SpaceX News April 2014June 11, 2015 – 03:19 pm

SpaceX News April 2014

The alliance, a venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, is set to use rocket boosters to launch things like GPS satellites into space for the federal government. The contract, Musk charged, essentially blocks companies like SpaceX from competing for national security launches.This really doesn t seem right to us,added Musk, whose electric car maker Tesla is challenging established auto companies. The Air Force did not respond to a request for comment…

SpaceX Launch explosion TodayJanuary 22, 2013 – 03:30 pm

SpaceX Launch explosion Today

By Ken Kremer KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship loaded with critical supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) were destroyed by a catastrophic explosion starting approximately 148 seconds after a successful blastoff today, June 28, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:21 a.m. EDT. “Eastern Range confirms the Falcon 9 and Dragon vehicle broke up, ” according…

Is SpaceX insuredMarch 7, 2011 – 03:15 pm

Is SpaceX insured

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket en route to the International Space Station erupted in flames on Sunday moments after its launch, delivering a potential business interruption blow to the so-far highly successful private space company. The craft was about 21 miles (34 kilometers) high when the accident occurred, NASA said. The blast occurred in the craft’s upper-stage liquid-oxygen tank, moments before the main booster was set to separate following takeoff…

Cause of SpaceX Engine FailureApril 6, 2012 – 02:13 pm

Cause of SpaceX Engine Failure

Falcon 9 and the Dragon cargo capsule lift off yesterday from Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX SpaceX engineers are reviewing telemetry to figure out what caused a dramatic first stage engine failure Sunday night during launch of a commercially developed cargo ship on the company s first operational flight to the International Space Station, officials said today. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket s flight computer fired the remaining eight first-stage engines…

YouTube SpaceX GrasshopperJuly 9, 2013 – 04:04 pm

YouTube SpaceX Grasshopper

SpaceX has released video footage of its Grasshopper rocket s latest test flight — and as you ll see, the reusable vehicle is reaching new heights, quite literally. In the clip, the rocket soars to 1, 066 feet — a record for the platform — hovers for a moment, then descends, balanced on its own exhaust, back to its launch pad for a precision landing. In December, Grasshopper shot 130 feet into the air, and then landed intact. In April, it reached…

SpaceX Coming to BrownsvilleAugust 23, 2013 – 08:25 am

SpaceX Coming to Brownsville

On July 22, 2014, Space X released an amazing new video of the first stage of the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket making a soft ocean splashdown as planned after carrying its payload into space. The video shows the rocket stage returning to Earth in a controlled landing after launching commercial satellites from Florida on July 14. While the booster was not intact, SapceX considers the reusability test a big success. Why is this reusability concept a big…

Inside SpaceX HeadquartersSeptember 22, 2013 – 11:42 am

Inside SpaceX Headquarters

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — In an event worthy of a Hollywood premiere, billionaire inventor Elon Musk unveiled – quite literally – his new manned Dragon Version 2 spacecraft Thursday night (May 29). TheSpaceX plant is located in here in the old Northrop Grumman facility, adjacent to the Hawthorne Municipal Airport. But you d never guess it upon entering. While the place was dressed for the occasion, it is clearly a stunning workplace — especially for an…

SpaceX Heavy LiftApril 3, 2015 – 03:02 pm

SpaceX Heavy Lift

Space Exploration Technologies, more commonly known as SpaceX, announced on Tuesday the Falcon Heavy: a towering, 22-story rocket that will be able to carry heavier payloads and bring launch costs down. The Falcon Heavy will be built on a similar platform to that of the Hawthorne company s Falcon 9 rocket. It will also be capable of lifting twice as heavy a payload as the next-largest rocket. Times reporter W.J. Hennigan broke the news this morning…

NASA SpaceX LandingAugust 28, 2015 – 01:10 pm

NASA SpaceX Landing

Monday s launch will also mark SpaceX s third attempt to land a Falcon 9 rocket stage on a floating barge in the Atlantic Ocean. During the first attempt in January, the returning Falcon 9 rocket ran out of hydraulic fluid early, crashing into the drone ship in a spectacular fireball. A second attempt in February was thwarted by bad weather and high seas, forcing SpaceX to practice the landing over water and let the rocket stage splash into the ocean…

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…