Tag: Elon Musk

SpaceX Wants to Buy a Whole Lot of Carbon Fiber

SpaceX Wants to Buy a Whole Lot of Carbon Fiber

An interesting piece of information regarding SpaceX’s future plans and the purchase of large quantities of carbon fiber out of the Nikkei Asian Review, courtesy of Jeff Foust’s morning newsletter. “Japanese materials maker Toray Industries has agreed to supply carbon fiber to U.S. startup SpaceX for use in the bodies of rockets and space vehicles. […]

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SpaceX Launch Day Holds High Hopes for Falcon 9 Return to Land

SpaceX Launch Day Holds High Hopes for Falcon 9 Return to Land

All systems are go as SpaceX and NASA are counting down to the launch of a Falcon 9 booster and Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. Liftoff is scheduled for 12:45:23 AM EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In a rare occurrence, a number of Kennedy Space Center […]

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One Year After the SpaceX CRS-7 Failure

One Year After the SpaceX CRS-7 Failure

One year ago yesterday, SpaceX suffered a major launch failure of its Falcon 9 system with the loss of a booster carrying the a Dragon spacecraft to ISS on the CRS-7 resupply mission. The cause of the accident was traced as being most likely due to a faulty second stage support strut which buckled well […]

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Leting NASA’s Curiosity Rover “Follow the Water” on Mars

Leting NASA’s Curiosity Rover “Follow the Water” on Mars

  After four years of studiosly ignoring what might be the most interesting destinations on its path due to concerns over planetary protection, NASA is consideing letting its Curisoity Rover operating in Mars’ Gale Crater, have a bit more leash. “Pending approval of a mission extension, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover will continue to climb to […]

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Affordable Science May Power Spacex’s Red Dragon to Mars; Again and Again, and Again

Affordable Science May Power Spacex’s Red Dragon to Mars; Again and Again, and Again

As much of the space community waits for September and the promised big reveal of SpaceX’s Mars colonization plans, company founder Elon Musk is finding it difficult to keep from spilling the beans about what is coming. In this interview in the Washington Post, an interesting venue considering the paper’s owner,  Musk shares a bit […]

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SpaceX Gears Up for Next Launch, First Re-flight in Fall

SpaceX Gears Up for Next Launch, First Re-flight in Fall

With “four on the floor” inside its new hangar at the Kennedy Space Centers’s launch pad 39-A, SpaceX has indicated it is now aiming for a fall re-flight of one of the Falcon 9 first stages which have been landed thus far. The news came, as it often does, via Elon Musk’s Twitter account: Fourth […]

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HyperLoop One Conducting Open Air Test Today

HyperLoop One Conducting Open Air Test Today

A bit off the usual topic for Innerspace, but this piece from MIT Technology Review gives a good account of the progress being made with bringing Elon Musk’s Hyperloop vision to reality. Hyperloop One, formerly Hyperloop Technologies, is conducting an open air test of its system in North Las Vegas, Nevada today. This page will be […]

Facing Higher Odds, SpaceX Scores Second Successful Ocean Landing

Facing Higher Odds, SpaceX Scores Second Successful Ocean Landing

SpaceX achieved its second consecutive successful landing at sea overnight as a part of the JCSAT-14 satellite launch to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. Coming less than one month after the first successful drone ship landing which took place during the NASA CRS-8 resupply mission to ISS on April 8, last night’s achievement was even more challenging […]

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Musk: SpaceX Plans to Re-Fly Falcon 9 in June

Musk: SpaceX Plans to Re-Fly Falcon 9 in June

He declined to talk about his company’s plans for Mars, and seemed surprisingly apprehensive regarding the challenges in launching Falcon Heavy, but Elon Musk’s remarks at a post flight news conference for the CRS-8 mission dropped a bombshell that likely sent his competitors to bed with a stiff drink, if not stronger stuff. Having previously […]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches SES-9, First Stage Comes Close But Hits Hard

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches SES-9, First Stage Comes Close But Hits Hard

After slogging through a frustrating launch campaign, SpaceX finally lofted the SES-9 satellite to geostationary transfer orbit on Friday evening. Liftoff of the first Falcon 9 Full Thrust carrying a comsat to GTO, and the second overall, took place on time at 6:35 pm Eastern from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40. Shortly thereafter, company founder Elon Musk confirmed […]

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