Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, is working around-the-clock to build a rocket-launch site at the southern tip of Texas. Most immediately, SpaceX plans to fly a stainless-steel “test hopper” vehicle: a squat prototype for a much larger launch system that … Continue reading Border-security deal might be built around SpaceX’s launch site in Texas
NASA has not had its own crew transport since the space shuttle retired in 2011. While NASA’s commercial crew program continues to demonstrate progress—the first test flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon may occur as soon as March 2—there are no … Continue reading NASA moves to buy more Soyuz seats for late 2019, early 2020
Relativity, a space startup that wants to use its gigantic 3D printer to build rockets on Earth and, eventually, on Mars, is seeking its first patent—and the approval of industry insiders. Founders Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone were engineers at … Continue reading 3D-printed rockets are winning over SpaceX veterans
SpaceX is getting excruciatingly close to catching a part of its rocket that falls out of the sky after each launch. A new video, released by the company on Twitter, shows a recent drop test of the rocket’s nose cone, … Continue reading SpaceX gets very close to catching its rocket’s nose cone (Mr. Steven)
For humans to survive off Earth, we’ll need vegetables to eat and flowers to admire. Earlier this month, tiny green plants sprouted on the moon. The plants arrived as cotton seeds, tucked inside of Chang’e 4, a Chinese spacecraft that had landed, in … Continue reading How Do Plants Grow in Space?
On Thursday afternoon the rocket engines under SpaceX’s Crew Dragon vehicle briefly fired up, and after a few delays the company said on Twitter that it’s planning for a test flight in February. You can watch a video of the test … Continue reading SpaceX test firing sets path for Crew Dragon flight in February
Tesla opened up orders to left-hand drive countries earlier this month. Tesla expects to start delivering the Long Range Battery version of the Model 3 in Europe in February after getting the go-ahead from Dutch vehicle authority RDW. As such, it can … Continue reading Tesla gets clearance to begin Model 3 deliveries in Europe