Houston we have a surfeit.
Iridium's latest launch brings its next-generation satellite network close to completion. But will it be put to the sword by a whole set of smaller rivals?
In the film
Iron Man 2, Elon Musk (playing himself, in white), meets one of his sources of inspiration: Tony Stark (R. Downey Jr.), super-hero of the Marvel Universe.
Elon Musk is an open admirer of the fictional Tony Stark, whose alter‑ego is none other than Iron Man. But Tesla’s recent financial results prove Musk to be more vulnerable than his hero…
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9.
The new planet-hunting telescope TESS was successfully launched today by NASA, and Australia will play a key role in checking out any new worlds it discovers.
Google’s Project Loon uses high altitude navigable balloons to deliver internet to rural and remote areas.
Tech companies such as SpaceX, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are competing to bring internet to areas without access in the developing world. And that's a problem.
Kids dream about going to space – and some very wealthy adults are booking tickets.
With any type of human exploration, there are risks as we push boundaries, and there are inevitably mishaps and fatalities as a result. Space tourism is no exception.
Starman takes a drive in his Tesla.
Elon Musk is a master of keeping investors believing in the dream of Tesla, but analysis of the company’s output and financials reveal a darker picture.
The ability to land rocket boosters makes them reusable, substantially reducing the cost of launches.
Automatic feedback control is what enabled the Falcon Heavy rocket boosters to land. It also drives most of our technology – and even describes the fundamentals of how humans and animals behave.
SpaceX via Twitter
From damaging the environment to contaminating the solar system, SpaceX's successful launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket also poses risks.
Falcon Heavy’s first payload will be a Tesla Roadster, set to become the world’s fastest car following its launch into a heliocentric orbit.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy could propel two fully loaded city buses more than 50 times the height of Mount Everest at 32 times the cruising speed of a Boeing 747.
Private companies are increasingly challenging national space agencies in a new space race, which comes with great opportunities but also huge risks.
Will it be only a few decades before Mars tourism is a reality?
Musk’s audacious plan to blast people to Mars by 2024 glosses over some important social and political challenges that SpaceX will need to successfully navigate to get off the ground.
When will we see a woman or a man walk on Mars?
Sending humans to Mars is a 5-10 year project goal for several global operators right now. It's expensive - but Elon Musk unveiled his new commercial plan today.
There is water on Mars - but it’s buried, and frozen.
Space exploration is exciting - but there are barriers for humans hoping to visit and even stay on planets. Buried ice on Mars could be a water source for interplanetary visits of the future.
Falcon 9 launch in March 2017.
In the current commercial space race, the idea of reusing rockets is gaining momentum.
Artist’s concept of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft approaching Mars.
Musk dismisses one of the main technical challenges of being on the Martian surface: the temperature.
A view from the ‘Kimberley’ formation on Mars taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. The strata in the foreground dip towards the base of Mount Sharp, indicating flow of water toward a basin that existed before the larger bulk of the mountain formed.
We could learn a lot from any mission to send people to Mars, such as whether there's life elsewhere in the universe or even the technology for new household appliances.
The Moon belongs to all of us. Let's share in its beauty from afar without splashing around $100 million on a showy space trip.
He’s been to Trump Tower, now it’s time for Bill Gates to set his sights on planet Mars.
We need Mars-level thinking to solve our energy and climate problems here on Earth.
The discovery of the year was the first detection of gravitational waves.
Colliding black holes to exploding spacecraft, 2016 was an incredible year for astrophysics.
A scene from the TV mini-series, ‘Mars’.
The recently broadcast TV mini-series, “Mars”, combines fiction and nonfiction in a way that places them in balance. This kind of combination is likely to feature in more television series and films.