SpaceX's Falcon 9 Will Hold NASA Cargo, Humans

Now that SpaceX has finally sent a rocket into orbit » 10/02/08 2:30am 10/02/08 2:30am successfully, the Elon Musk-headed company is now focusing on its next goal—hauling cargo for NASA on the Falcon 9, sending people to the International Space Station with its Dragon capsule, and possibly a moon landing as well! Quite a list for a company that only…

SpaceX Falcon Video Shows How Simple a 10-Minute Ride to Orbit Is

This is the on-rocket video of SpaceX's successful Falcon 1 » 9/29/08 10:00am 9/29/08 10:00am launch. The Earth gets smaller, the sky gets darker, the engines burn cleanly, all systems remain nominal, and 10 minutes later the little rocket that finally could is in orbit...as simply as that. Check out the jubilant cheers from the SpaceX team at about…

SpaceX Falcon 1 Finally Gets Into Orbit, Makes History

After three failed attempts, one scattering of Scotty's ashes » 9/28/08 8:25pm 9/28/08 8:25pm over the Pacific Ocean, and a few mid-air explosions, the SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket has finally reached orbit. The achievement marks a major milestone for Elon Musk, whose visions of a privately-funded rocket program appeared just out of reach until today's…

SpaceX Moves Launches to Cape Canaveral, Closer to Rockets That Don't…

After three fiery failed test launches of its Falcon 1 rocket (the last one » 9/10/08 4:00pm 9/10/08 4:00pm carrying NASA's and ), Elon Musk's is setting up shop at a new launch site-Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40, which is just south of SLC-39A/B, from which the Space Shuttle and Apollo moon missions have headed skyward for decades.…

James Doohan's Son Speaks Up Poignantly About Failed SpaceX Rocket…

As you know by now, SpaceX's most recent rocket launch attempt failed » 8/05/08 6:15am 8/05/08 6:15am early in its flight, destroying the vehicle and sending its satellite payload and the ashes of James Doohan—Star Trek's original Scotty— into the ocean. It's just what happens sometimes with space technology: there's so much complexity, so much…

Update: SpaceX Falcon 1 Rocket Blew Up, Fourth Time's the Charm?

Bad news for private space flight aficionados-SpaceX's Falcon 1 rocket lifted off live via webcast last night, and then proceded to blow up spectacularly in the sky over the Pacific Ocean. If you were following along on the official SpaceX website, you probably saw this: "20:38 PDT — We have heard from launch control… » 8/03/08 9:01am 8/03/08 9:01am

SpaceX's Falcon 1, Dreams of Space Conquest Begin in 10, 9, 8...

Like watching rocket launches? Then check out the live webcast of SpaceX's Falcon 1 launch from the Marshall Islands at 7pm EST. The Falcon 1 measures 90 feet, weighs roughly 103,000 pounds and uses a two stage, liquid oxygen and rocket grade kerosene vehicle to blast off. SpaceX, started up by Elon Musk of PayPal… » 8/02/08 6:45pm 8/02/08 6:45pm

NASA's First Solar-Sail Powered Craft Set to Ride on a Stream of…

NASA's getting set to launch the NanoSail-D next week, its first solar-sail powered spacecraft which catches photons like wind on a 10 square-meter sail made of a thin metallic polymer. The craft uses a crazy Rube Goldberg-like method to deploy the sail that involves burning fishing line at critical moments to release… » 7/24/08 4:00pm 7/24/08 4:00pm

SpaceX Launches Falcon 1 Into Space, Deemed 95% Successful


Private citizens from space exploration company Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) sent a rocket into space yesterday. The Falcon 1 lifted off the launch pad at 6:10pm California time, and flew 200 miles into space before a malfunction in the second stage sent the spacecraft into a spin. » 3/21/07 10:27am 3/21/07 10:27am