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Deep Blue Aerospace completes kilometer-level rocket launch and landing test

The Nebula-M1 test article during its VTVL test flight above Tongchuan, Shaanxi Province, on May 6, 2022.

A Chinese launch startup sent a small rocket test stage up to an altitude of one kilometer Friday before a performing a powered descent and vertical landing.

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More Starlink satellites ride into orbit on predawn launch of Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center at first light Friday with 53 Starlink internet satellites, completing an all-nighter of space operations just five hours after returning four astronauts to a splashdown off the west coast of Florida.

‘DOGE Father’ Elon Musk Receives Over $1.3 Billion From Crypto Friends To Back Twitter Deal

Could A Cardano, Bitcoin, and DOGE-based Twitter Rival By Elon Musk and Hoskinson Be The Next Big Thing?
According to a May 4 Schedule 13D filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, 18 firms have agreed to fund Elon’s acquisition of Twitter with a $7.139 Billion investment boost.

New Intelsat CEO builds out leadership team

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Intelsat announced financial, commercial and aviation leadership changes May 5 to guide the satellite operator’s post-bankruptcy future.

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Live coverage: SpaceX counting down to predawn Starlink launch

SpaceX is poised to launch another batch of 53 Starlink internet satellites at 5:42 a.m. EDT (0942 GMT) Friday from the Kennedy Space Center. There's a greater than 90% chance of good weather for the predawn blastoff.

SpaceX rolls out rocket for another Starlink deployment mission

SpaceX raised a Falcon 9 rocket vertical on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center Thursday, ready for a pre-sunrise blastoff Friday with 53 more Starlink internet satellites, using a booster stage flying for a record-tying 12th time.
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Ripple’s XRP Projected To Surpass $2.55 By December 2022 Following SEC Lawsuit Outcome

Ripple’s ODL Service On The Verge Of Reaching Global Coverage — And That’s Fiercely Bullish For XRP
The report, which was updated on May 4 entailed consulting a panel of 36 industry experts for their thoughts on how XRP will perform over the next decade should Ripple win or lose the case against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Psyche asteroid explorer arrives at Kennedy Space Center for launch preps

A U.S. military cargo plane delivered NASA’s Psyche spacecraft from California to the Kennedy Space Center last week, starting a three-month campaign to ready the asteroid explorer for liftoff on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket in August.

Report: U.S. defense and intelligence agencies slow to embrace small-satellite revolution

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The United States is at risk of being outpaced by China in space capabilities, in part due to the slow adoption of commercial innovations such as small satellites, warns a new report released May 5 by the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

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Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule meets Atlas rocket for long-delayed test flight

Ready for another try at launching on a test flight to the International Space Station, Boeing rolled a repaired Starliner crew capsule to United Launch Alliance's seaside rocket hangar at Cape Canaveral Wednesday to prepare for a liftoff scheduled for May 19.

Nelson criticizes “plague” of cost-plus NASA contracts

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NASA Administrator Bill Nelson offered a surprisingly strong endorsement of fixed-price contracts and competition at a congressional hearing May 3, calling traditional cost-plus contracts a “plague” on the agency.

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AST SpaceMobile licensed to connect test satellite to US cellular phones

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AST SpaceMobile secured an experimental license May 2 to test services in the United States from BlueWalker 3, the prototype satellite slated to launch this summer for its planned cellphone-compatible broadband constellation.

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