Early today, a Falcon 9 rocket delivered the PAZ radio communications satellite, along with a pair of SpaceX-owned internet satellites, to low-Earth orbit. It was an otherwise routine launch and deployment, save for the attempt to recover the rocket’s payload fairing—a feat that’s never been tried before.
At approximately 1:30 pm ET on Tuesday February 6th, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is set to embark on its long-anticipated debut flight. Capable of lifting 140,660 pounds to Low Earth Orbit, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world. Well, that’s assuming it doesn’t blow up on launch or come…
Yesterday, SpaceX delivered a government satellite to orbit using its Falcon 9 rocket. Typically, these rockets return to Earth to live another day, but on this occasion, the company wanted to test an experimental landing system. The Falcon 9 was meant to end this mission in a watery grave, but the rocket unexpectedly…
After several delays (and let’s face it, a horrible yesterday), it’s probably about time that NASA/SpaceX get a move-on and show us that incredible reused rocket launch. You can watch it below, starting at 10AM Eastern today.
On December 12, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, sending an uncrewed Dragon cargo capsule filled with supplies to the International Space Station. No big deal, except that two components, both the first stage rocket and the spacecraft, have already flown on…
In what will be a historic first for the US space agency, NASA has agreed to send supplies to the International Space Station aboard a previously used Falcon 9 rocket booster.
On March 30th, SpaceX made history when it became the first to launch and land a refurbished rocket into orbital space. Seriously, it was fucking awesome. But Elon Musk and co. aren’t stopping there. According to Musk’s Twitter, SpaceX aims to launch a reused upper stage by late next next year in order “to get to…
In a critical step toward actually re-using reusable rockets, on Thursday at its McGregor test center SpaceX fired up a Falcon 9 first stage that returned from space just two months ago. And it seemed to perform beautifully.
SpaceX has been having an incredible run of rocket launches lately—the most notable part is that it’s been successfully landing its rockets on a barge in the ocean. Not easy. Today, it will attempt one of its most complicated landings yet. Let’s watch and see what happens at 5:40pm ET tonight.
On Friday, Blue Origin launched their same New Shepard rocket booster that it launched into space two months ago. Looks like the commercial space race for reusable rockets is on—SpaceX is flashier with bigger trajectories, but Blue Origin keeps winning the race to first.
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.
SpaceX's Grasshopper reusable rocket established a new standard a few weeks ago by climbing to an altitude of 1,066 feet (325 meters) — and then descending back down to Earth for its most accurate landing yet.
Those crazy genius at SpaceX have a new plan: fully reusable rockets. Their system is surprisingly simple, but they don't know if it will work. But CEO Elon Musk says they are going to try it. Here's how it works: