Elon Musk: SpaceX Will File Suit Against the U.S. Government

Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, announced Friday that SpaceX is filing suit against the Federal Government to protest and break the US Air Force's awarding of lucrative launch contracts for high priority national security satellites to a sole rocket provider – United Launch Alliance (ULA) – on a non competitive… » 4/26/14 8:00am 4/26/14 8:00am

SpaceX Just Made History. Again.

SpaceX scored a spectacular launch success last night when the maiden flight of their upgraded Falcon 9 rocket scorched the sky of the Florida Space Coast and successfully delivered a commercial space satellite to geostationary orbit for the first time ever – thereby revolutionizing the commercial space industry from… » 12/04/13 9:00am 12/04/13 9:00am

Are floating airships the future of aviation?

Memories of the Hindenburg and its nightmarishly igneous end have, for decades now, haunted the airship industry. Floating aircraft are regarded by many as unsafe, and by more still as impractical. But at least one company is attempting to do away with these perceptions, while breathing life back into the deflating… » 3/04/13 8:40am 3/04/13 8:40am

The Skylon space plane just got that much closer to reality

It's been a while since we last reported on the British Skylon space plane — a reusable launch vehicle that will be powered by a two-in-one air-breathing rocket engine that can boost the plane to Mach 5.5 and a height of nearly 30 km (18 miles). The latest news is that the theoretic Sabre Engine ain't so theoretic… » 11/28/12 2:40pm 11/28/12 2:40pm

How Will Humans Get to Alpha Centauri?

Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a star in Alpha Centauri, just 4.3 light-years from Earth. With surface temperatures in excess of 2,000 degrees fahrenheit, this particular planet would be inhospitable, but the fact that it exists at all raises hopes of finding another, more human-friendly… » 10/18/12 8:15am 10/18/12 8:15am

Luna 1: The Greatest Failed Spaceship in History

Luna 1 was a Soviet-launched spacecraft that managed a lot of firsts. It was the first craft to achieve escape velocity. It was the first artificial comet. It was not the first failure of the space race, but it managed to be the first spacecraft whose failure was more impressive than its achievement. This is a tale of… » 9/28/12 11:40am 9/28/12 11:40am

Google street view is now available for NASA Kennedy Space Center

We promise today isn't going to be all about space, but this was just too cool to pass up. NASA recently unveiled Google Street view for the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, in recognition of the launch center's 50th anniversary. Comprising 6,000 panoramic views of the KSC facilities, this location is Google's… » 8/06/12 11:40am 8/06/12 11:40am