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 Yesterday 4:25pm

Watch A SpaceX Rocket Fly 2,500 Feet And Land Straight Up

You know how rockets fly upward and then just land wherever? That's so 20th century, man. Elon Musk's SpaceX wants rockets that can land upright after being fired off, and that's exactly what the Grasshopper is. It's actually pretty amazing to watch. » 10/15/13 12:28pm 10/15/13 12:28pm

A Staggering 202,586 People Have Applied To Die On Mars

Say, would you like to die alone on an uninhabitable planet millions of miles from home away from everyone you have ever known and loved? If your answer was "Heck yeah I do," you may be one of the more than 200,000 people who have applied to die on Mars. » 9/11/13 11:43am 9/11/13 11:43am

The Elon Musk Rap Is The Freshest Beat You'll Ever Put In Your Ear-Holes

Okay, people of the Internet. You can all stop listening to new music now. That's because we have a beat so tight that you'll never want to hear anything else ever again: the Elon Musk Rap. » 3/21/13 2:49pm 3/21/13 2:49pm

The Other Firsts No One's Talking About For The Proposed 2018 Mars…

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… » 3/01/13 4:10pm 3/01/13 4:10pm

Elon Musk's SpaceX Just Launched A Capsule Into Orbit, But There's A…

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… » 3/01/13 11:33am 3/01/13 11:33am

The Tesla Model 'E' Is 'Coming,' An Electric Concorde Is Possible, And…

Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk dropped in to answer reader questions (full interview here) on Jalopnik earlier today and, in the course of about 45 minutes, managed to break some actual news. We're going to bullet point it for you and let you discuss what it means in the comments. » 8/30/12 3:00pm 8/30/12 3:00pm

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Ask Elon Musk Anything You Want About Nikola Tesla, Tesla Motors, And…

When everyone was running away from electric cars, Elon Musk invested in them with Tesla. When the government was reducing its commitment to space, Elon Musk started SpaceX. When Nikola Tesla fans said they needed help preserving his lab, Elon Musk stepped up to help. Whatever your opinion of Elon Musk (we've had… » 8/30/12 11:45am 8/30/12 11:45am

SpaceX Was Not The First Private Rocket Company

Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk must be pretty happy right now. His other major venture, SpaceX, has just succeeded in a monumental first: the first docking of a private spacecraft, the Dragon, to the International Space Station. Up to now, docking a craft, even an unmanned one, has only been accomplished by some big… » 5/29/12 4:00pm 5/29/12 4:00pm

Tesla Motors CEO On The Daily Show: Let's Colonize Mars!

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Space X CEO, Tesla CEO, and Paypal founder Elon Musk made an appearance on » 4/11/12 12:45pm 4/11/12 12:45pm

Watch Billionaire Electric Car Mogul Elon Musk Explain 'BioShock' To…

I've been tempted to start a column on Tesla's Elon Musk that's just an ongoing list of him explaining things (for example, Elon Musk explains love). He's clearly got a fascinating mind working up there. A great example of this is him telling future Musk biographer Hannah Elliott how the dystopian video game BioShock… » 3/26/12 4:00pm 3/26/12 4:00pm