Last Night's Routine Rocket Launch Was Thankfully Routine

Last night saw the launch of a resupply mission to the ISS atop a Russian Progress rocket — a pretty routine event (as far as firing things into low-earth orbit will ever be routine), but an important one given recent events. Thankfully, it seems like everything went fine and nothing exploded this time around. » 7/03/15 10:02am Friday 10:02am

After String of Failures, Tonight’s Russian Rocket Launch Really Counts

Russian rocket launches don’t get nearly as much play as, say, a SpaceX launch. But in light of recent events, the Soyuz rocket blasting into orbit at 12:55 AM EST tonight, which will carry a spacecraft loaded with food and supplies to the International Space Station, is more important than usual. » 7/02/15 5:30pm Thursday 5:30pm

Why The Sky Isn't Falling On SpaceX After Yesterday's Rocket Explosion

Yesterday morning, an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 v. 1.1 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) exploded shortly after launch. While this is a setback to SpaceX, we have to view it in the context of a series of failures that have plagued commercial spaceflight in the last year. » 6/29/15 3:59pm 6/29/15 3:59pm

SpaceX Explains Why It Keeps Crash-Landing Rockets

SpaceX, a company full of talented and intelligent people, has spent the last year exploding some really expensive hardware in the middle of the Atlantic. But believe it or not, the company’s goal isn’t actually to rack up YouTube views—it’s to build a reusable rocket system. Here’s how they plan to stop screwing up. » 6/26/15 10:45am 6/26/15 10:45am

See How SpaceX Astronauts Could Survive a Failed Launch

Two weeks ago, SpaceX successfully tested the launch abort system for its new commercial crew capsule, which is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The company has just released a first-person view video recorded by cameras mounted on the Dragon capsule, so you can take a virtual… » 5/22/15 4:41pm 5/22/15 4:41pm

5 Bizarre Quotes That Prove Elon Musk Is Probably a Genius

When everyone—including you—jokes that you have a secret volcano lair, it’s probably more than likely some other off-color remarks might find their way out of your mouth. A new book about Elon Musk contains at least two dozen such statements. If even a third of these are true, he’s probably even smarter than we… » 5/11/15 6:15pm 5/11/15 6:15pm