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PHOPIK Travel Tripod

This is the tripod I use for my remote camera's which I leave at launch pads.

MIOPS Smart Trigger

This is the sound trigger I use in my Remote setup. The convenience of the system is unbeatable.

Starship Superheavy orbital launch tower completion, 100th raptor engine built & more Elon tweets this week

This week, SpaceX has added the final section to the orbital Starship launch tower, integrated the orbital launch table, and completed a great deal of work on their first Superheavy booster slated for flight, booster 4.

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Ariane 5 launches satellites into geostationary orbit

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[Update: Nauka module arrived at ISS] New International Space Station module ‘Nauka’ overcomes issues while in orbit

On July 21st, a new module to join the International Space Station launched on a Proton rocket into orbit. Since then numerous issues with the Nauka module have cropped up, but recently, it seems to be trending well.

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Apple TV+ seemingly signs off on fourth ‘For All Mankind’ season during S3 production

‘For All Mankind’ has captivated audiences for two seasons with a look at what may have happened if the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union had continued. Now, it appears that Apple TV+ has seemingly green lit For All Mankind season 4, in addition to the third season which is filming now.

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Top stories this week: Blue Origin fly oldest and youngest humans, Falcon Heavy to launch Europa Clipper, and more

This week, the focus has been on Blue Origin. On Tuesday, they completed the first crewed flight of New Shepard, flying the oldest and youngest person to ever visit space.

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Elon tweets this week: Super Heavy static fire, smaller Starship fins and a new high bay

While the news this week primarily focused on Blue Origin’s flight to space on Tuesday, SpaceX has continued to work towards the first flight of Starship Super Heavy. This week, Super Heavy had its first static fire, while Starship may see some slight design changes moving forward.

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Blue Origin launches youngest and oldest humans to space alongside Jeff and Mark Bezos

It has been over a month since Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos announced he was flying to space. After decades of development, and many test flights of the New Shepard rocket, the day finally arrived.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Falcon 9 reuse

SpaceX has stood out from other rocket companies in their determination to reuse their Falcon 9 boosters as much as possible. Below are some FAQs of booster reuse.

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Top stories this week: Astronaut Doug Hurley retires, 18 year old flying to space on New Shepard & more

This week, the fourth crew member to fly on New Shepard was announced, A Shortfall of Gravitas arrived in Florida, and Astronaut Doug Hurley announced his retirement.

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Elon tweets this week: Starlink internet latency improvements, Falcon 9 reusability, and more

This week on Twitter, Elon addressed some major planned improvements to the constellation of Starlink internet satellites, and the advantages Starlink has over traditional internet connections.

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Boeing Starliner capsule secured to Atlas V rocket in preparation for Orbital Flight Test 2

Boeing’s Starliner Capsule for Orbital Flight Test 2 began its rollout from the company’s processing facility to ULA’s vertical integration facility. The capsule has been secured to the Atlas V rocket which will launch it to the International Space Station at the end of the month.

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A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship arrives in Port Canaveral to support SpaceX Falcon 9 launches

SpaceX’s latest droneship left Port Fourchon, Louisiana where it was constructed last Friday, and this morning, arrived in Port Canaveral Florida.

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Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin’s Club for the Future make $219 million in donations

Today was a great day for Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin. Bezos is making a $200 million dollar donation to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, while the charity Club for the Future is making 19 $1 million grants to space-related organizations.

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Top stories this week: Richard Branson reaches space, Dragon Capsule returns, and more

This has been a busy week in spaceflight. Many of the major space companies have had notable events; from Richard Branson’s flight to space with Virgin Galactic to Relativity Space’s strongback install.

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Elon tweets this week: New raptor production facility, more raptors on Starship, a new droneship and more

While the focus in space this week has been on Virgin Galactic, Elon still shared many notable pieces of information about SpaceX on Twitter.

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Virgin Galactic announces sweepstakes for a trip to space

Following a successful flight to space, Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic is partnering with Omaze for a trip giveaway for you and a guest.

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Elon tweet brings some much-needed unity between private space companies

The last few weeks have seen some fierce competition and mudslinging between private spaceflight companies. From Elon Musk’s criticisms of ULA and Blue Origin, to Blue Origin’s criticism of Virgin Galactic, there has been very little peace on Space Twitter recently. That’s why Elon Musk’s recent reply to Richard Branson was so nice to see.

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SpaceX’s new droneship, A Shortfall of Gravitas, starts journey to Florida

When this SpaceX’s droneship, A Shortfall of Gravitas, left Port Fourchon this morning, we thought it was just for sea trials. Based on the ship’s most recent movement, it seems like ASOG is already on its way to Florida.

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SpaceX droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas undergoes initial sea-trials [Drone Video]

We’ve been following the construction of SpaceX’s latest autonomous droneship, A Shortfall of Gravitas (ASOG), for the past few months. Early this morning, ASOG started its first sea trial just outside of Port Fourchon, and now Elon Musk shared an aerial video of the ship.

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Atlas V en-route to Vandenberg for Landsat-9 mission (Update: Arrived)

Recently, an Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft believed to be carrying an Atlas V booster took off from Huntsville, Alabama on its way to Lompoc, California.

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Mars Helicopter Ingenuity completes 9th flight over Fourth of July weekend

Since we last covered Ingenuity, shortly after its sixth flight, it has been hard at work exploring the Martian surface. Ingenuity has certainly proved useful to Martian exploration, making these flights look routine.

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Top stories this week: Richard Branson vs. Jeff Bezos, Transporter-2 launch, SLS pathfinder at museum

This has been a busy week for space news. We’ve had three launches, billionaires announcing their flights to space, SLS pathfinder is on the move, and Wally Funk will fly to space very soon.

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Elon tweets this week: Elon fires shots at ULA & Blue Origin, Starship Superheavy and Raptor updates

Starting with Elon’s 50th birthday on Monday, he’s been extremely active on Twitter. This busy week in space news has featured a lot of back and forth between the billionaire owners of the industry.

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SpaceX launches 88 satellites during second dedicated rideshare mission [Gallery]

Yesterday, SpaceX launched the Transporter-2 mission, their second dedicated rideshare mission. The Falcon 9 took flight from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and carried 88 satellites into Sun-Synchronous Orbit.

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Starlink Timeline: A breakdown of events and launches for the SpaceX satellite constellation

Updated with June 30th’s Transporter-2 launch.


SpaceX has been launching so many Starlink missions they have become a regular occurrence on Florida’s Space Coast. With this many launches, it has become hard to keep track of all the important moments from the Starlink program. We have both a timeline of major events; and a table of every Starlink launch at the bottom of the article.

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Top stories this week: ASOG updates, ISS solar panel installation, CFT booster arrives in Florida

While this week has been devoid of launches, it was far from an uneventful week in space news. We’ve had spacewalks occurring at the ISS, the arrival of ULA’s Atlas V booster for CFT, and brand new exclusive updates on SpaceX’s newest droneship.

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Elon tweets this week: Starlink for airplanes, Starship updates, and competition in space

Elon Musk is known for his online antics and market-moving jokes. His Twitter account also provides a wealth of information.

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SpaceX droneship OCISLY passes through Panama Canal on way to West Coast

We’ve been covering the construction on SpaceX’s news addition to the Eastern fleet, A Shortfall of Gravitas. ASOG will soon be taking the place of the droneship Of Course I Still Love You which is moving to the west coast.

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Sierra Space to provide integration for a nuclear propulsion system

In a press release today, Sierra Space announced that they will be supplying propulsion components and integration services for a nuclear thermal propulsion system under DARPA’s DRACO program.

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$28 million bid wins auction for flight to space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket

Today, Blue Origin held the final live auction for a seat on the first crewed launch of their launch vehicle, New Shepard.

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Viewing Thursday’s Ring of Fire eclipse

This Thursday, June 10th, a ring-of-fire eclipse will be visible across the northern hemisphere. The Moon will cast its shadow onto the Earth, this is in contrast to the recent Lunar eclipse, where the Earth cast its shadow onto the surface of the moon.

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Interview with Dr. Ed Kelly on the Kidney Cells-02 Experiment launched on CRS-22 [Video]

On Thursday, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9, carrying a Dragon 2 capsule to the International Space Station for CRS-22.

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Review: Unistellar eVscope eQuinox is the easy-to-use telescope for iPhone and Android

In 2017, Unistellar released the original eVscope as part of a Kickstarter. Now, Unistellar is releasing its next product, the eVscope eQuinox.

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Debris struck International Space Station’s robotic arm, Station and arm remain unaffected

During a routine inspection on May 12th, astronauts noticed damage to one of Canadarm2’s boom segments. The damage, limited to a thermal blanket and part of the arms boom, is not expected to limit the arms operations.

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Mars Helicopter Ingenuity survives sixth flight despite in-flight anomaly

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity was originally expected to complete its campaign after just five flights. After extraordinary performance on in the initial flights, demonstrating the possibility of powered flight on Mars, NASA JPL decided to extend the campaign to gather more information.

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What is Starlink? An overview of SpaceX’s satellite internet service

First announced in 2015, Starlink is a constellation of satellites by SpaceX intended to provide a high-speed and low-latency connection to the internet anywhere in the world. SpaceX hopes to bring the connection speed of Starlink up to 10 Gigabits per second.

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Viewing tonights Supermoon Eclipse

Early tomorrow morning, there will be a lunar eclipse visible across the western United States. This will be the first time in six years that we have seen a total solar eclipse occur with a supermoon.

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Discovery and Science channels Demo-2 coverage nominated for two Daytime Emmy awards

Earlier today, the nominees for the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced. Among the nominees, was the Discovery and Science Channel’s coverage of the United States’ historic return to Crewed Spaceflight last year, Demo-2.

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Has SpaceX replaced one of their robotic dogs?

Since SpaceX first acquired a Boston Dynamics Spot robot last year, they have served as vital tools for inspecting areas where it is not safe for humans to be located. During my recent trip to Boca Chica, I noticed that something had changed on SpaceX’s first robotic dog, Zeus.

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Discovery Channel’s ‘Who wants to be an astronaut’ entrants to compete to visit ISS

Discovery Channel just put out a casting call for a new TV show, “Who wants to be an Astronaut?” The prize? Well, a visit to the International Space Station of course!

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A look back at 2009 Elon Musk’s vision for the future

In 2009, Elon Musk wrote an article titled, “Risky Business” discussing his goals for the future and the challenges overcome thus far since SpaceX’s founding.

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First batch of new ISS solar panels loaded into SpaceX Dragon’s trunk

The aging International Space Station has outlived its planned 15-year lifespan. As a result, the original solar panel arrays are show signs of degradation and will be supplemented by six new solar arrays.

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Virgin Galactic achieves human spaceflight from Spaceport America

After an unsuccessful attempt to reach space last December, today, Virgin Galactic reached space from Spaceport America earlier today with Pilots CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay aboard VSS Unity.

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NASA JPL hosts talk discussing cameras on Mars

Marc Razze and Brian White from the Public Services Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory yesterday hosted a live online talk about the cameras in space.

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity spots Perseverance Rover on Mars surface while in flight

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity completed its third flight on Sunday. Images and video have been arriving back on Earth since then, and on Tuesday a notable image arrived.

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SpaceX Crew-2 astronaut launch and booster return, ‘Shot on iPhone’ edition

On April 23 at 5:49 a.m. EDT, SpaceX launched their Crew-2 mission. Its Falcon 9 rocket carried astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet to the International Space Station in Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour.

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Mars Helicopter team holds AMA

At 4pm Eastern, the Mars Helicopter team will be having a Reddit Ask Me Anything.

[Gallery] SpaceX launches Crew 2 on a reflown booster and Crew Dragon capsule

On April 23rd, at 5:49 ET SpaceX launched a Dragon 2 Crew Capsule to the International Space Station.

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