Sources told the Wall Street Journal that Musk is working with Google’s former satellite executive to build a factory that could pump out small satellites.
Synthetic biology has opened up the possibility of turning microbes into just about anything–from fuel to medicine. Astronauts strapped for space could someday produce more by carrying microbes that can turn their new environments into everything they need.
Orbital Sciences’ rocket exploded and crashed just after launching last week. It was scheduled to deliver cargo to the International Space Station.
The National Transportation Safety Board is now looking into the incident that killed one pilot and injured another.
One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the plane failed two minutes into its flight. The craft was using a type of fuel that Virgin Galactic had never flown before.
The Soviet-era engines were already scheduled to be replaced in two years. Orbital Sciences’ CEO also acknowledged a possible delay in the company’s launch schedule next year.
A commercial rocket exploded shortly after launch on its mission to resupply the ISS.
SpaceX may begin using a landing platform for its Falcon 9 rocket as soon as December. Musk estimated at a recent talk that it only has a 50 percent chance of succeeding on the first try.
The startups CEO believes the world needs to start quantifying its health the same way humans already are with wearable devices.
Six people will spend the next eight months in a habitat in Hawaii meant to simulate living on Mars. Among other tasks, they will test a virtual reality program built to help astronauts tackle mental health problems and homesickness.