SpaceX's Musk Does Reddit AMA, Talks Rockets, Mars, and Influences

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk with one of his company’s Falcon-9 rockets. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Just hours before SpaceX’s fifth cargo mission (CRS-5) was due to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS), the company’s CEO and CTO was up late in Cape Canaveral answering fans’ questions on Reddit, the social networking website […]

Opinion: Which Way Toward the Red Planet? Current Plans for Mars Colonisation and the Need for Maturity

Artistic rendering of Mars, made from images taken with NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. Private space companies have announced plans for the colonisation of the Red Planet within the next decade. How close are those plans to becoming a reality? Image Credit: Kees Veenenbos/MOLA Science Team/NASA

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s […]

Dragon Spacecraft Passes Another Milestone Toward Crewed Flight

An unmanned Dragon spacecraft conducting the Commercial Resupply Services mission is seen here (CRS-2) grappled by the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has just passed the seventh of 15 development milestones set by NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative. Along with Boeing and Sierra Nevada […]

Falcon Heavy: Uncertain Case for Lunar Exploration

Illustration of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. Image Credit: SpaceX

There have been occasional suggestions that NASA should scrap its Space Launch System (SLS) in favor of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy for fulfilling its beyond low-Earth orbit needs [1]. The claim forwarded by some is that the as-yet-untested-and-unflown 53 mt low-Earth orbit (LEO) (200 […]

SpaceX's Musk Talks Preparing to Recover Falcon 9 First Stage, Crewed Efforts, and More

During a recent teleconference, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that his company will try to recover the first stage from the ocean and then will attempt to have the first stage return to the landing site under its own power. Photo Credit: SpaceX

During a teleconference detailing the return of Space Exploration Technologies’ […]