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What’s Next for SpaceX: SpaceX is the 13th StarLink satellite batch at an as yet undetermined time after the firm amidst weather problems

The SpaceX Crew Dragon team get ready to fly again and the Starship has its wings! How is Musks Tesla Roadster doing in space? It’s Musk Reads: SpaceX Edition #205

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Quote of the Week – Musk – d" the week

SN8 “Starship with rear flaps”

What’s next for SpaceX: SpaceX is the 13th Starlink satellite batch at an as yet undetermined time after the firm amidst weather problems. The mission is scheduled to take off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

In other Musk news…

  • Tom Cruise is scheduled to launch into space in October 2021 as part of Axiom Space’s Dragon crew mission, according to report last week. He will be supported by director Doug Liman and NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria. Liman and Cruise are expected to use the trip to make a film on board the International Space Station. The mission has left one seat.
  • The Crew 1 team received its license to fly on Twitter last week from NASA astronaut Glover will be joined by NASA astronauts Shannon Walker and Michael Hopkins as well as NASA astronaut Soichi Noguchi. The mission is due to be the first non-test crewed mission for the SpaceX crew-dragon. The mission is expected to launch on 23 October.
  • The US Air Force has given spacex permission to fly two GPS satellites to previously flown Falcon 9 rockets, reported Irene Klotz last week on Twitter. The move is expected to save $26 million for every flight.

Musk Reads mailroom

Charles writes Cleveland

It would be fascinating to see what kind of state the vehicle is now in! The site estimated the car is about 6 million miles from Mars and 42 million miles from Earth. There are a lot of unknowns about the car – is it relatively intact? Then is it on course? Is Starman still in the driver’s seat? The car will likely have been in the time since the launch, but a starship-based mission to retrieve wreckage would be an impressive display.

Victor Sasson writes

Is there really an idea to deliver wifi down to all people on earth?

Not quite, although a question in Musk Reads last week might have given this impression. SpaceX’s Starlink would beam a connection to a specially designed ground terminal which would connect with a wireless router to provide internet access. A direct wifi signal would be impossible for a number of reasons – the main is distance. Researcher Ermanno Pietrosemoli shot for WiFi in 2007 to 550 km into the sky, which still would not reach the starlink satellites completely.

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Photo of the week is available to the week.

Thomas Pesquet is pictured with the rest of the crew on “Crew – 2” who will fly on the second non-test mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon in spring 2021. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will send Akihiko Hoshide while NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur will be sent.

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