Google (and Friends) Just Invested $1 Billion in SpaceX Internet

Following earlier reports that Google was finalizing a $1 billion investment in Elon Musk's zany new space internet project, SpaceX has confirmed a new round of funding worth—you guessed it—$1 billion. The new investors include not only Google but also Fidelity, Founders Fund and others. The new investors now own … » 1/20/15 4:39pm 1/20/15 4:39pm

Report: Google's Finalizing a $1 Billion Investment in SpaceX Internet

It looks like Google is going to throw a ten-figure sum into Elon Musk's space internet dream. Both The Information and The Wall Street Journal report that the search giant is finalizing a $1 billion investment in SpaceX's recently revealed effort to offer global internet service through small satellites. It's a crazy… » 1/19/15 6:30pm 1/19/15 6:30pm

Report: Europe's Upping Its Space Game 

Elon Musk's private space company, SpaceX, has been coming on in leaps and planetary-sized bounds of late, so much so that it's apparently threatening our friends across the pond. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the EU is about to invest in a whole new generation of low-cost rockets in order to stay… » 11/27/14 4:00pm 11/27/14 4:00pm

Elon Musk Confirms He's Building A 700-Strong Satellite Fleet

Earlier this weekend, a Wall Street Journal report linked Elon Musk, the big entrepreneur success story, with a plan to use a fleet of small satellites to achieve global internet coverage. Although he hasn't mentioned the internet part, he just confirmed the satellite part on Twitter, and said we'll have to wait a few… » 11/10/14 10:02pm 11/10/14 10:02pm

Report: Elon Musk Is Next In Line To Connect The Third World

It's never been a better time to be a budding third-world internet entrepreneur: Google's trying to use balloons to bring you online, Facebook wants to use drones to upload your selfies, and now a third big Silicon Valley name is lending a helping hand. According to a WSJ report, Elon Musk is planning to launch a… » 11/08/14 9:00am 11/08/14 9:00am

Dragon spacecraft quickly firing thrusters to adjust course

Astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this sequence of the Dragon spaceship "breathing fire as it rendezvoused with [the International Space Station] last week." The spacecraft was firing its thrusters to adjust its course. The original video was quite shaky, so I stabilized it for your GIFing pleasure. » 10/10/14 12:50am 10/10/14 12:50am

Boeing and SpaceX Will Share NASA's $6.8 Billion Space Taxi Program

NASA just announced a critical component of Launch America, the country's highly anticipated next chapter in human spaceflight. The organization confirmed in a press conference today that Boeing and SpaceX will split the $6.8 billion "space taxi" contract, with $4.2 billion going to Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX. » 9/16/14 4:23pm 9/16/14 4:23pm

This is SpaceX's secret sauce to land its reusable Falcon 9 rocket

See those black fins moving on the surface of this Falcon 9R rocket? That's SpaceX's magic sauce. These steerable surfaces will allow used rocket stages to safely land back on Earth, ready to be refilled and launched again. This on-board video of their new 1-kilometer-high test show how they work. » 6/19/14 7:24pm 6/19/14 7:24pm