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

How SpaceX Dragon V2 dramatically changes space travel in one image

The amazing new SpaceX Dragon V2 spaceship will be able to soft-land anywhere on Earth using rockets and retractile legs with the same accuracy as any aircraft. You can click here know all about it or just look at this image. When Elon Musk says "it lands like a 21st century spaceship should land" he's right. » 5/30/14 12:41pm 5/30/14 12:41pm

Cool video of the new Falcon reusable rocket launching and landing

Behold the first test of the Falcon 9 Reusable rocket, launching and then smoothly landing in another location—an entire rocket going up and landing back on Earth ready to be refilled and launched again. Unlike the Grasshopper, this thing is huge! It is so amazing that I squeaked like a little girl when I saw it in… » 4/18/14 3:09pm 4/18/14 3:09pm

NASA's Morpheus Lander Completes Its First Explosion-Free Test Flight

We all have to crawl before we can walk, and NASA's Morpheus lander is no different—well, except for the fact that "crawl," in this case, actually means burst into a pile of flames. But all that's in the past, and NASA's taken to their YouTube and Instagram accounts to show off the absolutely stunning success of the… » 12/10/13 4:51pm 12/10/13 4:51pm

Watch a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Make Another Launch Attempt (Update)

The original launch of SpaceX's redesigned Falcon 9 rocket was planned for just a few days ago on Monday—but that mission was scrubbed at the last minute due to a technical glitch. It was sad for those who tuned in at the beginning of the week to watch the livestream, but the good news is that right now SpaceX is … » 11/28/13 5:55pm 11/28/13 5:55pm

Watch the SpaceX Grasshopper Reach A New Record-Setting Height

In the past few months SpaceX's Grasshopper has done test runs that included jaunts to 250 and 325 meters above ground. The rocket has been regularly sticking its landings and has even done some side-to-side maneuvering. And now the Grasshopper has taken its biggest hop yet to 744 meters aka 2,441 feet aka almost… » 10/12/13 3:10pm 10/12/13 3:10pm

Elon Musk Is Building a Self-Driving Car Because Of Course He Is

Tesla is joining the race to build and sell the world's first self-driving car, and it plans to win. In an interview with the Financial Times this week, Elon Musk said he's working on building a car that can run on "auto-pilot" within three years. That would put Tesla way ahead of competition in typical Tesla fashion. » 9/18/13 10:02am 9/18/13 10:02am

Watch the SpaceX Grasshopper Hop Into the Air and Fly Sideways

You've seen the SpaceX Grasshopper blast off, hover and land vertically. You've seen it fly higher than the Chrysler building and land vertically. Now you can see this innovative little rocket zoom 250 meters into the air and fly 100 meters sideways. You know what it does next? It lands vertically. » 8/14/13 12:13pm 8/14/13 12:13pm

Watch SpaceX's Grasshopper Break Its Record For Taking Off and Landing…

Another day, another Johnny Cash-accompanied test of Elon Musk's SpaceX Grasshopper rocket—which is not to say this isn't exciting, because consistency is the name of the game for a commercial reusable rocket. Especially the Grasshopper, which can take off and land vertically. In this most recent test, the… » 4/23/13 9:33am 4/23/13 9:33am

SpaceX's Grasshopper Rocket Takes Off and Lands Vertically and Can Also…

There's no doubt that the future of this country's space exploration lies in the hands of the private sector. And Elon Musk's SpaceX is clearly at the forefront and the company's reusable rocket, the Grasshopper, is a sight to see. In a recent test, the Grasshopper vertically took off, ascended to roughly 12… » 12/27/12 1:12pm 12/27/12 1:12pm