SpaceX Launch Dates 2013February 7, 2014 – 10:15 am

SpaceX Launch Dates 2013

Topped with a television broadcasting satellite, SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket fired its engines and was moments away from liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, but the commercial booster aborted the launch after computers detected the engines were too slow building up thrust. Engineers raced to understand and resolve the problem, but they could not get comfortable enough to attempt the launch again before Thursday s time-constrained flight opportunity…

Watch SpaceX Rocket LaunchMarch 21, 2014 – 05:25 pm

Watch SpaceX Rocket Launch

As test flights go, it was quick and apparently easy, over in a few short minutes. The unmanned rocket capsule shot into the air from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Wednesday morning, then popped off like a cork from a champagne bottle before splashing down in the Atlantic ocean. But as Elon Musk s SpaceX moves toward flying astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017, SpaceX s so-called launch abort test was a critical one, allowing the company…

Did SpaceX LaunchApril 16, 2013 – 09:36 am

Did SpaceX Launch

The third time was the charm for SpaceX Wednesday (Feb. 11) with the launch of a long-delayed space weather satellite on a million-mile trek into deep space. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched into orbit at 6:03 p.m. EST (2303 GMT) carrying the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a satellite designed to serve as an early-warning system for potentially dangerous solar storms. SpaceX was initially schedule to deliver the satellite on Sunday, but…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch VideoNovember 22, 2014 – 09:08 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Video

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lit up the night sky over Florida Tuesday (Dec. 3) in a landmark communications satellite mission that catapulted the private spaceflight company into the commercial launch business. The upgraded Falcon 9 rocket launched into space from SpaceX s pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a mission to deliver the 3.2-ton SES-8 communications satellite into orbit. The liftoff at 5:41 p.m. EST (2241 GMT) marked SpaceX…

SpaceX Rocket Launch YouTubeOctober 17, 2014 – 07:09 am

SpaceX Rocket Launch YouTube

YouTube/SpaceXYesterday, SpaceX released an animated video of its new Falcon Heavy rocket that, if all goes according to plan, will eventually be able to launch a manned spacecraft into space and then touch back down on a landing pad. The idea is to create reusable rockets that can safely return to Earth and land intact. But SpaceX is still in the testing phase of the new landing maneuver. On Jan. 10, SpaceX semi-successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket…

Tesla SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future ReviewNovember 17, 2012 – 01:07 pm

Tesla SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Review

WE’VE become a nation of indoor cats,Dave Eggers wrote in A Hologram for the King (2012), his existential novel about an American doing IT work in the Saudi Arabian desert. A nation of doubters, worriers, overthinkers. Ashlee Vance, in his new biography of celebrity industrialist Elon Musk, delivers a similar notion of the deflating American soul. An early Facebook engineer tells Vance, The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to…

YouTube SpaceX Landing attemptJune 30, 2013 – 04:00 pm

YouTube SpaceX Landing attempt

During our next flight, SpaceX will attempt the precision landing of a Falcon 9 first stage for the first time, on a custom-built ocean platform known as the autonomous spaceport drone ship. While SpaceX has already demonstrated two successful soft water landings, executing a precision landing on an unanchored ocean platform is significantly more challenging. The odds of success are not great—perhaps 50% at best. However this test represents the first…

SpaceX Rocket Launch ViewingJune 26, 2015 – 11:59 am

SpaceX Rocket Launch Viewing

SpaceX is set to launch one of the company s Falcon 9 v1.1 rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station s Space Launch Complex 40 at 10:21 a.m. EDT (14:21 GMT) on June 28. Here are some of the best locations from which to watch the launch. Photo Credit: Tony Gray / Robert Murray CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies ( SpaceX ) is preparing to launch one of the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s…

The Facts About SpaceX costsJune 23, 2015 – 09:36 am

The Facts About SpaceX costs

Why the US Can Beat China: The Facts About SpaceX Costs Whenever someone proposes to do something that has never been done before, there will always be skeptics. So when I started SpaceX, it was not surprising when people said we wouldn t succeed. But now that we ve successfully proven Falcon 1, Falcon 9 and Dragon, there s been a steady stream of misinformation and doubt expressed about SpaceX s actual launch costs and prices. As noted last month…

Launch Success for SpaceX MissionNovember 18, 2013 – 04:58 pm

Launch Success for SpaceX Mission

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida with a science-packed Dragon spacecraft on the fourth NASA-contracted resupply mission for the International Space Station, Sept. 21, 2014. Dragon is carrying about 2.5 tons of cargo to the space station for NASA. The mission is SpaceX s fourth of 12 delivery missions for the U.S. space agency under a $1.6 billion deal. Sunday s flawless launch occurred one day…