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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. See wiki for related tags.

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Have the Starlink precursor Tintin satellites been talking to each other? If so, how?

Tintin A and B are the first two exploratory and testing spacecraft for SpaceX's Starlink program. It looks like they are in very similar orbits in both space and time, and are probably that way so ...
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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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What are common rocket fuselage designs?

I am wondering about the basic design considerations when building a rocket body. is it made as a separate hollow cylinder with standalone tanks inserted inside? is it made so that the tank walls are ...
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Will SpaceX use a special launch maneuver for the SAOCOM 1B mission?

Teslarati's SpaceX sets date for first Florida launch of its kind in more than half a century explains that something different will happen. For those that want to read the article first, I've used ...
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What are the orbits of all Starlink satellites launched?

Latest batch of SpaceX Starlink satellites went into elliptical orbit. Using all available data (launch times, release times, applications by SpaceX etc), what are the orbits of all current 300 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How many SpaceX Starlink Internet-service satellites could be deployed in a single Falcon 9 launch? Falcon Heavy? BFR?

The mass of the two test satellites being launched this month is 400 kg, but I don't believe that includes the antennae and the structure to hold and release them. Is total mass the only constraint or ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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When is the Dragon V2 abort system armed?

Or more specifically, had a Dragon V2 (uncrewed) been atop the AMOS-6 mission stage that blew up during propellant loading before a test fire would the Dragon abort system been armed and thus been ...
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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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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 was the ambient air density was there when/were Starman/Roadster first started playing Bowie's “Life on Mars”

When the Falcon Heavy test flight 2nd stage fairing opened at about 115 km, David Bowie started singing "Life on Mars". Okay, the Tesla Roadster's stereo started playing "Life on Mars", or at least ...
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Why doesn't Tesla's Roadster melt in space?

Tesla's Roadster is somewhere above us taking sunlight directly part of the time, then very cold on the next half of the orbit. Or when it rolls, one side gets hot, the other is cold. Why don't 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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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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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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What is the value of the cross-track angle between the two designated CRS-4 first stage recovery zones?

For the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch on its Dragon/CRS-4 cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station, according to Spaceflight 101, two downrange safety zones have been identified: The SpX-...
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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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SpaceX 2nd stage or tumbling satellite? WSW to NE over FL

Around 2040 EST We viewed an irregularly flashing object flying from WSW to NNE (roughly) from Jacksonville FL. Is the SpaceX 2nd stage still up there and if so, would it be tumbling and visible? Is ...
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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 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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What is “OBJECT BS”?

I checked 2018-099 in Celestrak's satcat again for the question Where can I find the TLE of ExseedSat 1, India's first ever private LEO satellite? and noticed that ...
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Falcon 9 2nd stage pusher; how far does it continue to extend as it accelerates separation?

I've just watched Scott Manley's video SpaceX's Water Landing Reveals Rocket "Secrets" (or, What We Learned from CRS-16) (again) and he mentions the second stage "pusher" in the center of the view (...
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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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How far south can one see a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida?

I'll be in Miami this Thursday 30th of March and there is a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida (if it's not delayed). I won't be able to drive north to be on ...
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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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Has SpaceX ever done a hot restart of a 2nd stage?

Another question highlighted this SpaceX commentary for the GRACE-FO launch: Now in order to fly an efficient trajectory for both of the payloads, we’re actually now running the second stage engine ...
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Were MicrosatA-B represetative of final design for Starlink?

The reason I ask is that when you need to launch 4400 satellites packing them tightly to get as many on a launch as possible is a huge component. The possible numbers were discussed int this question:...
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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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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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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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