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Elon Musk's mom is the classy lady in Virgin America ads

Elon Musk may be famous for his inventions: PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX. But his mother, Maye Musk, has been making a name for herself as a working model. An article about her son Kimbal Musk on Backchannel today revealed that mother Musk was part of Virgin America's fall campaign, which featured her elegantly holding a glass of champagne. Show More Summary

SpaceX capsule prepped for dramatic escape system test

3 hours agoTechnology : Tech Talk

SpaceX plans to simulate a launch pad emergency Wednesday to "make sure our crews are super safe" when rocketed into space

SpaceX to test manned Dragon spacecraft May 6

SpaceX is running a critical Pad Abort test on its Dragon spacecraft Wednesday, which will help pave the way for its first manned missions in 2017.

SpaceX Will Test Their Launch Abort System Wednesday

If you want to launch astronauts in space, you have to make sure the procedure is as safe as possible. That’s why, for any launch system, NASA requires an abort procedure: A way to get the astronauts away from the rocket as quickly as...Show More Summary

What Are These Strange Dark Marks On SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket?

23 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Though SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket hasn’t quite mastered the trick of showing us just what a reusable rocket can do, it’s certainly shown us some impressive launch moves. Its latest launch attempt, though, had us looking at the rocket a little closer and wondering, “Just what is that?” Read more...

SpaceX is about to fly the life-saving capsule that could revolutionize spaceflight for the first time

Before the end of the 21 st century, spaceflight is going to look completely different from spaceflight of the 20 th century, and one of the leaders paving the way is Elon Musk’s private company SpaceX. On Wednesday, May 6, SpaceX will test their revolutionary, one-of-a-kind technology on board their Dragon 2 space vehicle. Show More Summary

Moments Before the Crash

On April 14, 2015, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with supplies for the astronauts on the ISS (this was before the more recent loss of the Russian Progress capsule). After its primary job of lofting the upper stage and Dragon capsule high above the Atlantic was done, SpaceX attempted to land the first stage booster on a floating barge. Show More Summary

Astronauts enjoyed their first space espresso (and celebrated with Star Trek costumes)

yesterdayHealth : The Checkup

In April, a SpaceX supply ship brought astronauts on the International Space Station the gift of espresso. Now the machine is up and running, and the crew is celebrating in style."There's coffee in that nebula"... ehm, I mean... in that #Dragon. full article >>

Damn, The Falcon 9 Rocket Looks Hot Even When It's About To Crash

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

SpaceX is binging on rocket launches and landing attempts this year. While the company is 2 for 2 with crashing the theoretically-reusable Falcon 9 rocket into its autonomous drone ship instead of landing gently, this photo has us admiring just how good it looks while failing. Read more...

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Launches First Suborbital Rocket

What is it with tech billionaires and space? Something about making a pile of cash in Silicon Valley seems to inspire a pressing urge to get off the planet. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is changing the economics of orbital payloads, and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has opened up space tourism to anyone with $250,000 and a dream. Show More Summary

Blue Origin Makes a Surprise Rocket Launch

I’m a big fan of commercial space—private companies building rockets to get into space. I write about SpaceX a lot, of course, since it is very public about its progress. I don’t write as much about Blue Origin, run by Amazon’s JeffShow More Summary

SpaceX Launches

4 days agoHumor / odd : The Presurfer

Video showing a series of launches of the Falcon 9, as well as SpaceX's Grasshopper. YouTube link (thanks Cora) The Presurfer

Boeing, SpaceX seek to end ISS reliance on Russia

In a worst-case scenario, the space station might have to be abandoned.        

Look Out, Elon: Jeff Bezos's Space Company Just Launched a Rocket

Jeff Bezos is best known for starting Amazon. He also owns the Washington Post. Can he start a third career as the proprietor of a rocket company? Bezos's Blue Origin, which fancies itself as a competitor to SpaceX and a potential space...Show More Summary

If you think Elon Musk only does cars and rockets, you're not thinking big enough (TSLA)

Say what you will about Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, there's no question that he's in it for humanity. When he became hyper-rich after eBay bought PayPal, he didn't spend his millions to develop a social media app. Rather, he bought...Show More Summary

Watch the incredible first test flight of Jeff Bezos's mysterious new rocket

Blue Origin, the commercial spaceflight company founded by Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, just tested its first suborbital rocket and the results were pretty impressive. Just like SpaceX's Elon Musk, Bezos is trying to develop reusable rockets. Show More Summary

Tuesday links: watching the screen

Book excerpt: An excerpt from Ashlee Vance’s Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.  (Bloomberg)

SpaceX Launched Turkmenistan's First Satellite

SpaceX successfully launched a rocket carrying Turkmenistan's first communications satellite.

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