SpaceX Rocket FuelMay 30, 2015 – 11:00 am

SpaceX Rocket Fuel

Early Sunday morning, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Among the footage of the mission launch was is SpaceX’s two-stage rocket. Both stages are powered by Merlin-class engines [Editor’s note: Wizard rocket] that burn traditional fuel: cryogenic liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene. The Draco thrusters on the Dragon spacecraft — the one that will likely ferry US astronauts — uses…

SpaceX Launch August 9July 8, 2015 – 03:19 pm

SpaceX Launch August 9

An international oceanography satellite arrived at its California launch base from a factory in France on Thursday for fueling, testing and other final preps before its scheduled Aug. 8 blastoff on a Falcon 9 rocket. Packed inside a specialized shipping container, the Jason 3 spacecraft journeyed from a Thales Alenia Space assembly plant in Cannes, France, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the prime U.S. launch site for Earth observing satellites…

Musk SpaceX LaunchMay 18, 2015 – 04:51 pm

Musk SpaceX Launch

It took a court case, tens of millions of dollars and some heated words, but Elon Musk s quest to be able to launch satellites for the Pentagon finally concluded Tuesday. The Air Force announced that SpaceX, Musk s California-based company won its long-awaited certification from the Pentagon. And now Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur, has earned the right to do what s he s angling to do for years: take on the United Launch Alliance, the behemoth…

SpaceX Launch Engineers SalaryDecember 31, 2014 – 10:47 am

SpaceX Launch Engineers Salary

If SpaceX s destination – the International Space Station in “ho hum” low-Earth orbit is certain to be uninspiring to a new generation of would-be rocketeers, someone forgot to tell many of those rocketeers-in-training. The prospect of working for private companies launching cargo to the space station and, eventually, humans into space has emerged as an alluring option for a new generation of aerospace-engineering students, some educators say. The…

SpaceX Grasshopper 250mJanuary 21, 2015 – 02:10 pm

SpaceX Grasshopper 250m

SpaceX s Grasshopper test rig for the Falcon 9 reusable launch vehicle has stepped up its game, with Elon Musk s private space company demonstrating that the rocket can now not only take off and land in a straight line, but track sideways as part of the maneuver. A vital talent if Grasshopper is to land safely when put into full service, the so-called divert test saw the 106-foot rocket flying to 250m while also completing a 100m lateral shift. After…

Does SpaceX Use Russian Rocket EnginesJuly 24, 2013 – 11:38 am

Does SpaceX Use Russian Rocket Engines

The American supply of Russian rockets is cut off, the replacements aren t nearly ready, and the second option s last liftoff ended in an explosion. Barring an improvement in Russo-American relations, it looks like SpaceX is still heading for a payday. United Launch Alliance has been handling all of the launches for national security since 2006, and the $70-billion contract runs through 2030. But the end of its monopoly on launching satellites for…

SpaceX in TXMarch 22, 2015 – 10:14 am

SpaceX in TX

Falcon 9 rocket launches could soon become a familiar sight in southern Texas. Credit: SpaceX Texas is offering the private space company SpaceX more than $15 million in incentives to build a new launch facility at the southernmost tip of the Lone Star State. SpaceX is excited to expand our work in Texas with the world s first commercial launch complex designed specifically for orbital missions,SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a statement. Musk thanked…

SpaceX Rocket Launch FailDecember 10, 2014 – 02:48 pm

SpaceX Rocket Launch Fail

The spectacular June 28 failure of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket apparently was triggered by a support strut inside the booster s second stage liquid oxygen tank that suddenly broke free, releasing a buoyant high-pressure helium bottle that caused the rocket to break apart from the inside out, company founder Elon Musk told reporters Monday. Providing initial results of an internal failure investigation, Musk said the strut in question, one of several…

SpaceX Brownsville Texas newspapersFebruary 4, 2014 – 09:06 am

SpaceX Brownsville Texas newspapers

Artist s illustration of SpaceX s planned spaceport in South Texas, which broke ground on Sept. 22, 2014 and should begin launching commercial satellites to orbit in 2016. Credit: SpaceX With today s groundbreaking at Boca Chica Beach, we will begin an investment in South Texas that will create hundreds of jobs and, over time, contribute hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy,Musk added. Texas offered SpaceX about $15 million in incentives…

SpaceX Rocket explodes during LaunchJune 2, 2015 – 04:36 pm

SpaceX Rocket explodes during Launch

An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded Sunday just minutes after launch from Cape Canaveral. The Falcon 9 rocket was carrying 4, pounds of supplies and equipment for the International Space Station. SpaceX founder Elon Musk said liquid oxygen under high pressure may have burst, causing the rocket to break apart. SpaceX will conduct an investigation overseen by the Federal Aviation Administration. It was the third resupply mission to fail in recent months…