The Emergency Escape Rockets For The Crew Dragon Are Surprisingly Quiet

A pair of SuperDraco engines firing at the same time is far quieter than I thought it would be. The dual firing is part of SpaceX pad abort testing for the rocket engines, ensuring both engines can simultaneously ignite and throttle if they need to carry the Crew Dragon to safety. » 3/26/15 1:00am Thursday 1:00am

A Successful SpaceX Launch Arcs Over the Night Sky

SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket to deliver the ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West B satellites, with the ABS 3A delivered 30 minutes after launch and the EUTELSAT 115 West B delivered 35 minutes after launch. » 3/02/15 1:52am 3/02/15 1:52am

SpaceX Launch Looks Good, But Rough Seas Cancel Barge Landing Attempt

SpaceX is once again counting down to launching the Deep Space Climate Observatory, but this time with a twist: rough seas in the Atlantic mean the company will not be attempting to soft land the Falcon 9 rocket on a barge. If the launch is scrubbed again, moon will block further launch attempts until February 20th. » 2/11/15 5:56pm 2/11/15 5:56pm

Shaking Off Scrubbed Launch, SpaceX Celebrates A Dragon Splashdown

Despite yet another delay in the launch of their first-ever deep space mission, SpaceX still had reason to celebrate today. After a month attached to the International Space Station, the SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth, splashing down with a load of scientific supplies. » 2/11/15 12:01am 2/11/15 12:01am

DSCOVR Launch And SpaceX Barge Landing Attempt Delayed Until Tuesday

The launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) and second SpaceX barge landing attempt scrubbed yesterday have been delayed until tomorrow due to unfriendly weather. » 2/10/15 2:31am 2/10/15 2:31am

SpaceX Is About To Attempt Another Barge-Landing – Watch It Live!

After hanging out in storage for over a decade, the Deep Space Climate Observatory is finally being launched to monitor solar storms. The satellite is getting into space on the back of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which means we're also counting down to another historic barge landing attempt! » 2/08/15 4:09pm 2/08/15 4:09pm

The future of SpaceX rockets looks so freaking awesome in this new video

Despite the 80s hard rock soundtrack—or maybe because of it—SpaceX's new 3D animation showing their future Falcon Heavy in action, complete with the landing of three of its stages back on Earth, is freaking cool. I can't wait for Elon Musk's bandits to solve all problems and see this happening in real time. » 1/27/15 3:24pm 1/27/15 3:24pm

This Is Elon Musk's Plan To Build A Space Internet

Elon Musk doesn't dream small. That much is pretty clear from the hovering space rockets and the vacuum-tube mass transit system. But his latest brainwave, which involves covering both the Earth and Mars in a blanket of sweet, sweet internet, is downright ballsy. » 1/17/15 4:29pm 1/17/15 4:29pm

Here's How Close SpaceX Came To Landing A Rocket On A Barge In The Ocean

On Saturday, SpaceX tried to land its reusable Falcon 9 rocket on an autonomous spaceport drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. But the rocket came in a little too hot, and the touchdown was more impact than landing. Now, SpaceX has released footage of the landing attempt, as shot from the landing barge. » 1/16/15 3:50pm 1/16/15 3:50pm

SpaceX Came THIS CLOSE To Sticking Its Historic Landing

SpaceX's dull cargo run to the space station featured an exciting secondary mission: the first-ever attempt to land the booster rocket on a floating spaceport drone ship for recovery and reuse. The Falcon 9 hit the barge too hard, impacting rather than landing, a failure so close to success it's worthy of celebration. » 1/10/15 12:48pm 1/10/15 12:48pm

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Gets The #upgoerfive Treatment

"Up Goer Five" is a webcomic by XKCD's Randall Munroe that describes NASA's Saturn V Rocket using only the 1,000 most commonly used words in English. The comic spawned many #upgoerfive spinoffs – some of them excellent. Now, somebody's given the #upgoerfive treatment to SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9 rocket. » 1/07/15 2:30pm 1/07/15 2:30pm

If SpaceX Launches, Where Will The Falcon Rocket Land? [Updated]

Last time we got too excited about SpaceX gearing up to attempt soft-landing on a barge, the launch was scrubbed. If the launch goes as scheduled on Tuesday morning, I have my fingers crossed the rocket will soft-land on an autonomous barge drone in the Atlantic Ocean. Update: Launch scrubbed, new window Friday. » 1/06/15 3:01am 1/06/15 3:01am

Over-Hyped, Misunderstood, Or Retracted Space Science From This Year

It's been a good year for science with all sorts of awe-inspiring, beautiful, or weird discoveries. But not every story survived the followup. Here's the space science stories that fell apart under scrutiny, faded on reconsideration, or didn't make sense from the start. » 12/31/14 3:55pm 12/31/14 3:55pm

SpaceX Barge-Landing Attempt Delayed Until January

The SpaceX cargo run to the International Space Station and associated attempt at soft-landing the Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge is delayed until January 6, 2015. The delay will allow for investigating a problematic static fire test, but will push back the flight until after the holidays. » 12/19/14 5:03am 12/19/14 5:03am

SpaceX Will Try Landing On Barge After Friday's Cargo Flight

Friday's SpaceX cargo run to the International Space Station will make the astronauts happy, but the really exciting part comes after the Dragon is set free. The Falcon 9 rocket will attempt a soft touchdown landing on a barge for the first time, a massive step towards reusable rocketry. » 12/17/14 1:38pm 12/17/14 1:38pm

Elon Musk Unveils His "X-Wing" Rocket Configuration

No, Elon Musk hasn't built a starfighter (at least, not one that he's told us about). But he did borrow some Star Wars terminology when he announced on Twitter that his SpaceX program is testing a new "X-Wing" fin configuration that could help rockets navigate during reentry from space. » 11/24/14 9:20am 11/24/14 9:20am

The SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down With Moustronauts And Arugula

The Dragon capsule detached from the International Space Station, carrying 1,486 kilograms of cargo safely back to Earth. This fourth cargo mission by SpaceX carried a wide variety of science samples, including the first live mammals transported by the commercial company. » 10/26/14 1:30pm 10/26/14 1:30pm

Sierra Nevada Challenges NASA's Crew Transport Contracts

When NASA awarded crew transport contracts to Boeing CST-100 and the SpaceX Dragon v2, a lot of you asked, "What about Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser?" Sierra Nevada is asking the same question, filing a legal challenge claiming their craft was ranked equally proficient and a hefty $900 million cheaper than Boeing. » 10/04/14 1:37pm 10/04/14 1:37pm

A Dragon Chases The Space Station In Orbit

After a day-long weather delay, the SpaceX Falcon blasted off early this morning, on a cargo run to our astronauts in orbit. The Dragon is carrying bits and pieces for 255 experiments, including a cadre of moustronauts, a new wind-tracking accessory for the station, and a 3D printer. » 9/22/14 1:03am 9/22/14 1:03am

What's Happening With Crew Transport To The Space Station?

Today NASA announced new commercial partners to take over crew-transport to the International Space Station. Following in the wake of Russia playing hardball with astronaut training in Crimea, human spaceflight launches will finally be returning to the United States by 2017. » 9/16/14 3:58pm 9/16/14 3:58pm