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Lost in Space: NASA Delays Boeing’s Starliner Return Indefinitely After Helium Leaks and Thruster Issues

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NASA officials announced on Friday that the return of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft has been delayed indefinitely as engineers review data from its recent flight to the International Space Station (ISS). During the mission, the spacecraft experienced several issues, including small helium leaks and problems with five of its 28 thrusters when docking with the station in early June.

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STRANGE LIGHTS APPEARED OVER NEW JERSEY SKY

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Ridgewood NJ, it’s a bird , it’s a plane , no it’s Starlink internet satellites. If you noticed a string of moving lights up in the sky over the weekend, you weren’t alone.

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Tough Day for Elon Musk Tesla Stock Cratered after Earnings Miss and SpaceX’s Starship Exploded on Takeoff

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Paramus NJ, Tesla stock cratered more than 10% on Thursday as investors assessed the impact of the electric vehicle (EV) giant’s aggressive price cuts and what CEO Elon Musk calls an “uncertain” economic environment.

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SpaceX Moves One Step Closer to Interstellar Flight

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Ridgewood NJ, SpaceX is set to conduct a wet dress rehearsal of the Starship launch system from its Starbase site in southeastern Texas. A wet dress rehearsal is a series of prelaunch tests that includes propellant loading of both the upper stage and booster and a run-through of the countdown to just before engine ignition. If it is successful, then the next steps would be a separation of the Starship second stage and Super Heavy booster followed by a full static fire test. These tests take just a few weeks, so it is possible an orbital flight test could be conducted in March.

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SpaceX Starlink Cell Service in the Offering

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Ridgewood NJ, SpaceX filed an application with the US FCC on December 6 for authorization to equip some of its Starlink satellites with direct-to-cellular hardware. The FCC recently authorized SpaceX to launch 7,500 second-generation Starlink satellites before the end of the decade. If the direct-to-cellular hardware is approved, Starlink will be able to provide voice, messaging, and basic web browsing capabilities to mobile devices. SpaceX plans to offer smartphone coverage as soon as 2024.

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Apple iPhone 14 with Satellite Connectivity

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Ridgewood NJ, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the iPhone 14 will have satellite hardware, but support for satellite communications depends on agreements between Apple and operators. Satellite connectivity will only be able to be used for emergency texting and voice services. Apple is most likely to partner with Globalstar for the feature. T-Mobile and SpaceX recently announced a plan to provide a satellite-to-cellular service in 2023.

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Firefly Aerospace and Max Polyakov Intend to Build Small Rockets

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Firefly Aerospace and Max Polyakov Want to Build Smaller Rockets than SpaceX

Max Polyakov is collaborating with the US to create rockets smaller than those that SpaceX has built. He has invested $150 million in the commercial rocket industry, making a name for himself. Polyakov’s commercial spaceflight company, Firefly Aerospace, runs an engine test site in Austin, Texas with offices in Cedar Park. His company is already in line for multi-million dollar contracts to launch satellites for NASA .

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Firefly Investor Noosphere Ventures Eyes Satellite Manufacturing Sector

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Two years after investing in Firefly, a small launcher company, Noosphere Ventures is gearing up to make another investment in the small satellite manufacturing sector. Noosphere’s officials agree that they will do whatever it takes, including bringing a company on the brink back to make a portfolio of companies in the space industry that can facilitate success like SpaceX’s.

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