SpaceX has been teasing potential Mars plans for a while now, but the company just announced a launch date—and it’s soon. They plan to launch to the surface of Mars in 2018.
There’s a new space race happening, much smaller in scope than the great US/USSR rivalry of the ‘60s, but one that still marks a huge milestone: the race to see who will be the first to launch a commercial crewed spacecraft. The race is now official as NASA has ordered a crewed mission from SpaceX as well as Boeing.
Ever since the shuttle program ended, NASA has been paying Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. But the price-per-seat aboard Russia’s spacecraft has gotten ridiculous. The solution is clear and cost-effective: The US needs its own space taxis. So why won’t Congress pay for it?
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.
SpaceX has just officially announced their new manned-variant of their Dragon capsule, and it looks like a pretty sweet ride. So far we've seen some details, and we generally know what the layout is, but this is the first full view of the capsule so far. Should be a nice upgrade from the old Soyuz.
Remember the "Dragon Design Concept" Jeep Wrangler that Chrysler pulled the cover off at last year's Beijing Auto Expo?
Remember Dennis Tito? He's the millionaire who became the first space tourist back in 2001, who bought himself a ticket on a Soyuz heading to the International Space Station. Now he's got some big new space plans: he wants to send two people on a Mars flyby mission in 2018. If he can pull it off, there's lots of…
When he's not making electric cars, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk's other venture is trying to privatize spaceflight. And his company, SpaceX, took a big step in that direction this morning when they launched the Dragon capsule into orbit with the goal of bringing more than one ton of supplies and science experiments to…
The Lotus Seven is one of the oddest and most rewarding cars ever built. Colin Chapman's bug-eyed masterwork has inspired countless copies. Three years ago, we met a large percentage of them at the Tail of the Dragon. Lightness, ho!
Our obsession with cars pales in comparison to this Washington state man, who admits to "sexual relations" with over 1,000 cars. If ever there was a dragon, this mechaphiliac would be it.
Cooper is an old name in mobile drilling, and the TL550 Mobile Servicing Rig is one reason why. Once a well is tapped it needs lots of work and this rig can service 2 1/2" pipe nearly four miles into the ground. One of the best features of the sweet Cooper is the uncovered 550 HP Detroit Diesel engine. Covering the…
All Denise Anderson wanted to do was test drive a used Toyota Sequoia at her local Tampa Bay, Florida dealership. Unfortunately, a nine-foot alligator beat her there. Chomp, chomp!
The recently introduced Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SV gets heartily abused slideways in this awesome promo vid by the naughty boys in Sant'Agata. We hear that nuns everywhere are getting excited over this raging bull.
EVO Magazine managed to score some video of the new Pagani Zonda R on the track at Monza. We thought this carbon fiber racer was only sexy standing still. Boy, were we wrong.
The Japanese tradition of installing a big temple-like structure on a Caminoized sedan to make a hearse makes total sense to us, but wouldn't it be great to have an '89 Nissan Presidentamino with the rare and coveted Dragon Hearse option to use as your daily driver? Look at this thing! It is to regular hearses as a …
Some carved vehicles are okay, but this one by Folk artist Su Zhongyang, definitely isn't. You see, Su spends a lot of time carving dragons into ivory and yak bone. The carvings themselves doesn't look too bad, especially if you check out some of close-ups in the gallery below. However, it's what he did with the…