Last Night's Routine Rocket Launch Was Thankfully Routine

Last night saw the launch of a resupply mission to the ISS atop a Russian Progress rocket — a pretty routine event (as far as firing things into low-earth orbit will ever be routine), but an important one given recent events. Thankfully, it seems like everything went fine and nothing exploded this time around. » 7/04/15 1:00am Today 1:00am

Weather Radar Detects SpaceX Rocket Falling into Ocean After Explosion

What goes up must come down, and sometimes the ways in which gravity wins aren’t pretty. A SpaceX rocket sending supplies to the International Space Station exploded in the skies off the coast of Florida this morning, and weather radar was able to track what was left of the rocket as it fell into the Atlantic Ocean. » 7/01/15 3:00am Wednesday 3:00am

Why The Sky Isn't Falling On SpaceX After Yesterday's Rocket Explosion

Yesterday morning, an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 v. 1.1 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) exploded shortly after launch. While this is a setback to SpaceX, we have to view it in the context of a series of failures that have plagued commercial spaceflight in the last year. » 7/01/15 12:00am Wednesday 12:00am

U.S. Senate Chickens Out of Fixing Major Issues in Weather Forecasting

Last week, the United States Senate briefly flirted with the idea of actually doing something useful. Depending on whom you ask, the National Weather Service Improvement Act was either a positive step toward modernization or destructive enough to give Rick Santorum the quivers. Even though the bill is now dead and… » 6/30/15 12:00pm Tuesday 12:00pm

Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Disintegrate in Slow Motion

SpaceX experienced yet another setback this past Sunday when its Falcon 9 rocket exploded two minutes after launch. The company is still not sure what went wrong. Here’s a clip of the incident — including the separation of the CRS-7 Dragon — in slow motion. » 6/30/15 9:00am Tuesday 9:00am