According to this Bloomberg Businessweek article, it looks like SpaceX just bought itself a spaceport. Their planned launch facility looks to cover nearly 50 acres of Texas land on the coast. The specific area might be near Boca Chica Beach. Why would SpaceX want a launch complex in this area? First of all, if they […]Read More Lone Star Rising
This is very cool (no matter what the naysayers say). SpaceX just released a video (shown below) from their latest Falcon 9 launch of ORBCOMM satellites. Except, they aren’t focusing on the rocket’s launch, but its landing. That’s right, as they’ve said they would do all along, SpaceX keeps testing their rockets’ abilities for landing. The video they […]Read More SpaceX Falcon 9 “Lands”
SpaceX isn’t the only launch company boasting about cheap launch prices. According to this GigaOm post, Firefly is a company that will be trying to compete with SpaceX. The rocket they’ll be using is a different design, not using traditional bell nozzles to guide the rocket’s power, but a system called an aerospike. And, just guessing here […]Read More Finding Launch Cost Serenity with FireFly
The Indians continue proving they are in the space business for real. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), their success with the Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV), and their continued success with their latest launch today of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center (formerly known as Sriharikota Launching Range), are all […]Read More PSLV: A SpaceX/ULA/Ariane Alternative?
It’s been a week of ups and downs this last week for SpaceX. Since Friday, SpaceX have been trying their darndest to get a Falcon 9 launched out of Florida, but still haven’t launched as of this writing. At the same time, one of their tests of the Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) in the paradise of McGregor, […]Read More SpaceX–Ya Win Some and Ya Lose Some