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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 »

SpaceX Capsule Back on Earth

Carrying a lot of scientific experiments

(Newser) - A SpaceX capsule is back on Earth with a full load of space station science samples, reports the AP . The Dragon cargo ship parachuted into the Pacific on Sunday off the Southern California coast. Astronauts set it free from the International Space Station 5½ hours earlier. The Dragon flew 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 Flying 2 Space Tourists Around the Moon Next Year

Elon Musk makes 'surprising' announcement Monday

(Newser) - SpaceX says it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA's Apollo heyday close to half a century ago, the AP reports. Tech billionaire Elon Musk—the company's founder—announced the surprising news Monday. Two people who know one another approached... 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 »

After 6 Years, NASA's Historic Launchpad Back in Business

SpaceX rocket takes off from 39A pad that launched first man on the moon

(Newser) - NASA's historic moonshot pad is back in business, reports the AP , after a SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off Sunday morning from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A. It's carrying a load of supplies for the International Space Station. The launchpad is steeped in history, notes Gizmodo , as... 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 »

SpaceX Launches First Rocket Since Explosion

And it's a success

(Newser) - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company's first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago, the AP reports. The two-stage rocket lifted off... 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 »

SpaceX May Owe Satellite Owner Free Flight After Blast

Either that or $50M

(Newser) - Facebook isn't the only company smarting after last week's explosion of a SpaceX rocket on the launchpad. The Israeli company that owned the satellite destroyed in the fire may seek either $50 million or a free flight as compensation, reports Reuters . The loss of the AMOS-6 satellite is... More »

SpaceX Explosion Could Be Big Blow for Facebook

Destroyed satellite was part of Facebook's Internet.org initiative

(Newser) - A blast that sounded like thunder, then the sounds of more explosions: SpaceX's launch site was rocked by an explosion Thursday shortly after 9am. The company says in a statement that in preparation for Thursday's engine firing—a test carried out a few days before every launch—"... More »

SpaceX Dragon Returns to Earth With 'Gifts'

Including 12 mice

(Newser) - A SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Friday with scientific gifts from the International Space Station, the AP reports. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins waved goodbye as the Dragon slowly flew away Friday morning. Six hours later, the spacecraft parachuted into the Pacific, just off Mexico's Baja California coast.... More »

SpaceX's Latest Launch Scores 2 Wins

Booster's vertical touchdown is the cherry on the sundae

(Newser) - SpaceX successfully launched a critical space station docking port for astronauts early Monday, along with a DNA decoder for high-flying genetic research. As an extra treat, the company brought its leftover first-stage booster back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a vertical touchdown—only the second such land landing... More »

SpaceX Lands First Rocket at Sea

Triumph follows failures, explosions

(Newser) - SpaceX resumed station deliveries for NASA on Friday, and in a double triumph, successfully landed its booster rocket on an ocean platform for the first time. The unmanned Falcon rocket soared into a clear afternoon sky, carrying a full load of supplies for the International Space Station as well as... More »

SpaceX Rocket Botches Ocean Landing

But it sends Jason-3 satellite into orbit

(Newser) - The first stage of a SpaceX rocket that delivered a US-European ocean-monitoring satellite into orbit Sunday made a hard landing on a floating barge in the Pacific and broke a support leg. SpaceX announcers say the Falcon 9 was not upright after reaching the 300-by-170 foot landing pad in choppy... 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 »

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