SpaceX Musk TwitterJune 16, 2017 – 07:48 am

SpaceX Musk Twitter

On June 28, 2015, following a nominal liftoff, Falcon 9 experienced an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank approximately 139 seconds into flight, resulting in loss of mission. - SpaceX statement Final microseconds of NASA s Commercial Resupply mission CRS-7. Photo: NASA. In less than a tenth of a second, the explosion vaporized 4, pounds of supplies destined for ISS astronauts, along with a docking station that, if it had made…

SpaceX OCT 7 LaunchJune 11, 2017 – 07:36 am

SpaceX OCT 7 Launch

SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket sits ready for a launch dress rehearsal at Florida s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ahead of the Dragon space capsule s first contracted cargo run to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA A private space capsule s first contracted cargo mission to the International Space Station is slated to launch Oct. 7, NASA officials announced today (Sept. 20). SpaceX s robotic Dragon spacecraft is set to blast off atop the company…

Does Elon Musk Own PayPalJune 8, 2017 – 07:18 am

Does Elon Musk Own PayPal

‘This car is nuts, ’ Musk said while unveiling the Tesla D on Thursday evening, in his usually flamboyantly cool theatre. Photograph: LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS On Thursday night, Elon Musk announced a new two-motor car that everyone is interested in. It parks itself and can turn on its own air conditioning, sure, but people are interested in it because Elon Musk said it’s interesting – or at least because he teased on Twitter that he was about to “unveil…

Spacex-3June 6, 2017 – 07:05 am

Spacex-3

By Ken Kremer The 30 day flight of the SpaceX-3 Dragon commercial cargo freighter loaded with a huge cache of precious NASA science experiments including a freezer packed with research samples ended today with a spectacular departure from the orbiting lab complex soaring some 266 miles (428 km) above Earth. Update 3:05 PM EDT May 18: SpaceX confirms successful splashdown at 3:05 p.m. EDT today. “Splashdown is confirmed!! Welcome home, Dragon!” Robotics…

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…

NASA SpaceX Pad abort testMay 22, 2017 – 06:38 am

NASA SpaceX Pad abort test

SpaceX now is targeting Wednesday, May 6, for a pad abort test of its Crew Dragon, a spacecraft under final development and certification through NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP). The test window will open at 7 a.m. EDT. NASA Television will provide live coverage of the test, which will simulate an emergency abort from a test stand on Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. The media briefing previewing…

Video SpaceX Rocket LandingMay 17, 2017 – 06:30 am

Video SpaceX Rocket Landing

This Jan. 10, 2015 image from video provided by SpaceX shows its booster rocket trying to land on a floating barge in the Atlantic after launch, in an unprecedented attempt that ended in a fiery explosion. The video released Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 shows the rocket hitting the football field-sized barge a couple hundred miles off Florida s northeastern coast. The landing attempt came minutes after separation from the main rocket that successfully delivered…

Elon Musk YouTube videosMay 16, 2017 – 06:23 am

Elon Musk YouTube videos

Elon Musk goes through life with a go big or go home type of attitude. So in 1, Musk decided to reward himself with a new car after selling his startup — Zip2 — for more than $300 million. And not just any car. The greatest car of its time. The $1 million McLaren F1 hypercar (as seen on Bold Ride). It s a million dollars for a car,Justine said. It s decadent.Three years ago, I was showering at the YMCA and sleeping on the office floor,Musk told…

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…