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News Archive / Tagged: Elon Musk

  • Elon Musk: SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service meets key performance metric

    Curt GodwinJune 4th, 2018

    While casual followers of Elon Musk's ventures may only know of his foray into electric vehicles and space launch services, the CEO of SpaceX also has his eyes set on being a major player in providing worldwide broadband internet services via a constellation of orbiting satellites.

  • SpaceX prepping Falcon 9 to launch SES-12 mission

    Jim SiegelMay 28th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Following the successful launch of a communications satellite on May 11, 2018, from Kennedy Space Center SLC-39A,  SpaceX is scheduled to launch another communications satellite from Florida on May 31, 2018, this time from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's SLC-40.  The customer is SES, a giant European communications conglomerate.  If everything goes as planned, this will be the sixth launch of an SES satellite by SpaceX.

  • SpaceX’s Block 5 Falcon 9 another space launch game-changer

    Jim SiegelMay 16th, 2018

    At a media teleconference before the first flight of the Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk outlined some of the various upgrades to the Falcon 9 on the Block 5 version and revealed that, sometime next year, the company plans to launch, recover, re-fuel and re-launch a rocket within 24 hours.

  • It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s a payload fairing?

    Curt GodwinMay 3rd, 2018

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made it no secret that his goal is to reuse as much of a launch vehicle as possible in order to drastically reduce the cost of spaceflight. While the company has been recovering and reusing Falcon 9 first stages, recovering rocket's upstream components has been a more-challenging problem.

  • Elon Musk deletes SpaceX Facebook page

    Derek RichardsonMarch 23rd, 2018

    SpaceX’s official Facebook page has been deleted by company founder and CEO Elon Musk. This came at the request of several of Musk's twitter followers minutes after responding that he didn’t even know it or Tesla had an account and that the latter's page “looks lame anyway.”

  • Elon Musk says 1st flight of SpaceX’s Mars spaceship may happen in 2019

    Derek RichardsonMarch 12th, 2018

    While at South by Southwest, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he believes the first test flights of SpaceX's "Big Falcon Rocket" (BFR) spaceship could happen in the first half of 2019, although he admits to having optimistic timelines.

  • SpaceX CEO Elon Musk highlights importance of space exploration at SXSW

    Ryan ChylinskiMarch 11th, 2018

    AUSTIN, Texas — Elon Musk gave a brief inspirational speech at South by Southwest on March 10, 2018. He spoke in a surprise appearance after a featured session on the HBO series Westworld with co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy along with other members of the show's cast.

  • What really happened to GovSat-1’s Falcon 9 first stage?

    Jason RhianFebruary 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A report stating that the Falcon 9 first stage used to launch the GovSat-1 satellite was destroyed by an airstrike has been categorically denied both by SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force.

  • SpaceX does it for the first time again: Falcon Heavy sends a Tesla to deep space

    Bart LeahyFebruary 6th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — It isn't often a test flight goes almost flawlessly—what space people quietly call "nominal." Yet, SpaceX made history again Feb. 6, 2018, after successfully launching its super heavy-lift rocket, the Falcon Heavy, for the very first time.

  • SpaceX set to attempt history again with Falcon Heavy’s first flight

    Bart LeahyFebruary 5th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX is hoping to bring reusability to a whole new level with the launch of the company's Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6, 2018. If successful, the heavy-lift vehicle should greatly increase the available payload capability of a single commercial launch. First things first, however: it needs to leave the pad on its inaugural test flight.

  • Elon Musk trolls the Internet with Falcon Heavy tweets

    Curt GodwinDecember 3rd, 2017

    It has been long-known that SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has a sense of humor. Indeed, Mr. Musk once quipped that the company would fund their Mars ambitions by selling underwear. Therefore, it is usually fairly easy to know when Musk is messing around.

  • Musk provides more insight on SpaceX’s Mars ambitions

    Curt GodwinOctober 20th, 2017

    Less than a month after Elon Musk revealed SpaceX's updated Mars mission architecture at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress, the billionaire CEO made himself available to the public to answer further questions about the company's ambitious undertaking. In a surprise tweet on Oct. 14, 2017, the SpaceX founder gave short notice to taking part in an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) on the popular website, Reddit.

  • Elon Musk hopes to make SpaceX’s Falcon, Dragon fleet obsolete with Mars rocket

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 29th, 2017

    Just a year after unveiling a design for a mega-booster four times the size of the Saturn V, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk presented an updated version of the Mars rocket his company hopes will enable colonization of the Red Planet. The Sept. 29, 2017, presentation occurred during the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

  • In the footsteps of SpaceX: Chinese company eyes development of reusable rocket

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 19th, 2017

    A Chinese startup company appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has recently laid out its own project of a reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country’s first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (also known as Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in the future.

  • Elon Musk releases image of full SpaceX spacesuit

    Paul KnightlySeptember 11th, 2017

    On Sept. 8, 2017, SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk teased a full body image of the current SpaceX spacesuit concept next to a Crew Dragon capsule. It was the first official image showing the entire front side of the suit. A previous post showed just the helmet and torso, but not the bottom half.