SpaceX's Mars Plans Call For Massive 42-Engine Reusable Rocket

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk announced plans by his company to develop a large new launch vehicle and reusable spacecraft that could be ready to take large numbers of people to Mars as soon as the mid-2020s.



China Launched Its Second Space Station This Morning

China successfully launched its second space station, Tiangong-2, at 10:04 a.m. EDT this morning on a Long March 2F rocket. The space station will serve as a laboratory and research facility for international science experiments as well as a stepping stone for a third, self-sustained space station that the People's Republic hopes to launch in the coming years.

How The Falcon 9 Explosion May Change SpaceX's Launch Schedule

While it’s still too early to know all the consequences of this morning’s SpaceX explosion, one thing is almost certain: the company’s future launches are likely to be delayed.

We don’t know what the root cause of the accident was, however, or how badly the rocket’s launch pad was damaged. Those are what will determine how long SpaceX is grounded from spaceflight — and whether the company’s business will suffer.

Venture Capitalists Fly Into Space Start-ups

It's not just ride-hailing apps and food-delivery start-ups anymore: Venture capitalists are now also exploring space for outsize returns.

Since January, investors have committed more than $200 million across 20 space-related deals, according to CB Insights. This is in addition to the $2.3 billion that they invested in 2015.

China Successfully Launches Long March 7 Carrier Rocket, Marking Another Milestone

China on Saturday carried out the maiden launch of its next generation Long March-7 rocket from the country’s new Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on the southern island province of Hainan. With the successful test of the medium-sized, two-stage rocket, China continues to race ahead with its ambitious space program.

'Beam' Aboard: Experimental Inflatable Room Attached To Space Station

The International Space Station gained a brand new room on Saturday (April 16), but it will be another month before it grows large enough for the astronauts to enter.

A first-of-its-type inflatable structure, the BEAM — or Bigelow Expandable Activity Module — built by Bigelow Aerospace, was attached to the rear-facing port of the space station's Tranquility node. It is the first new addition to the orbiting outpost in five years.

SpaceX Successfully Lands Falcon 9 Rocket On Droneship

The Falcon 9 has landed.

After several previous failed attempts to land the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket on a droneship in the ocean, the company succeeded in a beautiful landing on the droneship Of Course I Love You. The landing followed the successful launch of its Dragon capsule into orbit, where it will spend the next two days heading towards the International Space Station.

International Space Development Conference (ISDC) - You're Invited

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An incredible event will be happening from May 18th through the 22nd in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The National Space Society's International Space Development Conference (ISDC) will change your life. I've personally attended the ISDC over a dozen times and this year's will be special.