Tech & Science Elon Musk plans new SpaceX drone ship, A Shortfall of Gravitas

07:30  13 february  2018
07:30  13 february  2018 Source:   USA TODAY

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  Elon Musk shares the 'last pic' of 'Starman' on his journey into outer space "Starman" will continue his journey to boldly go where no mannequin has gone before.SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared the last image of the mannequin astronaut cruising into outer space in a red Telsa convertible Wednesday night, and it's another doozy.

An artistic impression of a SpaceX rocket heading towards Mars. Elon Musk has revealed his ambitious plans to establish humanity's first Mars colony by building a rocket that will The billion pixel 'eye in the sky' drone camera can watch Treasure trove of artifacts sheds new light on 'transition

Elon Musk . Elon Musk is a Canadian-American entrepreneur known for co-founding the companies Zip2, PayPal and Tesla Motors and founding the aerospace manufacturer SpaceX .

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CAPE CANAVERAL — A new SpaceX drone ship under construction will help the company handle increased launch operations and likely call the Space Coast home, CEO Elon Musk said Monday.

Elon Musk emphasizes the risks ahead of Falcon Heavy’s first mission

  Elon Musk emphasizes the risks ahead of Falcon Heavy’s first mission Tomorrow, SpaceX will attempt to launch its massive Falcon Heavy rocket for the very first time. If successful, it will be the most powerful rocket in operation and opens up the possibility of future crewed missions to the Moon or Mars. Today, Elon Musk gave a few more details about the launch attempt during a press call ahead of tomorrow's main event.Musk detailed the rocket's mission: After launch, it will coast for six hours, straight to geosynchronous Earth orbit, which is an orbit that follows the Earth's rotation so a satellite stays in the same place.

Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he hopes to finance his plans to colonize Mars by making Image: SpaceX . Musk also proposed a variety of new uses for the scaled-down rocket beyond just going to Mars. This year, he said the first two cargo ITS ships will launch to Mars in 2022.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk presented an updated version of his Mars colonization plans today, during a widely anticipated SpaceX released a new video depicting a 39-minute passenger flight from New York to Shanghai. SpaceX 's previous plan called for landing its first transport ship on Mars in 2022.

The company's third ship, named A Shortfall of Gravitas, will join Of Course I Still Love You for East Coast booster landing operations, Musk said via Twitter in response to the USA TODAY Network. The latter is based at Port Canaveral and returns Falcon 9 boosters to facilities near the port for post-launch checkouts.

SpaceX's Of Course I Still Love You drone ship, which is based on the East Coast. © SpaceX SpaceX's Of Course I Still Love You drone ship, which is based on the East Coast. Musk also confirmed that for Falcon Heavy missions, the rocket's two side boosters will not always return to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station like they did during last week's premiere launch. In some cases involving tight fuel margins and heavy satellites, having two ships based on the Space Coast will mean both sail out at the same time and play host to tandem ocean landings.

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  Musk Sends a Tesla Into Space Atop World's Most Powerful Rocket An elated Elon Musk pulled off another seemingly impossible feat Tuesday when SpaceX launched the world’s most powerful rocket in 45 years, then flew two of its spent boosters back to the Florida coast for a spectacular, simultaneous recovery on land. With hordes of fans gathered along the Florida space coast, the new rocket rumbled aloft under clear skies shortly after 3:45 p.m. local time. The live-stream of the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was the second-most-watched in YouTube’s history, reaching more than 2.3 million concurrent views, and the launch led all three television network broadcasts in the U.S. Tuesday evening.

— Elon Musk (@ elonmusk ) February 17, 2017. As we all know, sarcasm and nuance are extinct in The middle booster of SpaceX ’s Falcon Heavy rocket failed to land on its drone ship . 7 comments / new . Disney’s reported streaming service plans show the company is sticking with what already works.

However, Mr. Musk appears to have yet more plans for the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship . Other images from SpaceX , Elon Musk and NSF members Jim Howard and Brick_top.)

SpaceX operates its third ship, named Just Read the Instructions, on the West Coast for launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. All three are named after spacecraft featured in Scottish author Iain M. Banks' Culture novels.

Of Course I Still Love You, though, was damaged during the first Falcon Heavy mission that took flight from Kennedy Space Center — the rocket's center core missed the ship by about 300 feet, but the force of its 300 mph water impact was enough to "take out" two engines on the ship.

"Not enough ignition fluid to light the outer two engines after several three engine relights," Musk also said Monday on the center core's landing failure. "Fix is pretty obvious."

SpaceX teams at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, meanwhile, are targeting no earlier than 12:35 a.m. ET on Feb. 22 for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40. Hispasat 30W-6, a commercial communications satellite, will be boosted to a geostationary transfer orbit.

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