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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 and a crewed mission into orbit. See wiki for related tags.

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How can the Starship booster stand vertically without falling over?

How can the Starship booster stand vertically without falling over? In my day to day experience, similar long objects (simple objects that can be easily found in thehouse) tend to fall easily with a ...
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How did SpaceX carry out livestreams initially? [closed]

The thing that probably captivated many of us here were the videos of the Falcon heavy boosters landing back perfectly. How would one build a similar setup?
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Why SpaceX have only one planned potential launch of F9 on their July manifest?

Why SpaceX have only one planned potential launch of F9 on their July manifest. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_and_Falcon_Heavy_launches It show only one potential F9 launch from ...
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How could Starship “deep space variants” improve payload performance by “orders of magnitude” (Elon Musk)?

Replying to Scott Manley's tweeted table of payload mass for a given geocentric C3, Musk tweeted: We could stretch the Falcon Heavy upper stage & increase this a lot, but FH already covers all ...
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Does the US government plan to issue “Astronaut Wings” for anyone passing 80 km forever?

Related and potentially helpful here: What kind of badge will tourists who performed a sub-orbital spaceflight receive? but here I'm asking specifically about the US government's future plans. The BBC'...
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Is or was STARGATE really being used for SpaceX launches at Boca Chica or otherwise?

The 2015 answer to For SpaceX's Texas launch site, what kind of range radar/tracking will they have? links to The Spacecraft Tracking and Astronomical Research into Giga-hertz Astrophysical Transient ...
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Keep a 2nd stage in orbit and refuel [closed]

Why does SpaceX not develop a second stage that can be used to meet with a first stage to pick up payload and refuel, thus transporting goods to orbit repeatedly instead of being used only once?
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How do SpaceX intend to transport their starship/super heavy?

One of the design constraints of the Falcon 9, its skinniness, is to allow it to be transported by truck back to the launch site. Falcon 9 is 3.7 metres in diameter, whereas Starship and the super ...
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Puzzler; what can we learn about the distance and direction of Earth from this cool SpaceX-tweeted image of Earth and a vacuum nozzle?

The 18-June-2021 Spacex-tweeted below says: View from Falcon 9's second stage Merlin Vacuum engine There is information out there about the approximate exit diameter and length of the nozzle and ...
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Just how “unreasonably gigantic” was the exclusion zone for the scrubbed SpaceX's Transporter-2 Mission first attempt?

Watching Transporter-2 Mission, currently after 15:02 in the video (after an extended hold at T-00:00:11) I heard a voice say: ...
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Do space transportation firms such as SpaceX receive a financial compensation if a launch is cancelled because of an airplane entering the launch zone

I read on https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/spacex-to-launch-second-rideshare-pressuring-small-launch-industry/ (mirror 1, mirror 2): The countdown clock got to T-11 seconds on Tuesday ...
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Which Launching State HASN'T breached its obligations under the 1976 Registration Convention?

(the wording of my question above is voluntarily provocative, but the actual question below may be even more) The context: The 1976 Registration Convention is part of a set of Treaties that ...
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SpaceX live broadcast of booster & boat's eye view of the GPS III Space Vehicle 5 were both uninterrupted; have they make some upgrades to the system?

This answer to Why does the video feed always fail during Falcon 9 landings? shows that SpaceX seems to be "getting better at" or "less shy about" broadcasting continuous live ...
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What exactly are “launch tables” and “dog bones” in the context of SpaceX's Super heavy-lift launch vehicle?

@geoffc's Pod Bay comment and link Great aerial photo of launch table with the 'dog bones' being installed. So curious how this will all play out! https://twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos/status/...
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Is there a record for unbroken series of “successful launches” by some objective criteria? Who has it now? What has to happen for it to change hands?

From the (I'd say) historic and pivotal hearing Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Defense Subcommittee (Chairman Durbin) Time and Location: 10:00 a.m., in Room SD-192 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building ...
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Does NEPA currently categorically exempt satellite systems? Is there any legal basis to Viasat's request for the FCC to consider light pollution?

Space News' Viasat asks FCC to halt Starlink launches while it seeks court ruling says: Viasat formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to stay an April 27 license modification that ...
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Would it be possible to alter the orbit of one satellite, with the exhaust plume of a rocket sufficient to deorbit it?

SpaceX plan to launch Starships towards Mars; many of them. This will involve burning hundreds to thousands of tonnes of propellant in low(ish) orbit, since each may require several refueling steps. ...
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Can we afford to increase rocket launches when we are are in desperate need to cut down emssions? [duplicate]

I love SpaceX and what they are doing with rockets and reusability, but their work is also going to exponentially increase the demand for new launches to orbit. If we are ever going to create a self ...
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Are Starlink satellites flaring?

The "Old and Busted" Iridium satellites flared like crazy because they had big flat metal surfaces for their phased array antennas (that were certainly so shiny completely by accident and ...
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What standard was used by NASA to certify the Dragon capsule controls as safe for crewed flight?

After watching the livestreams of Crew-1 and Crew-2 missions, I was curious about the certification the capsule had to go through, especially with the new control panels which seem to be largely ...
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What material on windows of space vehicles?

Submarine windows are designed to withstand extreme pressure differentials, and at least on private submarines, those are generally made of thick acrylic. I want to say space vehicles like Crew Dragon ...
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What was the thin, black object that was moving around the engine bay of SpaceX Starship SN15?

SpaceX Starship SN15 flew and landed successfully but, A few minutes into the flight, a long, thin seemingly black object was seen moving around the engine bay What was this object? What is it used ...
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What was the cause of the fire on the SpaceX Starship SN15

SpaceX Starship SN15 had a successful test flight and touchdown but a few minutes after it landed, a small fire was seen to break out next to the Fins. Why did this break out? What was the cause of ...
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Why does the signal get lost every single time a Falcon 9 booster or Falcon Heavy booster lands on a droneship? [duplicate]

SpaceX reuses the Falcon 9 boosters and they sometimes fly back from space and land on land or sometimes at sea. In the sea landings, they land the booster on a floating drone ship(mainly, Of Course, ...
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Why RP-1 and not Methane for Falcon 9's Merlin engines?

I've seen methane described as the best of both worlds---the worlds being hydrogen's energy density + pain-in-the-ass factor and RP-1's lower energy density + ... ease of use? And this has me ...
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Dragon RCS: Four controlled degrees of freedom… or six?

Would Dragon's RCS clusters allow it to translate cleanly left-right and backward-forward, like a crab? Or are they meant only for roll/pitch/yaw control + longitudinal (up/down) translation, like an ...
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Crew Dragon: How thick is the skin?

Auto body panels are about 20-gauge, or just under 1 mm thick. This is fine for many reasons: thin panels are light for good fuel economy and crumple easily for shock absorption without unnecessary ...
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How does a command sent to a rocket or rover look like?

I think the answer is quite clear. Let's say when Mission Control decides to let Perseverence move forward for 3 seconds with a speed of 10 (whatever..) What syntax would this command have? Im ...
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Why are some Starlink launches announced as instantaneous and some not?

I have not been able to find information online to chart out the SpaceX Starlink launches to see which have announced instantaneous launch windows and others are not announced as such, leading to my ...
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Was someone killed in the SpaceX Starship SN10 explosion? [closed]

At timestamp 2:44 in this video: There can be seen something that looks like a person on fire running and then falling to the ground. Was someone killed or injured in ...
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Does Starship reuse actually serve a purpose for Mars, or only LEO/Earth-to-Earth?

(In this question, Starship refers to the reusable 2nd stage, not the full stack w/ Super Heavy). I was thinking about it the other day, and I realized that I'm not sure a reusable Starship actually ...
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Why are Starship landings so difficult when SpaceX has landed so many boosters?

Per Wikipedia, SpaceX has landed boosters successfully 79 out of 90 times. Yet Starships seem to be reliably exploding upon landing. What is so different about the two that Starships are so much more ...
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Isn't Starship way too big?

The Shuttle was designed with a huge payload of 20 tons. This was supposed to not be a problem since: the reusability would drive down costs until satellite operators dropped expensive space hardware ...
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Do Falcon 9 grid fins lock up during reentry?

Do Falcon 9 grid fins lock up when extended during reentry? Or do they rely on aerodynamic forces to keep them extended once they're deployed? Could the fins flail down during the reentry burn when ...
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How big are the risks of Starship flipping during or after landing on the Moon?

Now that NASA has announced the selection of SpaceX to manufacture the Moon landing vehicle(s) for the Artemis program, I can't but notice how tall Starship is when compared to other concepts. Chances ...
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Minimum reentry velocity ideal for a spacecraft returning to Earth

During the return trip from Mars or Moon, SpaceX starship can refuel it's propellant tanks before reentry. It can use these propellants for reverse thrust to bring the spacecraft velocity to near idle ...
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How problematic is debris for Starship storage/depots?

So with the recent announcement that Starship has been selected as NASA's HLS (which is pretty radical), it's raised a question in me that been around for a while. For HLS; a Starship storage(depot) ...
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Evacuating the ISS but wait, there's only one Spacecraft?

I was doing some research regarding the Soyuz as I'm currently planning a summer project in which I would build a close replica of a Soyuz when the question popped into my mind, "What would ...
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Should the SpaceX Starship static fire tests more closely match actual flight parameters?

Under the current 10 km flight program, all 3 Raptors are used at launch. During the ascent, they shut down one at a time. After a flop and free fall of several minutes, they are reignited, with the ...
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Is Starship planned to fly directly to the ISS without first stage? Is it even possible?

I'm having difficulty understanding how/if Starship and/or Super Heavy could be used to deliver crew to LEO. Is it expected to deliver astronauts to the ISS Crew-Dragon-style, but without the 2nd ...
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Are the engines present on the SpaceX Starship Sea level engines or Vacuum engines?

The SpaceX Starship will have engines that light up in space and propel the ship to Mars. Companies and organizations use vacuum engines in space. However, Starship has to land on Mars, travel back ...
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Why SpaceX is keeping it's space industry policy transparent?

SpaceX has many global competitors, both private and government funded, in the space industry. But it is following a very transparent approach during the construction and testing phases. What possibly ...
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How much does the SpaceX Starship flex during the Flop maneuver?

Poring over the woes (and sucesses) of Starship prototypes SN 5-11, I had read they were trying a thinner stainless steel skin in later iterations. The flop maneuver places the centers of drag at the ...
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SN11 was launched in fog. Why not wait for better conditions?

The fog certainly frustrated the external observers, but it doesn't seem ideal from SpaceX perspective either. All the external observers were very distant from the launch/landing site and would be ...
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Why have SpaceX skipped the SpaceX Starship SN12, SN13, and SN14?

Something has happened to the SpaceX Starship SN11. (For full details and answers regarding SN11, check out the question What happened to the SpaceX Starship SN11?) Elon Musk recently posted this ...
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What happened to the SpaceX Starship SN11? Why did it crash?

What happened to the SpaceX Starship SN11? As per the live streams held on YouTube, I want to know what really happened to SpaceX Starship SN11 The live streams show a lot of smoke and others show ...
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Could another fuel be used in the SpaceX Starship header tank?

A memory of hexane and water in a separatory funnel brought to mind the issue of helium and LNG in the header tank while the Starship flips and does its powered landing. There was discussion of the ...
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Doesn't dirt get into critical Starship parts?

I guess that once Starship prototypes are complete they should be pretty weather- and dirt-proof. They should be perfectly sealed and stainless steel is well-suited to life outside (though sometimes I ...
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How does the economics of orbital refueling vs bigger rocket work?

SpaceX plans to refuel Starship in orbit for Moon and Mars missions. According to some other questions here, it seems like they would need 6 tanker Starships to send 1 Starship to Mars. At a glance, a ...
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Flying saucer shape rocket vs cylindrical shape rocket

Here's my hypothesis- Cylinder shaped large rocket is not suitable for vertical landing due to its high center of mass and bulky weight. However an equally weighing saucer shape rocket has more ...

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