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SpaceX’s Grasshopper Reusable Launch Vehicle Could Make Getting To Space Cheaper

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Private space exploration company SpaceX is one step closer to building the world’s first reusable launch vehicle. The company has developed a series of rockets that they hope will one day help cut the cost for civilian space travel. SpaceX has released a video showcasing their Grasshopper Vertical Take Off and Landing Vehicle, check it out below.

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SpaceX Lands First Military Contract With The U.S. Air Force

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Elon Musk is probably the most famous person that most people have never heard of. The CEO of SpaceX — a private aerospace and space exploration company — has scored its first military contract with the U.S. Air Force. The U.S. Military wants a rocket, and they want it now!

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NASA Inks Partnership With SpaceX To Supply The International Space Station

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Space exploration will be soon privatized. This week, NASA announced the first private business to do a supply run to the International Space Station would launch on October 7th. The company, SpaceX, will co-fund the mission with NASA to re-supply the orbiting space station.

The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, signed a deal with NASA for the next 12 missions to the space station and is excited for this venture to haul cargo for NASA. Musk spoke to CBS This Morning about the partnership with NASA, his hopes for the future of space exploration, and SpaceX’s long-term goals for the Red Planet Mars:

The technology necessary to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars, ultimately with the goal of establishing a self-sustaining civilization on Mars. I know it’s within the realm of possible… You need to live in a dome initially but over time you could terraform Mars to look like Earth and eventually walk around outside without anything on. …So it’s a fixer-upper of a planet. In order for us to have a future that’s exciting and inspiring, it has to be one where we’re a space-bearing civilization.

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NASA’s Space Launch System: One Year Later

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One year ago today, hot on the heels of retiring the space shuttle program, NASA announced its next step in spaceflight that would supposedly take us beyond low earth orbit, the Space Launch System. While the public’s reaction to the announcement of the SLS has been tepid due to its uninspiring design and extremely un-ambitious timetable, that hasn’t stopped NASA from reminding us every few months that it still exists. In their latest effort to get us excited about a rocket that won’t be fully completed until 2032, they’ve released a new video showcasing everything they’ve accomplished in the year since the SLS was announced.

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SpaceX May Build A Commercial Spaceport In Texas

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Let it never be said that PayPal co-founder Elon Musk dreams small. These days Musk is the CEO of SpaceX, a company focused on commercializing space travel. SpaceX made headlines recently for their plans to send one of their rockets on an unmanned test flight to the International Space Station. Now the company has yet again demonstrated its long-term commitment to pushing forward the boundaries of space travel with plans to build a commercial spaceport near the coast of Texas.

Ars Technica reports that SpaceX has filed a notice of intent with the Federal Aviation Administration, announcing their plans to conduct an “Environmental Impact Study” to examine the feasibility of such a project. This is obviously a long way from actually breaking ground on the project, but it’s a necessary first step. Assuming they get approval and all goes as planned, the new spaceport could be constructed in Cameron County, Texas, near the Gulf of Mexico. The location on the water would allow them to launch their vehicles eastward, out over the ocean where it’s less likely to rain hellfire down on a suburban housing development if anything ever goes wrong.

According to the filing, SpaceX plans to conduct as many as 12 commercial launches per year from the port. Aside from the exciting prospect of inching us closer to the distant dream of affordable commercial spaceflight, the spaceport could bring many jobs to the surrounding areas, which is something even the most corrupt politician would likely want as bragging rights. And hey, if a commercial entity starts doing amazing things in space, maybe it will shame the government out of cutting NASA’s funding to ribbons.