SpaceX capsule to return from orbit, capping off first tourism mission

New York (CNN Business) — Four people are set to return from a three-day extraterrestrial excursion aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on Saturday evening, the final, and perhaps most dangerous, stretch of their mission. Their return will mark the end of the first-ever flight to Earth's orbit flown entirely by tourists or otherwise non-astronauts.
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Inspiration4 astronauts to conduct health research on private SpaceX mission

The private astronauts of Inspiration4 will be helping to expand our understanding of how space affects the human body on their mission around Earth. On Sept. 15, a crew of four will launch to space as part of Inspiration4, a private orbital mission on SpaceX's Crew Dragon that will benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It will be the first all-civilian space mission to orbit our planet. Aside from raising funds for St. Jude, the mission will also serve to investigate the effects of spaceflight on human health and performance in collaboration with SpaceX, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine and investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine.
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SpaceX’s Starship Could Rocket-Boost Research in Space

On Wednesday Elon Musk’s commercial space company SpaceX launched four astronauts into orbit as part of Inspiration4, the first all-civilian spaceflight mission. They will return to Earth three days later, having made history. Yet apart from collecting data to add to a robust body of research on human health and performance in space, Inspiration4’s value as a research mission is questionable.

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SpaceX's Inspiration4 private all-civilian orbital mission: Live updates

The first all-civilian mission to orbit Earth on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to launch on Sept. 15, and you can follow all the action live here. Called Inspiration4, the mission will send four crewmembers on a three-day orbital flight around the Earth. They will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, riding atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. They'll wrap up the three-day journey with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX emphasizes coordination with other satellite operators

WAILEA, Hawaii — Two years after the close approach of a Starlink satellite with a European Space Agency satellite alarmed some in the space industry, SpaceX says it’s working closely with a wide range of satellite operators to ensure safe space operations. In September 2019, ESA announced it maneuvered an...

Civilian SpaceX Crew Returns to Earth After Orbiting for 3 Days

The all-civilian space mission that Elon Musk and co. sent up into orbit is officially a success -- because the 4-man crew is back home ... and TMZ is streaming the crew member pickup live. The team, known as Inspiration4, re-entered our planet's atmosphere Saturday in a Dragon capsule --...

Rocket Ranch at Boca Chica offering closest stay to SpaceX launch

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — SpaceX is attracting a lot of attention to the Rio Grande Valley and particularly to the Brownsville Boca Chica area. The Rocket Ranch in Brownsville is the closest lodging to the SpaceX launch site. The Rocket Ranch’s managing partner, Anthony Gomez, explained that the property offers...

SpaceX to launch Turksat 6A

KIHEI, Hawaii — Turksat will launch its first domestically built communications satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9, the Turkish government announced Sept. 17. The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure said it awarded SpaceX a contract for the launch of Turksat 6A, scheduled for the first quarter of 2023. The ministry did not disclose the terms of the contract.

Every SpaceX Starship explosion and what Elon Musk and team learned from them (video)

Join the forums here to discuss SpaceX and space travel. Let the community know what you're thinking!. Spacecraft development is a risky and sometimes explosive business. SpaceX's Starship prototype spacecraft is an example of that. The fully reusable launch system for eventual moon-and-Mars trips is no stranger to explosions, ruptures and failed landings.