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SpaceX Falcon Booster Lost At Sea After Bout With Bad Weather

SpaceX confirmed that its recovery team failed to retrieve the Falcon Heavy's central core booster used in last week's flight. The company blamed bad weather and rough ocean conditions for the loss.

Space April 16, 2019

NASA Grants Elon Musk's SpaceX $69 Million Contract To Fly Spacecraft Into Asteroid: What's The Objective Of DART Mission?

SpaceX was recently awarded a $69 million US space agency contract to fly spacecraft into asteroids. What is the main objective of NASA’s DART mission?

Space April 16, 2019

Unfavorable Upper Level Winds Forces SpaceX To Call Off Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket in the world, has hit a snag on their first ever commercial launch. Due to unfavorable wind conditions, the company called off the launch and postponed it to the next day.

Space April 11, 2019

Falcon Heavy Launch Expected To Cause A Lot Of Traffic Over The Weekend

SpaceX Falcon Heavy will likely lift off on Sunday between 6:36 p.m. and 8:35 p.m. The officers from Kennedy Space Center Protective Services will be enforcing restricted access around the launch area.

Space April 6, 2019

SpaceX Starhopper Starship Prototype Engine Completes First Test With Flying Colors

Elon Musk, the SpaceX CEO, tweeted about the Starhopper's short rocket test firing at the company's newest launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. Prior to Starship's maiden voyage to space, the company plans to first carry out several hover flights with the Starhopper.

Space April 5, 2019

Terrestrial Organisms Found Outside Space Station Still Alive After 533 Days In Vacuum

In a remarkable space-experiment finding, terrestrial organisms outside the International Space Station lived for more than 500 days despite the harsh conditions. It suggested that life may be possible on Mars.

Space March 28, 2019

SpaceX Ready To Test Heat Shields That Will Protect Interplanetary Starship During Re-Entry

Starship, SpaceX's interplanetary hopper, tested its new Raptor engine and heat shields. Test hops are underway for the space vehicle that aims to transport humans to Mars.

Space March 20, 2019

SpaceX May Be Likeliest Contender To Win Moon Rocket Contract

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that the space agency is considering the use of a commercial rocket to launch the Orion crew capsule next year. He told a Senate committee that the SLS will not be ready by June 2020.

Space March 14, 2019

'Earthie' Plushie Toy Sold Out After Making Waves Onboard The ISS

SpaceX's 'super high tech zero-g indicator' plushie has sold out, according to its maker Celestial Buddies. The company promised that the famous toy will go back in stock in April.

Space March 12, 2019

Russia's Roscosmos May Have Concerns About Success Of SpaceX Dragon Tests

The Russian space corporation Roscosmos has issued congratulatory messages to its colleagues at NASA after the Crew Dragon's launch and docking. However, the Russians do not seem ecstatic for the mission's success.

Space March 9, 2019

SpaceX Crew Dragon Set To Return To Earth From Inaugural Mission

The Crew Dragon is set to return to Earth after five days of being docked to the International Space Station. It now has to prove that it can safely return home in one piece.

Space March 8, 2019

Astronaut On ISS Takes Stunning Photo Of SpaceX Crew Dragon

SpaceX's Crew Dragon is seen in the photo approaching the International Station on Sunday, March 3. The vehicle is scheduled to undock and return back to Earth on Friday, March 8.

Space March 7, 2019

Elon Musk Wants Permanent Base With Human Residents On Moon

Elon Musk sets his sights toward the moon following Saturday's successful Crew Dragon launch to the ISS. During the post-launch press conference, he hinted that SpaceX's partnership with NASA could go beyond Earth's low orbit.

Space March 4, 2019

SpaceX Successfully Launches Crew Dragon With Test Dummy

SpaceX finally launched the Crew Dragon capsule for the first time, and it is heading for the ISS. On board is a sensor-equipped dummy named Ripley, after the 'Alien' movies.

Space March 2, 2019

30-Million-Page Archive Of Our Civilization On Its Way To The Moon

The Lunar Library was launched onboard the Beresheet lander from SpaceIL. The archive, which contains a backup of the human race, is the first library to be placed on a celestial body.

Space February 25, 2019

SpaceX Starman And Tesla Roadster Could Crash Back Into Earth

There is a 6 percent chance that Starman and its Tesla Roadster will crash into Earth, according to a study. However, it will not happen until 1 million years later.

Space February 19, 2019

Trump's Wall Could Split SpaceX Launchpad In Half

Democratic lawmakers pointed out that the border wall will run across a SpaceX launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. The area is meant to be an exclusive launch site for the company's rockets, including Starship.

Space February 9, 2019

Boeing Starliner Test Flight Scheduled For March

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner will make its first test flight to the International Space Station next month. Named Orbital Flight Test, this space mission will launch on United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Space February 2, 2019

SpaceX Starship Test Rocket Damaged By Strong Winds, Repair To Take Weeks

The nosecone of the prototype of SpaceX's Starship toppled over because of strong winds in Texas. The company's CEO, Elon Musk, said repair will take weeks and explained that the tanks at the bottom were not damaged.

Space January 23, 2019

Elon Musk Shows Off Fully Assembled SpaceX Starship

SpaceX has finished assembling a test hopper, an experimental spaceship that looks like the Starship. The test hopper will not be launched to orbit but will instead will be propelled 16,400-feet up in the sky.

Space January 12, 2019

SpaceX Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Nearing First Orbital Test Flight

Due to the government shutdown, the scheduled uncrewed test flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship this month might be delayed. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the launch will take place next month.

Space January 7, 2019

'Dream Chaser' Cargo Plane For Space Gets Nod Of Approval From NASA

The Dream Chaser can carry up to 5,500 kilograms of cargo to the International Space Station. It is one of the three companies contracted by NASA to deliver supply to the artificial satellite.

Space December 31, 2018

SpaceX Looks Into Raising $500 Million For Ambitious Internet Service Project

Starlink, the ambitious internet service project of Elon Musk's SpaceX, will launch 12,000 satellites to bring better internet access to rural areas and developing countries. The aerospace company aimed to raise $500 million to finance the project.

Space December 29, 2018

Elon Musk Says There's A 30 Percent Chance The First Martian Will Be An AI

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said there is a 30 percent chance that artificial superintelligence would be the first to claim the Red Planet as home. The tech entrepreneur said a Mars colony would likely arrive on the Red Planet as early as 2025.

Space December 28, 2018

Israeli Scientists Add Final Touches To Lunar Spacecraft

SpaceX moved the launch on Israel's first moon lander from December to February. The company did not provide an explanation, but officials of SpaceIL on Monday added a time capsule to the spacecraft.

Space December 18, 2018

SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship Delivers Christmas Treats To Space Station: Here's What Astronauts Get This Holiday

SpaceX's cargo ship brought 5,600 pounds of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. These include fresh fruits and holidays treats for astronauts who will celebrate Christmas and New Year onboard the ISS.

Space December 9, 2018

Rocosmos Says SpaceX Partly To Blame For The Space Agency's Problems

The Russian space agency submitted a report recently, highlighting the many issues it is currently facing, including the loss of revenue. NASA has been relying on the Soyuz program to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

Space December 3, 2018

NASA Bars SpaceX CEO Elon Musk From Smoking Pot In Public

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine revealed that he spoke to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and agreed that the tech executive will never smoke pot on camera again. This was in response to the workplace culture and safety review of SpaceX.

Space November 30, 2018

Elon Musk Considers Permanently Moving To Mars

Elon Musk talked about plans of SpaceX to send humans to Mars during an interview with 'Axios' on HBO. The tech executive said he might move to the Red Planet permanently.

Space November 26, 2018

SpaceX Tesla Roadster Now Beyond Mars Orbit

Starman reached the point past the orbit of Mars. The astronaut mannequin aboard a Tesla Roadster launched by SpaceX in February continues its voyage in space.

Space November 6, 2018

NASA And SpaceX Unveil Helipad-Equipped Recovery Boat

The private spaceflight company had a landing and patient-loading rehearsal recently in preparation for the Crew Dragon's first manned flight next year. The project is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

Space November 6, 2018

Mostly Sunny With A Chance Of Sonic Booms: USAF Warns California Residents To Expect SpaceX Rocket Landing

The U.S. Air Force issued an advisory to warn the public about the launch and landing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Residents might hear sonic booms which are completely normal and safe.

Space October 7, 2018

The SpaceX Mars Base Will Become A Reality In 10 Years, Elon Musk Says

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that Mars Base Alpha will be built by 2028. This gives SpaceX 10 years to test the BFR rocket, send supplies to the Red Planet, and transport humans who will construct the man-made structures.

Space September 25, 2018

The First Private Passenger On SpaceX BFR To The Moon Will Be Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa

Elon Musk revealed that the first private passenger on the SpaceX BFR will be Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. The Zozotown founder will not be alone in the week-long mission though, as he will be bringing along up to eight artists.

Space September 18, 2018

Elon Musk Teases New Images Of Ambitious BFR Spacecraft On Twitter

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk tweeted renders of the BIg Falcon Rocket or the BFR that will bring a private passenger on a trip around the Moon. The ship will eventually carry humans to Mars.

Space September 17, 2018

SpaceX Signs First Private Space Tourist To Fly To The Moon And Back

In a tweet, SpaceX revealed that the first person who will be sent on a trip around the Moon has already been found. More details will be revealed by Monday.

Space September 15, 2018

SpaceX Falcon 9 Delivers Satellite Into Orbit And Safely Lands On Drone Landing Ship

The threat of heavy rains and thunder delayed the launch of the Falcon 9 from Florida for over an hour. Several minutes after midnight, the rocket finally blasted off to send Telstar 18 VANTAGE (18V) satellite to orbit.

Space September 11, 2018

Astronaut Candidate Robb Kulin Retires: First NASA Astronaut Candidate To Do So In 50 Years

NASA 2017 Class astronaut candidate Robb Kulin is the first astronaut candidate to resign before finishing the program in 50 years. He did not disclose the reason for his abrupt departure.

Space August 28, 2018

NASA Announces SpaceX, Boeing Target Test Flight Dates For Commercial Crew Program

NASA has officially announced the scheduled test flights for SpaceX and Boeing under the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Elon Musk’s SpaceX was scheduled to conduct its first crewed test flights ahead of Boeing’s.

Space August 4, 2018

SpaceX Launches Telstar 19 Vantage Communications Satellite Into Space

SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on July 22. The rocket was carrying the Telstar 19 Vantage rocket into geostationary orbit for Canadian satellite communications company Telesat.

Space July 23, 2018

Delays In NASA Commercial Crew Program Impede Astronaut Launches To ISS: Report

Delays in NASA’s commercial crew program could impede the planned astronaut launches to the ISS from American soil, a new GAO report warned. The agency urged NASA to have a contingency plan to ensure U.S. access to the ISS.

Space July 12, 2018

Israel To Launch First Moon Mission This Year

Israel will launch its first lunar mission in December. The spacecraft will land on the moon in February 2019. What are the objectives of this moon mission?

Space July 10, 2018

Elon Musk’s Kid-Size Submarine For Thai Cave Rescue Arriving In 17 Hours

In a series of tweets, Elon Musk showed the kid-size submarine his team of engineers built to help rescue the boys trapped in Thailand cave. On Sunday, he tweeted that the submarine is arriving in Thailand in about 17 hours.

Robotics July 9, 2018

Australian Researchers Develop Camera, Now Blasted Into Space, To Track Great Barrier Reef

A high-resolution satellite camera partly developed at La Trobe University in Australia was blasted into space to track the Great Barrier Reef, as well as aid in the fight against bushfires and emergency situations.

Earth/Environment July 2, 2018

SpaceX 15th ISS Resupply Mission Launches Carrying AI Robot CIMON

Scientists experimented on the use of artificial intelligence to reduce stress levels of humans in space. The goal is also to simplify tasks so astronauts at the International Space Station can focus on other science projects.

Space July 1, 2018

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