SpaceX VS BoeingJanuary 19, 2016 – 12:07 am

SpaceX VS Boeing

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden answers questions during a commercial crew press event on Jan. 26, 2015. Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz NASA is providing SpaceX and Boeing with funds to develop the crewed Dragon and CST-100 spacecraft. SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion of the $6.8 billion total in the contract, and Boeing will get $4.2 billion. Bolden is also confident that the Commercial Crew Program will continue to receive support from Congress…

SpaceX crs-3 WebcastJanuary 6, 2016 – 11:12 pm

SpaceX crs-3 Webcast

April 21 – Falcon 9 made a successful liftoff on April 18 and Dragon docked successfully to the ISS 2 days later So, Falcon 9 successfully made a successful liftoff and Dragon is currently already docked with the ISS! Good news! But wait, it gets even better, the First Stage landing back in the Atlantic Ocean (a first of its kind!) was GOOD SpaceX will release more details in the coming days, but what they have up to now is that the MECO 1 (Main Engine…

SpaceX ForumJanuary 4, 2016 – 10:48 pm

SpaceX Forum

SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at a TxDOT transportation forum on Jan. 15, 2015. Though the test track for a futuristic high-speed transportation system is headed to California, not Texas, the private space company SpaceX announced Monday that it s hosting a Hyperloop design-build competition at Texas A&M University. SpaceX CEO and entrepreneur Elon Musk s Hyperloop concept involves transporting passengers via pods in above-ground…

SpaceX Launch March 30January 1, 2016 – 10:15 pm

SpaceX Launch March 30

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Following last week’s sudden and late in the processing flow postponement of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch, SpaceX announced a reset of its next cargo mission launch for NASA to the International Space Station (ISS) to a new target date of Sunday, March 30. The commercially developed Falcon 9 booster and Dragon cargo vessel are slated for a spectacular night time liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida…

Is SpaceX Publicly tradedDecember 31, 2015 – 10:13 pm

Is SpaceX Publicly traded

The ISS robotic arm grappling Dragon on a previous cargo mission for NASA. Source: SpaceX. The sky is no longer the limit for 3D printing Made In Space is the privately held company that designed and built the 3D printer that s making history. It was founded in 2010 out of a NASA Ames Research Center program at Singularity University and is cozily based at Ames. The company was founded with the goal of bringing 3D printing - technically called additive…

NASA SpaceX DealDecember 30, 2015 – 10:09 pm

NASA SpaceX Deal

And, the fact that NASA awarded the contract to two companies rather than one prime contractor means there will be competition, which should keep those costs down. Already, Space-X, the smaller start-up company, says it can offer flights at 40 per cent lower cost than Boeing. The heat is on for both companies to deliver on their promises. The idea of selling space in space is not new. The Russians have been doing it for decades. In the 1990s, before…

SpaceX StockDecember 29, 2015 – 09:57 pm

SpaceX Stock

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket moments after exploding post-liftoff last Sunday. Image source: NASA. Following a nominal liftoff, Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown, resulting in loss of mission. Preliminary analysis suggests the vehicle experienced an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank approximately 139 seconds into flight Our teams are reviewing data to determine root cause -SpaceX So posted Elon Musk…

SpaceX Reusable Launch SystemsDecember 22, 2015 – 08:58 pm

SpaceX Reusable Launch Systems

The first stage of SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket attempts to land on a robotic ship after successfully launching the company s Dragon cargo capsule on April 14, 2015. Reusable rockets aren t just a spaceflight pipe dream anymore. SpaceX performed another high-profile rocket reusability test Tuesday (April 14) during the launch of its Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station. The first stage of the company s Falcon 9 rocket came back…

SpaceX Rocket Landing VineDecember 21, 2015 – 08:45 pm

SpaceX Rocket Landing Vine

The rocket exploded upon crash landing. SpaceX launched and landed a rocket in January, but the event did not go as well as hoped. While the rocket successfully guided itself into position on the drone, it ran out of hydraulic fluid and seems to have slammed into the drone ship and gone full RUD — Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly — exploded. This Sunday, Feb. 8, SpaceX has a second chance to attempt the feat. They believe they will come at least a…

SpaceX Launch May 2012December 20, 2015 – 08:44 pm

SpaceX Launch May 2012

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first Dragon spacecraft bound for the International Space Station is seen resting atop SpaceX’s launch site in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Credit: SpaceX The private spaceflight company SpaceX is preparing to launch a robotic capsule to the International Space Station this week, following a series of delays that postponed the historic first flight of a commercial spacecraft to the orbiting outpost. SpaceX is slated…