SpaceX Drone Rocket

Watch a tiny SpaceX rocket land in a backyard pool

By on June 27, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Watch a tiny SpaceX rocket land in a backyard pool

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.

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Watch Now: SpaceX Rocket Crash

Watch: SpaceX came so close to making it four in a row

By on June 17, 2016 at 12:47 PM.

Watch: SpaceX came so close to making it four in a row

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.

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SpaceX Launch Today

Watch live as SpaceX tries to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a barge

By on June 15, 2016 at 10:04 AM.

Watch live as SpaceX tries to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a barge

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 →

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SpaceX Rocket Landing Video

Watching a SpaceX rocket land on a barge is always amazing

By on June 3, 2016 at 12:30 PM.

Watching a SpaceX rocket land on a barge is always amazing

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.

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Elon Musk Interview

Elon Musk doesn’t exist

By on June 2, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Elon Musk doesn’t exist

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 →

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SpaceX Dragon 2 Mars

How SpaceX plans to land on Mars in 2018

By on May 31, 2016 at 5:05 PM.

How SpaceX plans to land on Mars in 2018

SpaceX successfully landed one of its reusable Falcon 9 rockets on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean last week, marking the company’s third consecutive success. Sending cargo to the International Space Station and then landing the rocket used to transport it is just one step SpaceX is perfecting, as it moves forward with its daring plan to conquer Mars. The company intends to land on the Red Planet as soon as 2018, in order to explore Mars in preparation for a future manned mission to the planet. More →

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing

Watch a time-lapse of Falcon 9’s third consecutive successful landing

By on May 30, 2016 at 4:05 PM.

Watch a time-lapse of Falcon 9’s third consecutive successful landing

Reusable rockets represent the future of space travel, with Elon Musk’s SpaceX being one of the companies that can pull off such tricks. Last week, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed successfully on a drone ship in the Atlantic. This was SpaceX’s third successful landing at sea, a huge success for the company that’s looking to make space travel more affordable, and potentially send humans to Mars for the first time.

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SpaceX Launch Live YouTube

Watch right here as SpaceX attempts a difficult rocket landing

By on May 26, 2016 at 5:10 PM.

Watch right here as SpaceX attempts a difficult rocket landing

SpaceX is ramping up the number of launches of its Falcon 9 rocket, which is good for the company, and great for fans of large explosions.

Tonight, Elon Musk’s rocket company is shooting a commercial communications satellite to geostationary orbit. The first stage will once again try and land on a barge in the ocean, but the trajectory of the launch means that the landing will be “challenging.”

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Elon Musk Hyperloop Transportation

Elon Musk’s wild Hyperloop is slowly becoming a reality

By on May 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Elon Musk’s wild Hyperloop is slowly becoming a reality

Tesla Motors and SpaceX aren’t Elon Musk’s only major transportation-related projects. In fact, he’s also working on a train system where passengers could be shipped between cities at speeds close to the speed of sound. Called Hyperloop, the train is a mix between the Concorde plane, a railgun, and an air-hockey table, according to the inventor. And while Musk might not be overseeing this one directly, the Hyperloop project is slowly advancing. More →

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing Video

Watch: SpaceX lands Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship

By on May 6, 2016 at 8:17 AM.

Watch: SpaceX lands Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship

In the early hours of the morning while you were sound asleep, the SpaceX team was hard at work. Elon Musk’s private space exploration endeavor on Friday attempted its most daring feat yet: landing its reusable Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea after launching it into space to deploy a satellite and supplies to the International Space Station.

Those who were awake to watch the mission unfold were prepared for the worst — after all, we’ve seen Space X rockets destroyed time after time while attempting far less dangerous feats. But the stars were apparently aligned on May 6th, and the reusable rocket touched down successfully. More →

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SpaceX Rocket Ocean Landing

Watch every angle of SpaceX’s historic rocket landing captured in a 360-degree video

By on May 2, 2016 at 1:23 PM.

Watch every angle of SpaceX’s historic rocket landing captured in a 360-degree video

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.

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SpaceX Mars Mission Date 2018

SpaceX will try to send a spacecraft to Mars by 2018

By on April 27, 2016 at 12:43 PM.

SpaceX will try to send a spacecraft to Mars by 2018

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.

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SpaceX Rocket Landing Photos

SpaceX releases incredible photos of its historic Falcon 9 sea landing

By on April 11, 2016 at 11:19 AM.

SpaceX releases incredible photos of its historic Falcon 9 sea landing

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 →

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