Discussion of SpaceX FailureNovember 10, 2015 – 04:59 pm

Discussion of SpaceX Failure

Following an ontime liftoff at 10:21am on Sunday morning, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an unmanned Dragon cargo vehicle broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean. Falcon’s first two minutes of its flight to the International Space Station were flawless; however, approximately 139 seconds into the mission and just prior to the first stage separation, the vehicle disintegrated. This is the first failure of the Falcon 9 for the California-based SpaceX…

SpaceX Launch Escape testNovember 6, 2015 – 03:53 pm

SpaceX Launch Escape test

Updated at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) with details from Elon Musk A rocket-powered prototype of SpaceX’s human-rated crew capsule vaulted off a launch pad at Cape Canaveral on Wednesday for a brief mile-high test flight of the spaceship’s emergency crew safety system. Firing eight powerful SuperDraco rocket thrusters — together producing 120, pounds of thrust — the 20-foot-tall spacecraft took off at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) Wednesday from Cape Canaveral’s…

When is SpaceX Launch dateOctober 31, 2015 – 03:07 pm

When is SpaceX Launch date

WASHINGTON — SpaceX has postponed the scheduled Dec. 19 launch of an international space station cargo mission until early January, as a technical issue with the Falcon 9 rocket creates a domino effect of other delays. In a statement issued Dec. 18, SpaceX said that a recent static fire test of the Falcon 9, where the vehicle’s nine first stage engines are briefly fired on the launch pad, encountered problems that led the company to repeat that test…

SpaceX Behind ScheduleOctober 22, 2015 – 01:30 pm

SpaceX Behind Schedule

Staying true to a corporate philosophy that favors high-visibility flight tests, SpaceX plans to continue wringing out major parts of the company’s human-rated Dragon spaceship in a sequence of dramatic flights leading up to the capsule’s first crewed mission scheduled for 2017. “We have a very aggressive and exciting year ahead of us, ” said Garrett Reisman, SpaceX’s director of crew operations and a former space shuttle astronaut. If everything…

SpaceX - Hawthorne caAugust 30, 2014 – 11:58 am

SpaceX - Hawthorne ca

The commercial space race is about to begin. Early Saturday morning at 4:55 a.m. EDT, the first privately designed and built spacecraft destined for the International Space Station is expected to lift off from the historic Cape Canaveral Air Force Station not far from the Atlantic Ocean on Florida s east coast. The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule are designed and built by Space Exploration Technologies - the company better known as SpaceX - at…

SpaceX explosion ReactionJanuary 22, 2013 – 09:06 am

SpaceX explosion Reaction

Four Tennessee students had the thrill of watching their science experiment being launched into space on board SpaceX s Dragon vehicle this weekend, only to find out minutes later that the rocket, then out of their sights, had exploded in mid-air and was a total loss. Keagan Cross, 14, worked on an experiment with three other students from Gresham Middle School in Knoxville, Tennessee, that was designed to measure the effects micro-gravity at the…

SpaceX Cargo shipDecember 22, 2014 – 09:28 am

SpaceX Cargo ship

SpaceX s robotic Dragon cargo spacecraft made its rendezvous with the International Space Station on Friday to deliver vital supplies, bringing a three-day orbital chase to an end. This gear includes the space station s first-ever space espresso machine, which is called ISSpresso. Also arriving aboard Dragon are numerous experiments that will help researchers study how the bodies of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko…

Colonization of Mars Pros and consOctober 13, 2015 – 03:45 am

Colonization of Mars Pros and cons

A Second World? The Environmental crisis? To which environment do you speak? Marsseemingly has it all figured out, why not move there? No pollution, no war, no hunger or natural disaster, Mars may become the Earth’s home away from home. It could sustain us, and more importantly it is ours for the taking. Isn’t it? Perhaps it is time for a new world order to rise. This new world order would not be on this world at all but on the red ball in the sky…

NASA SpaceX DockingOctober 12, 2015 – 03:45 am

NASA SpaceX Docking

The Dragon spacecraft is carrying a 1, -pound International Docking Adapter that will make it easier for spacecraft carrying astronauts to connect to the station. IDA-1, as the component is called, will be connected to the port on the end of the Harmony module on the space station. Equipped with modernized docking targets and sensors, the IDA, made by Boeing, will give spacecraft from Boeing and SpaceX a place to dock on the station. Many of the sensors…

SpaceX Mars PostersOctober 11, 2015 – 03:34 am

SpaceX Mars Posters

Traveling to Mars may not seem glamorous, but these new retro posters from SpaceX will make the journey seems like a travel destination on par with early Disney World. Elon Musk s rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX was created in 2002 to design and create advanced rockets and spacecraft, but its ultimate goal is to enable people to live on other planets,according to the Space X website. While that lofty goal may be decades away, the company wants…