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New SpaceX Falcon 9 crash video shows how close they came

New SpaceX Falcon 9 crash video shows how close they came

SpaceX had a successful launch this week to send supplies to the ISS inside its Dragon capsule. The more interesting bit about the launch was SpaceX's latest attempt to have the Falcon 9 rocket land on a floating platform at sea so that it could be refitted and reused. The last time SpaceX tried to have the Falcon 9 land at sea on the platform it created a fantastic explosion.

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Watch the SpaceX rocket landing (now in video form)

Watch the SpaceX rocket landing (now in video form)

Before we'd only had tiny glimpses of the near-landing bit of the Falcon 9 rocket. Now we've got a fully operational video from off the starboard bow. This video shows how the rocket flew in at great speed, nearly - so very, very nearly - landing on the "Just Read The Instructions" autonomous sea craft. But with a final blast, it fell to the wayside. Time to try, try again, of course, as Elon Musk suggests they'll be approaching an 80% success rate by the end of this year.

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SpaceX launch succeeds: even a crash is progress

SpaceX launch succeeds: even a crash is progress

As the latest Falcon 9 Dragon rocket took off yesterday, history was once again made by SpaceX. While some headlines suggest that the "landing" bit of this mission was a failure - we don't see it that way. The first part of the mission was to send supplies to the International Space Station - that part is in progress. The second part was to successfully land the Falcon 9 back on an autonomous barge in the Atlantic Ocean - it succeeded, but also failed. While the rocket is damaged enough now that it cannot be reused, SpaceX has again come far closer than any other organization at landing like this in history.

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LIVE Countdown to SpaceX CRS-6 launch and landing mission

LIVE Countdown to SpaceX CRS-6 launch and landing mission

For the third time in so many days, the SpaceX group will be attempting to launch mission CRS-6. This mission will be the first to recapture the section of the rocket normally lost once separated from the payload, thus creating an environment in which space travel - and the delivery of goods and astronauts to the International Space Station - has its costs lessened significantly. Today there is a 60-percent chance of a successful mission launch, while yesterday's launch was canceled by an anvil cloud.

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SpaceX landing scrubbed due to anvil cloud

SpaceX landing scrubbed due to anvil cloud

This afternoon SpaceX aborted its second attempt to land a rocket on a ship at sea. This would have been - and still might be - a historic landing, if completed successfully, as it would make the Falcon 9 the first such craft to deliver goods to the International Space Station and return intact and fully reusable. Similar such craft have been successful in heading to space, but once returned, they're pretty much done for. SpaceX intends to reduce the price of space travel significantly with this giant leap forward.

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SpaceX retries drone-ship rocket landing after first fiery failure

SpaceX retries drone-ship rocket landing after first fiery failure

As instructions for space flight go, "Just Read the Instructions" seems like basic advice, but that's the last thing SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will see as it coaxes down onto a floating landing pad today. Elon Musk's ambitious private space flight project is set to send another unmanned Dragon capsule to the International Space Station with a fresh batch of cargo, but the arguably more interesting flight is a whole lot shorter and will end much closer to home.

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Flickr introduces public domain option: SpaceX gets on board

Flickr introduces public domain option: SpaceX gets on board

Flickr, the Yahoo-owned photography storage and sharing website, has been slowly adding features it hopes will make it appeal to a larger audience of photographers, and latest among its efforts is the introduction of two new copyright designations: Public Domain and Creative Commons 0 (CC0). Both designations have been long-requested by Flickr users, and it has already kicked things off in a big way, announcing that SpaceX was one of the first accounts to switch over to a "Public Domain" designation -- making those gorgeous rocket shots available to anyone.

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Simulating SpaceX’s Mars Rocket Engine on a virtual grid

Simulating SpaceX’s Mars Rocket Engine on a virtual grid

In addition to running real tests with actual rocket fuel in the field on a daily basis, SpaceX is running simulations of launches on high-powered computers. SpaceX Director of Research Adam Lichtl and SpaceX Lead Software Engineer Stephen Jones spoke this week at GTC 2015 in a presentation called "Full Scale Simulation of SpaceX's Mars Rocket Engine." In this presentation we got the opportunity to look behind the scenes at a demonstration of the code and a running of a simulation of a SpaceX craft as it (prospectively) heads to Mars.

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