Famed billionaire and wannabe space cadet Elon Musk took to Reddit to do a surprise AMA yesterday. It was supposed to be a follow-up to SpaceX’s recent announcement about how it plans to return Elon Musk to his place of birth, and also create a permanent Mars colony along the way.
It’s official: President Barack Obama wants American astronauts to land on Mars by 2030. More →
Just minutes before Elon Musk begins his talk in Mexico to discuss the colonization of Mars, SpaceX has shared a video showing off the newly-rebranded Interplanetary Transport System (ITS). The ITS was previously known as the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT), but SpaceX changed the name after discovering that the system would be able to travel “well beyond Mars,” making the previous moniker obsolete.
In early September, one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets undergoing testing exploded at Cape Canaveral. Thanks to some grainy video that shows birds flying across it, the internet’s conspiracy theorists shifted to top gear and started accusing aliens (or the US military).
As moon-landing as that might sound, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said that investigators have “not ruled out” some kind of flying object — an unidentified flying object, you might say — causing the explosion. Tinfoil hat time, everyone.
Last week, one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets spontaneously combusted on the launch pad while undergoing testing. It was a dramatic explosion (although Elon Musk would prefer to call it a “fast fire”), but according to the foil-hat-wearing corners of the internet, it was caused by aliens, or possibly a drone.
Grainy videos are doing the rounds on YouTube that claim to show a drone hitting the rocket right around the time of the explosion. At first glance, they are actually convincing: a dark blob travels right above the rocket as it explodes. Illuminati? Mars people threatened by Musk’s desire to nuke Mars? Or, just a bird.
Earlier today, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket undergoing testing for a launch on Saturday exploded. Video footage at the time just showed a plume of black smoke from miles away, but the first video from the launchpad tells a far more dramatic tale.
The rocket underwent what scientists delicately call a “static fire anomoly” — basically, the rocket was being test-fired on the launchpad, something critical failed, and–well, you can see the result.
SpaceX is the fastest-innovating space company out there, and also the most public about conducting all of its testing in the public eye. But as a result, when things go wrong, they go wrong publicly.
This morning’s explosion of a Falcon 9 on the pad was an unexpected setback for SpaceX, but it’s hardly the first time one of its rockets has had an unplanned violent disassembly.
Photos and videos have begun to flood social media sites like Facebook and Twitter following reports that a SpaceX Falcon 9 reusable rocket exploded on a SpaceX launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida. The news has not yet been confirmed by SpaceX, and it is unclear if there were any injuries as a result of the blast. There was no rocket launch planned to take place today, though it’s likely that the company was making preparations for its next scheduled launch in just two days on Saturday, September 3rd. More →
No, Elon Musk isn’t on a serious budget. This is one very dedicated fan’s re-enactment of SpaceX landing its Falcon 9 rockets, using a very small quadrotor version of the Falcon 9, a backyard pool, and an unmanned drone barge.
SpaceX has previously described trying to land its rocket as like vaulting a pencil over the Empire State Building, and even at smaller scale, it’s clear how difficult the trick is.
SpaceX’s attempt earlier this week to once again land a rocket on a drone ship didn’t go well. But the difference between success and a broken rocket falling into the sea really isn’t big, as the video of the landing shows.
We’re still waiting on the close-up video from the camera on board the drone ship, which should give a better view of what happened, but the long-range camera gives some idea of what went wrong.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket three times in a row, and on Wednesday it’s trying to perform a fourth consecutive successful landing. As was the case before, you can watch the entire event live as it happens, and follow along as the rocket deploys its payload into space. It will then make the trip back home with the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone barge waiting somewhere in the Atlantic for its return. More →
SpaceX has landed a couple rockets in a row on its drone barge, but that doesn’t mean that it ever gets old. There’s something about vertically landing a rocket at high speeds — a process that’s been compared to vaulting a pencil over the Empire State Building — that defies belief every time.
Ladies and gentlemen, you’re about to take the red pill. Tesla boss and SpaceX founder Elon Musk knows something the rest of us don’t: we don’t actually exist. You don’t exist. I don’t exist. Elon Musk doesn’t exist. Instead, we’re all just software trapped inside an advanced civilization’s computer simulation. In fact, Musk says the chances that we’re not just pieces of code in a futuristic computer simulation are one in billions. And he says if he’s wrong — if this is reality and not a simulation — it’s the worst news imaginable and the world is about to end.
There’s good news though: if you ever find yourself in a hot tub with Musk, he definitely won’t bring up his simulation theory because his brother won’t let him. Confused yet? It’s OK, so am I. More →