Tag Archive: Elon Musk

Dec 24 2015

My return stage is bigger than yours

Regarding the pissing match between Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin) and Elon Musk (SpaceX), I think they’re both being ridiculous. Both the New Shepherd’s landing and the Falcon 9 first stage landing were impressive, and both advance their respective company’s business case, and neither business case is in direct competition with each other. New Shepherd is …

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Nov 25 2015

I agree with this take

Bezos’ Rocket Landing a Big Step for Suborbital Spaceflight but Not Same as Falcon-9 Plans. First, some sour grapes from Elon Musk: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk also took to Twitter to congratulate Bezos and Blue Origin for their accomplishment. While many were under the impression that Blue Origin was the first reusable rocket, Musk was …

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Jul 23 2015

SpaceX: No launches until September at the earliest

Failed Strut Doomed CRS-7 Mission; No Falcon 9 Launches Before September, Says Elon Musk. The strut in question was rated for 10,000 pounds of force, but failed at only 2,000 pounds of force. SpaceX won’t rely on those struts for future missions. In some good news, Elon Musk says that the CRS-7 failure should have …

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Jul 21 2015

Elon Musk reveals the cause of CRS-7’s failure

Elon Musk: Failed Strut Caused SpaceX’s ISS Rocket Disaster. Elon Musk, SpaceX’s CEO and lead designer, said a strut used to secure a helium bottle probably broke free and doomed the Falcon 9 and its space station cargo in last month’s rocket disaster. The helium then leaked into the oxygen tank (it sits inside that …

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Mar 11 2015

Elon Musk and Tony Bruno to testify to Congress next week

HASC to Focus on Assuring Assured Access to Space. Actually it’s only a very strong rumor that they’ll both be there. Last year, Musk used the opportunity to point out America’s reliance on Russian rocket motors, poking ULA in the eye. Expect similar fireworks this time around if Musk and Bruno are in the same …

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Feb 12 2015

Interesting take on SpaceX’s dive into satellite manufacturing

Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and the Gigafactory Approach to Space. Basically, the author makes a strong case that with the building of 4,026 satellites (plus an additional 650 OneView satellites by Virgin Galactic), the satellite component market will be flipped on its head, driving component cost down, driving innovation, introducing more competitors, etc. As one …

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Feb 08 2015

Live-blogging of SpaceX’s DSCOVR launch and first stage booster recovery

All time Pacific local time. OK, I’m shutting down. Tune in tomorrow — I’ll be here live-blogging the launch through booster recovery. If the launch is rescheduled for tomorrow, the launch time would be 3:07pm California time. Ah…per Mr. Musk: Air Force tracking radar went down. Launch postponed to same time tomorrow. — Elon Musk …

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Feb 04 2015

The story behind SpaceX’s ASDS names

Inspired by Science Fiction author Iain M. Banks. The first Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship is named “Just Read the Instructions”. The second one under construction has been christened “Of Course I Still Love You”. I figured that these were SpaceX inside jokes or something, but instead: “‘Just Read the Instructions’ and ‘Of Course I Still …

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Jan 23 2015

Elon Musk is an information machine

He put out tons of new info at an invite-only soiree in Seattle such as SpaceX plans to build 4000(!) comms satellites out of their new Seattle plant. He won’t even consider making SpaceX public until after a Mars colony is established and they’re making regular trips there. The satellite constellation has not been named …

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Jan 10 2015

Elon Musk comments on the booster landing

@alankerlin Hydraulics are usually closed, but that adds mass vs short acting open systems. F9 fins only work for 4 mins. We were ~10% off. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 10, 2015 Upcoming flight already has 50% more hydraulic fluid, so should have plenty of margin for landing attempt next month. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) …

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Jan 10 2015

3rd time the charm? Liveblogging the SpaceX CRS-5 launch

Well, it looks like the CRS-5 launch was a success, but the booster recovery failed. I guess that means I’ll be live-blogging SpaceX’s CRS-6! Nap time for me until we go yard saling in about 4 1/2 hours. Thanks for hanging in there with me! 0221: NASA TV concludes its broadcast. 0216: Elon Musk tweets: …

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Jan 07 2015

Elon Musk “Ask Me Anything” Reddit interview

Entire interview on Reddit. This was probably the best, most informative AMA I’ve ever seen. Summary: When the Falcon 9 booster returns to the Autonomous Spaceport Drone ship, it is secured mostly by gravity (the booster has a low center of gravity), but they’ll also weld steel shoes over the booster landing feet to ensure …

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Dec 09 2014

SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9 first stage on floating platform on 16 Dec

Somewhere down range in the Atlantic. Musk estimated a 50 percent chance of success for the platform landing on the first attempt, but said the odds would improve on subsequent missions. “There are a lot of launches that will occur over the next year,” Musk said at the conference, which was called “AeroAstro at 100” …

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Nov 24 2014

That’s no X-wing

Elon Musk announces hypersonic grid fins to stabilize Falcon-9 during re-entry. each fin can be operated individually. The fins will collapse for liftoff, as to avoid creating drag. They’re called ‘x-wing config’ for the shape they make jetting out in four separate directions. Consider myself underwhelmed. If you’re going to invoke “X-wing”, it better be …

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Nov 10 2014

Elon Musk may invest in small satellite manufacturer WorldVu Satellites

This makes perfect sense to me. If one provides world-wide connectivity, one could potentially corner the market on commercial satellite communications. The WorldVu constellation would have 360 satellites in LEO: It’s not a done deal yet, but reportedly Musk is considering making the leap. I know I would if I were him. Here’s the Wiki …

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Oct 29 2014

News from SpaceX

SpaceX is building a ocean-landing pad to recover rockets. Interesting…I suspect that’s the short term plan until they’re confident that they can land a rocket safely. Also in the article: They expect that reusable rockets will reduce launch costs by 10x, down to below $500/pound Elon Musk estimates that launch costs to Mars will need …

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Oct 25 2014

Fantastic article on what makes SpaceX tick

Goes into the history and the culture of SpaceX. Read it for yourself. I’d like to respond to this: But some observers fear SpaceX is becoming less nimble, losing the advantages it had over the big military-industrial contractors. Musk can no longer interview every employee now that the staff numbers in the thousands. Yes, standards …

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Oct 03 2014

Dammit dammit dammit dammit dammit

NASA orders Stop Work on CCtCAP contract due to SNC protest. This is what I was afraid of. Now things can get really messy. {editor’s note: Before you click on the link, the author has a real hard-on for Sierra Nevada and clearly is biased in their direction, so be warned.} Here’s the primary reason …

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Oct 01 2014

More on Blue Origin and ULA’s teaming for replacing the RD-180

Lots and lots of good info in this article. Highlights/quotes I found interesting: The companies issued statements to try to dispel the perceived purpose of the Blue Origin BE-4 engine: “The BE-4 is not a direct replacement for the RD-180 that powers ULA’s Atlas V rocket, however two BE-4s are expected to provide the engine …

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Sep 28 2014

America….F#(K yeah

Again I say, Bill Whittle is the best commentator on current events there is. He talks a little bit at the end about SpaceX and Elon Musk, but that’s really just the cherry on top. If you’ve been down about all the negative news out there these days, watch the video below. And PLEASE tell …

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