It’s been a few really good months for SpaceX, and now, the commercial spaceflight company is kicking rocket production into high gear in anticipation of a packed launch schedule.
Reusable rockets just went from a party trick to a research necessity. Have a rocket you can launch, land safely, and launch again? NASA wants you, now.
Go go Dragon! SpaceX just posted video of its Dragon 2 spacecraft testing its ability to hover. Once certified, this spacecraft will carry astronauts to the space station as part of NASA’s commercial crew program. Crewed test flights are tentatively planned to start in 2017.
SpaceX landed a rocket on a barge this weekend, until it tipped over and exploded. Now the drone ship is back in port with the wreckage on deck. The Falcon 9's engines are looking shockingly intact for surviving launch, reentry, landing, and an explosion!
The secret to success is to fail, fail, and fail again, but in different ways each time. SpaceX hasn’t stuck a barge landing yet, but this side-by-side video comparison of each attempt reassures us that it’s getting closer.
What was happening out-of-sight during Sunday’s SpaceX launch of Jason-3? These are the stories from reporting live on a white rocket engulfed in a fog bank, but without the internet connectivity to actually update in real-time.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 came very close to sticking the landing on a drone barge earlier today, but sadly, in the space industry, second place just gets you a fireworks show.
A rocket is only reusable if it still works after landing. Elon Musk reports that the Falcon 9 rocket SpaceX successfully landed at Cape Canaveral performed well during testing, although with some yet-to-be-explained fluctuations.
It’s a mostly good day for SpaceX. The company succeeded in its primary mission, delivering the Jason-3 oceanographic satellite into orbit. But its second objective was less successful: Falcon 9's first stage rocket reached the drone ship, but crashed on landing.
We’re on location for today’s SpaceX launch of the Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite. Afterwards, SpaceX will make their first barge landing attempt in the Pacific Ocean. Join us as we report live from Vandenberg Air Force Base!
SpaceX is launching the planet’s newest oceanographic satellite tomorrow morning. Here’s the scoop on Jason-3, and how “sea level” is one of those little white lies you learned in school.
NASA announced that it has booked three private companies to ferry supplies up to the International Space Station through the next eight years—and the new contracts will allow them to add one new astronaut to their roster.
Did you know you were waiting for an epic supercut of SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9 launch and landing, complete with a suspenseful soundtrack and a victorious cheering scene that looks like it was ripped straight out of The Martian? Probably not, but SpaceX has delivered!
Well, isn’t that nice! SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket performed admirably in its test today, keeping it on-track to launch the Jason-3 oceanographic satellite on Sunday.
What’s next for a company that just made spaceflight history by sending a rocket into orbit and safely landing it back on Earth? Why, doing it again, of course—but this time, on an ocean platform.
This. This is how dirty. Coolest part? Check out those huge clean swaths where the landing legs protected the rocket’s paint job from soot, dust, and singeing. We never thought we’d feel tingly about a grungy old rocket, but this one is doing the trick.
Wait a minute.... Did Elon Musk just hint SpaceX will fly its victorious Falcon 9 rocket a second time?! We knew reusability was the long-term plan, but if they pull it off on the first attempt it’ll bump their celebrations up to a whole new level.
Not only did SpaceX land their Falcon 9 rocket, but they looked damn good while doing it. This is how to do a return-to-flight with style!
Tonight, SpaceX successfully sent a first-stage booster to space, and then landed it vertically minutes later. It’s a proof of concept that is supposed to make space cheaper by reusing components, but this booster is destined to never fly again.
Right on schedule, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster made a beautiful soft landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station moments ago. It’s a huge moment in the history of spaceflight, marking the first time a rocket has ascended into orbit and landed back on Earth.