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FAA space chief talks Mission Authorization, the SpaceX Starship

The clock is ticking to get a legislative fix for mission authorization approved, according to Kelvin Coleman, the Federal Aviation Administration’s associate administrator for commercial space transportation. “Given that we have some momentum now and that Congress is paying attention, I would hate to lose that attention, so I do think it’s critical to get it done this Congress,” he said last week, talking with reporters on the sidelines of the Commercial Space Transportation Conference in D.C. “This is an issue that’s…

Helldivers 2 Should Become Even More Like Starship Troopers

Ask someone what Helldivers 2 is and what it's like, and there's one constant touchstone in every description: Starship Troopers. Spending a few seconds with the game makes it easy to see why the 1997 film is invoked so often, as your early experience of playing as a high-tech human soldier will likely include getting torn apart by a giant insect, just like in the movie.It's not just the "space marines fighting giant bugs" gameplay that draws from Starship Troopers, though. Helldivers 2 also invokes the…

We Finally Know Why SpaceX’s Starship Exploded (Twice) During Its Second Flight

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has closed its investigation into the second Starship test flight, which SpaceX performed on November 18, 2023. With the inquiry concluded, SpaceX is now on track to advance its program, pending the necessary fixes.Astronomers Could Soon Get Warnings When SpaceX Satellites Threaten Their ViewOrbital Test Flight 2 (OFT-2) was a considerable improvement over the first test, done on April 20, 2023, which resulted in considerable damage to the launch pad and the surrounding area as…

FAA closes Starship investigation, SpaceX seeks next launch license

SpaceX's next-generation Starship spacecraft atop its powerful Super Heavy rocket is launched from the company's Boca Chica launchpad on an uncrewed test flight, near Brownsville, Texas, on Nov. 18, 2023.Joe Skipper | ReutersThe Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced the close of its investigation alongside SpaceX into the second Starship flight, as Elon Musk's company seeks a license to launch the towering rocket again.SpaceX led an investigation that the FAA oversaw into the Nov. 18 launch of a Starship…

FAA completes investigation into SpaceX’s second fiery Starship test

The Federal Aviation Administration has concluded its review of SpaceX’s investigation of the second Starship launch in November, with the regulator saying Monday that it accepted the “root causes and 17 corrective actions” identified by the company. While this means the investigation is now closed, SpaceX must implement all the corrective actions and apply for a modified launch license before it can fly Starship again. “The FAA is evaluating SpaceX’s license modification request and expects SpaceX to submit…

Helldivers 2 Is Giving Starship Troopers the Renaissance It Deserves

This story originally appeared on Kotaku.It’s fair to say that Helldivers 2 is having a good week. Beating GTA V’s concurrent Steam players records, the extraction shooter is outdoing everyone’s expectations, including its own, and it seems this success is spilling over. Because if there’s one source that Helldivers owes the most to, it’s Starship Troopers, and it seems the 1997 film is having its own renaissance. Here’s why you should watch it too.Denis Villeneuve Had a Blast Building the Dune LegoAs highlighted by…

‘Helldivers 2’ success leads to ‘Starship Troopers’ resurgence

It looks like the response to Helldivers 2 has seen Starship Troopers rush up the charts to become the 19th most popular movie online, per today’s ranking of Television Stats (February 20). A closer look at the surge of popularity for Starship Troopers on Television Stats’ graph shows that its rise coincided with February 15, which was one week after Helldivers 2 hit PC and PS5. The increase caught the eye of creative director Johann Pilestedt, who called it “incredible”. Starship Troopers and Helldivers 2 share a…

Kennedy Space Center readies to host monster Starship rocket

SpaceX plans to regularly launch its monster Starship booster from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and to do so it will refurbish an Apollo-era launch site and also construct a new one, according to a new environmental impact statement.The Starship booster has been in the news off and on in recent years – not the least for the fiery end of its first two attempts to reach orbit. However, if familiarity breeds contempt, it also tends to kill a sense of scale. SpaceX's new flagship rocket isn't just a display of new…

Ex-Blue Origin leaders want to mine the moon

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch Space. Happy Monday, everyone! Want to reach out with a tip? Email Aria at [email protected] or send me a message on Signal at 512-937-3988. You can also send a note to the whole TechCrunch crew at [email protected]. For more secure communications, click here to contact us, which includes SecureDrop (instructions here) and links to encrypted messaging apps.  With its incredible mass and lift, SpaceX’s Starship is already transforming mission planning. Case in point:…

Starship Technologies raises $90M as its sidewalk robots pass 6M deliveries

Sidewalk delivery robot services appear to be stalling left and right, but a pioneer in the concept says it is profitable and has now raised a round of funding to scale up to meet market demand. Starship Technologies, a startup out of Estonia that was an early mover in the delivery robotics space, has picked up $90 million in funding as it works to cement its position at the top of its category. This latest investment round is being co-led by two previous backers: Plural, the VC with roots in Estonia and London that…