SpaceX Merlin D EngineJune 4, 2017 – 07:05 am

SpaceX Merlin D Engine

According to Spaceflight 101, the chamber pressure is the same, but the expansion ratio (throat area to end-of-nozzle area) is 7 times larger in the vacuum variant, which (if correct) implies about 2.7 times the nozzle diameter if the throat is unchanged. The Wikipedia description of the 1C-vacuum says the expansion nozzle length is 2.7 meters, while the overall length of the first-stage 1C is only 2.9 meters long - roughly half of that being nozzle…

SpaceX News Conference crs-7June 3, 2017 – 07:05 am

SpaceX News Conference crs-7

(Photo : Reuters) The Falcon 9 rocket has been the go-to rocket for SpaceX s ISS resupply missions. SpaceX s seventh Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-7) mission literally went up in flames 27 miles into the air, which could lead to a significant hitch in the company s future work with NASA. SpaceX is currently planning to use a certain kind of Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule to send astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S…

Elon Musk Solar charging StationsMay 15, 2017 – 06:23 am

Elon Musk Solar charging Stations

Electric car maker Tesla announced on Monday night that it has installed its “Supercharger” rapid car charging network at an initial six locations throughout California and Tesla says charging at these stations will be free “indefinitely” for Model S owners. Tesla says the Superchargers will be powered by solar technology, developed by solar installer SolarCity (Tesla CEO Elon Musk also is an investor and the Chairman of SolarCity). Musk has been…

SpaceX Engine Failure CauseMay 11, 2017 – 06:12 am

SpaceX Engine Failure Cause

A day after an explosion that destroyed an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket carrying a space station cargo ship, company officials said Wednesday they hope to zero in on the likely cause of the mishap within a week or so, based on a detailed review of telemetry, analysis of video and inspection of recovered debris. The 130-foot-tall Antares rocket, powered by extensively modified Soviet-era first-stage engines, blasted off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional…

SpaceX crs-3 NewsMay 1, 2017 – 11:15 pm

SpaceX crs-3 News

Photo Credit: SpaceX CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – The rescheduled launch of a Space Exploration Technologies ( SpaceX ) Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket has been pushed back yet again – this time with no new launch date provided. Liftoff had been slated to occur in the late evening hours of Sunday, March 30. The cause for the delay was the same as the one which forced United Launch Alliance ( ULA ) to postpone their launch of an Atlas V 541 rocket from nearby Space…