SpaceX Dragon Parachute testApril 3, 2016 – 06:56 am

SpaceX Dragon Parachute test

The parachute configuration for abort was determined to require changes from the parachute configuration for a normal reentry. On a normal reentry, the parachutes have more time to deploy at a higher altitude. In an abort case, they need to be shot out with a mortar and deploy faster. This was tested in 2014 after being dropped from a helicopter. The test unit was not exactly the Dragon V2 configuration, but was designed to test the new parachute…

SpaceX Headquarters Hawthorne CAApril 2, 2016 – 06:55 am

SpaceX Headquarters Hawthorne CA

WASHINGTON — SpaceX is planning to launch a series of experimental low Earth orbit communications satellites starting next year to test technologies for a future low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation the company announced earlier this year. In a May 29 filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, SpaceX sought an experimental Ku-band communications license for two spacecraft, named MicroSat-1a and MicroSat-1b, that it plans to launch…

SpaceX Dragon Control panelMarch 19, 2016 – 05:51 am

SpaceX Dragon Control panel

Image: SpaceX Last night, SpaceX unveiled its next generation spacecraft, the Dragon V2, which will be the company s first to carry men into space. The unveiling was elegant and dramatic, and left a lot of questions unanswered. The scene looked like a late night talk show with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk acting as host. He walked out before a cheering crowd onto an all-white stage and stood in front of a tall white sheet hiding the spacecraft for the big…

SpaceX Dragon animationMarch 18, 2016 – 05:49 am

SpaceX Dragon animation

The SpaceX Dragon V2 has been revealed by CEO Elon Musk, and now - just a few hours after the craft has been introduced - we get to see it (animated) in flight. This animation shows the craft up in space - after its launch - attaching to the International Space Station, and returning to Earth. The key bits to see here are the attachment and the landing. You’ll note here that the craft only tosses about half of itself before re-entering the planet’s…

SpaceX Intern ReviewMarch 15, 2016 – 05:26 am

SpaceX Intern Review

SpaceX second stage Kestrel engine assembly clean room. (credit: Ken Gosier) [Editor’s Note: Sam Dinkin recently went on a tour of SpaceX’s facilities in El Segundo, California, as part of a group that won the tour in a silent auction at last October’s Space Frontier Conference. The tour was recorded with the permission of SpaceX. The following is the final part of an edited transcript of an interview that took place during the tour; part 3 was published…

SpaceX MuskMarch 14, 2016 – 05:26 am

SpaceX Musk

Tweet Facebook Linkedin Share icons Speaking with CNBC, Musk called the June 28 rocket failure “definitely a setback”, and said the company was in the midst of a thorough investigation. Until then, he added, SpaceX would refrain from any more launches. “I think we need to understand exactly what went wrong and be very deliberate at it, ” Musk said while attending the Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley. June’s failed Falcon 9 launch — SpaceX’s…

SpaceX Launch April 2014March 13, 2016 – 05:24 am

SpaceX Launch April 2014

The private spaceflight company SpaceX prepares its unmanned Dragon cargo ship to launch to the International Space Station on its third official supply delivery mission for NASA. Credit: SpaceX You can watch the SpaceX s Dragon launch live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. The webcast will begin Monday at 3:45 p.m. EDT (1945 GMT). SpaceX s Dragon will deliver nearly 5, lbs. (2, 268 kilograms) of food, experiments and other vital supplies for the…

Status of SpaceX DragonMarch 10, 2016 – 05:17 am

Status of SpaceX Dragon

A private Dragon cargo ship built by SpaceX arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday to deliver more than 2 tons of astronaut supplies and experiments for NASA, including the first 3-D printer in space and an intrepid crew of 20 lab mice. After a two-day chase, the Dragon spacecraft caught up to the orbiting laboratory at 6:52 a.m. ET. German astronaut Alexander Gerst used the space station s robotic arm to grab the capsule with help…

SpaceX Launch Escape SystemsMarch 2, 2016 – 04:28 am

SpaceX Launch Escape Systems

Topics: Orion, human spaceflight One of the tricky parts of launching humans into space is deciding what to do if something goes wrong. No matter the launch vehicle, getting from the ground to orbit requires riding a controlled explosion for about nine minutes. It stands to reason that if the controlled explosion suddenly becomes uncontrolled—or stops altogether—it would be nice to have a backup plan. On conventional rockets, where a capsule full…

Astronauts floating Inside SpaceX Dragon capsuleMarch 1, 2016 – 04:28 am

Astronauts floating Inside SpaceX Dragon capsule

NASA astronaut Don Pettit (left) and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko pose for a photo after entering SpaceX s Dragon capsule on the International Space Station for the first time on May 26, 2012. Credit: SpaceX/NASA TV This morning, after checking the seal between the station and spacecraft for leaks, NASA astronaut Don Pettit opened the hatch leading into the Dragon at 5:53 a.m. EDT (0953 GMT) as the two spacecraft orbited 253 miles (407 kilometers)…