SpaceX plans to send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa around the Moon in 2023

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has been named as the first tourist who will fly around the Moon using SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), according to CEO Elon Musk. If all goes as planned the founder of a Japan’s largest online clothing retailer Zozotown hopes to reach the Moon in 2023. To keep himself company during […]

SpaceX says its BFR will fly someone around the Moon. We have questions.

Enlarge / Concept illustration of the Big Falcon Spaceship flying around the Moon. (credit: SpaceX) On Thursday evening, without any advance notice, SpaceX tweeted that is had signed the world’s “first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle.” Moreover, the company promised to reveal “who’s flying and why” on Monday, September […]

SpaceX launches heavy telecom satellite, sticks high-seas landing

Enlarge / SpaceX launched a similar satellite, Telstar 19 Vantage, in July of this year. (credit: SpaceX) 12:55am ET Monday Update: A little more than an hour after its launch window opened—the delay was due to remnant thunderstorms in the area—SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched from Florida early on Monday morning. The rocket’s first stage […]

The Morning After: SpaceX Dragon tour and 5G phones

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Morning there! Welcome to the Morning After. Today, we’ll take you on a tour of SpaceX, it’s the beginning of the end for Telltale’s Walking Dead and there’s a new actor playing Spock. It’ll be the return of crewed space flight from the United States.SpaceX readies its spacecraft and […]

Here’s what SpaceX must do to win the commercial crew race

SpaceX On Friday, when NASA announced the nine astronauts who would fly aboard the first commercial crew missions, Kathy Lueders sat among the audience clapping. Certainly for the manager of the space agency’s commercial crew program, this was a happy day. But much hard work remains before the flights actually take place, and Lueders knows […]

Live tonight: SpaceX set to re-fly a Block 5 rocket for the first time

Enlarge / A Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 rocket launches in July. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann) On May 11, SpaceX launched the new, optimized-for-reuse Block 5 variant of its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time. Just before the flight, Ars asked company founder Elon Musk how long it would be before we saw […]

SpaceX organizes inaugural conference to plan landings on Mars

Enlarge / Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress on September 29, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. Behind him is a rendering of the Big Falcon Spaceship that could transport people to Mars. (credit: Mark Brake/Getty Images) No one can deny that SpaceX founder Elon Musk has thought a lot about how to transport humans […]

SpaceX Dragon capsule makes safe return from the ISS

Around a month ago, SpaceX launched one of its Dragon cargo capsules into space, loading it up with supplies destined for the International Space Station. Now, it has made it safely back to Earth, splashing into the Pacific Ocean just after 6PM Eastern. SpaceX tweeted the capsule’s progress throughout the day, noting its successful departure […]

SpaceX has a successful second launch of its Block 5 rocket

Enlarge / The Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 rocket, on the launchpad, with its Telstar 19V payload. (credit: SpaceX) Update: At the top of its launch window, the Falcon 9 rocket took off early Sunday at 1:50am ET (05:50 UTC) and lofted its large satellite payload into geostationary transfer orbit. Meanwhile, the first […]