Where is the SpaceX Launch site?March 19, 2018 – 12:48 pm

Where is the SpaceX Launch site?

NASASpaceX said on Monday that it will build its first launch facility in southern Texas, near the Mexico border. But saving money wasn t the only reason SpaceX and CEO Elon Musk went for the Lone Star State. When it comes to blasting rocket into orbit, location matters. The southern tip of Texas — and the southernmost point in the continental U.S. — is closer to the Equator than Cape Canaveral in Florida. The closer a launch site is to the Equator…

Elon Musk Solar BatteryMarch 11, 2018 – 12:38 pm

Elon Musk Solar Battery

The sun is a stubborn on-again-off-again partner in our solar energy relationship. With no way to store excess solar energy, solar homes are forced to return shamefacedly to the electrical grid each evening, not to mention in moments of cloud cover and/or rain. Tesla Motors offers a solution to this dilemma, or claims to. Powerwall is billed as a home battery system that reserves extra solar energy during the day for use when the sun goes down. Powerwall…

SpaceX Launch dateMarch 10, 2018 – 12:30 pm

SpaceX Launch date

By Ken Kremer NASA and SpaceX are now targeting Dec. 19 as the launch date for the next unmanned cargo run to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. The fifth SpaceX cargo mission was postponed from Dec. 16 to Dec. 19 to “allow SpaceX to take extra time to ensure they do everything possible on the ground to prepare for a successful launch, ” according to a statement from NASA. The Dragon spacecraft…

Elon Musk Dragon 2March 9, 2018 – 12:29 pm

Elon Musk Dragon 2

The unveiling of the cone-headed craft dubbed Dragon V2 took place at the southern California headquarters of Musk s company, SpaceX. Musk declared the spacecraft a big leap forward in technology. SpaceX is one of several private companies competing to build taxis for Nasa to replace the retired space shuttle fleet. It previously flew four cargo missions to the space station, delivering food and supplies. Nasa has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets…

Elon Musk 30 MinutesMarch 8, 2018 – 12:28 pm

Elon Musk 30 Minutes

Serial entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk unveiled design plans for his Hyperloop - a superfast transport system that could cut the travel time from Los Angeles to San Francisco to 30 minutes, and cost a fraction of the currently proposed high speed rail project. Musk, a co-founder of PayPal and the man behind commercial space transport firm Space-X and electric car maker Tesla, said up to 1, employees from both Tesla and Space X worked to come…

Elon Teslas SpaceX SolarCityMarch 7, 2018 – 12:27 pm

Elon Teslas SpaceX SolarCity

“(Incentives) tend to be characterized as either absolutely necessary or absolutely unnecessary. Both of those positions are false.” — Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, calls a Los Angeles Times article about his use of government subsidies “misleading and deceptive.” In a phone interview Monday on CNBC’s “Power Lunch, ” Musk took issue with the LAT’s reporting that Musk has built his “empire” — Tesla, SolarCity (where he’s chairman) and SpaceX — from $4.9 billion…

SpaceX News BrownsvilleMarch 6, 2018 – 12:27 pm

SpaceX News Brownsville

SpaceX courtship quietly continues as FAA report nears The sun rises over Boca Chica Beach, Wed. January 15, 2014. Photo by Brad Doherty, The Brownsville Herald. Brad Doherty Dry sand is contrasted against the wet sand as the tide went out at Boca Chica Beach, Wed. Jan 15, 2014. Photo by Brad Doherty, The Brownsville Herald The sun rises over areas near Boca Chica Beach last week outside of Brownsville and near SpaceX’s proposed rocket launch site…

SpaceX Docks with International Space StationMarch 3, 2018 – 12:16 pm

SpaceX Docks with International Space Station

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft today successfully rendezvoused and docked with the International Space Station. After lifting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida early Saturday morning atop a Falcon 9 rocket, the Drago spacecraft spent the weekend moving into Earth s orbit and chasing down the station. NASA s Commander Barry Wilmore worked with Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti, who is with the European Space Agency, to use the…

SpaceX crs-7 CrewMarch 2, 2018 – 12:15 pm

SpaceX crs-7 Crew

SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on the next Falcon 9 rocket set to launch out of Florida, tasked with the lofting of the TurkmenistanSat spacecraft on April 27. SpaceX also passed a Test Readiness Review (TRR) for its Dragon 2 Pad Abort test, which is currently scheduled to take place on May 5. Both events will be conducted from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral. SpaceX Static Fire: The TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat 1 (TurkmenSat 1) mission follows hot…

SpaceX Launch from Cape CanaveralFebruary 28, 2018 – 12:12 pm

SpaceX Launch from Cape Canaveral

SpaceX said that an “anomaly” had caused the rocket to fail and was investigating. NASA is set to hold a press conference later Sunday. “It is not clear what happened, ” NASA said on a webcast. “The vehicle has broken up.” SpaceX — which is headed by Musk — has made seven trips to the ISS under a contract the company has with NASA. Sunday’s launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida was supposed to be the third attempt by SpaceX to recover the rocket that…