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Elon Musk Makes Headlines—as Does His Mom

SpaceX CEO thinks rockets will zip people around the world in a matter of minutes

(Newser) - In a not-too-distant future, rocket ships will fly people around the world in a matter of minutes, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. At the International Astronautical Congress in Australia on Friday, Musk opened up about SpaceX's progress on its BFR (Big F****ing Rocket) that he hopes will carry... More »

Elon Musk Offers First Look at SpaceX's Spacesuit

'Very white and very spacey' is one critique

(Newser) - In between dating actresses and fending off future killer robots , Elon Musk is hard at work as the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and he just made a big announcement regarding the latter. Musk posted on Instagram early Wednesday the first official photo of the SpaceX spacesuit, which he noted... More »

Here Are the 10 Best US Companies to Work For

Facebook is No. 1, based on analysis of Glassdoor reviews

(Newser) - For most of us, a good portion of our days is spent toiling at work, and while not everyone has the luxury to "do what you love," there are companies that can make the day-to-day grind substantially more pleasant. The 24/7 Wall St. ranking of the best companies... More »

SpaceX Launch Is Another First

It's company's first government payload; rocket returns to Earth safely

(Newser) - SpaceX had a big morning: It successfully launched its first government satellite and got its rocket to return safely to Earth to boot. The company sent up the spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 7:15am from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in... More »

Elon Musk Is Quite Frightened of the Robots Taking Over

He's '[cueing] the scary organ music' on artificial intelligence: 'Vanity Fair'

(Newser) - While Elon Musk embraces the sci-fi nature of colonizing other planets, he's not exactly a superfan of the sci-fi concept of robot overlords. The CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX is terrified of artificial intelligence, Maureen Dowd reveals in Vanity Fair , and doesn't think Silicon Valley should be... More »

'Amazing' First in Space With Used Rocket

SpaceX used recycled rocket, Elon Musk predicts 'huge revolution in spaceflight'

(Newser) - For spaceflight, recycling appears to be the way of the future: SpaceX scored an impressive first on Thursday with the launch of a previously used rocket. The Falcon 9 booster, which was first launched for a mission in April last year, sent a communications satellite into space before returning to... More »

Space Speculation: Who Are the Mystery Moon Tourists?

SpaceX could make history by sending the first woman

(Newser) - So who are the two space tourists who will be flown around the moon by SpaceX next year? The company isn't saying, but a post at the Atlantic points out an interesting stat: Of the 24 people who have flown to the moon so far (half of whom have... More »

SpaceX Cargo Ship Turned Away From ISS Landing

GPS snag has moved docking attempt to Thursday

(Newser) - Sometimes GPS leads drivers into bodies of water ; other times it keeps cargo ships from docking with the International Space Station. Reuters reports the latter happened Wednesday, with SpaceX calling off the rendezvous of its Dragon spacecraft with the ISS, saying there was a glitch with the capsule's navigational... More »

NASA Is Sending a Drug-Resistant Superbug Into Space

And that's hopefully less scary than it sounds

(Newser) - NASA and a biomedicine company are sending a drug-resistant superbug into outer space, where it will be researched aboard the International Space Station. And while Gizmodo notes the plan sounds like "Elon Musk's idea for a science fiction spec he's working on," it will—hopefully—have... More »

In Wake of Explosion, SpaceX Ready to Ride Again

(Newser) - Just months after an explosion at Cape Canaveral took out one of SpaceX's Falcon rockets—along with Facebook's Internet.org satellite—as both underwent routine launch preparations, SpaceX says it's now ready to launch again on Sunday, reports the Wall Street Journal . The greenlight follows what Elon... More »

Watch Elon Musk Freak as SpaceX Makes History

Video captures entrepreneur go through rollercoaster of emotion during launch

(Newser) - Last year around this time, SpaceX pulled off the feat of launching a rocket and then having it return safely to Earth after sending its cargo into space. The milestone got plenty of news coverage at the time, but National Geographic TV has now released a video with a compelling... More »

Elon Musk Says Humans Could Be on Mars in 10 Years

And living in a permanent Martian colony in 50 years

(Newser) - Human's have two choices: "become a spacefaring species" or perish in an "extinction event on Earth," Elon Musk said Tuesday during the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico while laying out his plan to colonize Mars. Here's what you need to know about the SpaceX founder'... More »

In 10 Minutes, SpaceX Made History

Booster rocket lands vertically after putting satellites in orbit

(Newser) - SpaceX dusted off its Falcon rocket Monday night, launching it toward orbit for the first time since an accident over the summer . That first part was successful; the second part was, in the words of Elon Musk, "a revolutionary moment": The New York Times reports as the "second... More »

Bezos 1, Musk 0: Reusable Rocket Goes to Space and Back

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket nailed landing after 62-mile journey

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space firm beat Elon Musk's SpaceX to the punch and launched its Blue Shepard reusable rocket into outer space, then returned to its landing pad in its "first successful uncrewed reusability test," Mashable reports. The BE-3 rocket and empty crew capsule flew to... More »

SpaceX Supply Rocket Explodes After Liftoff

It was unmanned

(Newser) - An unmanned SpaceX supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded soon after lifting off this morning, reports CNN . It's still too early to figure out what happened. Though it's not the first time a supply rocket has met this fate, it's the first time for... More »

SpaceX Narrowly Misses Historic Rocket Landing

Second attempt to have it come down on ship fails

(Newser) - Maybe the third time will be the charm? Space's second attempt to have a rocket return safely to Earth after launching its payload came close but failed, reports CNN . The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched successfully from Cape Canaveral and sent its cargo capsule hurtling toward the International Space... More »

SpaceX Rocket Recovery Test: 'Close but No Cigar'

Novel attempt to have it land back on Earth doesn't work

(Newser) - SpaceX this morning successfully launched a new batch of equipment now en route to the International Space Station, but a first-of-its-kind attempt to salvage the rocket that sent it up didn't work. The idea was to try to guide the first-stage rocket back to Earth upon separation and have... More »

At Last Minute, SpaceX Aborts Rocket Launch

Experiment now postponed until Friday morning

(Newser) - With just one minute to go before SpaceX's 6:20am ET launch of a Falcon 9 rocket in what would be a rather remarkable test of reusing rocket components , the space agency called off the mission at Cape Canaveral. The Los Angeles Times reports that a problem with the... More »

SpaceX Wants to Land a Rocket —on a Barge

Tomorrow's launch hopes to move toward reusable rockets with dicey landing

(Newser) - There's not much that's terribly environmentally friendly, efficient, or inexpensive about rockets—they're single-use, sometimes explode , and even when they don't they usually end up as ocean junk. SpaceX is looking to tweak that calculus with tomorrow's Falcon 9 launch in Cape Canaveral, reports the... More »

Why on Earth Is SpaceX Hiring a Farmer?

Maybe for potatoes on Mars, or maybe for the tax breaks

(Newser) - As a company that hopes to rocket passengers into space and colonize other planets, you might expect SpaceX to run some unusual help-wanted ads from time to time. But a new one is definitely raising eyebrows: Elon Musk's company is looking for an experienced farmer in Texas. Applicants should... More »

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