Apr 28, 2016

SpaceX breaks Boeing-Lockheed monopoly on military space launches

The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX an $83 million contract to launch a GPS satellite, breaking the monopoly Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. have held on military space launches for more than a decade. The Global Positioning System ...

ISS to get inflatable room to test human habitation in space

Apr 8, 2016

ISS to get inflatable room to test human habitation in space

Forget blowup air mattresses. Space station astronauts are getting their first inflatable room. It’s a technology demo meant to pave the way for moon bases and Mars expeditions, as well as orbiting outposts catering to scientists and tourists. Bigelow Aerospace is behind the experiment, ...

Feb 29, 2016

Low thrust alarm forces last-second SpaceX launch halt

In the very last second before liftoff Sunday, SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to send a communications satellite into orbit, marking the third delay since last week. A fuel problem forced the sudden delay, following a postponement — known as ...