SpaceX Dragon VideoMarch 21, 2017 – 09:26 pm

SpaceX Dragon Video

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur behind the private spaceflight company SpaceX, unveiled his firm s latest innovation — the Dragon V2 manned spaceship —Thursday night (May 29) in a stylish debut for the 21st-century space taxi for astronauts. SpaceX s Dragon Version 2 spaceship is designed to be reusable. The company plans to conduct to tests of the vehicle s launch-abort system in November 2014 and January 2015. Image released May 29, 2014…

NASA SpaceX Dragon VideoMarch 18, 2017 – 09:16 pm

NASA SpaceX Dragon Video

By CBS News HAWTHORNE, Calif. - With a showman s flair for the dramatic, electric car builder and rocket designer Elon Musk unveiled a futuristic space capsule Thursday; a sleek reusable ferry craft that could carry astronauts to the International Space Station and bring them home to a pinpoint, rocket-powered landing. You ll be able to land anywhere on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter, which is, I think, something a modern spaceship should…

SpaceX Landing Complex 1 YouTubeMarch 16, 2017 – 09:12 pm

SpaceX Landing Complex 1 YouTube

A satellite conceived by then-Vice President Al Gore 17 years ago as a real-time whole-Earth imager, and later converted to an early warning buoy for solar storms, is on its way to its parking spot 1 million mi. from Earth after launch on a Falcon 9. As the two-year, $340 million mission of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (Dscovr) got underway, controllers at the SpaceX facility in Hawthorne, California, monitored another attempt to fly a Falcon…

SpaceX Self Landing RocketMarch 9, 2017 – 08:44 pm

SpaceX Self Landing Rocket

SpaceX’s recoverable rocket booster, known as Grasshopper, recently launched itself over 2, feet in the air and expertly landed itself—a new record for the private space firm. Here’s a brief recap of the programs progress in the past year. Just over a year ago, Space X began testing Grasshopper: A first stage booster rocket designed to land itself. Elon Musk’s private space firm calls it a Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle, and they…

SpaceX Dragon return CargoMarch 8, 2017 – 08:43 pm

SpaceX Dragon return Cargo

Share. No word on the effects of weightlessness on tiny screws. Commercial space agency SpaceX s Dragon cargo spacecraft returned safely to Earth Tuesday with nearly two tons of NASA cargo on board. The craft contained 3, 700 lbs. of cargo, science and first-of-its-kind technology demonstration samples. Among the cargo were samples of printed parts and hardware created during the first demonstration of 3-D printing in space. Kirt Costello, deputy…

SpaceX Failure rateMarch 7, 2017 – 08:42 pm

SpaceX Failure rate

Gary Cameron/Reuters Dr. Buzz Aldrin served as lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission. When the interests of the private sector are aligned with NASA’s mission to explore space, America wins. The recent failure of the commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is a near-term setback. But getting that vehicle back in the air means something more for the tomorrows to come. It means getting down to business concerning the future…

SpaceX Dragon capsule dockingMarch 1, 2017 – 08:31 pm

SpaceX Dragon capsule docking

SpaceX s Dragon capsule has docked with the International Space Station (ISS) and brought with it some belated Christmas presents and commercial cargo supplies for the crew. On Monday, Jan. 12, the Dragon capsule delivered nearly two and a half tons of water, food, science experiments and presents successfully to the astronauts. The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 8:54 a.m. EST…

What does SpaceX do?February 24, 2017 – 08:15 pm

What does SpaceX do?

What kinds of private spaceflight are happening right now? Card 4 of 13 How is NASA involved in private spaceflight? Card 5 of 13 What is space tourism? Card 6 of 13 Why does SpaceX get so much attention? SpaceX is a particularly glitzy private space company, founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, who also founded PayPal, Tesla Motors, and other companies. In a sense, it s the Apple of private spaceflight: slick, heavily self-promoting, and beloved by a distinct…

SpaceX Dragon Thruster ProblemFebruary 20, 2017 – 08:04 pm

SpaceX Dragon Thruster Problem

SpaceX s Dragon space capsule is seen from a camera aboard its Falcon 9 rocket after separating from the booster following its March 1, 2013 launch toward the International Space Station on the second cargo mission for NASA. The spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 10:10 a.m. ET. Credit: SpaceX Engineers with the commercial spaceflight company SpaceX are working to solve a thruster problem on the firm s robotic Dragon…

SpaceX Landing bargeFebruary 16, 2017 – 07:35 pm

SpaceX Landing barge

Returning to port late Thursday under the cover of darkness, SpaceX’s rocket recovery platform has moored at a dock in Jacksonville, Florida, for unloading of charred debris from Tuesday’s crash landing of a Falcon 9 booster. The 14-story booster was programmed to descend back to Earth, light its engines to slow down, then touch down vertically on the ship on four landing legs. SpaceX billed the maneuver as a purely experimental, and the rocket accomplished…