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)…

SpaceX 4 Launch in 2014February 28, 2016 – 04:16 am

SpaceX 4 Launch in 2014

SpaceX will test out new stabilizing fins that could help land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge in the Atlantic Ocean after liftoff on a space station resupply mission in mid-December, according to Elon Musk, the company’s billionaire leader. Hoping to use an operational flight as an experiment to advance the company’s bid for a reusable rocket — a breakthrough that could change the landscape of the launch industry if perfected…

SpaceX Launch Manifest in 2014February 27, 2016 – 04:09 am

SpaceX Launch Manifest in 2014

SpaceX hopes to take a giant leap forward in rocket technology a few minutes after Friday’s scheduled launch of a Falcon 9 booster taking up 2.5 tons of critical supplies and experiments to the International Space Station. Burning leftover liquid fuel in its propellant tanks, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will fly back to Earth after finishing a nearly three-minute burn to send SpaceX’s Dragon commercial cargo craft toward the space station. The…

SpaceX Dragon Landing VideoFebruary 26, 2016 – 04:04 am

SpaceX Dragon Landing Video

When SpaceX launched its Dragon supply mission to the International Space Station on April 18, it tried something revolutionary after the spacecraft was safely in orbit. Behind the scenes, CEO Elon Musk and his team had been testing the reusability of this rocket. On that Friday, the team returned part of it to Earth for the first time in history. Once Dragon was in space, the first stage separated and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. As the helium-filled…