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Blue Origin Crew Capsule 2.0 launched for the first time, lands safely

Blue Origin Crew Capsule 2.0 launched for the first time, lands safely

While Elon Musk’s SpaceX has its sights on the grand colonization of Mars, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin’s ambitions are a bit more down to Earth, almost literally. While both have reusable rockets in their crosshair, Blue Origin has space tourism as its intermediate goal. And it has just taken one step closer to that dream. Not only did it launch the New Shephard for the seventh time, and successfully landed it, Blue Origin also launched, and landed, its Crew Capsule 2.0, touted to have the largest windows in space.

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Surprise: Steam rocket man’s flat-Earth flight grounded

Surprise: Steam rocket man’s flat-Earth flight grounded

Remember last week when we told you about "Mad" Mike Hughes, a self-proclaimed flat-Earther who decided to build a steam-powered rocket and use it to launch himself 1,800 feet up? That launch -
which was also going to serve as the rocket's first test - was scheduled for this past Saturday, November 25. As people who have been following this news closely since last week can tell you, the launch never actually happened.

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Man Plans to launch himself in a steam-powered rocket

Man Plans to launch himself in a steam-powered rocket

A 61-year-old man called "Mad" Mike Hughes has spent about $20,000 on the construction of a rocket that is powered by steam. The man plans to fly the rocket over a ghost town in California called Amboy. If you are worried for Hughes, you aren’t alone.

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Blue Origin may start taking tourists to space in early 2019

Blue Origin may start taking tourists to space in early 2019

If you dream of space, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is about to make you very happy. The company plans to kick off its space tourism business in April 2019, giving non-astronauts the chance to take a trip into space via a Blue Origin rocket. This isn't the first time the company has discussed plans to offer tourists a seat to space, but it does provide the most recent time frame on the plans.

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Elon Musk just made a SpaceX FAIL video

Elon Musk just made a SpaceX FAIL video

The many crashes of SpaceX were just captured in a single video edited by none other than Elon Musk. Musk is the founder and CEO of the company, and the video contains the many failed attempts at landing their Orbital Rocket Booster before pulling out a win. This is quite likely the most expensive FAIL compilation ever made for YouTube.

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SpaceX successfully tests Falcon Heavy rocket’s first stage cores

SpaceX successfully tests Falcon Heavy rocket’s first stage cores

SpaceX first announced its Falcon Heavy — a much larger rocket than its standard Falcon 9s — back in 2011, and after several years of delays the private space company has scheduled its first launch for November. With that day quickly approaching, CEO Elon Musk and co. have revealed that things are on track with the news that they've successfully completed testing on Falcon Heavy's three first stage cores.

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SpaceX nails launch & landing of a used rocket for second time

SpaceX nails launch & landing of a used rocket for second time

SpaceX's record of success continues to grow as the space company successfully launched and landed a used Falcon 9 rocket for the second time on Friday. As the second instance of reusing one of its rockets, this marks 12 completed landings out of 17 attempts for SpaceX, and the 7th successful recovery at sea, where the rocket's first stage touches down upright on a floating drone platform.

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SpaceX lands 11th rocket following first launch of reused Dragon capsule

SpaceX lands 11th rocket following first launch of reused Dragon capsule

SpaceX has now achieved its fifth successful ground-based landing for its Falcon 9 rockets, but what makes this weekend's launch really special was that it was also the first time the rocket company reused one of its Dragon cargo capsules. The Saturday launch saw SpaceX tasked with delivering cargo and supplies to the International Space Station, but this time around it was with the refurbished capsule that had been used back in September 2014.

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This functional, fiery MIT rocket was 3D printed with plastic

This functional, fiery MIT rocket was 3D printed with plastic

The words "plastic" and "fire-blasting rocket" don't typically go together, but that didn't stop MIT from pulling off the seemingly impossible. The MIT Rocket Team recently demonstrated the successful use of a rocket motor that was 3D printed from plastic, the first time this has ever been accomplished. The successful test was performed at about noon on April 21, and was the culmination of two weeks of parts' design and printing.

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SpaceX’s first military satellite launch delayed one day

SpaceX’s first military satellite launch delayed one day

Sunday morning was the scheduled time for SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 launch, where it would carry out its first mission for the US military, but the rocket company was forced call a one-day delay at the last moment. The launch was due to take place at Cape Canaveral at 7:00 AM ET on April 30th, but a sensor issue with the rocket prompted a cancellation less than 60 seconds to lift-off.

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SpaceX’s reused Falcon 9 rocket launch was a success

SpaceX’s reused Falcon 9 rocket launch was a success

As we reported yesterday, SpaceX had a planned launch today that would involve sending off a recycled rocket, something that would be a game-changer for the company if successful. The launch indeed went on as planned, and it was a massive success all around. Not only did the reused first stage part of the rocket work exactly as intended, it safely landed back on Earth for future use.

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Blue Origin spills more beans about New Glenn heavy booster

Blue Origin spills more beans about New Glenn heavy booster

Blue Origin, funded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, may have stolen SpaceX’s thunder when it landed the first rocket back to Earth, but Elon Musk’s company still has it beat in one aspect. SpaceX was able to land orbital rockets while Blue Origin still mainly has sub-orbital ones. That, however, is going to change in a little over two years. Blue Origin has revealed that it plans to have its 82-meter tall New Glenn heavy-lift booster before the end of 2019.

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