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SpaceX confirms Falcon Heavy rocket launch for February 6

SpaceX confirms Falcon Heavy rocket launch for February 6

It's been just a few days since SpaceX successfully completed a test fire of its new Falcon Heavy rocket, and now CEO Elon Musk has revealed that the official launch will take place in early February. The Falcon Heavy project has been in the works for a number of years now and seen more than few delays. The rocket is essentially made up of three Falcon 9 boosters connected together, and will allow SpaceX to launch much larger payloads than it has before, and to much farther destinations.

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Rocket Labs successfully launches second Electron small-satellite booster

Rocket Labs successfully launches second Electron small-satellite booster

While space companies like SpaceX are looking towards ever larger rockets to push more and more payload into space, others are looking to smaller rockets used for small payloads and less expensive orbital insertions. One of the firms looking at smaller rockets is Rocket Lab with its Electron rocket.

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Here’s Elon Musk’s Tesla that SpaceX will launch into Mars orbit

Here’s Elon Musk’s Tesla that SpaceX will launch into Mars orbit

Earlier this month, Elon Musk teased that the upcoming first launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket would feature a test payload that includes his own Tesla. Now he's back with the proof, sharing several photos on Instagram of the car being prepped and loaded into the payload container that will sit atop the rocket. Musk, the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, has previously said they wanted to come up with something really silly for the first Falcon Heavy launch, and it appears they've met the challenge.

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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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