Why Elon Musk's 'X-Wing' Rocket Isn't As Crazy As It Sounds

Elon Musk really understands the internet. This is, of course, news only to newborns and the recently coma-awoken, but it's impressive to see in action. This weekend, Musk tweeted about 'X-wing' developments to his rocket, making a technical recovery system seem like sci-fi, even if it actually makes perfect sense. » 11/24/14 10:30am 11/24/14 10:30am

Ex-SpaceX Employee Busted by FBI for Running a Silk Road Drug Market

The FBI announced today that a startup founder and former SpaceX employee was arrested in San Francisco for allegedly operating Silk Road 2.0. According to the FBI, Blake Benthall's online drug bazaar was netting millions of dollars worth of bitcoin every month while he simultaneously worked at SpaceX. » 11/06/14 2:52pm 11/06/14 2:52pm

Exploded Rocket Was Using 1970s Vintage Soviet-Built Engines

The explosion of an unmanned Antares rocket on Tuesday evening near Wallops, Virginia made headlines worldwide. Destined for the International Space Station, it exploded just seconds after liftoff, while carrying Space Station supplies, experiments, and propelled by two very old Soviet engines. » 10/30/14 10:26am 10/30/14 10:26am

Sore Loser Puts SpaceX And Boeing Spaceship Development On Hold

In September, NASA announced it would be funding two private spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to and from Earth orbit: Boeing's CST-100 and the SpaceX Dragon V2. A third competitor, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser, wasn't picked, and as a result, Sierra Nevada is challenging the decision, placing all projects on… » 10/06/14 3:50pm 10/06/14 3:50pm

This Is What Its Like To Power Through Descent Into The Atmosphere

Elon Musk's humanity-altering company, SpaceX (no, not Tesla), is trying its darndest to create a re-useable rocket booster. But they're not trying to do it with parachutes, followed by a big splashdown. They're trying to do it with more rocket fuel, and this video is proof of a big step toward that goal. » 7/22/14 6:50pm 7/22/14 6:50pm

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 12:14pm 5/30/14 12:14pm

Here's Your First Look At The Dragon V2, America's Newest Spaceship

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. » 5/29/14 10:20pm 5/29/14 10:20pm

This Is Elon Musk's Pink YouTube Waking Nightmare

This video comes to us via Valleywag since its host, Venture Capitalist's daughter Jesse Draper is taking her YouTube show to the illustrious world of public access television. While this video comes from 2009, us at the Jalopnik World Headquarters Bunker Next To Travis' Apartment had never seen it and boy is it a… » 5/06/14 9:00am 5/06/14 9:00am

Elon Musk: SpaceX Will File Suit Against the U.S. Government

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Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, announced Friday that SpaceX is filing suit against the Federal Government to protest and break the US Air Force's awarding of lucrative launch contracts for high priority national security satellites to a sole rocket provider – United Launch Alliance (ULA) – on a non competitive… » 4/26/14 12:13pm 4/26/14 12:13pm

Reusable SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Makes Successful First Flight

This morning on Twitter, SpaceX founder Elon Musk posted this video of the Falcon 9 reusable (F9R) rocket making a successful first flight. It ascended to approximately 250 meters before returning back to Earth vertically, on its own "legs." The video was filmed using a hexacopter drone. » 4/18/14 4:25pm 4/18/14 4:25pm

SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket Flies Higher than the Chrysler Building Now

SpaceX's reusable Grasshopper rocket is growing up. And up and up and up. It just set a new record for height, hovering at over 325 meters (1066 feet)—higher than Manhattan's Chrysler Building—and hovering there, before coming back down and landing on its launchpad safely. » 7/08/13 2:22pm 7/08/13 2:22pm