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1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan.


Inside SpaceX, the Willy Wonka-like rocket factory that eventually could send astronauts to space

Elon Musk’s SpaceX hosted an open house here Monday, offering a rare peek inside the Willy Wonka-like rocket factory that also serves as a museum of sorts to SpaceX’s 16-year …


NASA announces astronauts for SpaceX, Boeing launches from U.S.

After a seven-year hiatus, American astronauts will once again go to space from the U.S.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

Astronauts picked for SpaceX, Boeing capsule test flights

NASA on Friday assigned the astronauts who will ride the first commercial capsules into orbit next year and bring crew launches back to the U.S.


Graduation is a little bit like life on Mars

Mueller, who was the commencement guest speaker Saturday at the UI’s graduation ceremonies in the Kibbie Dome, is the co-founder of SpaceX and a 1985 graduate from UI with a …


SpaceX’s upgraded rocket soars with satellite for Bangladesh

SpaceX lifted Bangladesh’s first satellite into orbit Friday using an upgraded rocket designed for dozens of repeat flights including back-to-back, same-day launches.


UPDATED: Sun., May 6, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Musk’s SpaceX is using a powerful rocket technology; NASA advisers say it could put lives at risk.

When Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX were looking to make their Falcon 9 rocket even more powerful, they came up with a creative idea – keep the propellant …


SpaceX launches 10 Iridium satellites from California

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched 10 next-generation satellites Friday for Iridium Communications from California.


SpaceX launches Spanish satellite, 2 others from California

An Earth-observation satellite built for Spain and two experimental satellites for internet service were successfully launched into orbit from California at dawn Thursday, creating a brief light show as it …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 3:59 p.m.

SpaceX’s big new rocket blasts off with sports car on top

SpaceX’s big new rocket blasted off Tuesday on its first test flight, carrying a red sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 1:48 p.m.

SpaceX ‘Starman’ at wheel of sports car flying on new rocket

A SpaceX “Starman” is aboard the company’s new rocket that’s set to make its launch debut from Florida.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

SpaceX’s hot new monster rocket ready for first test flight

SpaceX’s hot new monster rocket is set to make its first test flight this week.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 5:31 p.m.

SpaceX says rocket performance OK in secret satellite launch

SpaceX defended its rocket performance during the weekend launch of a secret U.S. satellite, responding Tuesday to media reports that the satellite codenamed Zuma was lost.


SpaceX launches secret satellite Zuma on 1st flight of year

SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 23, 2017, 8:33 p.m.

Rocket lights sky as it carries satellites from California

A reused SpaceX rocket carried 10 satellites into orbit from California on Friday, leaving behind a trail of mystery and wonder as it soared into space.


SpaceX unveils new Falcon Heavy rocket before January launch

SpaceX unveiled its new Falcon Heavy rocket on Wednesday, a month before its first launch.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

SpaceX 1st: Recycled rocket soars with recycled capsule

SpaceX racked up another first Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 9:14 p.m.

SpaceX launching recycled rocket, supply capsule for NASA

Space Age hand-me-downs are soaring to a whole new level.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 1:22 p.m.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX suffers a rocket-engine failure during testing

SpaceX is investigating why one of its rocket engines exploded during a test fire earlier this week at the company’s facility in Texas, the company confirmed Wednesday.


Elon Musk says his next spaceship could take you the moon and Mars – and New York to London in 29 minutes

In addition to helping create a city on the Red Planet, Elon Musk said, the next rocket he intends to build would also be capable of helping create a base …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 8:55 p.m.

In space capsules, little room but big improvement

Boeing Co. and SpaceX are relying on the tried-and-true design as the two companies each develop spacecraft under NASA contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.


SpaceX launches Air Force’s super-secret minishuttle

SpaceX launched the Air Force’s super-secret space shuttle on Thursday, a technology tester capable of spending years in orbit.


SpaceX launches communication satellite on third try

SpaceX has launched a communication satellite on the third try.


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

New Zealand space launch has nation reaching for the stars

New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often than the United States.


SpaceX launches top-secret spy satellite for US government

SpaceX launched a top-secret spy satellite for the U.S. government Monday morning and then successfully landed the booster for recycling.


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

SpaceX launches its first recycled rocket in historic leap

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX successfully launched its first recycled rocket Thursday, the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights. The Falcon 9 …


SpaceX capsule returns space station science to Earth

A SpaceX capsule is back on Earth with a full load of space station science samples.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:07 p.m.

SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo heyday close to half a century …


SpaceX makes good on space station delivery a little late

SpaceX made good on a 250-mile-high delivery at the International Space Station on Thursday, after fixing a navigation problem that held up the shipment a day. Everything went smoothly the …