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Rocket Report: DOJ sues SpaceX; a look inside doomed Spaceport Camden

SpaceX's Super Heavy booster, numbered Booster 9, rolls back to its launch pad in Texas for more testing. The rocket now has a new structural staging ring on top.

Enlarge / SpaceX’s Super Heavy booster, numbered Booster 9, rolls back to its launch pad in Texas for more testing. The rocket now has a new structural staging ring on top. (credit: SpaceX)

Welcome to Edition 6.08 of the Rocket Report! The US Department of Justice is taking SpaceX to court over allegations of hiring discrimination, but the government is relying more than ever on SpaceX’s technical prowess. Once again, Elon Musk’s social media posts are part of the story. This week, we also cover the successes and struggles of small rockets, where Rocket Lab is leading the pack.

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don’t want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets, as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

12 pm ET update: The list of upcoming launches at the bottom of the Rocket Report has been updated to reflect the Crew-7, Starlink 6-11, and H-IIA launch delays.

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