Spaceflight Insider

News Archive / Tagged: Elon Musk

  • Update: Raptor roars on SpaceX’s Texas test stand

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 4th, 2019

    SpaceX’s Raptor engine was briefly fired on a test stand days after company CEO and Founder Elon Musk revealed photos of the engine on Twitter.

  • SpaceX’s Starship toppled, severely damaged during overnight storm

    Patrick AttwellJanuary 23rd, 2019

    In the overnight hours of Jan. 22 and 23, SpaceX's Starship Hopper test article was severely damaged by strong winds at the SpaceX South Texas launch facility.

  • How tall do you have to be to take SpaceX’s Commercial Crew ‘ride?’

    Jason RhianJanuary 9th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has come to be known for its irreverent streak when it comes to its spacecraft and rockets. A recent tweet made by Elon Musk suggests this behavior is likely to continue.

  • Musk teases Starship in round of Twitter posts

    Jason RhianDecember 30th, 2018

    Among a deluge of Tesla and The Boring Company tweets, SpaceX's founder, CEO and chief rocket designer Elon Musk teased the latest about the Big Falcon Rocket "Starship."

  • A day of scrubs: No flights today for SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace or ULA – UPDATE

    Jason RhianDecember 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Today wasn't the most productive for Arianespace, SpaceX, Blue Origin or ULA. Attempts to launch four missions all ended with the rockets and their payloads safe - but on the ground.

  • SpaceX set to launch CRS-16 Dragon to ISS

    Michael ColeDecember 1st, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Elon Musk might not be Santa Claus, but the Expedition 57 crew on board the ISS might consider him to be after the CRS-16 Dragon spacecraft arrives.

  • Falcon Heavy attracts customers looking to capitalize on rocket’s capabilities

    Curt GodwinOctober 31st, 2018

    The iconic quote attributed to 1989's Field of Dreams can also be applied to SpaceX and their Falcon Heavy rocket as well. While the company has yet to follow-up on the vehicle's maiden flight on February 6, 2018, it seems the success of that mission has attracted customers to the new rocket.

  • SpaceX: Announcement coming Monday about private passengers flying on BFR around Moon

    Jason RhianSeptember 13th, 2018

    SpaceX's Elon Musk is days away from an announcement regarding the BFR - and private passengers that travel to where few others have ventured to before.

  • Opinion: Musk marijuana story much ado about nothing

    Jason RhianSeptember 9th, 2018

    Elon Musk smoked pot and drank whiskey in California. The story was painted as if the event was some bizarre Matthew McConaughey moment where Musk was banging on a bongo drum and smoking weed. After watching the 2.5-hour Joe Rogan interview, one is left with the impression that some in the media must be in desperate need of views.

  • SpaceX failures small in comparison to its successes

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 6th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- 2018 is turning out to be the biggest year in SpaceX’s history. However, this success wasn’t always guaranteed as the company has had two high-profile failures between 2015 and 2016, costing customers and U.S. taxpayers millions. However, the losses should be weighed with the innovations and launch tempo that have become a hallmark of the company's activities.

  • Is SpaceX’s Elon Musk conducting a Twitter ‘war?’

    Jason RhianJuly 27th, 2018

    When the first Falcon 9 rocket took to the skies in 2010, it reignited interest in space exploration and saw a legion of fans form behind SpaceX, the rocket's manufacturer. The founder of the company has made recent statements, however, that have created less than positive press.

  • 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.