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Google hires Tesla/SpaceX veteran Robert Rose

Google hires Tesla/SpaceX veteran Robert Rose

Google hires Robert Rose, a veteran of HP, Tesla, and SpaceX, just after the engineer left Tesla - just after Tesla's Autopilot program was released to the public. Word is that Rose left Tesla just shortly after this October's release of Autopilot for Tesla vehicles, and joined Google several weeks later. At this time it is not clear exactly what Google will be doing with Rose or what his role is within the company.

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Just how did this chunk of SpaceX rocket get to the UK?

Just how did this chunk of SpaceX rocket get to the UK?

While traveling around the northern part of Tresco, an island among the Isles of Scilly, boatman Joseph Thomas happened upon a large item floating in the water; it was covered with sea gulls and barnacles, and he thought it may have been a dead whale. He and others attempted to drag it to shore, later thinking it may have been plane wreckage. The debris was eventually hauled inland, and after some of the barnacles were cleared, a large American flag became visible.

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Blue Origin first to successfully land reusable rocket, beating SpaceX

Blue Origin first to successfully land reusable rocket, beating SpaceX

Elon Musk's SpaceX has been generating most of the headlines recently when it comes to privately owned space agencies, but Blue Origin, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has just taken the lead in one of the former's most impressive initiatives: to develop a reusable rocket and successfully land it after launch. Blue Origin announced today that its BE-3 rocket took an unmanned crew capsule to suborbital heights, separated, and then made a controlled decent ending with a vertical landing.

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SpaceX return-to-flight full speed ahead with Orbcomm and SES

SpaceX return-to-flight full speed ahead with Orbcomm and SES

SpaceX officials announce two missions to initiate the company's return-to-flight initiative after a disastrous event earlier this year. Back in June of 2015, one SpaceX CRS-7 mission craft exploded en-route to the International Space Station. After much explanation of why that event occurred, SpaceX is ready to move onward and upward. Two missions announced this week include one which will carry a communications satellite for Luxembourg-based SES SA, and another that'll deliver an array of satellites for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider ORBCOMM Inc.

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Israeli Google Lunar XPRIZE team scores first private Moon mission

Israeli Google Lunar XPRIZE team scores first private Moon mission

SpaceIL, a private space exploration company from Israel competing in Google's Lunar XPRIZE competition, has announced it's the first team to get a launch contract to send their private rover into space and hopefully land it on the Moon. The Google Lunar XPRIZE competition is awarding $20 million to the first privately-funded moon landing. SpaceIL's contract with California's Spaceflight Industries means the team has a "ticket to the moon" that will see their aircraft launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scheduled for the second half of 2017.

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is designed for luxurious space travel

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is designed for luxurious space travel

Just because being jettisoned into space, and falling back to earth at ungodly speeds, might be a harrowing experience, that doesn't mean the journey has to be uncomfortable as well. Playing into its goal to carry humans into space, both professional astronauts and eventually "space commuters", Elon Musk's SpaceX revealed interior shots of its new Crew Dragon capsule, trying to set a new standard for passenger comfort. And it definitely looks more comfortable and almost luxurious. Well, as luxurious as a rocket cabin can be.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket now due to launch in spring 2016

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket now due to launch in spring 2016

It appears that SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, a large rocket that has been in the planning stages for several years following a number of delays, may finally see lift-off come 2016. At an aeronautics conference last week in Pasadena, Lee Rosen, SpaceX's vice president of mission and launch operations, mentioned that they are planning for a launch window between late April and early May of next year. Currently they are nearing completion on renovations of the rocket's launch pad.

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Elon Musk explains first SpaceX failure in 7 years

Elon Musk explains first SpaceX failure in 7 years

Today SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk spoke about the Falcon 9 CRS-7 launch failure that occurred earlier this year. This event occurred on June 28th of 2015 en-route to the International Space Station. At liftoff this flight was nominal, with no signs of possible malfunction apparent. Shortly before first stage shutdown, the flight failed. Today Musk addressed the issues that they believe may have been the cause of this failed mission. There is still no one 100% certain found cause for this mishap.

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NASA lost millions when SpaceX’s rocket exploded

NASA lost millions when SpaceX’s rocket exploded

On June 28, SpaceX experienced a rocket failure when its CRS-7 mission rocket exploded shortly after taking off. The rocket had been on its way to the International Space Station as part of a resupply mission when the unfortunate explosion took place. SpaceX started an investigation into the cause, but the damage had already been done. Today NASA revealed how much the explosion cost it: $110 million. Questions were also raised about whether SpaceX should be the one investigating its own failure.

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NASA names commercial crew for SpaceX and Boeing

NASA names commercial crew for SpaceX and Boeing

NASA has picked four veteran astronauts to be the first crew of a commercial spaceflight, as America turns to SpaceX and Boeing to cut its dependence on Russia. Robert Behnken, Eric Boe, Douglas Hurley, and Sunita Williams will now begin trining with the two companies developing private spacecraft, ahead of missions first to the International Space Station but, eventually, manned trips to Mars which are expected to take place sometime in the 2030s.

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