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…

SpaceX COTS 4February 20, 2016 – 03:33 am

SpaceX COTS 4

The latest SpaceX Dragon – and her crew of “Mousetronauts” – arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. The orbital ballet between the giant orbital outpost and the commercial spacecraft resulted in the CRS-4 Dragon being captured by the Station’s “big arm” at 06:52 Eastern, ahead of berthing operations that were completed a few hours later. Day of the CRS-4 Dragon: The SpX-4/CRS-4 Dragon began her journey to the ISS atop of her…

SpaceX Dragon Launch abort SystemsFebruary 12, 2016 – 02:43 am

SpaceX Dragon Launch abort Systems

SpaceX hasn t had a great run with its rocket tests in recent weeks, but its bad luck changed with a successful trial of the Pad Abort Test, a vital process for keeping future space travelers safe at blast-off. The trial tool place at SpaceX s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape Canaveral, Florida, this morning, seeing how Elon Musk & Co. s brand new launch abort technology would work in practice. However, the crew onboard was a little…

When will SpaceX Dragon v2 FlyFebruary 10, 2016 – 02:27 am

When will SpaceX Dragon v2 Fly

SpaceX unveiled the next-generation Dragon V2 spacecraft to much applause but the company is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program whose main goal is to bring manned launches back to America by 2017. While SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the company is on track to launch astronauts to the International Space Station as early as 2016, NASA announced the completion of the first phase of the certification process for crewed launches. The Dragon V2 is part…

Watch SpaceX Dragon LaunchFebruary 7, 2016 – 02:16 am

Watch SpaceX Dragon Launch

Photo credit: SpaceX Tomorrow morning, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida in order to send the Dragon spacecraft on the fifth Commercial Resupply (CRS-5) mission to the International Space Station. The launch is currently set for 6:20 am EST, and (as of the time of this writing) weather conditions have slightly improved and are predicted to be 70% favorable. The launch should be visible to those within 500 miles of…

SpaceX Dragon crew testJanuary 28, 2016 – 01:25 am

SpaceX Dragon crew test

The next test of a critical safety system on SpaceX’s human-rated Dragon spaceship will be delayed, likely until at least late next year, as the company adjusts the development schedule for the new commercial crew capsule designed to take astronauts to the International Space Station. The in-flight abort demonstration, which is designed to prove the Dragon’s escape rockets can carry a crew away from an exploding rocket, will occur from launch pad…

SpaceX Private sharesJanuary 26, 2016 – 01:03 am

SpaceX Private shares

The French government has signaled its intention to sell its stake in Arianespace, a major step in consolidating the European launcher industry under the control of a joint venture formed by Airbus and rocket engine manufacturer Safran. The move is a significant milestone in the shakeup of the European launch sector as rocket component suppliers, production facilities and operations and sales teams from Arianespace combine in a single organization…

YouTube SpaceX Launch 2014January 24, 2016 – 12:40 am

YouTube SpaceX Launch 2014

PARIS — The South Korean government has selected Europe’s Arianespace to launch two geostationary-orbit meteorological and environment-monitoring satellites in 2018 and 2019, Arianespace and the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning announced. The contract bidding featured a head-to-head competition between Evry, France-based Arianespace and its Ariane 5 rocket and its principal rival, SpaceX of Hawthorne, California and the Falcon 9…