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 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…

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…