World’s Largest Airplane’s First-Ever Flight

Weighing 500,000 pounds and boasting two fuselages and a wingspan of 385 feet, Stratolaunch‘s behemoth of a plane—which will launch rockets into Earth’s orbit—took flight for the first time ever this past weekend. Taking off from the Mojave Air and Space Port, the Stratolaunch ascended to 15,000 feet, reaching speeds up to 175 MPH, before landing successfully two hours later. “It was an emotional moment …

SpaceX’s 4K Falcon 9 Launch Video

Shot during one of SpaceX’s recent Falcon 9 launches, this 4K video gives space enthusiasts and exploration optimists an unprecedented look into the launch, ascent, descent and landing of one of the most impressive spacecrafts built thus far. Though there have been many videos taken of the Falcon 9, this is the clearest and—thanks to the clarity—undoubtedly the most inspiring. Click through to watch the …

SpaceX and the New Aesthetics of Space Travel

Though the parameters of a trip into Earth’s orbit haven’t changed much since the dawn of our space travel days, the appearance has—whether it be the suits or the ships. On the next NASA trip, in a SpaceX-built capsule, the astronauts will be treated to sleek, modern interiors, cushy seats, touch-screens and wireless consoles. The look is a significant upgrade from previous designs—many of which …