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Amazing Footage Shows Failed Landing, Crash, Explosion of SpaceX Rocket on Drone Barge: VIDEO

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Yesterday, we watched the magnificent lift-off of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as it hauled supplies to the International Space Station. What wasn't broadcast live was the attempt to land the first stage of the rocket on a drone barge in the Atlantic Ocean.

Now, footage has been released from a chase plane that shows the failed landing and explosion. The landing was unfortunately a bit too hard. Better luck next time.

SpaceX's Elon Musk says they'll try again before the year is out.

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Watch LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Set for Lift-off, Landing Attempt of Reusable Rocket

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The SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 is scheduled for lift-off at 4:10 pm EDT today. It is carrying the Dragon spacecraft with two tons of supplies headed for the International Space Station.

Once again, shortly after the launch SpaceX will attempt to successfully land the first stage of the rocket vertically on a drone barge floating in the Atlantic. Previous attempts have failed (exploding on the barge), so a good landing will be a groundbreaking moment for reusable spacecraft.

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UPDATE: The rocket stage landing on the drone barge has failed, but it was close.

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Stephen Colbert Geeks Out With Elon Musk: VIDEO

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Inventor, entrepreneur, space enthusiast and all-around object of nerd lust Elon Musk sat down with Stephen Colbert to discuss his Grasshopper Rocket, his car company Tesla, SpaceX (which has been sending payloads to the international space station (ISS) and plans to one day send humans to ISS in a sort of space taxi) and the possibility of sending a manned mission to Mars.

Asked by Colbert if he was planning to send people to Mars, Musk replied that he aspires to. Despite being what he calls a “fixer-upper of a planet”, Musk explained he sees two main reasons to send people to Mars. First, 

“If humanity is on more than one planet, if we’re a multi-planet species…then civilization as we know it, humanity as we know it, the light of consciousness is likely to propagate to the future much further than if we’re a single planet species.”

And second, 

“It would be the greatest adventure ever. It would be really exciting and inspiring.”

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SpaceX Unveils Reusable ISS 'Taxi' for 7 Astronauts: VIDEO

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Elon Musk last night revealed the new SpaceX reusable craft for seven astronauts which he hopes will ferry them back and forth to the International Space Station one day.

Dragonv2Private companies are vying for contracts from NASA for the taxis, which will hopefully reduce our reliance on Russia's space program.

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TechCrunch writes:

The reason that this is really import,” said Musk, “is that it allows rapid reusability of the spacecraft. You just refill the propellant, and go again… Imagine if aircrafts were thrown away after each flight; no one could afford to fly.””

2_dragonv2SpaceX had previously shown Dragon V1, a smaller, unmanned version of this craft meant primarily for testing and, in a few cases, sending cargo back and forth to the International Space Station. Dragon V2 also has an improved heat shield, allowing it to better protect passengers on their return flight through the atmosphere.

The biggest single change to the design, though, is in the engines: where each of Dragon V1′s engines (the “Draco” engine) could produce about 100 pounds of thrust, each of the Dragon V2′s engines (the aptly dubbed “Super Draco” engines) can produce about 16,000 pounds of thrust. The particularly cool part? SpaceX says they’re actually 3d printing the engines out of a specialized metal alloy (called inconel), as opposed to more traditional manufacturing methods like milling.

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Drone Captures Stunning Close-Up of Elon Musk's Leaping Rocket: VIDEO

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Over the past year, we've been keeping tabs on Elon Musk's SpaceX Grasshopper rocket, which can take off and land vertically. The craft has now made its most impressive (and visually stunning) leap yet, thanks to a hexacopter drone which captured the rocket as it ascended and descended.

Grasshopper's leap this time was 2,440.94 feet.

SpaceX writes: "While most rockets are designed to burn up on atmosphere reentry, SpaceX rockets are being designed not only to withstand reentry, but also to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing. The Grasshopper VTVL vehicle represents a critical step towards this goal. Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage tank, Merlin 1D engine, four steel and aluminum landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure."

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Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop' Transport System, 3-D Printed: VIDEO

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There has been a lot of talk about Elon Musk's Hyperloop public transportation concept that would shuttle folks from NYC to LA in under an hour. The folks at 3-D printing company showed off the amazing stuff 3-D printing can do by building a scale model based on images released by Musk.

In related news, 3-D printing company MakerBoy has just opened up pre-orders for the first consumer Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, a laser-equipped 3D scanner that allows you to easily convert real-life objects into 3D models. It retails for $1,400 and ships in mid-October.

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