After a number of dispiriting rocket landing failures, SpaceX has been on something of a roll lately. This past December, SpaceX successfully nailed its first rocket landing when it managed to launch a Falcon 9 into space and bring the booster back down to earth, landing it on a concrete landing pad.
Right on the heels of its first successful sea landing, SpaceX announced on Wednesday that it is planning to send a Dragon spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018. SpaceX says that the proposed Red Dragon craft will inform the “overall Mars architecture,” but has yet to release any details about the mission.
SpaceX was contracted for a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, and in order to cut down on the exorbitant cost of space travel, the aerospace company has been trying to safely land and recover rockets for reuse in future missions. After months of failed attempts, SpaceX finally managed to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a barge in the middle of the sea on Friday afternoon. More →
This has been a very good week for Elon Musk. In addition to seeing the Tesla Model 3 total more than 325,000 reservations, his other company SpaceX just successfully landed one of its Falcon 9 rockets on a floating barge in the middle of the ocean. This is the first time that SpaceX has successfully landed a rocket on an ocean platform, although last December it successfully landed a rocket on solid ground. More →
Just before 5:00 p.m. EDT today, a SpaceX rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida and it will include a critical payload for the International Space Station. The SpaceX rocket will deliver an expandable habitat that can expand to five times the size of its compressed state after 45 minutes. NASA continues to test ways to expand living quarters in space in preparation for deep space missions. More →
SpaceX is going to try landing a rocket on a floating platform again on Thursday evening and you can tune in to watch a live broadcast of the company’s latest attempt at 6:46 p.m. ET either on YouTube or on SpaceX’s own website. The landing will be part of a launch in which SpaceX deploys some new satellite equipment for broadcast and ISP operations and it is expected to last about 90 minutes in total. More →
It was a bittersweet weekend for SpaceX. On one hand, the company on Sunday afternoon successfully launched a weather satellite into orbit. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the company’s third attempt to safely bring back a rocket booster and have it safely land on a floating ocean barge ended in an explosion.
Less than a month ago, SpaceX made history when it launched a Falcon 9 rocket up into space and successfully managed to bring the booster back down to earth, landing it safely on a concrete landing pad.
Earlier today, SpaceX was at it again, only this time it was attempting to land a booster on a floating barge – or a ‘droneship’ as SpaceX calls it – in the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, though, things did not exactly go as planned as one of the booster’s landing legs broke upon impact. This marks the third time SpaceX has tried and failed to nail a ocean-based landing.
Late last month as 2015 was drawing to a close, SpaceX finally pulled off a successful rocket landing. It was the second such feat, and the news was huge — reusable rockets have long been a holy grail of sorts for the space industry as they stand to dramatically reduce the cost of space exploration.
We’ve already seen an earlier video of the takeoff and historic landing, but now SpaceX has released new video footage that has never been seen before. More →
There were 87 rocket launches in 2015.
You probably remember several of them, from the spectacular failures to the stunning triumphs, but did you realize how many rockets we launched last year? We averaged a new launch nearly every four days in 2015.
And now we have a video compilation of all but one of them.
SpaceX’s audacious vertical rocket landing on Monday lays a critical foundation for reusable rockets that could help humans colonize Mars, according to the company’s CEO Elon Musk.
“This is a critical step towards establishing a city on Mars,” he said, during a conference call with reporters after Monday’s launch. “Without [reusable rockets], it would be unaffordable – it dramatically improves my confidence that a city on Mars is possible, it’s what all this is about.”
After successfully sending its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida on the satellite launch mission, the company landed a 15-story leftover booster rocket back on Earth. More →