Posts Tagged ‘rockets’

SpaceX to Launch World’s Most Powerful Rocket

February 6, 2018

Elon Musk’s SpaceX corporation is scheduled to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket today. The 200 foot tall, 1500 ton space vehicle will be powered entirely by loud electric guitars, if the SpaceX video (above) is any guide.


“Can Elon Musk disrupt deep space with the world’s most powerful rocket?” Tim Fernholz, Quartz


“SpaceX successfully launches the world’s most powerful rocket, in a spectacle that sends a Tesla on its way to Mars,” Christian Davenport, Washington Post

“The middle booster of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket failed to land on its drone ship,” Loren Grush, The Verge


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Critters in Space

January 30, 2013

Critters in Space

Iran’s space agency, Sázmán e Fazái e Irán, strapped a gray-tufted monkey in an infant’s car seat and shot the poor thing into space. The critter is said to look unhappy after its 72-mile vertical voyage, perhaps because it landed back in Iran. The unnamed beastie joins a menagerie of critter cosmonauts who’ve rocketed into the void over the past half-century:


Rocket to Nowhere

January 4, 2011

Rocket to Nowhere

Forget about the Bridge to Nowhere. Congress just funded a dud NASA rocket for half a billion dollars.

That’s the Ares I rocket. It was supposed to launch humans into space. Many of those scarce taxpayer dollars will go to Alliant Techsystems for a solid fuel rocket engine. But NASA cancelled the Ares I, and future manned missions will probably use liquid-fueled vehicles.

Congress just passed a Continuing Resolution with specific language funding the cancelled rocket. Why?The Aries I project is run out of Huntsville Alabama, and Senator Richard Shelby of that state is on the Senate Appropriations Committee.