Elon Musk’s bold SpaceX reusable rocket program may have a more audacious goal in mind than just making space travel more affordable for missions around Earth. An investor with deeper knowledge of the matter revealed that SpaceX is all about going to Mars. More →
Twice this year, SpaceX has tried to launch a reusable rocket and have it return to earth and land safely on a floating ocean platform. Both attempts ended in failure. Undoubtedly an engineering challenge of the highest order, a SpaceX rocket this past April came remarkably close to sticking the landing before swerving slightly off angle just a moment before touchdown.
Though watching video of the failed landing might make it seem easy, there’s literally no room for error when it comes to getting a 360+ ton rocket to land gracefully, right side up.
SpaceX early on Sunday launched a Falcon 9 rocket into space from Cape Canaveral with the intention of delivering supplies and food to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Alas, just two minutes after launch, the Falcon 9 rocket began to break up mid-air, ultimately exploding after being consumed by fire.
At the time of this writing, SpaceX is still investigating the root cause of the malfunction. Per usual, engineers will examine HD video of the launch to determine what went wrong, where, and why.
SpaceX on Tuesday once again tried to safely land one of its game-changing reusable rockets onto an ocean platform and it came agonizingly close to being a success. Unfortunately, however, the rocket swerved slightly during the landing process and toppled over, thus marking the second time SpaceX has tried and failed to land on a moving platform in the ocean. All the same, SpaceX came much closer to succeeding in its second attempt than in its first, which resulted in an immediate explosion on impact. More →
It’s a perfect partnership between two companies who love their “moonshots.” SpaceX on Tuesday announced that it’s received $1 billion in funding from new investors Google and Fidelity that will go toward “to support continued innovation in the areas of space transport, reusability, and satellite manufacturing.” More →
Both Google and SpaceX are companies known for taking on huge projects that seem to come out of science fiction. Because of this, it’s all too appropriate that the companies will reportedly team up on a hugely ambitious project that could vastly expand access to the Internet across the world. More →
Is it just me, or have we had a whole lot of space-related disasters recently? Last Saturday, SpaceX contributed to the growing list when its Falcon 9 rocket ran out of hydraulic fluid shortly before landing on a barge in the middle of the ocean. The rocket proceeded to smash into the barge at a 45-degree angle, at which point the residual fuel and oxygen combined, causing an enormous explosion. More →
Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has drawn some comparisons to Apple cofounder Steve Jobs and at least one SpaceX employee thinks those comparisons are warranted. An anonymous SpaceX engineer took to Quora recently to tell the world what it’s really like working for Musk and it seems that he’s just as insanely demanding and difficult to work with as Jobs once was. More →
Tesla isn’t the only potentially revolutionary company founded by Elon Musk, as the Tesla boss is also the CEO of SpaceX, a company that’s trying to make space travel feasible for more people. One of the biggest projects that SpaceX has been working on has been the development of reusable rockets that are able to land safely on the ground again, which would make space travel much more cost effective than it currently is. More →
One of the problems with space travel is how wasteful it is — the rockets that help propel space shuttles into the atmosphere fall off once they reach a certain height and are often completely unsalvageable after they crash back down to Earth. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has just posted a new video showing off its Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket in action and it looks like the team at SpaceX have done some mind-blowing engineering work. As you can see, the video shows the F9R taking off and then hovering 250 meters in the air before slowly descending and then gently landing right back on the launch pad it took off from. Musk and SpaceX are working on perfecting reusable rockets as one way to make space travel more economically feasible for more people. The full video of the F9R follows below. More →