When is SpaceX Launching in July 2014July 12, 2016 – 03:49 pm

When is SpaceX Launching in July 2014

SpaceX made a fourth – and successful – attempt to launch its Falcon 9 v1.1 – tasked with orbiting six OG2 satellites for Orbcomm’s second generation constellation – on Monday. The latest attempt – from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral – launched at 11:15 am local time, following a slight delay due to Ground Support Equipment (GSE) issue. Falcon 9 v1.1 Mission: As a result the satellite was left in an unusable orbit from which it…

SpaceX McGregor TX CareersJune 29, 2016 – 02:08 pm

SpaceX McGregor TX Careers

If you look on Google Maps, at the McGregor, TX test site, you can see the old test stand (Labelled A) where they test each Falcon 9 first stage for a 9 engine fire as an acceptance test before sending on to the launch facility. You can see a nice view of a stage on that vertical test stand in this image: Labelled B in my first image is the new horizontal test stand. You can see the very large trough or exhaust vent they built. Initial speculation…

SpaceX Going to MarsJune 26, 2016 – 01:50 pm

SpaceX Going to Mars

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, has announced an ambitious plan to colonize Mars by shuttling 80, pioneers to the Red Planet at a cost of $500, a trip. The first phase of the program, which is contingent on the development of reusable rocket that can take off and land vertically, would start off modestly with only a handful of explorers leaving Earth at a time. But in short order, the self-sustaining population…

Colonization of Mars ProjectJune 21, 2016 – 01:32 pm

Colonization of Mars Project

Artist s impression of Mars One s planned colony on the Red Planet, which would begin with the touchdown of four people in 2025 and continuing growing thereafter. Credit: Bryan Versteeg/Mars One One hundred people are still in the running to become humanity s first Mars explorers. The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to land four pioneers on the Red Planet in 2025 as the vanguard of a permanent colony, has whittled its pool of astronaut…

SpaceX Launch SystemsJune 19, 2016 – 01:25 pm

SpaceX Launch Systems

Launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo ship loaded with more than 5, 100 pounds of equipment and supplies bound for the International Space Station was called off Tuesday less than two minutes before liftoff because of apparent problems with the second stage engine steering system. Trouble with a second stage actuator assembly apparently cropped up last month during or in the wake of a first-stage engine test firing, sources said…

Where is SpaceX in Seattle?June 16, 2016 – 01:19 pm

Where is SpaceX in Seattle?

PARIS — Elon Musk on Jan. 16 said SpaceX has submitted to international regulators the necessary documentation for a global satellite Internet project to eventually include some 4, satellites in low Earth orbit and initial service within five years. He also said Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX would not be pursuing a stock market listing for many years given the volatility of the launch-services market. Musk did not provide a name for his satellite…

SpaceX Rocket explosion June 2015June 6, 2016 – 12:52 pm

SpaceX Rocket explosion June 2015

NEW SMYRNA BEACH - A lot of money and countless hours of research were lost Sunday when SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule exploded shortly after lifting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, but officials are now concerned about debris washing up along Central Florida beaches. Officials with the 45th Space Wing said the debris, which could be toxic or explosive, would most likely appear along the beaches north of Cape Canaveral (in…

Video of SpaceX DockingMay 26, 2016 – 11:25 am

Video of SpaceX Docking

By Ken Kremer KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – With launch less than a day away for SpaceX’s seventh commercial resupply mission carrying a two ton payload of critical science and cargo for the future buildup of human spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, June 28, “everything is looking great” and all systems are GO, Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX VP of mission assurance announced at a media briefing for reporters at the Kennedy Space…

SpaceX Launch Video 2013May 25, 2016 – 11:16 am

SpaceX Launch Video 2013

It’s a busy week in the new space race with two commercial operations trying new things, and China sending a rover to the moon. SpaceX is hoping the third time is the charm tonight with its Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket currently fueled up and ready to launch the company’s first geostationary payload. The long trip to an altitude of 22, 236 miles for the SES-8 broadcast satellite has been twice delayed due to last second issues with the latest version of SpaceX’s…

SpaceX Launch Ends in Failure VideoMay 23, 2016 – 11:02 am

SpaceX Launch Ends in Failure Video

CAPE CANAVERAL - An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, the third cargo mission to fail in eight months. The accident occurred about 2 1/2 minutes into the flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Pieces could be seen falling into the Atlantic. More than 5, 200 pounds of space station cargo were on board, including the first docking port designed…