NASA SpaceX Pad abortMarch 15, 2017 – 09:06 pm

NASA SpaceX Pad abort

SpaceX currently is targeting no earlier than Tuesday, May 5, for a pad abort test of its Crew Dragon development spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The ability to abort from a launch or pad emergency and safely carry crew members out of harm’s way is a critical element for NASA’s next generation of crew spacecraft. The company will have a four-hour window to conduct the test, beginning at about 9:30 a.m…

SpaceX Rocket Failure VideoMarch 14, 2017 – 08:57 pm

SpaceX Rocket Failure Video

But the private space exploration company s third attempt to land the leftover booster on an ocean platform failed. The first-stage booster rocket apparently landed too hard on the barge and tipped over. Ascent successful. Dragon en route to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival,SpaceX chief Elon Musk said on Twitter, after the rocket and Dragon cargo ship blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Ascent successful…

SpaceX manned FlightMarch 5, 2017 – 08:40 pm

SpaceX manned Flight

The human-rated Crew Dragon spacecraft being developed by SpaceX will return to Earth under parachutes for splashdowns in the ocean, and not execute helicopter-like propulsive touchdowns on land, a SpaceX official confirmed Monday. SpaceX unveiled the Crew Dragon spaceship — also called the Dragon V2 — in a glitzy event held at the company’s Southern California headquarters in May 2014. Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and chief executive, said the capsule…

Where is SpaceX Based?February 23, 2017 – 08:15 pm

Where is SpaceX Based?

Google is close to making an investment in Elon Musk’s SpaceX, with the intent of supporting the commercial space company’s new Seattle-based satellite Internet initiative, according to a report by The Information this morning, citing people familiar with the talks. The deal, if it happens, would create a powerful alliance between two companies aiming to spread high-speed Internet around the world. Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise: Google CEO Larry…

Vine SpaceX BargeFebruary 21, 2017 – 08:05 pm

Vine SpaceX Barge

The rocket exploded upon crash landing.SpaceX will attempt another historic flyback rocket landing today, Monday, April 13. This will be the second time that SpaceX has tried to land a massive, 140-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket on a platform floating offshore in the Atlantic ocean. The last time they tried to land a rocket on the drone ship, in January, the event did not go as well as planned. The rocket flies in at a 45-degree angle and then explodes…

SpaceX Rocket Failure CauseFebruary 19, 2017 – 08:04 pm

SpaceX Rocket Failure Cause

Musketeer Mike usually covers the Elon Musk beat, but he is on vacation so the rest of us will fill in. And this one is appropriate for me because I am an architect and am used to trying to avoid catastrophic failures, that s part of our job. With the SpaceX flight, it appears that a little strut holding up a helium tank broke. It s a two foot long piece of steel that was designed to handle 10, pounds of force but snapped at 2, . According to Verge…

NASA SpaceXFebruary 18, 2017 – 07:46 pm

NASA SpaceX

Meteorologists are calling for a 60 percent chance of acceptable conditions early Tuesday morning, Jan. 6, for the launch of the SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The primary concern is for thick clouds developing over the Florida launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station adjacent to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Launch time is 6:20 a.m. EST. We’ll begin our continuous countdown and launch coverage here and on…

SpaceX Launch March 30 2014February 17, 2017 – 07:35 pm

SpaceX Launch March 30 2014

A SpaceX robotic Dragon space capsule is mated to the top of its Falcon 9 rocket ahead of a planned March 2014 launch to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Image released March 11. (SpaceX) The planned Sunday launch of a commercial Dragon space capsule packed with food and supplies for astronauts in orbit has been delayed until at least March 30, its SpaceX builders said Thursday. SpaceX planned to launch…

SpaceX Engineering JobsFebruary 8, 2017 – 07:06 pm

SpaceX Engineering Jobs

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has drawn some comparisons to Apple cofounder Steve Jobs and at least one SpaceX employee thinks those comparisons are warranted. An anonymous SpaceX engineer took to Quora recently to tell the world what it’s really like working for Musk and it seems that he’s just as insanely demanding and difficult to work with as Jobs once was. “Elon’s version of reality is highly skewed, ” the engineer writes…

Which Port is SpaceX ASDS in?February 7, 2017 – 07:05 pm

Which Port is SpaceX ASDS in?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In the early morning hours of Jan. 10, Space Exploration Technologies ( SpaceX ) attempted a feat that had never been done before — land a first stage rocket booster on a floating barge. The landing was not a success, as the booster slammed into the ship upon impact. Elon Musk’s, SpaceX CEO, preliminary report indicated that the ship itself was fine; however, there was evidence of damage to support equipment. A full picture of…