fuelling. It can be ...
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Why don't we use sound suppression system when rocket lands propulsively?

We know that the sound suppression system (water deluge system) is used to protect the launch vehicle from the acoustic energy produced by the engines. For most of the expendable launch vehicles, it ...

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