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  1. FCC to implement 5-year LEO satellite disposal rule

    Low earth orbit is anything below 2000 km. Starlink, the largest constellation by far, operates at or below 570 km. A new batch launched to 340 km was hit by a geomagnetic storm a few months ago,...
  2. Starship S24 static fire test 6 engines (3 sea...

    Starship S24 static fire test

    6 engines (3 sea level, 3 vacuum) - standard pack. Lost 30 tiles; test, learn, repeat.

    This should be the vehicle for the first orbital test flight. Booster tests...
  3. Talks between SpaceX and Apple about Starlink +...

    Talks between SpaceX and Apple about Starlink + iPhone

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1567930757473091584
  4. T-Mobile and SpaceX closing "black zones" (Apple now in talks)

    "Connectivity Above and Beyond"

    Starlink Gen 2 satellites will include a much larger antenna, one which will be able to connect directly to most existing phones in areas without coverage. In the...
  5. Starship HLS elevator prototype Starship HLS...

    Starship HLS elevator prototype

    Starship HLS is targeting a 2024-2025 uncrewed test landing at the lunar South Pole. Assuming all goes well, it will do a crewed landing about 2 years later, the...
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    Thursday at 2000 Eastern T-Mobile and SpaceX will...

    Thursday at 2000 Eastern T-Mobile and SpaceX will announce a collaboration. The speculation is T-Mobile will roll out 5G/LTE service
    using Starlink to do the backhaul. This could be a really big...
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    Missed by ~280 miles. We live in the near-rural...

    Missed by ~280 miles. We live in the near-rural suburbs west of Detroit. Population under 25,000.
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    Nice to hear from you! Our kids are all...

    Nice to hear from you!

    Our kids are all professionals now, and our grandson is in college pursuing a medical sciences degree and a lovely young geology student. I have a feeling he will pursue...
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    Still scheduled to launch NET November, 2022 ...

    Still scheduled to launch NET November, 2022

    Jared Isaacman @rookisaacman
    Solid med & research training lately. Lots ofcollected & proficiency w/SpaceX

    really enhanced med training & sample...
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    Increasing tensions between Kazakhstan and Russia...

    Increasing tensions between Kazakhstan and Russia over Ukraine. Can't help but think there's a p ubossible impact on Russia's Baikonur launch center, which is in Kazakhstan.
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    You can have a blast diving in Lake Huron, either...

    You can have a blast diving in Lake Huron, either the
    Canadian or the US side. Tons of shipwrecks play with, especially around Tobermory. Most are shallow, the water clear. Just don't be surprised...
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    My gift: a new custom leather waistband holster...

    My gift: a new custom leather waistband holster for my SIG's compact frame option. Already had holsters for the sub-compact and full size configurations.
  13. Super Heavy booster rollout to the orbital launch...

    Super Heavy booster rollout to the orbital launch pad. Fully loaded with 33 Raptor 2 engines, this thing is effing gigantic.

    Pressure and static fire engine tests soon. Starship #24 will also be...
  14. It seems Ship 24's nose fins look smaller. This...

    It seems Ship 24's nose fins look smaller. This had been hinted at but not seen. This is likely the first orbital test flight vehicle.

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1536896085557399552
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    Doing pretty okay, down on Tesla from its peaks...

    Doing pretty okay, down on Tesla from its peaks but they're getting ready to do a 3-1 split in August. Long hold anyway.
  16. 2 Starship flight articles on the way. Bear in...

    2 Starship flight articles on the way.

    Bear in mind that SpaceX has one launch pad ready in Boca Chica and another under construction at KSC LC-39A, now preparing to stack its launch/catcher...
  17. After months of trying to get FAA environmental...

    After months of trying to get FAA
    environmental approval for their Boca Chica launches the agency report finally came out as a mitigated FONSI, of finding of no significant impact. FAA still needs...
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    Russia is an early 20th century power trying to...

    Russia is an early 20th century power trying to find its way through the 21st century. So far they aren't doing very well, and it's going to bite them in the ass.
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    A totally disturbed toon Roscosmos is the...

    A totally disturbed toon

    Roscosmos is the Russian space agency.

    https://www.novinite.com/articles/215386/Head+of+Roscosmos+Threatened+Bulgaria+with+a+Nuclear+Missile
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    NASA to re-examine space solar power

    They mention the reduced launch costs of upcoming large vehicles like Starship, which has a 9m diameter. Blue Origin's Jarvis reusable vehicle would also be in this class with a 7m diameter.

    The...
  21. I wouldn't be surprised if SpaceX offered an LEO...

    I wouldn't be surprised if SpaceX offered an LEO version of Dragon XL, the large cargo vehicle they plan to use for the Gateway lunar station. At least until Starship is in routine service.

    On...
  22. I think all of what you mentioned is going to...

    I think all of what you mentioned is going to delay the Starliner crew flight test (CFT) at least a year, perhaps longer. It really is a clusterfrack.

    If CFT slips to 2024+ NASA should just cut...
  23. Let's run through the OFT-2 problem list (so...

    Let's run through the OFT-2 problem list (so far);

    • 2 OMAC thruster failures, low chamber pressures.

    • 2 RCS thruster failures during approach, low chamber pressures.

    Almost makes you think...
  24. Starliner OFT-2 webcast begins today; May 19 at...

    Starliner OFT-2 webcast begins today; May 19 at 1800 Eastern on NASA TV

    https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

    https://youtu.be/21X5lGlDOfg
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    All Starlink satellites since about New Year's...

    All Starlink satellites since about New Year's have had laser links, and once Starship starts flying the Gen 2 birds get massive upgrades and they'll carry hosted payloads. It'll carry almost 200 at...
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