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# SpaceX

This month
September 2023
Elon Musk's SpaceX Starship to remain grounded after explosion probe
The company must comply to prevent a repeat of the spectacular explosion that marred its first orbital test flight.
Elon Musk says he blocked a Ukrainian attack on Russia's Black Sea fleet
Musk declined Kyiv’s request to activate internet access in the Black Sea near Moscow-annexed Crimea.
This year
2023
Elon Musk's SpaceX Starship explodes minutes after test launch of world's biggest rocket
Starship did not separate correctly from its second stage and exploded.
Elon Musk's SpaceX postpones launch of mammoth Starship rocket
The rocket was due to blast off from Starbase, the SpaceX spaceport in Boca Chica, Texas this afternoon.
Astronauts return to Earth after five-month mission at the International Space Station
Their capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Florida coast near Tampa.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off for International Space Station
The SpaceX Dragon Crew-6 mission launched at 05:34 Irish time this morning from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre.
SpaceX Dragon crew to blast off for ISS after cancelled Monday launch
The launch was scrubbed on Monday just minutes before liftoff because of a clog in a filter that supplies ignition fluid to start the engines.
Last-minute problem keeps SpaceX rocket grounded
Countdown was halted with just two minutes until lift-off at the Kennedy Space Centre.
Last year
2022
Elon Musk is no longer the richest person in the world
He has been knocked from top spot by French billionaire Bernard Arnault.
Japanese startup, carrying DCU lab samples, launches historic moon mission
The DCU samples will be used to study how moon dust adheres to different surfaces.
SpaceX again postpones launch of moon lander carrying DCU samples
Until now, only the United States, Russia and China have managed to put a robot on the lunar surface.
SpaceX mission carrying DCU samples to the moon postponed by 24 hours
The samples are set to become the first Irish samples to reach the moon since the 1970s.
Elon Musk: SpaceX might keep funding satellite service in Ukraine
His tone and wording also raised the possibility that the Tesla boss was just being sarcastic.
Elon Musk denies sexual misconduct allegation by flight attendant
Musk, who is in the process of buying Twitter, used the platform to respond to the allegation.
First Nasa crew comprised equally of men and women heads to ISS on SpaceX flight
The crew, including Jessica Watkins, the first black woman making a long-term spaceflight, will spend five months at the orbiting lab.
SpaceX launches three private visitors to space station for €50 million each
It is SpaceX’s first private charter flight to the orbiting lab after two years of carrying astronauts there for Nasa.
Musk 'highly confident' of Starship orbital launch this year
Musk wants to colonize Mars as a “life insurance” in case of catastrophe on Earth.
SpaceX satellites falling out of orbit after solar storm, but experts say no danger posed
SpaceX says the storm made the atmosphere denser, which increased the drag on the satellites.
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China complains to US that Elon Musk satellite nearly struck space station
A foreign ministry spokesman accused Washington yesterday of ignoring its treaty obligations.
Nasa’s newest X-ray telescope rockets into orbit
Scientists said the observatory will unveil the most dramatic and extreme parts of the universe as never before.
ISS astronauts return to Earth in SpaceX craft after six-month mission
Their four replacements could be launched as early as tomorrow night.
Space tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown
The SpaceX capsule carrying four space tourists landed in the Atlantic after three days in orbit.
SpaceX launches first completely civilian-crewed rocket into orbit as Chinese astronauts return
The Dragon capsule’s two men and two women will spend three days circling the world.
Man-made 'space junk' is already making it more difficult to explore the final frontier
So what are organisations like the European Space Agency doing about it?
Elon Musk's SpaceX is helping a broadband 'dead-zone' in Cork to get better internet
“I tabled a question to Tesla on their noticeboard, and it was picked up on… I was then contacted directly by SpaceX.”
SpaceX Starship makes clean landing in latest test flight
This latest upgraded version of SpaceX’s full-scale, stainless steel, bullet-shaped rocket ship soared more than six miles over the Gulf of Mexico.
SpaceX returns four astronauts to Earth in rare night splashdown
The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico, ending the second astronaut flight for Elon Musk’s company.
SpaceX launches third crew on recycled rocket with computer experiment by two Irish schoolgirls on board
The 17-year-old are the first Irish students to have had their computer experiment for the International Space Station accepted.
Space trio return to Earth after six months aboard orbiting station
A Nasa astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan.
SpaceX Starship completes landing but then explodes in latest test
Two previous test flights had crash-landed in fireballs.
SpaceX rocket deploys record-setting cargo
The rocket, which launched from Florida, carried a record number of satellites on board.
SpaceX launches supply ship packed with Christmas treats to space station
The Dragon should reach the International Space Station on Monday.
SpaceX capsule with four astronauts successfully reaches International Space Station
The four astronauts aboard the Dragon capsule will remain at the ISS for six months.
SpaceX launches four astronauts to International Space Station
The flight to the space station – 27.5 hours door to door – should be entirely automated.
Splashdown! Nasa astronauts safely return to Earth after historic SpaceX mission
The capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico at the expected time of 7.48pm.
Astronauts from historic SpaceX launch prepare for Nasa's first ocean splashdown in 45 years
Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are set to come back to Earth tomorrow evening.
WATCH: SpaceX launches dozens of satellites in Starlink mission
A new batch of 58 Starlink internet satellites and three Earth-observation satellites were launched.
'Please come aboard': SpaceX crew enter International Space Station after historic journey
Docking took place at 3.16pm Irish time and the astronauts entered some three hours later.
Lift off! Historic first as SpaceX rocket carries Nasa astronauts into orbit
It is the first time a private company has carried people into space.
SpaceX launch of Nasa astronauts postponed due to bad weather
The launch will be attempted again on Saturday.