Ugly but Successful: Delayed SpaceX Launch Makes Orbit

After the original April 14th launch attempt was delayed, the SpaceX launch of Falcon 9 waited out ominous weather and made it into orbit this afternoon. Although successful, this is the first launch I've seen with a complete dearth of beautiful photographs. » 4/18/14 4:11pm Friday 4:11pm

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

The aerial footage from the latest Grasshopper test launch is super…

Last week's test-launch of SpaceX's Grasshopper saw the vertical-takeoff-vertical-landing (VTVL) vehicle soar to a record-setting altitude of 744 meters. Equally impressive: the vehicle was filmed mid-air by a hexacopter – which, hot damn, talk about getting up-close and personal. » 10/14/13 3:18pm 10/14/13 3:18pm

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX saw another major milestone this weekend with the first flight of its upgraded Falcon-9 rocket. The next-generation, 22-story-high launch vehicle was used to catapult the Canadian Space Agency's Cascade Smallsat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer (a.k.a. CASSIOPE) into orbit Sunday afternoon. » 9/30/13 9:40am 9/30/13 9:40am

Watch as SpaceX's Grasshopper scares the crap out of a herd of cattle

SpaceX has released a new video of last month's remarkable Grasshopper test flight in which the reusable rocket performed an incredible 300-foot lateral maneuver. The zoomed-out view puts the feat into better perspective — while also showing how effective the rocket is at terrifying the local livestock. » 9/09/13 7:20am 9/09/13 7:20am

Holy crap Elon Musk really is Tony Stark

First, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk inspired Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Iron Man. Now, the futuristic design interfaces depicted in the movie trilogy have inspired Musk to create 3D immersive reality visualizations for designing and printing rocket parts on the fly. We've come full circle, people. Reality and fiction are … » 9/06/13 4:00pm 9/06/13 4:00pm

Dammit, Grasshopper, stop being so amazing already

SpaceX's Grasshopper is even more impressive than you probably realized – and that's saying something. While previous test flights have demonstrated the reusable launch vehicle's ability to lift hundreds of meters straight into the air before returning gracefully to Earth, yesterday's launch proved the rocket capable… » 8/14/13 1:20pm 8/14/13 1:20pm

Let's talk about the dark side of private space programs

As government funding for space programs dwindles, our greatest hope seems to lie with space entrepreneurs like SpaceX's Elon Musk, who wants to put a city on Mars — or Robert Bigelow, who wants to build the first space hotel. But should corporations really be controlling the future of space travel? » 6/26/13 2:07pm 6/26/13 2:07pm

Must Watch: Dawkins, Nye, Tyson, and Stephenson Discuss Science and…

"Without hyperbole, it is true that i don't think there has ever been on one stage an assembly of science storytellers and communicators like this," said theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss of the panelists assembled for the debate featured here. We're inclined to agree with him. » 4/15/13 12:20pm 4/15/13 12:20pm

Find out where you can celebrate Yuri's Night!

It's Yuri's Night! Tonight, space enthusiasts the world over will kick off celebrations to commemorate 52 years of human space exploration by recognizing the anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's historic flight into space (not to mention the 32nd anniversary of the very first Shuttle launch). » 4/12/13 7:40am 4/12/13 7:40am

The Science Fiction Books that Inspired SpaceX's Elon Musk

Elon Musk is making all of our dreams of independent space flight come true, and he wants to put humans on Mars. He may even succeed. But what inspires him? Some classic science fiction books, apparently. » 3/20/13 11:32am 3/20/13 11:32am

Everything We Know About Dennis Tito's 2018 Human Mission to Mars

Dennis Tito wants to send humans to Mars. Earlier today, the millionaire space tourist announced more details on a mission that would see two astronauts set a course for the red planet in January 2018, perform a flyby (no orbital insertion or landing required) and head right back to Earth in the span of 501 days. After … » 2/27/13 4:00pm 2/27/13 4:00pm

How Dennis Tito could send humans to Mars and back by 2020

Late last night, word began circulating that entrepreneur Dennis Tito — who, in 2001, became the world's first space tourist — intends to launch a privately backed mission to Mars in 2018. Details will be announced next week, but initial reports indicate that the expedition will be round-trip and last 501 days. » 2/21/13 11:37am 2/21/13 11:37am