This was not the first time SpaceX has launched a classified spy satellite and despite the mysterious nature of the NROL-85, what is far more noteworthy is the rocket itself.
The mission, led by Israel’s Science and Technology Ministry and the Ramon Foundation, selected 35 different experiments for Eitan Stibbe to undertake during his 10-day stay in orbit.
Eitan Stibbe's long-awaited Rakia mission, flying as part of the Axiom mission 1, will see 35 experiments conducted on the International Space Station.
Stibbe and the crew are set to spend 10 days in orbit working and living aboard the ISS before splashing down off the coast of Florida.
The satellite-based internet terminals are serving areas of Ukraine where web access has been disrupted due to Russia's invasion.
SpaceX's chief says he is "a free speech absolutist", adding that his Starlink satellite broadband service will not censor anyone "unless at “gunpoint."
The rocket launched in 2015 remained in orbit after it disengaged from the observatory. Now, that orbit is setting it on a direct collision course with the Moon.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will collide with the Moon in the first noticed uncontrolled collision into the lunar surface. It won't cause much damage, but it highlights the need to track space debris.
Electronics used in space normally must be custom-modified to protect them from radiation. However, the COTS-Capsule protects standard commercial equipment from radiation.
Musk chosen 'for creating solutions to an existential crisis, embodying the possibilities and the perils of the age of tech titans and driving society's most daring and disruptive transformations.'