This satellite deployment feels like a scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey

On March 1 SpaceX's Falcon 9 deployed two communication satellites to a supersynchronous transfer orbit. This video shows the second one, the EUTELSAT 115 West B. And it feels like a clip from 2001: A Space Odyssey. So cool. » 3/02/15 7:08am 3/02/15 7:08am

The Troubled Future of the World's First Commercial Spaceport

Completed in October 2011, Spaceport America is an 18,000 acre commercial spaceport—the first of its kind in the world—that was going to be a major hub for SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, as each company toils away on developing the future of private spaceflight. It's been more than three years since opening, and New… » 2/22/15 9:01am 2/22/15 9:01am

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. » 2/10/15 6:45pm 2/10/15 6:45pm

SpaceX Will Make Its Second Attempt At A Rocket Landing On Sunday

After its first attempt to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone barge went up in flames, SpaceX isn't quitting: round two will take place this Sunday. A SpaceX rocket will be used to launch the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a US government satellite that will monitor 'space weather'. » 2/05/15 11:12pm 2/05/15 11:12pm

Photo: New Dragon crew spaceship almost ready for test flight

From SpaceX: "America's next gen crewed spacecraft is almost ready for a test flight. Pad abort vehicle shipping to FL shortly." The pad and in-flight abort test were projected for January 2015 but it seems to be delayed. SpaceX says the first manned test will be on December 2017 at the latest. » 2/03/15 1:32pm 2/03/15 1:32pm

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 2:29pm 1/27/15 2:29pm

Who Will Win the Internet Space Race?

Up until a week ago, the crazy idea that a company would beam internet service around the entire planet from the sky was just that: a crazy idea. Then, in the span of a few days, we've heard details from not one but three tech behemoths that want to do just that. This fantasy is becoming a reality, and fast. » 1/20/15 5:30pm 1/20/15 5:30pm

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

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 9:00am 1/17/15 9:00am

This Is SpaceX's Rocket Crash-Landing on a Barge

Last week, SpaceX tried to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone barge and failed. Now Elon Musk has posted footage of the crash landing on Twitter. It isn't pretty. » 1/16/15 3:55am 1/16/15 3:55am

SpaceX Rocket Makes Crash Landing On A Drone Barge

After a lot of publicity and one aborted launch attempt, SpaceX tried to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone barge this morning. 'Tried' very much being the key word. » 1/10/15 8:51am 1/10/15 8:51am

Watch SpaceX Try and Land a Rocket on a Drone Barge (Update: Aborted)

Last month, SpaceX announced that it was going to try and land its Falcon 9 spacecraft on this drone barge. Today, that moment has arrived—and you can watch the attempt right here. » 1/06/15 6:00am 1/06/15 6:00am

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

SpaceX Is Testing Autonomous Space Rocket Landing Ships

Elon Musk's list of crazy/brilliant inventions is getting pretty lengthy, but he's decided to add to the list with the Saturday afternoon unveiling of "X-wing config" wings for the Falcon 9 rocket, and a self-piloting ship to act as a landing pad for the reusable rockets. » 11/22/14 5:29pm 11/22/14 5:29pm

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

Space X's Dragon capsule has successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after a month-long turnaround on the International Space Station, having delivered a 3-D printer to outer space. It's the fourth of 12 resupply missions contracted to SpaceX, and having this one go off without a hitch is a good stepping stone… » 10/25/14 4:36pm 10/25/14 4:36pm

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 12:49am 10/10/14 12:49am