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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 Falcon 9 launch rescheduled again due to oxygen in fuel

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch rescheduled again due to oxygen in fuel

SpaceX's rescheduled Nov. 25 launch on Nov. 28 was rescheduled yet again due to a slow rocket thrust buildup. The Thanksgiving Day launch was ready to go and seconds from liftoff, but the on-board computer automatically aborted the sequence. SpaceX (and Tesla) CEO Elon Musk announced the event on Twitter -- and shared a few technical details explaining the failure.

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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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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop 3D printed to show what could be

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop 3D printed to show what could be

After mentioning it earlier this year, Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame released detailed information on the Hyperloop he imagines, something that could quickly transport passengers from one location to another. To give the curious and ambitious a better look at what could be, the plans have been rendered and 3D printed to scale.

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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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Hyperloop Alpha: Elon Musks’ high-speed train begins its journey in detail

Hyperloop Alpha: Elon Musks’ high-speed train begins its journey in detail

After a bit of a foot-in-mouth mention of a high-speed transit system between the two ends of the country earlier this year, Elon Musk is today ready to bring a bit more heat to the very real possibility of this Hyperloop system. In a release made through Tesla Motors, Musk suggests that this next-generation system must be faster and cheaper to operate than either our current airplane system or driving a car. It must be, he suggested, far better than any other mode of transport for the journey it's capable of making - a fifth mode of transport.

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Bill Gates: Google web balloons “won’t help” key issues

Bill Gates: Google web balloons “won’t help” key issues

Bill Gates has slammed Google's Project Loon, which would bring internet connectivity to developing nations using high-altitude balloons, arguing that getting online won't help core issues like malaria, and suggesting that the search giant has lost its way when it comes to altruism. "When you're dying of malaria, I suppose you'll look up and see that balloon, and I'm not sure how it'll help you" Microsoft founder Gates told Bloomberg Businessweek, when asked whether he saw schemes like Project Loon helping low-income countries. "When a kid gets diarrhea, no, there's no website that relieves that."

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Hyperloop transport system is Elon Musk’s next idea, NY to LA in 45 minutes

Hyperloop transport system is Elon Musk’s next idea, NY to LA in 45 minutes

While people can get around just fine in cars, planes, trains, and boats, SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk isn't quite pleased with transportation efforts yet. However, he thought up a new method that would transport people from one side of the US to the other in just 45 minutes, a trip that normally takes almost six hours by plane.

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SpaceX Grasshopper reusable rocket reaches new 1,000-foot height

SpaceX Grasshopper reusable rocket reaches new 1,000-foot height

More than two months after its last test flight, the SpaceX Grasshopper is at it again. The reusable rocket prototype launched off its launchpad in Texas and reached a new record height of 1,066 feet (325 meters) before slowly and safely returning to its launchpad. To compare the new height, that's higher than the Chrysler building in New York.

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SpaceX IPO not coming anytime soon, focusing on Mars colonization

SpaceX IPO not coming anytime soon, focusing on Mars colonization

There have been rumors flying around that the private space company SpaceX was thinking about filing for an initial public offering. However, in usual Elon Musk fashion, the company's CEO took to Twitter to dispel those rumors by saying that SpaceX has "no near term plans" for an IPO, and are focusing on colonizing Mars at the moment.

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