National Press Club

Elon Musk's news conference at the National Press Club tops Google News April 25

April 25, 2014 | By William McCarren | wmccarren@press.org

SpaceX founder Elon Musk was at the National Press Club on April 25 for a news conference about his Falcon rocket, which recently completed its mission and returned for a “soft” landing in the ocean off Cape Canaveral, Florida. This shows that SpaceX's rockets may be recoverable and reusable which would have major implications for the cost of space missions in the future, Musk said.

During the news conference Musk also announced that SpaceX was bringing suit against the Air Force to open up procurement to competition for the launch of national security satellites. Musk disclosed that the contract is currently being sole-sourced to a company that uses Russian-made engines. The company that makes those rockets is controlled by Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin, who is now under sanctions as a result of his country's actions in Ukraine, Musk said.