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Japanese billionaire businessman revealed as SpaceX's first Moon traveler

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, says he wants to bring along 6 to 8 artists when he flies around the moon in 2023

TO THE MOON. This artist's illustration courtesy of SpaceX obtained September 17, 2018, shows the SpaceX BFR(Big Falcon Rocket) rocket passenger spacecraft.  Handout/SPACEX/AFP

British caver sues Elon Musk over 'pedo' comments

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:47 AM

The defamation suit is filed in Los Angeles by Vernon Unsworth, who is seeking unspecified damages 'for the worldwide damage he has suffered to his reputation'

ELON MUSK. Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP.

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around moon

Sep 14, 2018 - 11:42 AM

Humans have not set foot on the moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972, capping an era of US national pride. Only 24 people in history have ever been to the moon.

DRAGON AND FALCON. A multiple exposure photo showing the trail of the Dragon spacecraft as it lifts off, with the Falcon 9 rocket's trail as it landed, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 18, 2016. File photo courtesy SpaceX

Blend of novices, veterans to fly on 1st private U.S. spaceships

Aug 04, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Nine astronauts will be flying from US soil to space for the first time since 2011

Boeing, SpaceX unlikely to make manned flights to ISS in 2019

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The independent Government Accountability Office says neither company is expected to be ready to carry out manned flights by November 2019 because of various delays in certifying their programs

THE ISS. The International Space Station (ISS) as photographed from the space shuttle Endeavour on May 29, 2011. Image courtesy of NASA

The rockets that are pushing the boundaries of space travel

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Today, NASA is so dependent on the private sector that the US space agency has signed contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to send astronauts to space beginning next year, as soon as their capsules are ready

SpaceX delays plans to send tourists around Moon – report

Jun 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

'A new timetable for the flight – now postponed until at least mid-2019 and likely longer – hasn't been released,' reports The Wall Street Journal

SPACEX. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rests on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 5, 2018, ahead of its demonstration mission. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

SpaceX launches most powerful Falcon 9 yet

May 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The launch was postponed at the last minute Thursday, May 10, when an automatic abort switch was triggered, but SpaceX says it was just a glitch and the spacecraft remains in good health

LAUNCH. Falcon 9’s launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1. Screengrab from SpaceX

SpaceX postpones next-gen rocket launch

May 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The rocket's main goal for its maiden mission is to propel the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh, called Bangabandhu Satellite-1

SPACE X. In this file photo, Space X's Falcon 9 rocket is prepared for a launch to the International Space Station February 17, 2017 at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on LC39A, one of the renovated Space Shuttle launch pads that SpaceX leases from NASA. File photo by Bruce Weaver/AFP PHOTO

SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:50 AM

The washing machine-sized spacecraft is built to search outside the solar system, scanning the nearest, brightest stars for signs of periodic dimming

NASA'S TESS. In this file photo taken on April 11, 2018 obtained from NASA, technicians assist as the SpaceX payload fairing containing the NASA'€™s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is moved by crane to a transporter inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA'€™s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. File photo by Kim Shiflett/NASA/AFP

SpaceX launches cargo to space station using recycled rocket, spaceship

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:18 PM

The effort is part of SpaceX's mission to lower the cost of space flight by re-using costly, multimillion-dollar components that typically have been discarded into the ocean after each launch

SPACEX. This image still obtained from NASA video shows the liftoff of the recycled Falcon 9 rocket and unmanned Dragon cargo ship on April 2, 2018, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. AFP PHOTO / NASA TV

Space bases could preserve civilization in World War III – Elon Musk

Mar 12, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'We want to make sure that there's enough of a seed of human civilization somewhere else to bring civilization back, and perhaps shorten the length of the Dark Ages,' Elon Musk says

ELON MUSK. This file photo taken on April 30, 2015 shows Elon Musk unveiling large utility scale home batteries at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. File photo by David McNew/AFP

SpaceX carries out 50th launch of Falcon 9 rocket

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The satellite weighs 6 tons and is almost the size of a city bus, making it the largest geostationary satellite that SpaceX has taken into space

SPACEX. This still image from video courtesy of SpaceX shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 6, 2018, carrying the Hispasat, a Spanish telecommunications and broadband satellite. AFP PHOTO / SPACEX

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A damaged vehicle stands in rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the government said. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL YANG / Taiwan OUT

World's biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Screams and cheers erupted as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon four decades ago

TAKE OFF. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 6, 2018, on its demonstration mission. The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster to an orbit near Mars. Screams and cheers erupted at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon four decades ago.Photo by Jim Watson/AFP


World's biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:26 AM

(UPDATED) The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasts off on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an orbit near Mars

LIFTOFF. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy takes off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 6, 2018, on its demonstration mission. Jim Watson/AFP

WATCH: SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket toward Mars

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:43 AM

(4th UPDATE) Screams and cheers erupt at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fires its 27 engines and rumbles into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon 4 decades ago

FALCON HEAVY. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rests on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 5, 2018, ahead of its demonstration mission. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

SpaceX poised to launch 'world's most powerful rocket'

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:33 PM

The launch is hailed as a game-changer because of its potential to propel SpaceX to the very forefront of the modern day space race

FALCON HEAVY. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center as it is prepared for tomorrow's lift-off on February 5, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

'Dragon back' as cargo reaches space station

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:13 PM

It is the first time SpaceX launches both a rocket and a cargo ship that have flown before

DRAGON. SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vehicle is secured to the International Space Station, delivering over 4,800 pounds of science and supplies to crew. Photo from NASA Twitter page

SpaceX launches, lands recycled rocket

Oct 12, 2017 - 8:13 AM

The Falcon 9's first stage had previously flown on a cargo mission to the International Space Station in February

LIFTOFF. The Falcon 9 rocket blasts off, carrying the Echostar 105/SES-11 satellite. Screengrab courtesy SpaceX

SpaceX unveils peek at sleek new spacesuit

Aug 24, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Chief executive Elon Musk posts a photo of the futuristic spacesuit on Instagram saying this actually works not a mockup

'Dragon captured' as cargo arrives at space station

Aug 16, 2017 - 7:25 PM

A key part of the cargo is a sophisticated supercomputer made by Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPE called The Spaceborne Computer

This image provided by NASA shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, launching from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Saturday, June 3, 2017.  File photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA.AFP

SpaceX poised for Thursday cargo launch to space station

May 31, 2017 - 10:48 PM

If all goes as planned a Falcon 9 rocket will propel the Dragon into low Earth orbit where it will eventually connect with the space station circling the Earth at a height of some 250 miles 400 kilometers

DRAGON TO FLY AGAIN. A multiple exposure photo showing the trail of the Dragon spacecraft as it lifts off, with the Falcon 9 rocket's trail as it landed, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 18, 2016. File photo courtesy of SpaceX

SpaceX postpones classified U.S. military launch until May 1

Apr 30, 2017 - 7:46 PM

A sensor issue with the rocket delays the launch of a secretive United States government payload known as NROL 76

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SpaceX hails 'revolution' after recycled rocket launch, landing

Mar 31, 2017 - 9:08 AM

UPDATED SpaceX officials have said that reusing hardware could slash costs – with each Falcon 9 launch costing over 61 million – by about 30

REVOLUTION. The SES-10 launch is the world's first reflight of an orbital class rocket. Photo from SpaceX Flickr account

SpaceX launches communications satellite into orbit

Mar 16, 2017 - 3:33 PM

The mission took off from NASA s historic launchpad 39A the origin of the pioneering US spaceflights that took astronauts to the Moon in the 1960s and 1970s

LIFTOFF. The Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the EchoStar XXII satellite, lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, March 16, 2017. Image courtesy SpaceX

Elon Musk: tech dreamer reaching for sun, moon, and stars

Mar 05, 2017 - 9:35 PM

In a sector where entrepreneurs often speak of moonshots Musk is one of the biggest dreamers

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks about the “Interplanetary Transport System” which aims to reach Mars with the first human crew in history, in the conference he gave during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR GUERRERO

SpaceX to send two tourists around Moon in 2018

Feb 28, 2017 - 7:04 AM

This would be the furthest humans have ever traveled to deep space

In this file photo, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. Hector Guerrero/AFP

SpaceX cargo ship arrives at space station

Feb 23, 2017 - 7:14 PM

This time the Dragon cargo ship makes a perfect approach to the capture point a NASA commentator says and is grabbed by the station s robotic arm at 5:44 am 1044 GMT

SUCCESS. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a Dragon cargo capsule, is seen from Port Canaveral, Florida, as it launches from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A on February 19, 2017. Photo by Gregg Newton / AFP

SpaceX cargo ship aborts rendezvous with space station

Feb 22, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The cargo ship is packed with more than 5 000 pounds 2 267 kilograms of food gear and science experiments for the 6 astronauts living on the orbiting space station

DRAGON. This still image taken from NASA TV, shows the the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a Dragon cargo capsule, launching from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A in Florida on February 19, 2017. Photo by NASA / AFP

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SpaceX blasts off cargo from historic NASA launchpad

Feb 19, 2017 - 11:20 PM

UPDATED The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship pushes through after the first attempt was canceled

SpaceX aborts launch after 'odd' rocket engine behavior

Feb 18, 2017 - 11:32 PM

UPDATED The delay was taken out of an abundance of caution a SpaceX spokesman says The next launch attempt is scheduled for Sunday morning U S time

FALCON 9. Space X's Falcon 9 rocket is prepared for a launch to the International Space Station February 17, 2017 at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on LC39A, one of the renovated Space Shuttle launch pads that SpaceX leases from NASA. Bruce Weaver/AFP

SpaceX poised to launch cargo from historic NASA pad

Feb 18, 2017 - 10:24 AM

The launch of the Dragon cargo ship is scheduled for 10:01 am from Cape Canaveral s launchpad 39A

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SpaceX launches, lands rocket for first time since September blast

Jan 15, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The January 14 launch is the first in a series planned to upgrade Iridium s global communications network

LIFTOFF. The Iridium-1 launch, January 14, 2016. Photo courtesy SpaceX

SpaceX ready to launch again

Jan 03, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Last September an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 exploded in Cape Canaveral

Elon Musk promises 'fun' trip to Mars colony

Sep 28, 2016 - 6:53 AM

Musk: It has to be fun or exciting It can t feel cramped or boring

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks about the Interplanetary Transport System which aims to reach Mars with the first human crew in history, in the conference he gave during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. Hector Guerrero/AFP

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Sep 02, 2016 - 12:55 PM

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SpaceX rocket explodes at Florida launch site

Sep 01, 2016 - 9:52 PM

3rd UPDATE An explosion occurs on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida The Brevard Country Emergency Management Office adds there is no threat to the general public

EXPLOSION. This file photo taken on April 06, 2016 shows Space X's Falcon 9 rocket lifting off with an unmanned Dragon cargo craft from the launch platform in Cape Canaveral, Florida. File photo by Bruce Weaver/AFP

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SpaceX to launch satellite by reusing rocket

Aug 31, 2016 - 10:08 AM

The launch of SES 10 which will be the first satellite sent into space on a SpaceX flight proven rocket is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016

The Falcon 9 during a landing operation, December 28, 2015. Photo courtesy SpaceX

US astronauts prepare spacewalk to install new docking port

Aug 19, 2016 - 2:30 PM

International Space Station operations integration manager Kenneth Todd calls the installation a very significant milestone on the path to establishing commercial crew capability

SPACEWALK. This NASA photo obtained October 30, 2015 shows an image taken by Expedition 45 Commander Scott Kelly during a spacewalk on October 28, 2015. File photo by  Scott Kelly/NASA/AFP

SpaceX cargo ship arrives at space station

Jul 20, 2016 - 10:43 PM

The key piece of equipment on board is the first of two international docking adapters which will allow commercial crew spacecraft to latch onto the research outpost in the coming years

DRAGON. The SpaceX Dragon is seen attached to the International Space Station’s Harmony module just before orbital sunrise. Photo by NASA TV

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SpaceX propels cargo to space station, lands rocket

Jul 18, 2016 - 12:38 PM

UPDATED SpaceX launches its unmanned Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station carrying a key piece of equipment that was lost last year in a rocket explosion

DRAGON AND FALCON. A multiple exposure photo showing the trail of the Dragon spacecraft as it lifts off, with the Falcon 9 rocket's trail as it landed, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 18, 2016. Photo courtesy SpaceX

SpaceX launches satellites but fails to recover rocket

Jun 16, 2016 - 12:57 AM

The rocket apparently malfunctioned some 330 feet off the ground and was in flames when it reached the platform on the powered barge

FAILURE. SpaceX successfully launched two satellites into orbit on Wednesday, June 15, but failed in an attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket undamaged on a barge in the Atlantic. Photo from SpaceX Twitter

SpaceX makes 4th successful rocket landing

May 28, 2016 - 8:45 AM

The Thaicom 8 satellite which weighs about 6 600 pounds has been deployed as planned

SUCCESSFUL LANDING. This is the second time SpaceX has landed on the ocean platform. Photo from SpaceX's Twitter account

SpaceX postpones rocket launch after 'tiny glitch'

May 27, 2016 - 8:15 AM

There was a tiny glitch in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator says CEO Elon Musk

SPACEX. Handout image released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on October 7, 2012 shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule being lifted into the vertical launch position at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch complex 40 pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, October 7, 2012. File photo by Jim Grossmann/EPA

SpaceX to launch Japanese satellite early Friday

May 05, 2016 - 9:21 PM

The satellite owned by Japanese satellite operator SKY Perfect JSAT aims to provide telecommunications services for East Asia

SPACEX. A handout picture made available by NASA on April 9, 2016 shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA. File photo by NASA/Kim Shiflett/EPA