SpaceX has been making good money sending all sorts of non-classified things into space, and has also been making some fantastic highlight reels of the crashes on return. But things have taken a turn for the serious now that SpaceX has won its first contract for a military launch.
It’s an exciting time to be alive if you’re keen to watch humans get off this planet. A private space race is taking off, opening new pathways to orbit while sparking a burst of technological innovation. Even better, thanks to the magic of internet live streaming, we’re watching history unfold in real time.
SpaceX has released high def footage of yesterday’s historic rocket landing, and it’s glorious to behold. We could watch this all day.
Minutes after a smooth launch of its Dragon spacecraft this afternoon, SpaceX hit a long-standing, elusive goal: It neatly landed the Falcon 9 rocket that had launched the Dragon right down on a drone ship like it was no big deal.
Normally, space and fire don’t mix well, but NASA is deliberately going to cause a “large fire” inside a Cygnus resupply vessel just to see what happens. The rocket’s launching tonight, and as always, you can watch live.
Six months after a rocket exploded in June, SpaceX is on the verge of taking to the sky again—with a souped up Falcon 9 booster more powerful than anything the commercial spaceflight company has ever launched.
Perhaps feeling a bit put out that Blue Origin stole its re-usable rocket thunder, commercial spaceflight company SpaceX is setting aside the whole landing a rocket on an ocean drone thing. Instead, for its next attempt to bring a Falcon 9 booster safely back to Earth from the great beyond, SpaceX wants to go whole…
Wow. This is truly spectacular. Here’s footage from UP Aerospace, which captured a multistage rocket separating in space like we’ve never seen before. You can see it release and then separate from each other in stunning fashion. We’ve slowed down the stage where the rocket separates and it’s just so cool. Seeing that…
A little over a year ago, NASA’s Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with a Cygnus spacecraft onboard, suffered a “catastrophic anomaly” just moments after launch. NASA has now released a stunning new set of previously unseen photos chronicling the disaster.
Here are all the incredible rockets and space vehicles that have carried humans to space. From Gagarin to Armstrong and every space explorer in between and after, each one of those brave heroes relied on Soyuz rockets and Saturn Vs and other types of rocket to launch them into the void embrace of space.
Part of a rocket engine crashes through the roof of a house in northeast China’s Shanxi province early Friday morning.
This is so cool. Stitched together from both old and new clips of Soyuz launch footage over the years, this video shows what a Soyuz flight from Earth to the International Space Station looks like. And it’s absolutely incredible. You get to see the launch, approach and how it docks to the ISS from multiple angles.
These breathtaking nighttime launches of the LGM-30G Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile out of Vandenberg AFB give you an idea of how the beginning of the end of the world would look if mankind decided to call it a day.http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-space-shut...
In what’s quickly becoming humanity’s favorite spectator sport, SpaceX will, for the third time this year, attempt to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the middle of the ocean.
The fragile cease-fire is practically over in Eastern Ukraine. The rebels are unwilling to negotiate and have been attacking Mariupol for days. The video is from yesterday. While the video is not overtly graphic, it's likely that it features injuries or deaths. Please watch with caution. The Ukrainian government…
An unmanned Antares rocket was set to launch this evening from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, but the event ended in an explosion seconds after it began. An investigation is underway. [UPDATED]
When WWII ended, American engineers examined a trove of Nazi concepts for rocket-powered weapons and airplanes. One of the most terrifying was Eugen Sänger's antipodal bomber, a manned supersonic plane designed to reach any city on Earth in one hour. Thank heavens it never worked.
The NHRA put together this gnarly video compilation of wild rides from the first half of the 2014 season and it's just nuts. These drag races look a lot more like horizontal rocket launches crossed with the flames of Ghost Rider than the cars you and I drive.
Back when Russia was still cooperating with NASA, the two organizations developed the Kholod rocket. This beast traveled up to MACH 6.47, using scramjet technology, and it's going up for auction on September 8th.
A photo of the Rocketdyne F-1 rocket engine—"the most powerful single-nozzle liquid-fueled rocket engine ever flown"—being tested at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama. Five of them powered the first stage of the Saturn V. Watch and listen to all of them being tested—in Dolby 5.1 sound. It's amazing.