August 18, 2017

Musk aims for November debut of Falcon Heavy

July 28, 2017

SpaceX aims to launch the first Falcon Heavy rocket in November, company chief Elon Musk said Thursday, the latest in a series of schedule targets for the heavy-lift launcher’s delayed debut.

Musk sets expectations low for maiden Falcon Heavy launch

July 25, 2017

When SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket finally takes off for the first time, a debut now scheduled this fall, there’s a good chance the commercial heavy-lifter will falter short of reaching orbit, company founder and chief designer Elon Musk said last week.

Propulsive landings nixed from SpaceX’s Dragon spaceship

July 19, 2017

SpaceX’s upgraded Dragon capsules will not return astronauts to Earth for powered landings as originally envisioned, company boss Elon Musk said Wednesday, a design change that raises questions about the space transport firm’s plans to send commercial landers to the surface of Mars.

Musk wants to make Falcon rockets fully reusable

April 11, 2017

SpaceX chief Elon Musk said last week he is “fairly confident” his company’s Falcon rockets can be made fully reusable within a couple of years, suggesting a renewed emphasis on outfitting upper stages for a scorching re-entry after engineers shelved the idea to focus on landing the launcher’s bigger booster stage.

Musk previews busy year ahead for SpaceX

April 4, 2017

There’s a lot on SpaceX’s agenda this year if the company can maintain its pace, including refinements of the Falcon 9 rocket to hasten refurbishment between flights and the debut of the long-delayed Falcon Heavy launch vehicle with two side boosters recycled from previous missions, Elon Musk said after last week’s successful liftoff of a previously-flown rocket.

Trump signs NASA authorization act, Pence to chair National Space Council

March 23, 2017

President Donald Trump signed a new NASA authorization bill Tuesday, the first such space policy framework since early in the Obama administration, that largely continues the space agency’s efforts to foster a commercial economy in Earth orbit and explore deep space, with an eventual goal of landing humans on Mars.

Concern with steering mechanism scrubs Falcon 9 launch

February 18, 2017

SpaceX called off the planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday less than 15 seconds before liftoff to investigate the “slightly odd” behavior of the vehicle’s upper stage engine steering system, company chief Elon Musk said.

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