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SpaceX’s Starman and Tesla Roadster Have Gone Beyond Mars

SpaceX’s Starman and Tesla Roadster Have Gone Beyond Mars
Nine months is a long time; it’s long enough to have a baby. It’s also long enough for the Tesla Roadster and its Starman passenger to have traveled from the Earth orbit it was initially placed in, to beyond the orbit of Mars. SpaceX tweeted the milestone along with an…

Elon Musk’s Latest Idea? Fly People Around the World on SpaceX Rockets

Elon Musk’s Latest Idea? Fly People Around the World on SpaceX Rockets
To be honest, I’m a bit of a cynic when it comes to Elon Musk’s “big ideas.” Sure it’s cool that he’s made some insanely fast electric cars at Tesla, but the cars have suffered from lots of reliability and build quality issues. In fact, a Tesla Model S that…
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SpaceX Finally Lands Falcon 9 First Stage Successfully

SpaceX Finally Lands Falcon 9 First Stage Successfully
I have talked before about SpaceX and its woes in trying to land the first stage of one of its Falcon 9 rockets. The company has been trying to land the first stage successfully to try to make space flight cheaper and more attainable to anyone interested. The first stage…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Exploded During Liftoff

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Exploded During Liftoff
Late last week, I talked a bit about SpaceX and why it was trying to land the first stage of its rocket on a drone ship in the Pacific. SpaceX planned the third attempt at landing the rocket over the weekend, but things didn’t go to plan. This time out,…

The Reason SpaceX Keeps Trying to Land Its Rockets

The Reason SpaceX Keeps Trying to Land Its Rockets
Elon Musk is a seriously cool dude. Not only does he lead Tesla in making some of the coolest EVs on the market, he is also at the helm of SpaceX, and has lots of success with sending capsules of supplies to the ISS. He even owns the James Bond…

SpaceX GoPro Video Is the Most Serene Thing You’ll See All Day

SpaceX GoPro Video Is the Most Serene Thing You’ll See All Day
SpaceX has never been shy about offering up HD video of both its successes and failures. One of my favorite SpaceX videos is the one of the rocket exploding while trying to land. SpaceX has offered up a new video that lacks explosions, but is very beautiful and serene instead.…

SpaceX Rocket Experiences Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly During Landing

SpaceX Rocket Experiences Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly During Landing
Elon Musk and SpaceX have some very ambitious plans that involve reusing the lower stages of its rockets to save money and make putting cargo and people into space cheaper. The plan involves having the first stage of the rocket softly land on a floating drone ship in the ocean.…

SpaceX Soft Landing Test Goes off Without a Hitch

SpaceX Soft Landing Test Goes off Without a Hitch
Reusable spacecraft have been a mainstay of space exploration for decades thanks to the now retired Space Shuttle program. Before the Shuttle, the rocket engines used in the Apollo era were typically left to sink into the ocean. SpaceX hopes to be the future of reusable space flight. The company…

SpaceX Dragon V2 Reusable Spacecraft: Daenerys Would Be Impressed

SpaceX Dragon V2 Reusable Spacecraft: Daenerys Would Be Impressed
Private manufacturer SpaceX recently unveiled the updated version of its Dragon spacecraft. The Dragon V2 has a number of improvements, but the company is particularly proud of its ability to “land anywhere on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter”, thanks to its SuperDraco engines.…

SpaceX Grasshopper Reusable Rocket Knows How to Park in Reverse

SpaceX Grasshopper Reusable Rocket Knows How to Park in Reverse
We’ve already invented a (partially) reusable spacecraft. But the rockets that were used to boost NASA’s space shuttles – and other spacecraft in general – were all designed for one-time use only. That makes space travel wasteful and expensive. That’s why the space transport company SpaceX is working on creating…

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Has New Car Smell

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Has New Car Smell
I’ve mentioned a couple times that SpaceX was set to become the first company to send a private spacecraft to dock with the ISS. Despite several delays, all went well for SpaceX with its launch, and this weekend the company’s Dragon cargo vessel successfully docked with the International Space Station.…

SpaceX Rocket Finally Takes off (with Scotty’s Ashes Onboard)

SpaceX Rocket Finally Takes off (with Scotty’s Ashes Onboard)
After another delay, SpaceX finally got off the ground today with its Falcon 9 rocket lifting off early this morning and making it into orbit safely. The main mission for SpaceX is to demonstrate its Dragon space capsule and hopefully dock with the ISS. Something a bit more geeky and…

SpaceX Prepared to Make History on May 19

SpaceX Prepared to Make History on May 19
After multiple delays, SpaceX is set to hit a major milestone this Saturday, May 19. Saturday is the day set for the launch of the first privately funded cargo mission to the International Space Station. With the Space Shuttle fleet retired, these commercial space missions are one of the only…

SpaceX Dragon Gets Ready for Run to ISS in February

SpaceX Dragon Gets Ready for Run to ISS in February
Next month is an important month for the NASA space program. It will mark the first visit of a commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station in history. With the Shuttle fleet retired, most of the supplies and visits to the ISS have been performed using Russian spacecraft. In February,…

SpaceX Breaks Ground on Launch Site for Gigantic Falcon Heavy Rocket

SpaceX Breaks Ground on Launch Site for Gigantic Falcon Heavy Rocket
I wasn’t around during the Apollo days when those massive rockets were shooting men into space on their journey to the moon. The space shuttles are all I have ever known as far as space travel goes. With NASA getting its budget cut back all the time and the shuttle…

Spacex Reveals Secret Cargo That Went Into Space on Its Dragon Spacecraft

Spacex Reveals Secret Cargo That Went Into Space on Its Dragon Spacecraft
I watched a lot of movies as a kid and one of my favorites was Top Secret. I laughed and laughed every time I watched it. The only flick I liked better was Monty Python and the Holy Grail. SpaceX launched its Dragon spacecraft into orbit this week called, and…
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