MIT Hyperloop Pod Design Wins First Round Of SpaceX Contest

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It seems like only yesterday that the Hyperloop system was just a gleam in the eye of Elon Musk. Touted as a manner of transportation that could connect cities up to a distance of around 900 miles apart, many may have figured that this would be an idea that never came to fruition. Certainly not everybody … Read more

Boeing Opens Starliner Spacecraft Assembly Warehouse

This past Friday, September 4th, Boeing opened a warehouse in Florida that will assemble the Starliner – Boeing’s new spacecraft which will shuttle people to and from the International Space Station. The hanger was not a new build, but a renovation of the old space shuttle hangar at the Kennedy Space Center. The hangar doors have … Read more

Patent Awarded For New Space Elevator Design

While not a new idea by any means – the first “space elevator” was proposed by a Russian scientist back in 1895 – space elevators remain a mere thought in the imagination of most scientists. A Canadian company, however, was recently awarded a patent on their design for a space elevator that would stretch up to … Read more

NASA Is Sending Microsoft’s HoloLens To Space

Microsoft’s HoloLens is so futuristic that its implications haven’t quite sunk in for the majority of us. NASA, however, is eager to start taking advantage of the advanced holographic technology in space programs. So eager in fact, that NASA is including two of the HoloLenses on the International Space Station resupply mission that is set … Read more

Airbus Unveils Adeline, Their Answer To SpaceX And Reusable Rockets

SpaceX has been capturing headlines all over the place (including here on Techaeris) with their attempts at reusing the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket. The idea is to lower the cost of space launches by reusing at least parts of the rockets needed to launch people/experiments/etc. into orbit. It seems that SpaceX isn’t … Read more

SpaceX Launching ISS Supply Run, Booster Landing Attempt Today

Weather permitting, SpaceX will send just over two tons of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) this afternoon. The launch will be their sixth of twelve currently contracted re-supply missions for NASA. The launch is scheduled for 4:33 pm (EST), and estimates show a 60% chance of the weather cooperating. If the launch is … Read more

Fidelity And Google Sink One Billion Dollars Into SpaceX

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Elon Musk and the crew at SpaceX just gained some major muscle in the form of Fidelity and Google. For a “just under” ten percent stake in SpaceX the two companies just invested one billion dollars into Elon Musk’s private space exploration program. The combined percentage stake is broken down with Google taking seven and a half … Read more

Elon Musk’s New Thing: Internet… Everywhere

The face of the future of technology is forever changing. For a while, many would have said someone like Bill Gate or Steve Jobs, the silicon Valley whiz kids, were the revolutionaries. In the public eye, they were pushing the definition of what technology could do for us. Quietly though, Elon Musk, the dreamer of … Read more

SpaceX Booster Rocket Landing Was Not a Success Nor A Failure

SpaceX is the galactic dream that was morphed into reality by Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors and the CTO of SpaceX. The company was contracted by NASA to send a rocket carrying supplies and some scientific equipment to the International Space Station on Saturday. This flight’s purpose was not only to make this … Read more

Hyperloop Startup Has Grand Ambitions – Connect The United States

On August 12th, 2013 Elon Musk outlined his idea for a fast, relatively inexpensive model for transportation – the Hyperloop.  Based at least in part on the idea of a pneumatic tube, the Hyperloop was said to be not only faster and less expensive than a high-speed rail system that had been approved for construction, but … Read more

SpaceX Falcon 9 Will Attempt “Improbable” Landing

We’re big fans of Elon Musk and SpaceX here at Techaeris.  We’ve followed the progress of their Falcon 9 reusable first stage rocket for quite some time.  From the addition of individually controlled fins to their soft launch in the Atlantic Ocean, the SpaceX Falcon 9 has truly been an engineering marvel.  SpaceX is looking to add … Read more

NASA Picks Boeing and SpaceX To Transport Astronauts To ISS

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NASA announced earlier today that they have picked two American companies to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. Boeing and SpaceX will be transporting astronauts to and from the ISS as early as 2017. Since the dismantling of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, American astronauts have made the round trip courtesy of the Russians … Read more

Week in Review: August 3-8

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From Google Street View Car accidents to transforming paper robots to staff app picks, we’ve covered a lot over the past week here at Techaeris. Here’s a quick recap of some of the stories we covered. Tech The NFL made our tech news again this week. Last week we covered their roll out of a real-time … Read more

SpaceX Launches AsiaSat 8 Into Orbit Successfully

Elon Musk and the crew from SpaceX have successfully launched AsiaSat 8 into orbit early this morning. AsiaSat is a satellite communications company and the Sat 8 adds to their inventory of satellites in orbit. The Sat 8 will provide TV, cell phone and internet to customers India, China and other countries in the region. … Read more

Elon Musk Wants Vertical Takeoff For Commercial Airplanes

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Elon Musk appeared on The Colbert Report to talk about the variety of projects he has going on including Tesla and SpaceX. During that interview Elon mentions vertical take off of commercial airplanes. Here’s what he said courtesy of Business Insider, the video follows after the break. Business Insider transcription Aircraft should be vertical takeoff … Read more

SpaceX Soft Lands Falcon 9

SpaceX has achieved another milestone in creating truly reusable space launch technology. On July 22, 2014, the privatized spaceflight company, chaired and funded by billionaire tycoon Elon Musk, announced that the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket returned to Earth and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean. Returning from jettisoning six ORBCOMM satellites, the … Read more

SpaceX: Falcon 9-R Rocket Shows Some Fin!

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Elon Musk famously said – and I paraphrase: show a little ankle but not the whole leg.  SpaceX has recently shown us a little ‘Fin.’

Seems SpaceX has perfected rocket landings to the point that they’ve got time to work on finesse. New footage of a Falcon 9-R test flight at their McGregor TX site shows their test vehicle has ‘evolved’ fins which pop out of the sides like Tesla door handles. These paddles appear for attitude control and are deployed during descent. This should be a step up from the previous stopgap technique which involved bursts of gas from cold thrusters.

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SpaceX Moon Base in 2015? (Op-Ed)

Falcon-9-comparisonsIt’s looking like 2015 will be a kick-start year for burgeoning space enterprise. Right now at SpaceX in California, the fledgling spaceflight company is building a bulging muscle rocket, called the Falcon Heavy, despite having no published manifest or apparent destination.

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Calling All SpaceX Fans, You Can See The Dragon V2!

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SpaceX fans, if you are in the Washington DC area tomorrow (June 11), you are in for a treat. For one day only their shiny new factory stickered spacecraft, the Dragon V2, will be on display for the public. This wonder vehicle has the style of a Tesla Model S smacked into a UFO, seats seven and can land propulsively on a helipad (If you camp out for tickets – remember to use fireproof blankets).

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