Tom Mueller has been designing rocket engines at SpaceX since the company was founded in 2002. He helped develop the Kestrel, Merlin, Raptor and more. But how did these engines got their names? Luckily, Mueller was kind enough to share the story.
During last week’s Arabsat 6A mission, all three Falcon Heavy boosters successfully landed. The center core has undergone a hot and challenging return through the atmosphere, yet it still landed safely on the droneship. Unfortunately, before the booster could be secured to the deck, rough sea caused it to tip over. Why wasn’t OctaGrabber used?
A new series of articles explores the rich history of SpaceX through interesting, informative and fun stories, as told by SpaceX and NASA employees and others. In this video, former SpaceX employee Brian Mosdell will tell you about the construction of launch pad SLC-40 in 2008. The most interesting aspect of the story is how SpaceX had to be very scrappy and resourceful, reusing old hardware to keep the costs down.
Another set of fairings were recovered and even though they landed in the water, they will be reused this year. It would be the first reuse of fairings ever. How come it’s possible to reuse fairings that came into contact with sea water? One possible explanation is that the fairings have been upgraded. Is Mr. Steven now obsolete?
Starship is a proposed super heavy-lift launch system designed by SpaceX for missions to Mars, the Moon and more. Thanks to complete reusability and capability to refuel in orbit, Starship could provide low-cost transportation of cargo and people to virtually anywhere in the Solar System. In this article, you will find all the important and most up-to-date information about Starship, which is being built right now.