SpaceX Dragon capsule returnMay 24, 2018 – 05:38 pm

SpaceX Dragon capsule return

European Space Agency astronaut Sam Cristoforetti captured this shot of SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule leaving the International Space Station on May 21, 2015. “Look carefully.. you ll see #Dragon resting on the horizon, ” she tweeted along with the photo. Credit: Samantha Cristoforetti, via Twitter as @AstroSamantha Two other unmanned freighters currently visit the International Space Station: Japan s H-II Transfer Vehicle and Russia s Progress spacecraft… disconnecting car battery safely

YouTube SpaceX Rocket explodesMay 20, 2018 – 05:32 pm

YouTube SpaceX Rocket explodes

SpaceX has released a video of the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket touching down on a floating platform during an attempted landing before toppling over and exploding. It was the company s unsuccessful second attempt to land the rocket in an effort to develop a booster rocket that can be reused on future space missions. During Tuesday s launch, the rocket successfully sent an unmanned Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station before…

SpaceX Dragon Cost per LaunchMay 18, 2018 – 05:22 pm

SpaceX Dragon Cost per Launch

The arrival of SpaceX s Dragon cargo capsule at the International Space Station will be delayed due to a problem with its thrusters. NBC s Tom Costello reports. The commercial SpaceX rocket venture launched its unmanned Dragon capsule on a cargo run to the International Space Station on Friday, and then spent hours addressing a gnarly problem with the Dragon s thruster system. The problem was solved, but not before it forced at least a day s delay…

SpaceX tests Precision Landing RocketMay 17, 2018 – 05:19 pm

SpaceX tests Precision Landing Rocket

By Ken Kremer KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – In a key test of rocket reusability, SpaceX will attempt a daring landing of their Falcon 9 first stage rocket on an ocean platform known as the “autonomous spaceport drone ship” following the planned Friday, Dec. 19, blastoff on a high stakes mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo freighter is slated to liftoff on its next unmanned cargo run…

SpaceX Dragon TrunkMay 16, 2018 – 05:19 pm

SpaceX Dragon Trunk

The grapple bars delivered to the Space Station by SpaceX s Dragon capsule were unloaded today (March 6). Credit: NASA TV Today s robotic arm work marked the first time SpaceX has ever delivered gear meant for the outside of the space station using the Dragon s trunk, company officials have said. SpaceX built the support hardware holding the grapple bars in place on the Dragon capsule, they added. The six astronauts living aboard the space station…

Tesla SpaceX CrashMay 13, 2018 – 05:12 pm

Tesla SpaceX Crash

SpaceX Elon Musk isn t a shy guy. He likes to share, sometimes a bit too much, and the latest example of that took place on 16 January, when he tweeted and even posted videos of his space company s Falcon 9 rocket crashing into a drone ship. Most executives would put a public relations spin on the whole thing, but not Musk. He embraced social media and used the crash as a way to show the world what SpaceX has been up to lately. READ: Elon Musk s Hyperloop…

SpaceX CRS 3 Launch TimeMay 9, 2018 – 05:01 pm

SpaceX CRS 3 Launch Time

SpaceX made a late postponement to the CRS-3/SpX-3 mission to the International Space Station on Thursday, citing “open items” that require additional time to remedy. The launch – which was originally set for March 16 – will have to wait until the end of the month at the earliest, as Dragon sets her sights on a new opportunity afforded to her in the busy launch and Visiting Vehicle schedules, both on the Eastern Range and at the orbital outpost. CRS-3:…

SpaceX crewed Dragon Pressing home the AdvantageMay 8, 2018 – 05:00 pm

SpaceX crewed Dragon Pressing home the Advantage

With all three Commercial Crew partners providing a status update at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) this week, SpaceX have outlined their path towards launching a crew on their Dragon spacecraft in 2015. With the advantage of already flying cargo missions on a near-human rated Dragon, SpaceX are leading the drive to return domestic crew launch capability to the United States. SpaceX Crewed Path: This next flight (CRS-2/SpX-2) – scheduled to launch…

SpaceX Dragon EyeMay 5, 2018 – 04:56 pm

SpaceX Dragon Eye

The DragonEye (DE) relative navigation sensor – set to ride with Discovery on STS-133 – will be installed two weeks later than planned, following a laser rod failure during testing. Discovery – currently enjoying a smooth processing flow – will be conducting the second test for the sensor during her arrival at the International Space Station (ISS) in November. STS-133 Processing Latest: Discovery is in trouble-free flow, with all of her recent processing…

SpaceX Dragon Mission ControlMay 3, 2018 – 04:46 pm

SpaceX Dragon Mission Control

SpaceX began the Pacific Ocean recovery of the company s third commercial re-supply mission to the International Space Station Sunday afternoon, capping a month-long round trip that featured the delivery of nearly 5, pounds of cargo and the return of more than 3, 500 pounds of station hardware and scientific equipment, including perishable research samples. Dragon splashed down under parachute 350 miles west of Baja, Calif., at 3:05 p.m., EDT. Dragon…