SpaceX has released a video of its historic Falcon 9 rocket landing from last week. For the first time, the company reused and recovered a rocket, paving the way for lower launch costs in the future. The mission was also the sixth successful Falcon 9 landing overall.
When the Falcon Heavy rocket launches for the first time this summer, SpaceX may try to recover its upper stage. CEO Elon Musk confirmed the rocket would launch this summer and that the company will attempt to recover the upper stage during the demo.
SpaceX's first mission with a reused Falcon 9 went perfectly. The core mission was successful and the rocket was recovered once again. CEO Elon Musk called this an "incredible day" and said it's part of a "huge revolution in spaceflight." Reusing rockets can reduce costs.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has launched a new company, Neuralink Corp. It's going to develop "neural lace" technology that'll enable humans to merge their minds with computers and more specifically, AI. Musk has been interested in the technology for years.
President Trump has signed a NASA funding bill that was recently passed by Congress. This bill both authorizes funding for the space agency and directs it to create a plan that'll enable it to send a "crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s." NASA will get $19.5 billion.
SpaceX is working with US space agency NASA to find landing spots on Mars that it could utilize during its own private missions. Speaking at a conference in Texas, SpaceX's Paul Wooster revealed the company is working with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Blue Origin, a spaceflight company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, plans to start sending humans to space next year. That timeline was mentioned by Erika Wagner, Blue Origin's business development manager, at the recent New Space Age Conference at MIT.
Google's Project Sunroof, which examines the viability of solar installations on homes in the US, has found 4 out of 5 homes have solar power potential. The project began two years ago and has surveyed 60 million buildings across 50 states, meaning most areas are covered.
SpaceX has won a launch contract with the Air Force for a second time. It beat United Launch Alliance this time, obtaining a $96.5 million contract that covers the launch of a GPS III satellite. This is the second Air Force contract SpaceX has won since 2015.
Congress has passed a bill, the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, that appropriates $19.5 billion to the agency. Along with giving NASA money, the document requests the agency put together a plan to get humans "near or on the surface of Mars in the 2030s."
Solar power around the globe received a 50% boost during 2016, with a big part of the rise coming from the US and China, according to SolarPower Europe. There is now a global capacity of 305GW, up from just 50GW in 2010. There was a 76GW rise last year.
Google is using artificial intelligence to improve breast cancer identification. The company employed deep learning systems to look at thousands of slides of cancer cells from Radboud University. This system is meant to complement the work of humans.
Virgin Group's Galactic company has a new spinoff that's dedicated to satellite launches. The spinoff, known as Virgin Orbit, includes the LauncherOne program. LauncherOne utilizes a 747 airplane to launch small satellites. Virgin has three space companies.
Two people will be sent around the Moon aboard the Dragon 2 spacecraft next year, says SpaceX. The space company has announced a moon journey that'll take about one week to complete. SpaceX will utilize its Falcon Heavy rocket, which is lifting off for the first time this summer.
Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, US space agency NASA has discovered seven new exoplanets 40 light years from Earth. Three of the planets are considered potentially habitable given they fall in the solar system's "Goldilocks zone." This is the first discovery of its kind.
NASA has teased an announcement that could pertain to the discovery of new planets beyond our solar system. The space agency is going to hold a press conference on Wednesday that concerns "planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets."
SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A was successful and SpaceX also landed its first-stage rocket at Cape Canaveral. The launch sent a Dragon spacecraft carrying 5,500 pounds of supplies to astronauts at the ISS.
It's unlikely SpaceX or Boeing will transport astronauts to the ISS for a couple more years, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Due to the potential for even greater delays beyond 2019, alternative plans must be established.
104 satellites were launched by a single Indian rocket Tuesday night, setting a new record. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) used its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to send all of the satellites to space. The previous record was 37 and was set by Russia.
NASA has revealed three possible landing locations for its Mars 2020 rover. That rover will head to the planet to collect samples that are intended to return to Earth. NASA has therefore picked areas that offer multiple kinds of rocks and soils to test.