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Starship prototype damaged in tanking test
Posted: Sat, Nov 23 10:11 AM ET (1511 GMT)
Starship Mark 1 after test failure (NSF/bocachicagal) The first prototype of SpaceX Starship vehicle was damaged during testing Wednesday. The Starship Mark 1 tanks were being pressurized for a test at SpaceX's Boca Chica, Texas, site when a bulkhead ruptured, causing a plume of material to erupt from the top of the vehicle and tossing part of it into the air. The company said there were no injuries during the incident, and claimed it was "not a serious setback." Company CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Starship Mark 1 at an event nearly two months ago, saying that the vehicle would fly to 20 kilometers in the next one of two months. In a statement after Wednesday's anomaly, SpaceX said the company had already decided not to fly the Mark 1 vehicle, a decision it had not previously disclosed. SpaceX will instead turn its attention to a Mark 3 version under construction.


NASA adds five companies to CLPS program
Posted: Sat, Nov 23 10:05 AM ET (1505 GMT)
SpaceX Starship on the Moon (SpaceX) NASA added five companies, including Blue Origin and SpaceX, to its commercial lunar lander program. Those companies, along with Ceres Robotics, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, received contracts Monday for NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. The companies join nine others eligible to compete for task orders to deliver NASA payloads to the surface of the moon. NASA emphasized landers with larger payload capacities in this competition, with Blue Origin offering its Blue Moon lander and SpaceX its Starship vehicle, which the company says could land up to 100 metric tons on the moon.


FCC to hold public auction of satellite C-band spectrum
Posted: Sat, Nov 23 10:01 AM ET (1501 GMT)
The chairman of the FCC said Monday he now backs a public auction of satellite C-band spectrum, a decision that could deprive satellite operators...


GAO upholds part of Blue Origin protest of Air Force launch competition
Posted: Sat, Nov 23 9:58 AM ET (1458 GMT)
The Government Accountability Office sided with Blue Origin in the company's protest of an Air Force launch competition. The GAO said it sustained the...


China launches two smallsats
Posted: Sat, Nov 23 9:51 AM ET (1451 GMT)
China launched a pair of small satellites Sunday. The Kuaizhou-1A lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 5 am EST (1000 GMT,...





Friday, December 6
America seeks faster ways to launch military satellites
The Economist — 5:02 am ET (1002 GMT)
Netflix and Virgin Galactic shine positive light on state
KOB-TV Albuquerque — 5:01 am ET (1001 GMT)
Lights spotted in sky over Adelaide and WA were SpaceX satellites, astronomer says
Australian Broadcasting Corporation — 4:58 am ET (0958 GMT)
Dreams of Space, Skepticism and the Right
Splice Today — 4:57 am ET (0957 GMT)
The ethics of space exploration
The Strand — 4:50 am ET (0950 GMT)
Astronaut talks space photography
Yale Daily News — 4:48 am ET (0948 GMT)
Virgin Galactic touts major progress as it prepares to fly
Albuquerque Journal — 4:47 am ET (0947 GMT)
Finding Vikram
The Asian Age — 4:45 am ET (0945 GMT)
The Mystery at the Center of the Solar System
The Atlantic — 4:45 am ET (0945 GMT)
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Explains Bennu Mystery Particles
NASA/JPL — 4:43 am ET (0943 GMT)
New instrument extends LIGO’s reach
MIT — 4:37 am ET (0937 GMT)
New clues to the Milky Way’s age
Cosmos Magazine — 4:35 am ET (0935 GMT)


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