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International Space Station’s robotic crew member gets legs

International Space Station’s robotic crew member gets legs

Robonaut 2 is a robot living aboard the International Space Station with its many scientists, taking on tasks that allow the crew to do more scientific research while it does menial labor. This beast was developed by NASA and GM (General Motors) and will - as of this week - be getting its own pair of Climbing Legs. These legs will allow the robot to be much more versatile than ever before.

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Elon Musk makes SpaceX case to US Senate for fair competition

Elon Musk makes SpaceX case to US Senate for fair competition

Today Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Designer with SpaceX - and head of companies like Tesla Motors - spoke with the Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. There he laid down a speech on the current state of affairs in space travel, NASA supply, and the way competition works within the government in these areas today. He also made clear that, with nearly 50 missions complete and a contracted total of $5 billion on the books, SpaceX is leading the way to a more efficient (and inexpensive) space-bound United States.

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SpaceX wraps up first successful geostationary transfer mission

SpaceX wraps up first successful geostationary transfer mission

SpaceX has announced the completion of a big milestone for the company, which has successfully wrapped up its first geostationary transfer mission, sending an SES-8 satellite to its intended destination. The mission went off without a hitch, with SpaceX saying the rocket -- a Falcon 9 -- had a "picture-perfect flight" and that all mission objectives were met in their entirety.

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SpaceX scrubs SES-8 Falcon 9 launch – Will try again on Thanksgiving

SpaceX scrubs SES-8 Falcon 9 launch – Will try again on Thanksgiving

SpaceX has scrubbed its planned SES-8 telecommunications satellite launch today, rescheduling the Falcon 9 rocket blast-off to Thanksgiving, Thursday November 28th. The launch, described by SpaceX as its "most challenging mission to date", would have been the company's first launch to a geostationary transfer orbit, 80,000 km from Earth. The original plan was to launch sometime in the early morning today, from Cape Canaveral.

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NASA and SpaceX hope to transport astronauts to ISS in the next 4 years

NASA and SpaceX hope to transport astronauts to ISS in the next 4 years

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and SpaceX met in late October to conduct a safety review of the Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket. NASA announced that the meeting took place last Friday. The safety review was designed to look at the safety policies and procedures in place in preparation for using the SpaceX Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket to send astronauts into space.

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The next Microsoft CEO should be Elon Musk

The next Microsoft CEO should be Elon Musk

There's no better time than now for Microsoft to turn the way they do business on its head - who better to replace retiring CEO Steve Ballmer than entrepreneur extraordinaire Elon Musk? This man has successfully launched an all-electric vehicle, sent a privately-made, privately-powered space vehicle to the International Space Station, and is - as of this week - making a series of hand-gesture-controlled rockets based on concepts shown in the Iron Man film series. Wouldn't Microsoft benefit from the real-life version of Tony Stark?

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SpaceX Grasshopper aces side-tracking reusable rocket test

SpaceX Grasshopper aces side-tracking reusable rocket test

SpaceX's Grasshopper test rig for the Falcon 9 reusable launch vehicle has stepped up its game, with Elon Musk's private space company demonstrating that the rocket can now not only take off and land in a straight line, but track sideways as part of the maneuver. A vital talent if Grasshopper is to land safely when put into full service, the so-called divert test saw the 106-foot rocket flying to 250m while also completing a 100m lateral shift.

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