How does SpaceX return to Earth?January 16, 2013 – 09:46 am

How does SpaceX return to Earth?

SpaceX s robotic Dragon cargo capsule splashes down in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 10, 2015. Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX SpaceX s robotic Dragon capsule has come back to Earth, wrapping up a successful monthlong cargo mission to the International Space Station. The Dragon spacecraft splashed down Tuesday (Feb. 10) at 7:44 p.m. EST (0044 GMT Feb. 11) in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California. The unmanned capsule had departed from the space…

SpaceX crs-3 Launch VideoApril 1, 2013 – 11:55 am

SpaceX crs-3 Launch Video

CRS-3 kicked off the second mission of the year for SpaceX, and marked the inaugural 2014 Dragon CRS flight to the International Space Station. Originally scheduled to launch on 30 September 2013, The launch date was pushed back extensively by a number of delays, including limited berthing windows in the ISS Visiting Vehicle schedule, delays from Orbital Sciences Cygnus vehicle, and cooling issues aboard the ISS. It was finally rescheduled to 2 April…

SpaceX Launch to ISSNovember 20, 2012 – 04:29 pm

SpaceX Launch to ISS

SpaceX s next International Space Station resupply mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is now scheduled for 10:21 a.m. on Sunday, June 28. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend s email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule docked to the Earth facing port of the Harmony module during the company’s sixth commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station, launched April 14 from…

Colonization of Mars SpaceX TargetDecember 18, 2013 – 08:44 am

Colonization of Mars SpaceX Target

Computer rendering of the Curiosity Rover. Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/PA Second, whose destiny is it anyway? Who gets to go? D N Lee wrote a fascinating deconstruction of this in Scientific American where she makes a number of interesting points. Not least, how little attention this question has been given in the rather white and male race to conquer Mars. The first objection she raises is to the idea that we’re “stuck” on Earth. “Stuck?! Why would…

SpaceX Rocket Blew upJuly 26, 2015 – 02:09 pm

SpaceX Rocket Blew up

On Sunday, Elon Musk’s SpaceX saw another rocket explode—this time only minutes after launch. And following what must’ve been a fun night of review for the SpaceX team, the verdict on what went wrong is in: They don’t have a clue. Early Monday, Musk Tweeted: Cause still unknown after several thousand engineering-hours of review. Now parsing data with a hex editor to recover final milliseconds. Prior to this update, Musk had shared that data suggested…

Scott Nolan SpaceXJanuary 5, 2014 – 08:41 am

Scott Nolan SpaceX

Founders Fund VC Scott Nolan VC Scott Nolan, a partner at Founders Fund — best known as Peter Thiel s venture firm — penned an article for TechCrunch that explained the prevailing investment logic in Silicon Valley brilliantly, called Burn Rate Doesn t Matter. He s looking for companies that are not profitable as profits indicate to him that the startup doesn t really know what to do with money. He explains: At Founders Fund we avoid investing in…

SpaceX COTS 3December 20, 2012 – 01:25 pm

SpaceX COTS 3

SpaceX has “experienced lengthy delays in completing key milestones” in its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft programs over the past two years, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The key findings of the report, which was presented to a House committee last week, include: SpaceX has completed 18 of 22 original milestones to date, including two Falcon 9 launches and the initial demonstration flight of the…

SpaceX Rocket Landing Barge JaxJanuary 19, 2013 – 04:14 pm

SpaceX Rocket Landing Barge Jax

SpaceX’s ocean-going rocket landing pad — dubbed the autonomous spaceport drone ship — is back in port after a Falcon 9 rocket booster crashed on the platform during an experimental flyback maneuver following Saturday’s successful liftoff with supplies for the International Space Station. Under tow from a tugboat, the 300-foot-long Marmac 300 cargo barge arrived at the Port of Jacksonville in Florida on Sunday afternoon. The images below show it in…

Spacex Launch site CaliforniaSeptember 5, 2014 – 10:48 am

Spacex Launch site California

SpaceX s improved Falcon 9 left the pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sept. 29, 2013, at just after 9 am (local time). The press watched from a remote viewing site, as the blowtorch-like flame ascended. Credit: Rod Pyle I pigeonholed 2nd Lt. Kaylee Ausbun, our public relations officer for the morning. She ran a good show under the conditions. It was nearing 9 a.m., the opening of a three-hour launch window, though the word had been passed that they…

Where did SpaceX Land?November 14, 2012 – 08:58 am

Where did SpaceX Land?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A last-minute problem with a single actuator forced a postponement of SpaceX s attempt to launch a Falcon 9 launch vehicle carrying cargo to the International Space Station on Tuesday — and make a historic rocket landing in the process. The landing experiment would have involved bringing the first stage of the two-stage rocket down onto a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean, about 200 miles off the coast of Florida. Such…