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Elon Musk wants a Seattle engineering office to further Mars push

Elon Musk wants a Seattle engineering office to further Mars push

Elon Musk has had a lot to say in recent times, and among the discussion of cars and business have been tidbits about his Mars aspirations. It is no secret that Musk is looking to expand humans' presence in the universe, and he has spoken extensively about reasons why it is important (not to mention concern about artificial intelligence becoming troublesome in the very near future). In a recent interview, Musk revealed plans for a satellite engineering office in Seattle.

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SpaceX fails in ambitious rocket re-use test

SpaceX fails in ambitious rocket re-use test

SpaceX's attempt to land a reusable rocket on a floating recovery platform ended in failure this week, with outspoken founder Elon Musk admitting it was "close, but no cigar" for the technology. The ambitious mission was to see the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket maneuver its way back down after propelling Dragon 9 the initial step of the way to the International Space Station, dropping down to a pad in the Atlantic ocean. If successful, it would have been one of the most impressive acts of recycling around, with the first stage a whopping fourteen-stories tall.

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SpaceX to attempt Falcon 9 precision first stage landing at sea

SpaceX to attempt Falcon 9 precision first stage landing at sea

SpaceX has announced that during its next flight of the Falcon 9 rocket, it will attempt a precision landing of the first stage of the rocket on a special platform floating at sea. SpaceX calls that platform the autonomous spaceport drone ship. Previously SpaceX has used soft water landings to allow it to recover the first stage of the rocket.

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Elon Musk teases SpaceX’s “X-Wing” grid fins

Elon Musk teases SpaceX’s “X-Wing” grid fins

No, this doesn't mean that SpaceX's next spacecraft will be a starfighter from Star Wars. After all, these hypersonic grid fins make the Falcon 9-R look nothing like the almost iconic rebel ship. They do, however, still play a pivotal role, no pun intended. These fins are designed to help control and steer the rocket during its return trip from space. This will hopefully ensure that the craft will be able to land safely even on hard ground and survive to fly another day.

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Elon Musk confirms army of micro-satellites in the works

Elon Musk confirms army of micro-satellites in the works

One can say a lot of things about Elon Musk, but no one can deny that the man has vision and imagination. Confirming in public, at least to the Internet, a rumor that has been floating around since Saturday, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO revealed that his space-faring company is indeed working on small-sized satellites. Unlike the more ambitious goal of propelling humans into space, this endeavor has a more philanthropic bent, aiming to bring Internet to more people. Kind of like Google's Project Loon, but with satellites.

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Elon Musk working to bring the world affordable internet via satellites

Elon Musk working to bring the world affordable internet via satellites

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, is said to be working with a former satellite executive from Google in a venture that aims to provide affordable internet to the globe. This comes from sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, who added that while nothing has been finalized, the current talks are around the construction of a satellite factory needed to produce some 700 units needed for the project.

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SpaceX speaks on Texas rocket launch site groundbreaking

SpaceX speaks on Texas rocket launch site groundbreaking

This week the world’s first commercial launch complex designed specifically for orbital missions has been the subject of a groundbreaking in Texas. Elon Musk of SpaceX and Governor Rick Perry have spoken up on the subject, noting that construction on the project will likely begin by mid-2015.

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SpaceX Falcon 9R rocket explodes during test

SpaceX Falcon 9R rocket explodes during test

Friday is the happiest day of the week, but not for SpaceX. The space company's Falcon 9R rocket exploded in the air earlier today over McGregor, Texas, an apparent self-destruction after the system detected something faulty going on.

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SpaceX launch facility goes green, will have solar panel field

SpaceX launch facility goes green, will have solar panel field

With SpaceX getting its own launch center for Elon Musk to continue his march to Mars, it seems his mind is still on the planet we occupy. Roughly 6.5 acres of the site will house solar panels, according to a local paper. Even more interesting is that Musk is in control of the solar company, too.

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Elon Musk AI warning bolsters Iron Man image

Elon Musk AI warning bolsters Iron Man image

If you didn’t think Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk was living the Tony Stark life before, today’s chatter should have you wondering if he’s pumped up about Avengers: Age of Ultron. This film is about artificial intelligence getting out of hand - exactly the subject of Musk’s most recent public set of comments. Even as he speaks, Musk continues to invest in AI companies, aiming to keep a watchful eye on the lot.

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk wants to visit ‘fixer upper planet’ Mars

SpaceX’s Elon Musk wants to visit ‘fixer upper planet’ Mars

Now that NASA has shuttered their own shuttle program, and Russia is being Russia again, how are we going to get to space? One popular option is SpaceX, which is currently testing re-usable rockets. Currently unmanned, SpaceX’s trips to the International Space Station could see passengers soon.

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SpaceX vs. Air Force: ULA prices weren’t checked for fairness, says complaint

SpaceX vs. Air Force: ULA prices weren’t checked for fairness, says complaint

SpaceX targeted the US Air Force earlier this year, accusing it of blocking competition and costing tax payers unnecessary fees when it awarded the United Launch Alliance joint venture various contracts. That issue has persisted, with the latest being an amended complaint.

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