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SpaceX says ‘reusable rocket’ could help colonize Mars

WASHINGTON — The US company SpaceX is working on the first-ever reusable rocket to launch to space and back, with the goal of one day helping humans colonize Mars, founder Elon Musk said Thursday. The vehicle would be a reusable version of the Falcon 9 rocket which SpaceX used to…

Private US firm aims for manned Mars landing in 10-20 years

NEW YORK (AFP) – Private US company SpaceX hopes to put an astronaut on Mars within 10 to 20 years, the head of the firm said. “We’ll probably put a first man in space in about three years,” Elon Musk told the Wall Street Journal Saturday. “We’re going all the…

SpaceX unveils heavy launcher

WASHINGTON – SpaceX unveiled Tuesday what its chief executive Elon Musk has called the world’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, which will have its first demonstration flight at the end of 2012. The launcher is designed to lift into orbit satellites or spacecraft weighing more than 53 metric tons,…

Tesla Motors shares skyrocket 40 pct. upon initial public offering

Tesla Motors got off to a flying start on Wall Street on Tuesday as shares in the US electric carmaker soared more than 40 percent over its initial public offering price. Shares in Tesla, the first US auto manufacturer to go public since Ford in 1956, gained 6.89 dollars, or…

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