Richard Branson Can't Decide If He Wants To Compete With Tesla

Elon Musk and Richard Branson are already kinda-sorta competing in the private space race, but for delusional billionaires, that's not enough. Branson says he might want to compete with Tesla now, except he said the exact opposite the same day. » 3/19/15 7:20pm 3/19/15 7:20pm

Elon Musk Turned Into Unwitting Hair Transplant Spokesmodel

Billionaire robot-hater Elon Musk is known for having a pretty short temper and a pretty big ego. Which means he probably doesn't appreciate the fact that some website called CosmeSys used his images (above) in a post touting new hair replacement techniques, with the headline, "Elon Musk and New Technologies in Hair… » 1/29/15 10:56am 1/29/15 10:56am

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

Elon Musk's Mass-Produced Internet Satellites Could Put WiFi Everywhere

Satellite-industry professional Greg Wyler has left Google to team up with nerd-entrepreneur-extraordinaire Elon Musk and develop a squadron of satellites that could beam WiFi just about anywhere, and eventually everywhere, on Earth. » 11/10/14 1:25pm 11/10/14 1:25pm

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 2:35pm 11/06/14 2:35pm

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 9:20am 10/30/14 9:20am

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 The Best Elon Musk Quote Yet

It's time to move beyond this pale blue dot to begin our multi-planetary colonization. That's one of the reasons Elon Musk started SpaceX. And in an interview with Aeon, he put a really fine point on his plans to explore the known universe. » 10/02/14 1:39pm 10/02/14 1:39pm

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

Reports: SpaceX Will Launch Their Rockets From This Texas Beach

"Brownsville, we have liftoff." That's the line that may be coming from a SpaceX command center in South Texas soon, as the company reportedly prepares to dump Florida for the Lone Star State for its launches. » 7/15/14 9:53am 7/15/14 9:53am

Watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Live

Space X is launching the ORBCOMM OG2 Mission 1 satellite with its Falcon 9 two-stage rocket tonight. The stream is live and the launch is set for 7:01 PM ET. UPDATE: Aborted. Dammit. » 6/20/14 6:10pm 6/20/14 6:10pm

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 11:59am 5/30/14 11:59am

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

The new SpaceX Dragon V2

The new SpaceX Dragon V2 seems to be an amazing machine, capable of transporting seven astronauts to orbit and then soft-land anywhere on Earth using thrusters and retractile legs—with the accuracy of an helicopter. Elon Musk claims that they will be able to refuel it and launch it again right away. » 5/29/14 2:56pm 5/29/14 2:56pm

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

Increase Your Odds Of Working For SpaceX By Building Racecars

You're an engineering student looking to break into the private spaceflight industry at SpaceX. But the boss (Elon Musk) will only consider the top one percent of the human population for employment. According to one ex-recruiter, you can increase your odds by building racecars. » 4/30/14 12:20pm 4/30/14 12:20pm

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

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 8:00am 4/26/14 8:00am

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 2:15pm 4/18/14 2:15pm