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SpaceX has released a video from the July 14th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying six ORBCOM satellites showing the first stage reentry from a chase plane.

According to SpaceX the rocket's first stage reentered Earth's atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Towards the end of the video, the camera operator attempted to zoom in and unfortunately lost sight of the stage and was unable to capture the tip over into the water.

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Silicon Valley enjoys something of a monopoly these days on making the most noise in the U.S. economy.

But there's been surprisingly little fanfare surrounding the latest project that seemingly all the most successful Valleyites have been pouring into: an artificial intelligence company called Vicarious.

Founded in 2010, Vicarious' list of investors is dazzling: Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Ashton Kutcher, and Dustin Moskowitz count among the household names. PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, along with folks from startup funders Y Combinator and cloud storage group...

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. released an 80-second video July 22 showing the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage making a “soft landing” in the Atlantic Ocean following the July 14 launch of six Orbcomm satellites into low Earth orbit.

With a pair of geostationary-orbit-bound launches next up on the manifest — both for Hong Kong-based satellite telecommunications fleet operator AsiaSat — SpaceX said it will take a short break from additional booster recovery testing until a planned mid-September launch of a cargo-laden Dragon capsule to the international space station...

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Britain has joined the race to become a leading hub of commercial space flight, announcing eight potential sites for a potential “spaceport” within the UK.

There are numerous questions surrounding this nascent form of tourism. Many focus on the technology in place to deliver it, the legislation that is necessary to safeguard it and, most recently, the pragmatic questions of where spaceports should be placed. But, often overlooked is the issue of exactly what the industry will look like and who it will target, which isn’t as clear cut as you might assume. The plan is to start space-...

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — After a series of delays, a robotic spacecraft built by the private company Orbital Sciences is counting down to launch today (July 13) on a mission to deliver experiments and supplies to the astronauts living aboard International Space Station.

You can watch the launch live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. The webcast will begin at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT), and liftoff from the Eastern Shore of Virginia is set for 12:52 p.m. EDT (16:52 GMT). Weather permitting, the huge rocket may be visible over parts of the U.S. East Coast as it streaks out over the Atlantic...

Forty-five years ago this July 20th, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings to set foot on the moon.  Their mission represented an emphatic American victory in the first space race, which began in earnest in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched a notably unattractive satellite, Sputnik, into orbit.

Since then, however, America’s national space program has essentially foundered.  It improved space travel by building and then scrapping the Space Shuttle, without ever accomplishing – or attempting – a mission as bold or impactful as the one in 1969.  It’s time for...

Somebody had the good sense to strap an HD camera to a Falcon 9 Reusable rocket, SpaceX's most powerful Vertical Takeoff/Vertical Landing vehicle. Here's what that camera saw on Tuesday, at the company's latest test launch.

We're pretty pleased with whoever's been tasked with filming SpaceX's test-launches. When the company conducted the first test flight of its Falcon 9R rocket back in April, they chose to film it from a hexacopter hovering near the launch pad. The video was stunning. Now, newly released footage from a test flight on Tuesday lets us watch the rocket launch from the...

The private space industry is a billionaire boys club. Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Paul Allen and Jeff Bezos have all founded companies that have spent tens of millions of their own and investors’ money to get into orbit.

Then there’s XCOR Aerospace, a startup in Mojave, Calif. Its founders aren’t rich, and they’re so thrifty they often buy machinery on surplus websites for pennies on the dollar. Its every milestone has been bootstrapped with side contracts and presales of tickets to space tourists. Yet if all goes to plan, the underdog XCOR may be the first company to take a paying...

The billionaire head of SpaceX told MT we'll be on Mars in 10 years and it could one day be home to thousands of people.

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of spacecraft-maker SpaceX, said the pace of change in space exploration has been ‘probably negative’ so far, but that things are going to progress ‘pretty quickly’ in the next decade.

‘We’ll be doing test flights on our spacecraft the Dragon 2 later this year,’ he told Management Today. ‘We'll be going to Mars within 10 or 11 years. We’re going to build a big spaceship...

The final frontier is finally being…frontiered. Last week both Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX made large strides in their quest to privatize space for both civilians and astronauts alike.
 
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic was cleared by the FAA for takeoff last Thursday. Branson’s commercial space airliner expects to launch its first flights out of New Mexico by the end of 2014. Nearly 600 people have paid $250,000 to board the shuttle, which will orbit 60 miles above Earth.
 
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