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 9:49pm 2/10/15 9:49pm

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 10:49pm 2/03/15 10:49pm

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 3:01pm 1/27/15 3:01pm

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