Several companies in the field of space exploration, including SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, have been working on the concept of reusable launch vehicles so as to achieve the dream of landing a rocket after successful missions.
Apart from being a scientific breakthrough, such reusable vehicles are going to save huge money for these companies, which can be used for further research.
As part of this initiative, Elon Musk’s SpaceX last week organized another successful launch of its Falcon 9 rocket. Though the launch was as the company had desired, the landing was not quite as successful as the one in December (it crashed into the ocean).
After facing rocket launch delay four times, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has succeeded in blasting the SES-9 communications satellite into orbit on Friday. But the first stage of the rocket again failed to land on the company’s droneship in the ocean.
The rocket took off at 3:35 pm from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The latest try to launch the rocket was fifth of the space exploration company SpaceX. Before this, the company scrubbed the launch four times in the last week and a half.
Just three minutes after the liftoff, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first and second stages separated. The SES-9 communications satellite was carried by the second stage of the rocket. It was deployed 32 minutes after the launch.
On February 28, SpaceX cancelled the launch of a commercial communications satellite seconds before liftoff, and postponed the mission once again. Launch controllers said that SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was planned to launch the SES-9 satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6:46 pm yesterday, but the initial liftoff time was delayed back 35 minutes as a boat drifted into the mission's ‘keep-out zone’.
Falcon 9's engines started firing up at 7:21 pm EST, however, they stopped the moment countdown clock was about to reach 0.
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said that the rocket could have blasted off yesterday if there wasn’t any stray boat.
On February 25, SpaceX cancelled its second attempt to launch Falcon 9 rocket, owing to issues pertaining apparently to the installation of booster containing super-cooled liquid oxygen.
The two-stage rocket was supposed to carry a powerful communications satellite. The SES-9 commercial satellite was scheduled to be launched at 6:47 p.m. from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch of Luxembourg-based company SES’ satellite had been earlier cancelled on February 24 as well.
On Tuesday, the chief technology officer for SES said that satellite operator SES SA is willing to purchase a used Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s SpaceX for a future launch.
At a pre-launch news conference, SES’s Martin Halliwell told reporters that SES has no issue in flying a re-used (rocket’s) first stage. Halliwell also said that they are happy until it is flight-worthy.
SpaceX is looking forward to fly a 12,613-pound SES satellite, hopefully on Wednesday, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Halliwell said that so far the Luxembourg-based SES and SpaceX haven’t negotiated the launch price of a used Falcon rocket. The company's website showed that SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 rockets cost about $61 million.
A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on January 30 beat more than 100 other rival groups, comprising over 1,000 college students, to clinch the first stage of the SpaceX Hyperloop design competition. And with it, the dream of Elon Musk, the CEO of private spaceflight company SpaceX and electric-car company Tesla Motors, to create a superfast new space transportation system seems to have inched a step closer to reality.
The Hyperloop competition was held at Texas A&M University in College Station over the weekend. The MIT team, which had created a passenger-carrying Hyperloop "pod", would now begin working on a small-scale prototype.
SpaceX will introduce Mars Spacecraft This Year and launch Crewed Mission within a Decade, says Elon MuskSubmitted by Satish Kumar on Sat, 01/30/2016 - 14:22
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has already revealed the aerospace company’s plan to take astronauts to Mars by 2025, but the spacecraft that would be used for the mission is still not unveiled. Now, Musk has announced that the Mars mission spacecraft will be revealed later this year.
While talking to people at an event in Hong Kong, the business magnate said that he planned to unveil plans and architecture of the Mars spacecraft in late September during the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico. Undoubtedly, Mars mission is going to be very exciting, and SpaceX’s first flight to the planet could be within a decade, Musk said.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has amazed everyone with his latest spatial achievement. His space transport company Blue Origin has, for the second time, completed a successful launch of an unmanned sub-orbital rocket, which landed in Texas on Friday after reaching a height of 63 miles over the Earth.
In a blog on Blue Origin’s website, Bezos wrote that the launch was another step forward towards developing reusable rockets that may one day make it possible to have “millions of people living and working in space”.
Another young CEO who has been vying in solar project is Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk (through his company SpaceX) and with the latest launch, the rivalry between Bezos' Blue Origin and SpaceX has just entered another sphere.
Elon Musk has come across a new challenge from a beginner having a reusable spacecraft after the US space agency NASA divided a cargo deal worth as much as $14 billion between his SpaceX venture, Orbital ATK Inc. and budding Sierra Nevada Corp.
Musk’s SpaceX and Sierra Nevada are at the forefront of businesses looking forward to reuse pricey craft for squeezing expenses so that spaceflight becomes more reasonable for customers. Sierra Nevada is making a winged orbiter called Dream Chaser that would land on commercial runways post missions, whereas SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is aiming within a couple of years to touch down upright on land instead of splashing in oceans.
SpaceX’s unmanned rocket Falcon 9 successfully landed upright at Florida's Cape Canaveral at about 7:40 p.m. central time after a 10-minute of flight. The falcon 9 landed upright after sending 11 satellites into the orbit.
The Post even published articles about the historic landing of the Falcon 9 rocket for two consecutive days. SpaceX’s rival company Blue Origin, a space start-up founded by Amazon.com chief executive Jeff Bezos, was successful in making a similar return rocket landing test last month.
The private space company headed by Tesla owner since long has been trying to build a reusable rocket so that it can help to reduce the cost involved in making space travels.
A beautiful image displaying a shimmering 14-story rocket, in a cloud of fire and smoke, touching down at Cape Canaveral's Landing Zone 1 gently just minutes after payload delivery into space, could one day prove iconic.
The smooth landing resulted into bouts of delirium at Elon Musk's aerospace startup SpaceX. The good news is that the successful voyage and comeback of a functional Falcon 9 booster was one of the key ambitions goals of the company. And on Monday, its outstanding success, following 3 earlier failures, has suggested that the space business is probably on the verge of a breakthrough.
Landing of a rocket is no more considered a very significant deal; however, in reality it is quite a tough task. This explains the reason for SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s excitement following the successful landing of its Falcon 9. The rocket landed close to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral on December 21 2015. The 14-story booster returned intact after successfully launching 11 commercial satellites to orbit.
SpaceX has safely landed its reusable rocket on solid ground after liftoff on Monday. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket touched down surface successfully at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after three failed attempts previously.
The landing is a major victory for Elon Musk and his aerospace company as it was the company’s first flight since it rocket exploded about six months ago. It was the first time when a rocket launched a payload into the space and then landed safely on solid surface.
When the rocket landed, a SpaceX commentator announced, “The Falcon has landed”. With the announcement, workers at the company’s headquarters started cheering and chanting ‘USA! USA’.
Launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with 11 Orbcomm Inc. communications satellites has been postponed to Monday night, SpaceX announced Sunday. The decision was taken after an analysis showed 10% better chance of a good landing by waiting for one day.
Before this, the launch was scheduled for Sunday. There are about 80% chances of favorable weather on Monday during one-minute launch window at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX said.
Some prominent tech giants have poured in $1billion in a non-profit called Open AI. The backers of the new company include Tesla head Elon Musk, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, venture capitalist Peter Thiel, the start-up incubator Y-Combinator and Amazon Web Services.
In a recent blog post announcing about the news, the team behind the Open AI project said that Artificial Intelligence research firm’s goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as whole.
The new company will disclose its patent and research before public in a bid to increase transparency about AI’s potential rather than focusing on its commercial implications.
On Thursday, SpaceX announced that it is planning to launch its Falcon 9 rocket on December 19, 2015. It will be the first mission the company will attempt for after the massive explosion of its space station cargo six months ago.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Thursday also said that the company is planning to test fire Falcon 9’s main engines on Wednesday at Launch Complex 40, then launch about three days later.
The launch scheduled to take place on December 19 would be SpaceX’s first since a Falcon 9 rocket exploded two minutes after its liftoff on June 28. The cargo was all set to take necessary supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). The strut in the rocket’s upper-stage oxidizer tank was blamed for the accident.
SpaceX, the American Aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company for the first time will be attempting to safely land a discarded rocket on earth. The landing will take place on dry land, said company experts.
The company owned by Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously aimed to land the used rockets on a floating platform, but its attempt ended into a failure. This time Falcon 9 will be launch again from the Cape Canaveral base, but the date of the launch has not been specified yet.
“If successful, it would mark not only the first successful landing and recovery of the company’s flagship rocket, but also the first terrestrial rocket landing for SpaceX after two failed landing attempts at sea”, reported Fortune.
Carbon Tax may Accelerate Shift from Carbon-producing Fossil Fuels to Sustainable Energy, says Elon MuskSubmitted by Satish Kumar on Thu, 12/03/2015 - 12:48
World leaders and policymakers are in Paris to discuss climate change. They are making plans how to tackle global warming in near future. But, South African-born Canadian-American business magnate Elon Musk thinks youth has the power to prevent global warming. He said only carbon tax can help in accelerating the shift from carbon-producing fossil fuels to sustainable energy.
During a conference at the Sorbonne in Paris, SpaceX CEO said young people have the power to make a change. Musk said carbon tax should not be according to revenue. It should be revenue neutral, he added. If government acts as Musk wants, then it will receive the same amount of money. According to Musk, taxes would be weighted heavily on carbon.
It was SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s plan to land a rocket successfully on earth, but Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin achieved the historic milestone and trumped rival SpaceX. The company’s announcement about landing a rocket successfully on the surface of earth blindsided everyone. The company’s achievement has given a clear message that it is going to be a big player in commercial space race.
Last week, the Jeff Bezos-backed spaceflight company announced it launched a rocket, New Shepard, past the edge of space. According to the company, it was a suborbital test flight. During the flight, the rocket’s crew capsule touched the altitude of 100.5 kilometers before landing back on earth. The greatest thing about the launch was that everything worked as planned by the company.
SpaceX, American aerospace manufacturer, made an announcement on Monday in Paris that it has recently got two new contract in which it will be launching satellites for Saudi Arabia and for HISPASAT.
The Elon Musk-owned company revealed that both the launches will take place at Florida’s Cape Canaveral rather than Brownsville.
These contracts were awarded during the recent World Satellite Business Conference in Paris, France. Now the California-based SpaceX on its manifest has more than 60 missions, representing over $7 billion under contract.
Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, said in a statement that they are pleased to add the additional contract mission to their manifest.
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