Dammit, Congress: Just Buy NASA its Own Space Taxi, Already

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? »8/21/15 6:30pm8/21/15 6:30pm

Why The Sky Isn't Falling On SpaceX After Yesterday's Rocket Explosion

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. »6/29/15 3:47pm6/29/15 3:47pm

Now You Can See How Close to Perfect the SpaceX Landing Was

Yes, it’s true that yesterday SpaceX failed to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone barge in the ocean. But it wasn’t exactly a crash landing, like last year’s attempt. In fact, it was a nearly perfect landing — until the rocket began to tilt and fall over. This video shows you how close they came.
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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 11:18am1/29/15 11:18am

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 10:30am11/24/14 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 2:52pm11/06/14 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 10:26am10/30/14 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 3:50pm10/06/14 3:50pm