Tagged: spacex

  • Starlink Constellation

    SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite Constellation Could Get Much Bigger

    Starlink—Musk’s Plan for Next-Generation Internet Service—Could Potentially Include Up To 42,000 Satellites! We reported earlier this year about concerns over the size of Musk’s constellation. Terrestrial astronomers were concerned that the plans—which then proposed 12,000 satellites—would pollute their view of...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Jim Bridenstine and Elon Musk discuss Crew Dragon details

    Crew Dragon Is Nearly Ready to Fly

    Elon Musk and Jim Bridenstine Appeared Together for an Update on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule One wouldn’t call them “frienemies,” exactly. However, the relationship between NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Elon Musk hasn’t been particularly chummy, of late, either....

    Brandon Humphreys
  • SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule

    Crew Dragon Now Top Priority for SpaceX

    Bridenstine Complained; Musk Listened, and Now Crew Dragon Is in High Gear Now that all of the hullabaloo over Starship has died down, Elon Musk’s SpaceX wizards can get back to the alchemical sorcery that is getting a Dragon to...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Blue Origin concept art

    Blue Origin Hiring More Than SpaceX

    Hiring in the Commercial Space Race—Blue Origin Is Still Ahead, but SpaceX Isn’t Far Behind Back in 2002, Elon Musk launched SpaceX. Since then, he and rival plutocrat Jeff Bezos have been engaged in a [clears throat] rocket waving competition....

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Blue Origin New Shepard

    Blue Origin Probably Won’t Fly This Year

    The Commercial Space Race Between Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Others is Turning into More of a Hurtle Event Than a 5K. Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ space company, which started in 2001, hoped to send a manned craft beyond the wild...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • China's manned spacecraft

    China’s Manned Spacecraft Keeping Up With Musk’s

    Even as Elon Musk Shows Off His Impressive Starship Plans, China’s Manned Spacecraft Could Start Actually Carrying Astronauts Sooner. So far in the endeavor to explore space, three countries reign supreme, and one of them is a relative newcomer.  That...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • artist rendering of starship on the moon

    SpaceX Starship: New Details Revealed!

    As We Wait for Musk’s Next Big Announcement about SpaceX Starship, New Details are Leaked. SpaceX founder, and my favorite slightly-eccentric robber-baron billionaire, Elon Musk will announce the next step in Starship’s evolution at the end of this month. Space...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Elon Musk Gazes upon SpaceX Starship in awe

    SpaceX Starship Plans Moving Along!

    Full-Sized SpaceX Starship Mk1 Prototype Might be Revealed This Month SpaceX founder Elon Musk told the world three years ago that he was going to take humans to Mars. In the past few weeks, he’s demonstrated that the tech required...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • SpaceX Starship prototype in production at Cocoa FL.

    SpaceX Starhopper Completes Final Test

    After Last-Minute Delay, SpaceX Resets and Starhopper Reaches Its Goal of 150 Meters I reported the other day on a last-minute failure that ended the first attempt at an untethered 150-meter hop for the SpaceX Starhopper prototype. Monday at around...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Artist's rendering of SpaceX's final Starhsip design

    SpaceX Starhopper Test Delayed after Last-Minute Abort

    SpaceX Hopes to Retry Starhopper Test Today SpaceX Starhopper, the prototype for the long-awaited Starship spacecraft, failed again on Monday. Starhopper should have launched around 500 feet into the air and made a gentle landing on terra firma using propulsion...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Astronauts install the new ISS docking adapter

    New ISS Docking Adapter Installed After EVA

    ISS Astronauts Complete EVA Successfully and Install the New ISS Docking Adapter.  Early yesterday morning (depending on where you are on Earth) astronauts Nick Hague and Drew Morgan did something even crazier than jumping out of an airplane. They jumped...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Spacewalk photo

    Spacewalk Planned to Install ISS Docking Adapter

    Despite Other Testing Setbacks, NASA Moves One Step Closer to American Space Independence A couple of weeks ago, a SpaceX Dragon capsule docked with the ISS and delivered some slime that got a lot of coverage (because…kids) and a really...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Starship's 9m dome being positioned

    Elon Musk’s Starship Prototype Pics

    SpaceX is Moving Ahead After ‘Starhopper’ Test Success Engineers in Texas and Florida are working on the first full-scale prototypes of Starship, SpaceX’s flagship spacecraft design. Starship represents the next step in the evolution of the company’s long term plan...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Still shot from the movie "Moon" starring Sam Rockwell

    Would You Want to Live and Work on the Moon?

    Going to the Moon Again Is All the Rage This Summer… …despite President Beeblebrox’s best efforts to keep the message on Mars. To tell the truth, though, either one seems really sexy — but there aren’t many out there who...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • Elon Musk's head photoshopped onto Putin's shirtless horse pic

    NASA Contracts Further With Private Firms

    SpaceX and Blue Origin Are Just the Tips of the Iceberg SpaceX is a sexy company. So is Blue Origin. I can’t speak to either founder’s sexiness, but both Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos make great headlines. The bigger story...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • SpaceX Dragon capsule docks with the ISS

    SpaceX Dragon Successfully Docks with ISS (Gallery)

    SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docks, Delivers Payload. After a roller coaster of a week, SpaceX triumphed last Thursday with a test of the Starhopper and the launch of the CRS-18 mission. Both ended up successful, despite setbacks mid-week. Then things got...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • SpaceX succeeds in launching a Falcon 9 rocket for its third mission on Thursday July 25th.

    Update: SpaceX Succeeds and Pulls Off A Winning Week

    SpaceX Succeeds, Shakes Off Mid-Week Failures to Finish Strong When I wrote and posted yesterday’s piece on SpaceX’s woes this week, things looked bleak for the Falcon 9 relaunch. Further, there was little information available about the Starhopper failure. Today,...

    Brandon Humphreys
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 (above) on the launch pad, and the Starhopper prototype moments before failure.

    SpaceX Cargo Launch and Starhopper Test Delayed

    Yesterday Wasn’t a Great Day for SpaceX Elon Musk’s commercial space flight company was set to achieve a couple of more milestones yesterday. Then, they didn’t do either. One of the big missions was to send a used Falcon 9...

    Brandon Humphreys