Rocket carrying two commercial communications satellites.
The past year has been a mixed bag for the commercial space industry, with successful launches from the likes of SpaceX, but also a few mishaps, including a tragic Virgin Galactic crash that claimed the life of one pilot. That last incident...Show More Summary
Astronomy blogger Phil Plait was psyched when he heard SpaceX chief Elon Musk was set to appear on the Jan. 25 episode of The Simpsons. But what he saw in one scene blew his mind even more than Musk's appearance: an apparent clue to the elusive question of where the...
Completed in October 2011, Spaceport America is an 18,000 acre commercial spaceport—the first of its kind in the world—that was going to be a major hub for SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, as each company toils away on developing the future of private spaceflight. It's been more than three years since opening, and New Mexico is still waiting for the payoff. Read more...
The South African billionaire Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, PayPal, Tesla, and all-around superhuman, hosted a reddit AMA session yesterday ahead of the attempt to gently land a Falcon X rocket on a floating sea platform. For those of...Show More Summary
The first commercial spacecraft aren't expected to arrive at the International Space Station until 2017, but the ISS crew is already hard at work preparing for their arrival. Two U.S astronauts completed the first of three spacewalks...Show More Summary
Last week, after several weather delays, the Deep Space Climate Observatory launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The rocket carrying DSCOVR, the Falcon 9, was built by SpaceX, a private aerospace company that has quickly become one of the top companies lobbying NASA over the last 10 years. The observatory will monitor space weather — like solar…
We'll soon know if those wrenches the ISS astronauts 3D printed aboard the station are up to par. SpaceX's Dragon has brought the tools back to Earth, along with an assortment of experiment data and samples, on its way home from a resupply mission on...
There's a reason why Peter Thiel and his merry band of "PayPal Mafia" members have created seven companies worth a billion dollars each, including PayPal, SpaceX, YouTube, and a few others you may never have heard of. Ever wonder what...Show More Summary
Elon Musk, the head of Tesla and SpaceX, has signed a book deal with Penguin. According to a report in Business Insider, the book fetched $3.5 million in a bidding war. Business Insider has more about the book: We’re told it’s a book about Earth and Mars. Show More Summary
This week on What to Think, we chat with Paul Vigna, coauthor of "The Age of Cryptocurrency," about the history and future of Bitcoin. Also: Google/SpaceX; Apple's record profit; and the FCC.
And starting in 2017, we won't have to -- if Boeing and SpaceX fulfill their missions.
I'm excited about the upcoming world of privatized space flight. I think it will enable all sorts of innovations and explorations where NASA has cut back. Elon Musk's SpaceX is obviously the big name player in the space right now, though there are plenty of others working to get in as well. Show More Summary
Cape Canaveral has seen decades of rockets lifting into space, and now it will act as home to the world's first space landing pad. Brigadier General Nina Armagno, commander of the US Air Force 45th Space Wing, signed an agreement with...Show More Summary
It seemed like a pipe dream when floated in 2013 by Tesla and SpaceX founder/CEO Elon Musk, but the Hyperloop concept is making tangible progress, though it is still a long way off taking passengers. A startup company called Hyperloop...Show More Summary
On Wednesday evening, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocketed into orbit with DSCOVR, the Deep Space Climate Observatory. Here's a photo and video roundup.
The climate satellite launch would have given SpaceX a second chance to land a rocket on a drone ship
To be fair, there’s no doubt that Elon Musk is a genius. Tesla and SpaceX are two of the most exciting companies on the planet and they’re doing incredibly important and groundbreaking work in the fields of electric cars and space exploration, respectively. Show More Summary
Entrepreneur Elon Musk's aerospace firm SpaceX blasted a government weather satellite into orbit Wednesday, but the company called off its much-anticipated attempt at landing its booster rocket on an ocean barge.