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MIT team wins first round of SpaceX Hyperloop design contest

MIT team wins first round of SpaceX Hyperloop design contest

A team of students from MIT has won the top spot in a design contest for the SpaceX Hyperloop high-speed transportation system. The contest was held at Texas A&M University and included over 100 other design teams from around the world. The MIT students are all graduate students and won the overall design award for the pod that will ride inside the Hyperloop.

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SpaceX tests parachutes that will land space crew back to Earth

SpaceX tests parachutes that will land space crew back to Earth

SpaceX may be ambitious, but it isn't delusional. While it's still trying to perfect rocket landing on sea as well as landing human-bearing spacecraft, it has contracts to fulfill, including those that happen to require landing human-bearing spacecraft. In order to do so, it needs to first make sure that the traditional parachute landing is also perfect. That's exactly what it did in Arizona with what was deemed a successful test of a Parachute Drop Test for what would be a Crew Dragon landing. And this time, not a single rocket was fired.

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SpaceX tests SuperDraco engines that will actually land crew back to Earth

SpaceX tests SuperDraco engines that will actually land crew back to Earth

SpaceX definitely doesn't lack ambition, or things to test. Barely a week after it nearly succeeded, but still failed, to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a sea platform, it is firing up rockets again, but this time for an even more experimental, and luckily less explosive, test. This time, it is the SuperDraco engines that are being put to the test, along with the software and other systems that would eventually allow a Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying humans inside, to have a nice, soft landing back to earth.

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Watch SpaceX’s three sea landings side by side

Watch SpaceX’s three sea landings side by side

While nothing will take away SpaceX's victory with the world's first orbital landing, it still has a long way to go before it gets the landing that it really, really wants: landing at sea, on a drone-driven platform. Sadly, thrice it attempted that and thrice it failed to win the laurel. Now you can watch all three attempts, not one after another but all together, in all their exploding glory, thanks to this side by side by side compilation, thanks to APTX 4869.

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SpaceX fails third sea landing, historic Falcon 9 test fired [Update: video added]

SpaceX fails third sea landing, historic Falcon 9 test fired [Update: video added]

So near yet so far. Not all third times are charms as SpaceX launched NASA's Jason-3 satellite into space. While the launch itself was successful, unlike SpaceX's explosive last NASA mission, it didn't completely end on a happy note as far as the aim to land at sea is concerned, due to a mishap in one of the first stage rocket's legs. Interestingly, CEO Elon Musk doesn't seem at all dismayed, even almost chirpy. Probably because this time, the rocket didn't explode into smithereens.

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Relive history with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 landing montage

Relive history with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 landing montage

There is no way around it. SpaceX will be memorialized in spaceflight history as having made the first orbital rocket landing. More than just the feat itself, it will hopefully open the doors to reusable rockets in the future. That second part of SpaceX's equation still has to be delivered, as the historic Falcon 9 has yet to make its first flight after its momentous landing. In the meantime, however, Elon Musk's company will not waste any time or marketing resource to let the world know about its achievement, like through this almost four-minute compilation of the dramatic moments in SpaceX history.

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SpaceX will attempt another sea landing this weekend

SpaceX will attempt another sea landing this weekend

If at first you don't succeed, maybe on the third try you will. That seemed to work for SpaceX when it successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket last month but on solid ground. Now it will be tempting fate once more and will be daring to land another Falcon 9 rocket at sea using one of its drone platforms. Perhaps it feels that lady luck, not to mention science, will be on its side this time around. If successful, SpaceX would take yet another momentous step forward in making space exploration, and space travel, more economical and ultimately more affordable.

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SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9 rocket ready to fire again

SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9 rocket ready to fire again

Elon Musk definitely knows how to end the year with anticipation for the next one. Right on New Year's Day, the illustrious CEO of SpaceX and Tesla posted on social media that the Falcon 9 rocket that made history by landing safe and sound on the ground after an orbital launch shows no sign of damage and is ready to fire again. That is, if it does fire again, since Musk also earlier hinted that the rocket might, instead, spend the remainder of its life in a museum.

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SpaceX publishes more pics and video of Falcon 9 rocket landing

SpaceX publishes more pics and video of Falcon 9 rocket landing

SpaceX finally had its fairly tale ending and successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket first stage back on the ground safely after launch. This marks the first successful landing and the first landing that was attempted on land rather than at sea. With the successful landing, SpaceX is closer to making space travel cheaper since the first stage of the rocket can now be refitted and reused for a future mission.

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SpaceX finally gets its fairy tale rocket landing ending

SpaceX finally gets its fairy tale rocket landing ending

Try and try until you succeed, goes the oft quoted aphorism. In Elon Musk and SpaceX's case, even if each attempt costs millions of dollars. After several disastrous attempts at landing, and even one disastrous take off, SpaceX has finally achieved the milestone that it has been working towards for years, possibly the very cornerstone of its existence. It has successfully, safely, and without incident, landed a Falcon 9 stage one rocket back to Earth. Almost ironically, it was more successful landing it on solid ground that it was in water-based attempts.

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SpaceX delays first ground-based rocket landing

SpaceX delays first ground-based rocket landing

Earlier this month, SpaceX revealed that it was planning for its latest Falcon 9 rocket launch to take place on December 19th. While Saturday came and went with no so launch, it turns out SpaceX just had to delay its plans. The private space agency is now going to launch its rocket on Monday night, at around 8:30 PM ET. This will be followed, of course, by another attempt to successfully land the re-usable rocket, but this time on solid ground, a first for SpaceX.

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SpaceX to launch next Falcon 9 rocket this month

SpaceX to launch next Falcon 9 rocket this month

It's been a few months now since Elon Musk's SpaceX has conducted one of its rocket launches, but that hiatus may finally be coming to an end. Musk revealed on Twitter today that they were planning to conduct another launch of their Falcon 9 rocket later this month, about three days after a static fire at Cape Canaveral on December 16th.

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