U.S. Air Force considers adding military cargo space route

There are new cargo routes, and then there are the out-of-this-world ideas. A recent proposal being considered by the U.S. Air Force definitely fits in the latter category. “Think about this: 30 minutes, 150 metric tonnes, less than the cost of a C-5 [military aircraft],” said Gen. Carlton Everhart, the Air Force’s mobility commander, who […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 29, 2018

Boeing shows off its own heavy-lift Mars rocket [VIDEO]

Last month, when Elon Musk launched the Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying his own Tesla roadster, it was a great moment for not just space exploration, but also for private enterprise and the advancement of the cargo industry. The spotlight was all on Musk and his amazing vision — but the spotlight is not his forever. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 2, 2018

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch dazzles, but overshoots target orbit [VIDEO]

In the airfreight business, there is “specialty cargo,” and then there is “Elon Musk cargo” – a separate category all by itself. In an audacious launch on Tuesday that was half technology showcase, half marketing stunt, the aerospace entrepreneur’s SpaceX company sent its unmanned “Falcon Heavy” lift vehicle – the most powerful rocket currently in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 7, 2018

Morgan Stanley: Latest SpaceX rocket could disrupt parcel service industry

Morgan Stanley has caught the Elon Musk hype, specifically, for a 150-ton payload SpaceX rocket destined for Mars, that could also be used to transport cargo from point A to B here on earth. Last week, analysts with the New York-based financial services firm said that the parcel service industry in particular, “could see a […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 17, 2017

Nevada test puts Hyperloop One’s tech one step closer to deployment (updated)

Hyperloop One’s test vehicle clocked 310 kilometers per hour on a 500-meter track in the Nevada desert, successfully completing “phase two” of the high-speed rail transportation project that the company says could, “be anywhere, move everything and connect everyone.” Lofty goals, indeed. But, hyperbole aside, during yesterday’s test, the company’s XP-1 transportation pod accelerated for […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 2, 2017

Used rocket available for cargo delivery, low mileage, call SpaceX [VIDEO]

It’s usually a good idea to use the “buyer beware” rule when shopping for used equipment. But in the case of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 system, a “used” rocket is the main selling point for the viability of the space cargo business plan. Yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched the SES-10 communications satellite, using a reused […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 31, 2017

Elon Musk sets sights on streamlining supply chain

There could be more supply chain consolidation in the future for car maker Tesla Inc. It’s no secret that Tesla is a fan of vertical integration — with its acquisition of Solar City and building of the Tesla Gigawatt Factory as just a few examples of supply chain consolidation. And Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk hinted at the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 28, 2017

Hyperloop pioneer TU Delft teams with DHL for competition [VIDEO]

Amsterdam to Paris in 30 minutes. That’s the seemingly impossible goal of the “Delft Hyperloop,” a pod-like capsule developed by TU Delft for the rapid transportation of people and goods through tubes (yes, really). The apparatus that might make such a trip possible arrived in California aboard a DHL freighter yesterday to prove it. In […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 20, 2016