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From: Eric9/29/2017 9:12:14 AM
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Musk Wants to Build a Rocket That Will Get You Anywhere on Earth in an Hour

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From: Eric9/29/2017 9:13:50 AM
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Elon Musk shrinks SpaceX Mars rocket to cut costs

SpaceX aiming for human Mars mission in 2024 Thomson Reuters Posted: Sep 29, 2017 3:03 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 29, 2017 3:03 AM ET


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk detailed the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved in order to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. (Mark Brake/Getty Images)


To cut costs, Elon Musk's SpaceX company has shrunk the size of the rocket ship it is developing to go to Mars, aiming to start construction on the first spaceship in the first half of next year, Musk said on Friday.

SpaceX plans its first trip to the red planet in 2022, carrying only cargo, to be followed by a manned mission in 2024, Musk, who serves as chief executive and lead designer of Space Exploration Technologies, said at a conference in Adelaide, Australia.
NASA's first human mission to Mars is expected about a decade later.

Musk had previously planned to use a suite of space vehicles to support the colonization of Mars, beginning with an unmanned capsule called Red Dragon in 2018, but he said SpaceX is now focused on a single, slimmer and shorter rocket instead.

'We want to have one system' "We want to make our current vehicles redundant," he said. "We want to have one system. If we can do that, then all the resources ... can be applied to this system. I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and be ready for a launch in about five years."


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spoke at the International Astronautical Congress on Friday in Adelaide, Australia. (Mark Brake/Getty Images)

The rocket would be partially reusable and capable of flight directly from Earth to Mars, could still carry 100 passengers, and could also be used for fast transport on Earth, Musk said.

Lockheed Martin Corp announced separate plans for a manned Mars journey on Friday, unveiling concept drawings of a "base camp" space station orbiting Mars and landing craft that would carry four astronauts to the planet's surface.

"We know its cold, it's pretty inhospitable, so we start with the robots and then we go down with these landers," Rob Chambers, Lockheed's director of human space flight strategy, told Australian Broadcasting Corporation in an interview.

NASA aims to reach Mars in 2030s Chambers gave no date, but the planned mission would be a joint expedition with NASA, which aims to reach Mars during the 2030s.

Mars is typically 225 million kilometres from Earth and landing the first humans there, after what traditionally has been seen as a six- to nine-month journey, is an extremely ambitious goal.

SpaceX, which Musk founded with the aim of colonizing Mars, is one of several private and government-funded ventures vying to put people and cargo on the red planet, and other destinations beyond Earth's orbit.

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture is also designing a heavy-lift vehicle called New Armstrong that will be capable of Mars transport.

Russia and China are each preparing for manned missions to the moon and Russia has agreed to work with NASA planning a "deep space gateway" space station in lunar orbit, which would serve as a staging post for future missions.

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From: Eric10/4/2017 1:36:38 PM
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Musk: SpaceX 'Aiming' to Break Rocket Landing Record

This WeekendElon Musk has an ambitious goal in mind



By Mike Brown on October 4, 2017
Filed Under Elon Musk & Satellites

Elon Musk is planning something incredible.

On Wednesday, the SpaceX CEO set his company a new big challenge: two rocket landings in the space of just 48 hours, over the coming weekend. If the team can do it, it’s good news for the company’s long-term goal of sending humans on a manned mission to Mars in 2024.

The pressure is on to successfully land two Falcon 9 rockets in short succession after their payload has been delivered into orbit. The first launch, scheduled for 6:53 p.m. Eastern time on October 7 from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, will take a SES-11/EchoStar 105 single communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit. The satellite will provide TV broadcasts for North America.

The second, set for 5:37 p.m. Pacific time on October 9 from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, will send a constellation of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit. This is the third of four scheduled launches for the wider satellite constellation, and it’s part of Iridium’s goal to offer mobile voice and data coverage anywhere in the world.

If SpaceX can pull it off, it’s good news for the planned interplanetary transport system that could take humans to Mars, the latest version of which Musk unveiled at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia last week. Landing rockets instead of crashing them means the company can use them again, which means humans can move further distances by setting up refuelling stations on distant planets. SpaceX could send a rocket to Mars, land it, refuel it and send it back to Earth. The key is perfecting that quick-turnaround reusability at this early stage with Falcon 9 missions.

The last time SpaceX came close to two launches within 48 hours was in June, when it achieved two drone ship landings in the space of two days, one hour and 15 minutes.

This weekend’s two missions won’t be landing on the same launch pad, though. While the SES-11 mission will land on the Atlantic Ocean-based droneship Of Course I Still Love You, which has played host to six out of eight successful landings, the Iridium NEXT mission will land on the Pacific-based Just Read the Instructions, the latest iteration of which has achieved two successful landings out of three.

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From: Eric10/4/2017 1:43:34 PM
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SpaceX's next rocket could see Florida's Space Coast add activity



Marco Santana
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Orlando Sentinel

October 4, 2017


A component of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s plan to establish spaceflight to Mars gained a critical component recently when he announced how he intends to pay for it — and part of the plan involves more frequent flights that can use smaller rockets.

By developing a smaller vehicle, with a booster and ship that could replace the company’s Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX could more frequently launch into low-earth orbit, increasing revenue opportunities.

That money could then be poured into the development of the BFR.

Musk’s plans could bring more work to Central Florida and the Space Coast, a state official said Tuesday.

“This location remains the spot in the U.S. that makes the most sense to do any serious deep-space exploration from,” said Dale Ketcham, Space Florida’s chief of strategic alliances.

Musk said the company would build a stock of Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecrafts, in case some customers prefer those vehicles, before they focus primarily on BFR.

SpaceX has plans to open a third launch site in the south Texas town of Brownsville. Along with Cape Canaveral, SpaceX launches from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California.

Another potential revenue source: A trip from London to New York in the future via SpaceX craft could be completed in as little as 29 minutes, Musk said.

In what was essentially a grand finale to a 42-minute speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, on Friday, Musk said the rockets SpaceX would use to ferry supplies and gear to the Red Planet could be used on Earth to speed air travel.

It would significantly decrease travel time, he said.

“If we are building this thing to go to the moon and Mars, then why not go to other places?” he said.

In a digital mock up of the technology, a group of passengers was ferried out from New York City to a launch pad in the ocean.

They then board the flight and the rocket takes off.

After the rocket separates from a booster — a process SpaceX rockets perform every launch — it would carry passengers into space for a brief period of time, before ultimately landing on a pad at the planned destination.

Musk at the conference last year introduced the idea of a massive rocket used to transport humans and gear to Mars known as BFR.

The potential high-speed travel is part of Musk’s continuing pursuit of making humans an interplanetary species, with his frequently stated goal being to send humans to Mars.

The first rocket to land on Mars could get there as early as 2022, Musk said.

Ketcham said any Musk’s plans may sound sensational but that he still didn’t doubt his ability to pull them off.

“The guy has earned the credibility to be taken very seriously,” he said.

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From: Eric10/5/2017 12:12:49 PM
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SpaceX
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Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—targeting October 9 launch of Iridium-3 from Vandenberg AFB in California.

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From: Eric10/5/2017 3:35:11 PM
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SpaceX Seeks Ambitious Launch Tempo Surpassing Current Rivals

Elon Musk’s company targets about two launches per month, but goal falls short of even more aggressive tempo projected earlier



The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage rocket lands after carrying the U.S. Air Force X-37B spaceplane into orbit at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport on Sept. 7. Photo: Spacex/Zuma Press

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Andy Pasztor

Updated Oct. 5, 2017 1:58 p.m. ET
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Elon Musk’s SpaceX aims for one rocket launch roughly every two weeks on average through the end of 2018, exceeding the schedule of any other space company or government around the globe.

The heady tempo underscores Mr. Musk’s strategy of relying on reusability and other efficiencies to dominate the space-transportation market. For years, leaders of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., as the company is formally called, have held out semimonthly launches as a cherished goal.

But the latest numbers, unveiled at a space symposium last week in Australia, suggest Mr. Musk has put aside for now more ambitious goals for launching swarms of SpaceX satellites and ramping up operation of a heavy-lift rocket that has encountered delays.

According to Mr. Musk’s latest projections, SpaceX by the end of December aims to blast off seven more rockets on top of the 13 already successfully launched this year, followed by 30 more next year. “If SpaceX does do something like” that in 2018, Mr. Musk told the conference in Adelaide, it will account for “approximately half of all orbital launches that occur on Earth.”

SpaceX began 15 years ago with a handful of employees located in a warehouse district near a Southern California strip mall. Now with roughly 5,000 employees, it is hailed as a space pioneer that has transformed the launch business and landed approximately $10 billion in contracts in the process.

Despite SpaceX’s accelerating launches, the latest projections fall short of targets appearing in internal documents prepared about two years ago. The documents, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, cited 27 launches for this year and 44 for 2018.

The documents projected that SpaceX would be launching once a week by 2019.

Much of the paring of launch goals appears to stem from significant delays getting SpaceX’s planned internet-via-satellite business and Falcon Heavy booster off the ground.

A SpaceX spokesman didn’t have any comment. In the past, the company has stressed that internal documents provide a snapshot in time and that projections are routinely revised as business conditions change.


SpaceX founder Elon Musk is renowned for setting highly ambitious goals as a way to spur employees to boost their performance. Photo: mike blake/Reuters

Mr. Musk, who founded the company and serves as chairman and chief designer, is renowned for setting highly ambitious goals as a way to spur on employees.

The internal documents projected four Falcon Heavy launches for this year, including a Pentagon mission, and five in 2018. The rocket, powered by 27 engines, is four years late and is now slated to have its maiden test flight in the next three months.

The documents also envisioned more than a dozen launches through the end of 2018 dedicated to the early phase of a SpaceX satellite fleet. So far, the company hasn’t reported lofting a single prototype or demonstration payload, and it hasn’t publicly laid out manufacturing or detailed operating plans.

The internal documents projected that revenue from the nascent satellite-internet business would dwarf the company’s rocket segment in just a few years. At the time, SpaceX envisioned satellite operations garnering more than 40 million subscribers and bringing in more than $30 billion in revenue by 2025.

Last week, Mr. Musk outlined the 2017 and 2018 launch targets as part of a broader presentation of SpaceX’s revised plans to build the most powerful rocket ever and use it to launch giant, reusable spacecraft to Mars within a decade. He didn’t discuss the proposed satellite venture.

Mr. Musk said the Mars initiative is expected to draw much of its funding from SpaceX’s projected boom in commercial, scientific and military launch contracts.

“I’m very excited there is a business case” supporting SpaceX’s Mars ambitions, said Greg Autry, a University of Southern California professor who was a senior member of President Donald Trump’s transition team for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Industry officials and space experts have praised SpaceX’s accomplishments so far, including bringing down global launch prices and ending the traditional monopoly on Pentagon launches held by a joint venture between Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.

Overall, SpaceX sees frequent launches reusing boosters that already have flown in space as the key to markedly reducing its manufacturing costs, as well as evenutally saving money by relying on a much smaller contingent of ground-support personnel.

If SpaceX successfully completes the three launches scheduled over the next few weeks, its 2017 total will double its entire launch output for 2016.

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From: Eric10/8/2017 3:23:31 PM
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SpaceX Rocket to Launch 10 Satellites Early Monday: How to Watch Live

By Calla Cofield, Space.com Senior Writer | October 8, 2017 10:47am ET



A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands on the company's launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California ahead of the Iridium-2 mission in June 2017. A similar Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 Iridium Next communications satellites into orbit from the same pad for the Iridium-3 mission on Oct. 9, 2017.
Credit: SpaceX


The private spaceflight company SpaceX is scheduled to launch 10 communications satellites into low-Earth orbit early Monday (Oct. 9), and you can watch it live online.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 8:37 a.m. EDT (5:37 a.m. PDT/1237 GMT), carrying 10 satellites for Iridium Communications. A live webcast is expected to begin shortly before the opening of the launch window, and you can watch it on SpaceX's website, or here at Space.com.

The satellites are part of the Iridium Next constellation, which will eventually consist of 66 primary satellites and nine on-orbit backup satellites (as well as six backups that will remain on the ground). This is the third of eight scheduled SpaceX launches for the Iridium Next constellation, and will bring the total number of satellites in orbit to 30.

The reusable Falcon 9 booster that will be used in tomorrow's launch is making its first flight, a company representative told Space.com. It completed a static-fire test on Thursday (Oct. 5). SpaceX will attempt to land the booster upright on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean following the launch so it can be used on a future mission. SpaceX has successfully landed a Falcon 9 first stage rocket 16 times and reflown two boosters this year.



A illustration of an Iridium NEXT satellite in orbit.
Credit: Iridium Communications


Iridium Communications announced earlier this week it had begun testing and validating its Iridium Certus service, which will use the Iridium Next satellites to provide a "truly global broadband service" to its users, according to a statement from the company. The 66 satellites will spread out around the planet to provide service to remote regions of the globe, the company has said.

"Iridium Certus is going to fundamentally change the status quo in satellite connectivity for aviation, maritime, land-mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and government users," said Matt Desch, Iridium's CEO, in the statement. "Achieving this major milestone continues our momentum for our mission to introduce world-changing broadband services and applications designed to help our partners provide critical connectivity solutions, both standalone and in support of other broadband technologies."

The commercial service is expected to be available in the "early second quarter" of 2018, according to the statement.

Iridium Communications announced earlier this week it had begun testing and validating its Iridium Certus service, which will use the Iridium Next satellites to provide a "truly global broadband service" to its users, according to a statement from the company. The 66 satellites will spread out around the planet to provide service to remote regions of the globe, the company has said.

"Iridium Certus is going to fundamentally change the status quo in satellite connectivity for aviation, maritime, land-mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and government users," said Matt Desch, Iridium's CEO, in the statement. "Achieving this major milestone continues our momentum for our mission to introduce world-changing broadband services and applications designed to help our partners provide critical connectivity solutions, both standalone and in support of other broadband technologies."

The commercial service is expected to be available in the "early second quarter" of 2018, according to the statement.

On Wednesday (Oct. 11), another SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch from NASA's Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying another communications satellite called SES 11/EchoStar 105.

The Falcon 9 booster for that launch, which was delayed from Oct. 7, has already made one spaceflight. On Feb. 19, the booster helped launch a Dragon cargo ship to deliver NASA supplies to the International Space Station and made a pinpoint landing on a SpaceX drone ship.

Elon Musk wrote on Instagram this week that the company would also try to land that booster again.

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From: Eric10/9/2017 7:16:17 AM
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Iridium-3 Mission

2,545 waiting



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Scheduled for Oct 9, 2017

SpaceX is targeting launch of Iridium-3 from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The instantaneous launch window is at 5:37 a.m. PDT, or 12:37 UTC on Monday, October 9. The satellites will begin deployment about an hour after launch. A backup launch opportunity opens at 5:31 a.m. PDT, or 12:31 UTC on Tuesday, October 10. Following stage separation, the first stage of Falcon 9 will attempt a landing on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship that will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

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Click on link above to watch launch live.

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From: Eric10/9/2017 8:47:33 AM
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IRIDIUM-3 in a safe parking orbit.

First stage successfully landed on Just Read The Instructions drone barge just off the coast of California!

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From: Eric10/9/2017 3:13:36 PM
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SpaceX Has Successful Launch As It Ramps Up Operational Tempo

The mission for Iridium Communications is part of fast-paced launch efforts



A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sept. 7. Photo: Spacex/Planet Pix/Zuma Press

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Andy Pasztor

Oct. 9, 2017 10:03 a.m. ET
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LOMPOC, Calif.—Space Exploration Technologies Corp. blasted 10 commercial satellites into orbit Monday, completing the first of a pair of consecutive launches slated from opposite coasts in roughly two days.

The predawn liftoff from central California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, which put the cluster of communications satellites into space for Iridium Communications Inc., IRDM +0.44% was the 14th consecutive successful launch this year for SpaceX, as entrepreneur Elon Musk’s closely held company is called.

The bright orange glow during ascent filled the night sky, and the clear weather meant the plumes of the returning first stage were clearly visible as it headed back for a pinpoint landing on a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean.

More than an hour after launch, SpaceX confirmed all the satellites had been deployed in their proper orbits.

The company previously launched 20 satellites for Iridium, its single largest commercial customer, and is contracted to carry out five additional unmanned launches for the company.

Related Coverage
  • SpaceX Seeks Ambitious Launch Tempo Surpassing Current Rivals (Oct. 5)
  • SpaceX’s Mars Vision Puts Pressure on NASA’s Manned Exploration Programs (Oct. 4)


  • SpaceX plans to put up a commercial satellite for a different customer on another Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center as early as Wednesday afternoon, demonstrating its bicoastal prowess to dispatch and organize launch personnel on such a compressed timeline.

    Through the end of 2018, Mr. Musk’s management team is targeting one launch every two weeks on average, a pace exceeding any company or government schedule world-wide.

    The company pulled off a similar double-header feat over two days during the summer, with the moves signaling increasing capabilities to conduct fast-paced operations. SpaceX officials have said their long-term goal is to launch several times a day and quickly turn around reused boosters more akin to commercial aircraft than traditional rocketry.

    The Air Force recently suggested it is moving toward the ability to launch two rockets from various Florida pads on the same day. To boost its overall launch capability and avoid delays often associated with sharing Florida facilities with the Pentagon, SpaceX is building a separate pad near Brownsville, Texas. But that facility has been delayed by at least a couple of years and isn’t likely to begin operations until the end of the decade.

    Wednesday’s launch in Florida is scheduled to precede the first launch of a larger, more-powerful derivative of the Falcon 9, called the Falcon Heavy, featuring three times as many engines and a substantially greater payload capacity. The beefed-up rocket is slated to blast off from the same Florida pad before the end of the year.

    But emergence of the Falcon Heavy, roughly four years later than initially proposed, comes as the market generally is shrinking for such heavy-lift rockets tailored to handle the largest commercial payloads. Instead, commercial-fleet operators increasingly are looking to buy and launch midsize and smaller satellites designed to be more flexible and efficient, particularly serving mobile users.

    The company hasn’t indicated when the second Falcon Heavy is likely to go up. Mr. Musk has said development, which cost roughly $1 billion, turned out to be more difficult than anticipated—or “crazy hard” as he described it during a March press conference.

    Meanwhile, SpaceX and other aerospace contractors are maneuvering to determine whether the National Aeronautics and Space Administration intends to pursue possible public-private partnerships to send astronauts back to the moon. Career NASA officials are devising new strategies to respond to initiatives by private companies to explore the solar system, though the White House hasn’t proposed anything specific.

    Mr. Musk’s own plan to send humans to Mars envisions ultimately phasing out both Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets, replacing them with an even more powerful deep-space booster, called the BFR.

    Separately from that proposal, Mr. Musk previously disclosed plans to send an unmanned capsule to Mars, perhaps as soon as 2018, as part of his ultimate vision for a private enterprise to colonize the red planet.

    Over the years, Mr. Musk has repeatedly said his top-priority goal—more important than the economic success of his separate space and electric-car companies—is to build colonies on Mars, envisioning thousands of inhabitants served by airline-like flights to and from earth.

    SpaceX also is seeking to garner more Pentagon launches in the next few years. Last week, the Air Force released a request for industry proposals for prototypes of next-generation rockets. Planning to use some version of public-private partnerships, Pentagon brass are looking for all-domestic options able to transport military communications satellites as well as spy payloads in the next decade.

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