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  • SpaceX continues ambitious launch schedule with next mission, fifth one this year

    SpaceX continues ambitious launch schedule with next mission, fifth one this year

    Less than a month after their last successful mission, SpaceX is back at it. Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:40pm EDT tomorrow with telecommunications satellite Thaicom 8 on board. What’s truly notable is that tomorrow’s launch will be the fifth one for SpaceX this year, demonstrating an increased launch frequency compared to last year. In 2015… Read More

  • India flight tests new reusable space plane

    India flight tests new reusable space plane

    India has successfully completed their first small step toward joining the other players in the market of reusable spacecraft. On Monday, the Indian Space Research Organization (India’s version of NASA) launched a 22-foot winged spacecraft to an altitude of 65 kilometers (about 40 miles) and navigated the vehicle back down into the Bay of Bengal, east of India. The entire mission… Read More

  • SpaceX successfully landed another rocket on a drone ship

    SpaceX successfully landed another rocket on a drone ship

    SpaceX successfully launched the Japanese communications satellite, JCSAT-14 on their Falcon 9 rocket at 1:22am EST today from Cape Canaveral, Florida. After the launch, the company soft-landed the first stage of the rocket on their drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” – the second time this has ever been done. Landing confirmed. Second stage continuing to carry JCSAT-14… Read More

  • SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

    SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

    The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX an $82.7 million contract to launch their GPS-3 satellite into orbit. This is the first National Security Space (NSS) contract for SpaceX, who won essentially by default since ULA, the only other viable competitor, declined to bid in the competition. “This GPS III Launch Services contract award achieves a balance between mission success, meeting… Read More

  • SpaceX’s next launch and the business of rocket recovery

    SpaceX’s next launch and the business of rocket recovery

    SpaceX confirmed to TechCrunch that their next launch is scheduled for May 4th at 1:22 am EST with a two-hour launch window. The company is expected to couple the launch with another rocket landing attempt on a drone ship out at sea. It was less than three weeks ago that SpaceX made their first successful rocket recovery on a drone ship. Landing from the chase plane… Read More

  • SpaceX just landed a rocket on a drone ship for the first time

    SpaceX just landed a rocket on a drone ship for the first time

    At 4:43 pm EST, SpaceX successfully launched their next resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). In addition to a seamless launch, SpaceX landed the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket on an autonomous drone ship for the very first time. Landing from the chase plane pic.twitter.com/2Q5qCaPq9P — SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 8, 2016 This was SpaceX’s fifth landing… Read More

  • SpaceX successfully launches SES-9 into GEO but crash lands rocket on drone ship

    SpaceX successfully launches SES-9 into GEO but crash lands rocket on drone ship

    Today at 6:35pm EST, SpaceX successfully launched the SES-9 communications satellite into Geostationary orbit (GEO). Launching the SES-9 payload was the primary goal of today’s mission, but many had their eyes back on the ground for what would have been the first successful landing of a rocket on a drone ship in the ocean. Unfortunately, however, the rocket landing was… Read More

  • SpaceX’s SES-9 Launch And Why They Land Rockets At Sea

    SpaceX’s SES-9 Launch And Why They Land Rockets At Sea

    This Wednesday at 6:46 pm EST, SpaceX is scheduled to launch the SES-9 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida with their Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The mission will mark the company’s second launch of the year. Wednesday’s mission will be coupled with a first stage landing attempt on SpaceX’s autonomous drone ship, “Of Course I Still Love You.”… Read More

  • SpaceX Tested Its Capsule That Will Send Humans To Space

    SpaceX Tested Its Capsule That Will Send Humans To Space

    Yesterday, SpaceX released a video showing a successful hover test of its human-rated spacecraft, Crew Dragon. If all goes according to plan, in 2017, Crew Dragon will be placed on top of a Falcon 9 and send astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The test, which was completed in McGregor, Texas, back in November, analyzed the spacecraft’s ability to fire its… Read More

  • SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite, Unsuccessfully Lands Rocket

    SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite, Unsuccessfully Lands Rocket

    Today, SpaceX was hoping to achieve the first-ever rocket recovery on a drone ship in the ocean. While the company successfully completed its primary mission of bringing the Jason-3 satellite into orbit, it was unable to safely recover the first stage of the rocket. Read More

  • Don’t Compare Blue Origin’s Success to SpaceX’s Failures Crunch Network

    Don’t Compare Blue Origin’s Success to SpaceX’s Failures

    The space industry is more diverse today than ever before and not all reusable rockets are created equal. After Blue Origin’s successful test many suggested that SpaceX, who is working on their own reusable orbital rocket, was falling behind. Read More

  • Try To Land The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Yourself

    Try To Land The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Yourself

    Elon Musk’s SpaceX is trying to launch a spacecraft and have the rockets return safely to Earth…specifically on a floating barge. As it turns out, it’s not that easy. And it costs a lot of money. There’s now a web game that lets you give it a try yourself. Read More

  • SpaceX Has Nearly A Full Uber Funding In Contracts

    SpaceX Has Nearly A Full Uber Funding In Contracts

    Sending things to space isn’t cheap, which is exactly why Elon Musk got into the business with SpaceX. In a press release today about some newly signed contracts for use of its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles, the company updated just how much money it has booked. Seven Billion Dollars under contract for the 60 missions on manifest. To put all of this into perspective, Uber… Read More

  • Here’s A Close Look At Disney Infinity 3.0’s Star Wars Rise Against The Empire Play Set

    Here’s A Close Look At Disney Infinity 3.0’s Star Wars Rise Against The Empire Play Set

    Disney knows a it has a good thing going with its Infinity line of interactive toys, which is way it wasted little time integrating Star Wars into the franchise. The new Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition arrives later this year, and now we’re getting a closer look at the Star Wars Rise Against The Empire Play Set. This is an add-on set that goes with the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter… Read More

  • Novint Falcon controller coming to consoles, maybe

    Jealous of your PC gaming friends who have the rather awesome Falcon controller? Well, the CEO of Novint hears your cries. And market share. You’ll just have to wait until probably the end of 2009 before it’s actually available. Read More

  • Novint partnering with Valve to make freaky, awesome robo-peripheral useful


    A while ago I posted about how Novint, an innovative and ambitious peripheral company took their freaky-deaky Falcon controller straight to EA instead of standing around like some kind of techno-wallflower. Well, it worked out pretty well and they’re leveraging it into more deals: they’re teaming up with Valve to add Falcon support to a ton of their games. As befitting my… Read More

  • Creative peripherals made fun and EAsy with Novint's Falcon


    You see all these console and PC peripherals out there, from the Wii wheel to the Wolf King we’re giving away. Rock Band is probably the most salient example of games driving peripheral sales, but Novint, creator of the potentially-awesome-but we-understand-if-you’re-skeptical-about-it Falcon, has a different approach. They went straight to the dark side: Electronic Arts. By… Read More

  • The Xbox 360 Falcon has landed?

    Could it be? Were the rumors true? Has the Falcon Xbox 360 landed? It appears so. According to the blokes over at Xbox Forums, the Halo 3 edition is juiced with the 65nm CPUs that are purported to run cooler, which in turn would reduce any further RROD units. Pretty sure those price cuts were a direct result of the switch. 65nm (Falcon), BenQ, Heatsink Discussion [Xbox Forums] Read More

  • Novint Falcon Hitting CompUSA

    Hey, everybody! Remember that 3D touch game doohickey we told you about a few months ago? Yeah know, where you can feel shapes, textures and weight. Well, if you’ve been waiting-and I know you have been-hit up your local CompUSA store beginning October 8th and pick up a Novint Falcon game controller. There’s a super exclusive Limited Edition Novint Falcon Bundle for $239 that… Read More