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SpaceX Starship wins NASA lunar lander contract for crewed missions

NASA is still on a big Moon 2024 push and they want to get astronauts on the surface of the Moon. On April 30, 2020 they announced three big lunar lander contracts for their upcoming Moon 2024 crewed missions. See details about the contracts here!

SpaceX Starship SN4 Passes Critical Cryo Proof Test

The first full-scale Starship prototype for SpaceX has finally completed its cryogenic pressure test! What exactly does that mean and what's up next? We're talking about that today.

By |2020-05-01T17:10:40-04:00April 28th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

DIY Building a Custom Live Streaming & Gaming PC

We do a lot of live streaming over on our YouTube Channel for our own weather balloon flights along with various SpaceX rocket launches & events.  To facilitate that, we need a powerful PC and it was time to build a new one.  Here's what we did to get our own custom built PC good enough for any live streaming or even gaming!

By |2020-04-27T14:50:54-04:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

SpaceX now has 420 satellites in orbit after latest Starlink launch

SpaceX successfully launched another set of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit to reach a total of 420 satellites in low Earth orbit for their massive internet service constellation.

By |2020-04-23T17:48:38-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Two more astronauts added to SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission to the ISS

NASA and SpaceX are under two months away from their currently scheduled launch date for the first crewed missions of American astronauts, on American rockets, from American soil; but that doesn't mean it's too early to plan for what's coming after that.

By |2020-04-02T22:58:22-04:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

SpaceX to launch Dragon XL cargo capsule for NASA’s Lunar Gateway

Since 2012, Elon Musk's company, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. otherwise known as SpaceX, has been providing cargo delivery services for NASA as part of their Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contracts to the International Space Station after the end of the Space Shuttle era.  However, the bar has been raised and SpaceX is now contracted to fly similar missions with critical pressurized & unpressurized cargo to NASA's planned lunar orbiting space station called Gateway under their new Gateway Logistics Services (GLS) contract.

By |2020-04-02T22:59:27-04:00March 31st, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

SpaceX loses Crew Dragon mockup capsule during parachute test

SpaceX announced that one of their final preparation tests with their Crew Dragon capsule's parachute systems did not go as planned. The company and their test operators were forced to drop their Crew Dragon mockup capsule early during the test to protect the safety of the helicopter crew.

By |2020-04-02T23:00:39-04:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

Top 5 Questions for a Weather Balloon Engineer

Flying weather balloons is not exactly a super popular hobby so when I run into people whether it's at a personal event or a work event or something I'm actually doing with weather balloons people like to ask a lot of questions so let's get some of those answered today!

By |2020-03-26T20:22:00-04:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , |

SpaceX loses an engine during otherwise successful Starlink launch, fails to recover booster

SpaceX successfully launched another set of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit, but suffered an in-flight engine failure during the late stages of the 1st stage booster flight & subsequently failed to land their 1st stage booster on their droneship.

By |2020-04-23T16:32:27-04:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

SpaceX Falcon 9 aborted fractions of a second before Starlink launch

SpaceX aborted the launch of their Falcon 9 rocket carrying their next batch of Starlink satellites just fractions of a second prior to the scheduled liftoff time.

By |2020-04-02T23:02:30-04:00March 15th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , |