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NASA selects Elon Musk’s SpaceX to land first astronauts on Moon since 1972

The contract, worth $2.9 billion, involves the prototype Starship spacecraft that is being tested at SpaceX's south Texas facility.

"Today I'm very excited, and we are all very excited to announce that we have awarded SpaceX to continue the development of our integrated human landing system," said Lisa Watson-Morgan, NASA's Human Landing System program manager.

SpaceX beat out Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics to be the sole provider for the system, a surprising break from the past when NASA has chosen multiple companies in case one fails.


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1 hour ago, Shiva said:

Maybe next time Bezos. 

 Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin -(  Dynetics , Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper )  will fly for the Pentagon - 

Blue Origin will concentrate , on a Nuclear powered  Spacecraft for Flights  beyond Low Earth Orbit in Cislunar space , so , between the Earth and the Moon  , while Space X will land NASA Astronauts on the Moon -


DARPA awards nuclear spacecraft contracts to Lockheed Martin, Bezos’ Blue Origin and General Atomics


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China is developing plans for a 13,000-satellite megaconstellation

China is to oversee the construction and operation of a national satellite internet megaconstellation through coordinating the country’s major space actors. 

Recent comments by senior officials indicate that plans are moving ahead to alter earlier constellation plans by space sector state-owned enterprises and possibly make these part of a larger “Guowang” or “national network” satellite internet project. 

Spectrum allocation filings submitted to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) by China in September last year revealed plans to construct two similarly named “GW” low Earth orbit constellations totaling 12,992 satellites. 





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China rolls out Long March 5B rocket for space station launch

China is set to launch the first module for its own space station next week after rolling out a Long March 5B rocket at Wenchang spaceport late Thursday.

The 53.7-meter-long Long March 5B is now expected to launch the 22-ton Tianhe space station core module around April 29, although authorities have not officially released a launch time.

The launch will mark the beginning of an intense construction phase for the three-module space station. China plans 11 major launches of modules, cargo and crewed spacecraft across 2021-22.



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