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Why did the Falcon 9 blow up? Elon Musk wants your help to find out

Why did the Falcon 9 blow up? Elon Musk wants your help to find out But they were tanking up the Falcon 9 first stage with LOX oxidizer and RP-1 kerosene when something went wrong.“Still working on the Falcon fireball investigation,” said Musk.

SpaceX blames recent rocket explosion on helium tank breach

SpaceX blames recent rocket explosion on helium tank breach Several weeks ago, SpaceX suffered another blow to its efforts to make private spaceflight a viable business when a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launchpad during a pre-flight test.The explosion resulted in the loss of the rocket and the payload, a satellite that was to be used for Facebook’s internet.

Elon Musk lays out SpaceX’s incredible plan for colonizing Mars

Elon Musk lays out SpaceX’s incredible plan for colonizing Mars Before he got into talking about the Interplanetary Transport System, Musk explained why Mars would be the ideal target for human colonization efforts instead of the moon, for instance.By increasing the temperature of Mars, Musk says the atmosphere could be thickened and enriched with oxygen.

Blue Origin successfully tests launch escape system in flight

Blue Origin successfully tests launch escape system in flight Private space firm Blue Origin doesn’t get as much attention as SpaceX, with all its missions to the International Space Station and plans for Mars colonization.Still, Blue Origin is doing some fascinating things.

SpaceX says recent rocket explosion the result of helium loading issue

SpaceX says recent rocket explosion the result of helium loading issue It has been almost two months since a SpaceX rocket exploded during launch preparation, taking a Facebook internet satellite along with it.The company has been hard at work to track down the cause of the failure, and SpaceX now says the explosion was caused by a helium loading issue.

SpaceX announces cause of launchpad failure, plans for January 8 return to flight

SpaceX announces cause of launchpad failure, plans for January 8 return to flight The failure destroyed a Facebook internet satellite and called into question the design of SpaceX’s fuel tanks.This was the second tank failure leading to the loss of a Falcon 9, though this situation has proved to be much more complex.

SpaceX's breathtaking bullseye rocket landing in gifs

SpaceX's breathtaking bullseye rocket landing in gifs Elon Musk's SpaceX just proved that they're still one of the best in the rocket launching game.On Saturday, after a more than four month hiatus, SpaceX successfully launched its first Falcon 9 rocket since an explosion in September forced them to ground all flights.

SpaceX returns to flight in style, launching satellites and landing another rocket

SpaceX returns to flight in style, launching satellites and landing another rocket Elon Musk's private space company just successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket to space following an explosion in Sept.The company returned to flight in style, too, by landing its seventh rocket stage back on Earth after delivering a payload to space.

SpaceX's Saturday rocket launch is a big freaking deal

SpaceX's Saturday rocket launch is a big freaking deal The Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company is planning to launch a clutch of communications satellites to orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday.This is the company's first launch since a Falcon 9 blew up on its pad during what should have been a routine test five months ago.

Lucky rocket just left Trump's America behind

Lucky rocket just left Trump's America behind The day Donald Trump was sworn in as president, this rocket was busy ditching Earth.The rocket's payload — the Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 3 satellite — is designed to help detect missile launches worldwide.

This space agency is planning to launch 104 satellites in one go

This space agency is planning to launch 104 satellites in one go The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will attempt to launch 104 satellites on a single rocket in February.If things go as planned, ISRO would be able to surpass, by a long margin, the record set by Russia, which sent 37 satellites in one go in 2014.

Problems with SpaceX Falcon 9 design could delay manned missions

Problems with SpaceX Falcon 9 design could delay manned missions Now, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says there may be an issue with the Falcon 9 rocket that delays the expected launch of the first manned mission in 2018.The report from the GAO (just a preliminary release for now) cites issues with the turboblades used in Falcon 9 rockets.

This space agency just set an out-of-this-world record

This space agency just set an out-of-this-world record A rocket loaded down with a record number of satellites just launched on its way to orbit.The Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off on Tuesday at 10:58 p.

NASA may put astronauts on the first flight of its new mega-rocket

NASA may put astronauts on the first flight of its new mega-rocket NASA astronauts may fly to space atop the agency's brand new mega-rocket a lot sooner than expected.This rocket system, which would be the agency's most powerful yet, is currently under development.

India sets world record with 104 satellites in a single rocket launch

India sets world record with 104 satellites in a single rocket launch It successfully launched 104 satellites into space with a single rocket.The launch was carried out with a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), an expendable launch system developed by India specifically to get multiple satellites into orbit in a single rocket.

SpaceX's historic rocket launch Saturday could end in another dramatic landing

SpaceX's historic rocket launch Saturday could end in another dramatic landing On Saturday, SpaceX is expected to make history by launching its first Falcon 9 rocket from historic launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9 will launch an uncrewed Dragon cargo ship loaded down with astronaut supplies and experiments on its way to the International Space Station at 10:01 a.

SpaceX aborts rocket launch seconds before liftoff, but may still fly Sunday

SpaceX aborts rocket launch seconds before liftoff, but may still fly Sunday Elon Musk's spaceflight company SpaceX just aborted its launch in perhaps the most dramatic way possible.Because the launch window was instantaneous, any hold that would have resulted from investigating the problem during the countdown would effectively abort the launch for the day.