Update: Launch was aborted 48 seconds before ignition.
SpaceX is continuing to test its vertical takeoff and vertical landing rocket, Grasshopper, with small hops to test the rocket guidance and landing technology needed to return a rocket to Earth in exactly the way it slipped the surly bonds of our planet.
SpaceX successfully launched a new, upgraded Falcon 9 rocket with 60 percent more powerful engines yesterday. The demonstration flight appeared to go off without a hitch, as the rocket reached a speed of 5 kilometers/second and an altitude of 310 kilometers within five minutes of launch.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Cassiope satellite for the Canadian Space Agency this Sunday. Canada is launching Cassiope in an effort to unravel “the mysteries of space weather.”
The illustrious serial entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX released a video of himself designing rocket parts with hand gestures, using holograms, virtual reality tech, Leap Motion, and a 3D printer.
“If you can just go in there and do what you need to do, just understanding the fundamentals of how the thing should work — as opposed to figuring out how to make the computer make it work — then you can achieve a lot more in a short period of time,” the serial entrepreneur who spawned PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX says.
The three satellites are part of Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation Mission, which is designed to provide maritime surveillance, disaster management, and ecosystem monitoring capabilities.
NASA astronauts are current outside the International Space Station on a spacewalk, and NASA is streaming the action live.
There’s something eerily mysterious about a rocket that lands itself just the same way it takes off.
It’s one of the most expensive grocery deliveries in history, and the first-ever space mission by a private company to re-supply the International Space Station.
Editor’s Pick Legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper is worried about America running out of heroes. And he’s not talking about Superman or the Hulk.
This week the VBWeekly crew discusses the new social-chatting service Airtime, leaked passwords from a LinkedIn hack (check out our tips for changing your passwords), and SpaceX — the first all-private company to start hauling cargo into space.