Category: General News

SpaceX Completes 5x Recycled Falcon 9 Static Fire Test for Next Starlink Launch Targeting May 17: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM TITUSVILLE, FL – SpaceX engineers completed a successful morning time static fire test of the now 5 times recycled Falcon 9 first stage and engines on Wednesday, May 13 for the upcoming eighth Starlink launch of broadband internet satellites now targeting Sunday middle-of-the-night from the Florida Space Coast – although stormy weather could intervene. Furthermore and

NASA Buys More SLS Rocket Engines for Future Artemis Missions

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – On the heels of awarding contracts to a trio of U.S. companies to design and develop the critical human landing system under NASA’s Artemis moon landing program, the agency has announced a contract award to purchase all the additional rocket engines to power four more missions of the Space Launch System (SLS)

Ingenuity – Alabama High School Junior Names 1st Ever Red Planet Helicopter for NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Perseverance

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Ingenuity has been chosen as the name for the small but innovative and groundbreaking spacecraft that will mark NASA’s first attempt at powered flight on another planet as part of NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission – and the name was submitted by Alabama High School junior student Vaneeza Rupani. NASA’s 2020

SpaceX Retracts All 4 Recycled Falcon 9 Starlink Landing Legs for Cape Transport after Craning Off OCISLY Droneship: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL – Despite a slightly harder landing than normal landing on the OCISLY droneship minutes after last weeks Starlink mission blastoff on Apr. 22, SpaceX workers successfully retracted all four of the recycled Falcon 9 1st stage landing legs in a single afternoon in Port Canaveral on Tuesday April 28, after craning it off

Recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 Streaks to Orbit on Stunning Starlink-6 Launch Expanding Constellation to Over 400: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – A four time recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket streaked to orbit Wednesday afternoon on a stunning launch from the Florida Space Coast successfully carrying the next batch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites to orbit and thereby expanding the constellation to over 400 – and then landing the first stage on an

SpaceX Completes Static Fire Test for Next Starlink Launch Targeting April 23: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM TITUSVILLE, FL – SpaceX engineers finally completed a successful lunchtime static fire test of the Falcon 9 first stage engines on Friday, April 17 for the upcoming seventh Starlink launch of  broadband internet satellites now targeting Thursday from the Florida Space Coast – amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has forced closures of public places, schools