This week in tech: Honest-to-goodness virtual reality is already here–and there’s a lot more on the way, Elon Musk becomes the first to launch a reusable rocket into space, the FDA approves a syringe that can save your life after a shooting, and Amazon found a hotbed for illicit gun sales.
The First Reusable Rocket To Launch Into Space
Two titans of industry each with a history of controversial, revolutionary projects and an extraordinary cult of personality. One company called SpaceX, the other called Blue Origin. Both now trying to one-up each other and be the first to launch a reusable rocket–with names like Dragon V2 and Falcon 9–into space.
Even though this all sounds like something out of a James Bond movie, it’s hard to overstate how important reusable rockets could be. There’s a reason Elon Musk‘s SpaceX and the Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin have both been feverishly trying to make reusable rockets a reality.
And on Monday December 21–after pushing the launch back 24 hours in order to take advantage of better conditions–SpaceX is set to make it happen. The Falcon 9 rocket should surpass the achievements of the one launched by Blue Origin in November, which was recovered after landing and is then reusable, but didn’t quite make it high enough to actually orbit in space.
Watch the Falcon 9 begin its journey from Cape Canaveral, Florida to outer space at the official SpaceX live stream.