Video: Today, SpaceX will launch a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), where it will drop off an EchoStar 105/SES-11 communications satellite. Following deployment, the rocket will attempt a landing on a droneship stationed in the Atlantic ocean. You can watch it live right here starting at 9:38AM AEST.
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Video: SpaceX's BFR is a rocket that can travel into orbit over and over again, and to the Moon and to Mars. But that same massive rocket, SpaceX founder Elon Musk says, could also transport humans around the planet, from capital city to capital city. Most trips would take under half an hour, and you could reach anywhere on the globe from anywhere else in under an hour.
Video: Riding a bike without a helmet or other protective gear is already a risky idea. But climbing aboard a custom-built bike packed with 1000 rockets while you're protected by nothing but a fireproof slab of foam strapped to your back is risk on a whole other level -- even if you're a semi-pro mad scientist like Colin Furze.
The rollout for SpaceX's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, has been handled with a nearly concerning level of nonchalance. On July 28, Elon Musk announced on Twitter that its maiden voyage will be some time this November. Now, the SpaceX founder and self-proclaimed Boring Person has released an animation showing the rocket launch on his Instagram. The humans enjoy social media, and so Elon does, too.
Commercial space tourism company Blue Origin, and its overlord Jeff Bezos, have been pretty quiet over the last few months. But last week, the Amazon founder made his first Instagram post, which appears to show the billionaire stranded on the roof of his own rocket facility in Florida. Because he is Fun. Haha.
Hutchinson, Kansas isn't the kind of place you'd wind up if you weren't looking to. The placid prairie town sits a solid hour's drive south of I-70, the interstate that most travellers use to blow across 684km of Kansas cornfield and cattle pasture as quickly as possible. But as soon as I entered the silver-roofed museum, which is flanked by an authentic Mercury-Redstone Launch Vehicle and a Gemini-Titan II rocket, I knew the extra hours of driving were going to be worth it. After all, how often is one greeted at the door by a Blackbird spy plane?
A large grass fire triggered by a Russian rocket launch on Wednesday has killed one Kazakh man and hospitalised another. According to the AFP, pieces of the rocket fell to Earth after it launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome -- the site where Sputnik 1 took off in 1957. Incredibly, the debris set off a fire that spread about 15km across.
Over the last several months, SpaceX has been seriously diversifying its clientele: In May, it flew a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). On Tuesday, the US Air Force announced that in August, it will be launching a reusable X-37B mini-space shuttle on board a Falcon 9 rocket. While some of the details are still shrouded in mystery (because the military), the Air Force said it will use the launch to test some electronics and oscillating heat pipes aboard the spacecraft. Fun times!
SpaceX is gearing up to get its proverbial arse to Mars. For the first time today, the aerospace company will launch an already-used Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS), carrying 2721kg of supplies and science experiments. The spacecraft will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and naturally, NASA TV will be broadcasting the whole thing live starting at 7:15AM AEST. The launch itself is set to begin at 7:55AM AEST.
While rocket launches aren't typically thought of as "cute", watching the maiden voyage of Rocket Lab's Electron rocket is the closest we'll get to seeing the Brave Little Toaster go to space. Yesterday, the 17m carbon fibre rocket blasted off from New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula and made it to the edge of space. Though Electron didn't make it into orbit, it tried its best, and that's all that counts.
The typical SpaceX payload might include a communications satellite, some ISS supplies, even the occasional spy network. But later this year, the aerospace company will embark on something quite a bit more endearing: A Falcon 9 rocket will carry the cremated remains of beloved family members into space.
After a streak of successful launches, SpaceX is looking damn spiffy. While the best part of watching a SpaceX launch is arguably the last leg of the trip, when the Falcon 9 first stage attempts to land softly back on Earth, today, SpaceX will be doing something a little more complicated than its typical launch routine -- and as a result, it won't be trying to land at all.
Video: Despite only giving you about a second of excitement at launch, model rockets are still a fun way for us (non-billionaires) to live out our dreams of space travel. But have you ever wondered what's happening inside a model rocket engine while you're standing a safe distance away from ignition?
Watching a rocket launch is the most wholesome and exciting activity besides going on a roller coaster or eating large quantities of cheese. Today, at around 1:11AM AEST, NASA, in coordination with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital ATK, will take things to the next level -- the agency will be broadcasting the first-ever 360 degree live stream of a rocket launch.
On March 30th, SpaceX made history when it became the first to launch and land a refurbished rocket into orbital space. Seriously, it was fucking awesome. But Elon Musk and co. aren't stopping there. According to Musk's Twitter, SpaceX aims to launch a reused upper stage by late next next year in order "to get to 100%" reusability. That's right: Musk doesn't just want to reuse the first stage booster, which is estimated to cut down launch costs by up to 30 per cent. He wants to reuse the whole damn rocket.