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Watch the live feed from SpaceX’s Roadster-driving Starman in space

SpaceX now has a live feed of its Mars-bound simulated astronaut, a dummy wearing the private space company's new crew uniform. There are cameras mounted on the Tesla Roadster the dummy is "driving,"

SpaceX’s historic Falcon Heavy successfully launches

SpaceX has had a very good first test of its Falcon Heavy rocket, the heavy-lift orbital vehicle that can carry twice the weight of its closest competition in active operation. The massive, three-boos

Watch SpaceX launch its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time here

SpaceX is test launching its Falcon Heavy rocket, the first ever launch of the new heavy-lift orbital rocket. The Heavy’s thrust is generated by its 27 Merlin engines, which is three times the n

Behind the scenes of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch day prep

SpaceX is launching its Falcon Heavy rocket tomorrow, and if it’s successful, it’ll be twice as powerful in terms of cargo capacity as its next closest active rival. That will help give Sp

SpaceX will try a triple booster landing with Falcon Heavy launch

SpaceX’s historic first Falcon Heavy flight will be immediately followed by a historic first landing attempt, too. The commercial space company headed by Elon Musk confirmed over the weekend tha

SpaceX successfully launches GovSat-1 on a flight proven Falcon 9

SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with a geocommunications satellite commissioned by the Government of Luxembourg. The satellite, created by Orbital STK and to be operated by SES, will supp

Watch SpaceX re-use a Falcon 9 first stage for today’s GovSat-1 launch

UPDATE: SpaceX has scrubbed this until tomorrow’s backup window at least due to unfavourable conditions. SpaceX is launching a rocket today – no, not the Falcon Heavy, that’s still targeting

SpaceX sets historic first Falcon Heavy launch for February 6

SpaceX has set February 6 as the target for its Falcon Heavy launch, the first ever test flight of the new, high-capacity rocket that the company is building to allow it to send nearly three times as

SpaceX test fires Falcon Heavy rocket, readies for launch in ‘a week or so’

SpaceX has successfully test fired its Falcon Heavy rocket – but this is just the prelude to the big show. The static test fire performed today is a necessary step prior to an actual test launch, fi

SpaceX can’t test launch Falcon Heavy while government is shut down

SpaceX is impacted by the ongoing U.S. government shutdown -- which is bad news both for its pending Falcon Heavy test flight, as well as for its other missions, which include imminent ISS resupply an

Rocket Lab successfully launches second Electron booster test flight

Rocket Lab is hoping to fill a niche for small payload orbital launches with its house-built Electron rocket and private launch facility -- and now it's one step closer to full commercial operations.

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule returns from the International Space Station

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule has returned from the International Space Station as planned, after spending around a month docked at the orbital facility. This Dragon spacecraft was previously flown on

Larry Page-backed asteroid mining company launches CubeSat with experimental water detection tech

Planetary Resources, the space mining company backed by Google's Larry Page and Braintree founder Bryan Johnson, has taken another step in its quest to actually mine resources from asteroids and othe

SpaceX to run a static test fire of Falcon Heavy this week

SpaceX is planning to perform a static test fire of its massive Falcon Heavy rocket later this week, the company revealed today in a statement from company President and COO Gwynne Shotwell. Now that

SpaceX successfully launches top-secret Zuma spacecraft

SpaceX has successfully launched its first mission of 2018, after capping a record year last year in 2017 with 18 total launches. The first launch this year carried a special payload – Zuma, a secre

Watch SpaceX launch the mysterious Zuma spacecraft live here

SpaceX will attempt its first launch of 2018 later today, with a two-hour launch window opening at 8 PM EST (5 PM PST), with a backup launch window set for tomorrow at the same time. The launch was or

SpaceX targets January 5 launch for mystery Zuma payload

SpaceX is launching Zuma, a mystery spacecraft operated by the U.S. Government for purposes unknown, thanks to it being very classified. The launch was supposed to take place last year, with a Novembe

SpaceX caps a record year with 18th successful launch of 2017

SpaceX has completed its 18th launch in 2017, marking a record year for the private space company. It’s the most rockets SpaceX has launched in a single year, beating its previous best by ten mi

Watch SpaceX’s last Falcon 9 rocket launch for 2017

SpaceX is launching its last mission of 2017 later today, with a planned launch window of 5:27 PM PST (8:27 PM EST). The mission is for client Iridium, and will send a fourth set of 10 satellites into

SpaceX launches a reused Dragon atop a reused Falcon 9 for the first time

SpaceX has moved one step closer to its dream of affordable, efficient reusable space flight: Today for its CRS-13 resupply mission for the International Space Station it managed to launch a previousl
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