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Live view of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster orbiting Earth

Live view of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster orbiting Earth

Brandon Russell

“Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth,” Elon Musk Tweeted this week after SpaceX’s historic Falcon Heavy rocket launched his original Tesla Roadster into space. The launch was part of the Falcon Heavy’s maiden voyage. According to SpaceX, the Falcon Heavy is capably of lifting nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb) into orbit—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with...

Watch SpaceX try and land a rocket on a floating barge (Update)

Watch SpaceX try and land a rocket on a floating barge (Update)

Brandon Russell

SpaceX on Thursday will perform its usual song and dance, and attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on the floating barge, otherwise known as “Of Course I Still Love You,” in the Atlantic Ocean. “As with other missions going to geostationary orbits, the first-stage will be subject to extreme velocities and re-entry heating, making a successful landing challenging,” SpaceX said in its...

SpaceX Falcon 9 to make fifth launch attempt later today

SpaceX Falcon 9 to make fifth launch attempt later today

Brandon Russell

SpaceX just can’t catch a break. It was supposed to shuttle the SES-9 satellite to geostationary orbit late last month but multiple setbacks—low thrust alarms, high altitude winds—have continued to push the launch back. Today’s attempt, which is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. EST, will be number five. It’s not like you can just launch rockets all willy-nilly. The business is very delicate—and...

SpaceX will attempt Falcon 9 landing even though it expects to crash (Update)

SpaceX will attempt Falcon 9 landing even though it expects to crash (Update)

Brandon Russell

SpaceX has been unsuccessful in its attempts to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge, but it’s going to try again anyway later this afternoon at approximately 6:46 EST. The company even admitted a successful landing is unlikely. I guess stay to watch it explode? The launch is happening at Cape Canaveral, and will see Falcon 9 release a SES9 communications satellite into orbit....

SpaceX tests new Crew Dragon parachutes to gently bring crew back to Earth

SpaceX tests new Crew Dragon parachutes to gently bring crew back to Earth

Todd Haselton

SpaceX recently tested a new system of parachutes for the Crew Dragon spacecraft that may eventually be used to carefully drift astronauts back down to Earth. The test was conducted in Arizona and completed “as part of its final development and certification work with NASA”s Commercial Crew Program,” NASA explained. In a short clip of the test, we see a C-130 Hercules cargo plane drop...