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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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Falcon 9 Lander games proves how hard it is for SpaceX to recover rockets

Falcon 9 Lander games proves how hard it is for SpaceX to recover rockets

SpaceX is one of the most successful of the private space companies that are beige used to ferry supplies to the ISS. SpaceX has been trying to figure out a way to recover the first stage of its rockets by landing them on a platform floating in the middle of the ocean. So far, they haven't been successful in that recovery effort.

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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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SpaceX still bemused over CRS-7 explosion says Musk

SpaceX still bemused over CRS-7 explosion says Musk

SpaceX is struggling to figure out what exactly happened to the CRS-7 rocket last week, after the planned resupply mission to the ISS exploded after takeoff. "The data does seem to be quite difficult to interpret," SpaceX founder Elon Musk conceded, speaking at the ISS R&D Conference in Boston today. "Whatever happened is not a simple straightforward thing." Nobody was injured in the explosion, but SpaceX's resupply missions to the International Space Station are on hold until the incident is understood.

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SpaceX explosion leaves NASA reliant on Russian resupply

SpaceX explosion leaves NASA reliant on Russian resupply

With SpaceX's CRS-7 rocket in pieces and future launches grounded until the cause of Sunday's explosion is identified, the ISS is again dependent on Russia for supplies. Although the astronauts currently on the International Space Station have food, water, and other essentials in their orbiting stock cupboard to last them through October 2015, NASA says, it's still vital that the ISS Progress 60 rocket makes it up in one piece when it lifts off this coming Friday.

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SpaceX CRS-7 mission explodes en-route to ISS

SpaceX CRS-7 mission explodes en-route to ISS

SpaceX's latest resupply mission to the International Space Station ended in failure today, as the CRS-7 mission rocket exploded shortly after take-off. An investigation is underway, with SpaceX founder Elon Musk suggesting that an issue in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank led to over-pressure. Two minutes and thirty-nine seconds after the Falcon rocket and its Dragon capsule blasted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, observers were shocked to see it explode just before second-stage separation was due to take place.

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