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…

SpaceX Dragon Launch YouTubeJanuary 22, 2016 – 12:35 am

SpaceX Dragon Launch YouTube

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft roared off its Florida launch pad May 6 in an abort system test the company deemed successful despite a minor problem with one of the spacecraft’s thrusters. The Dragon spacecraft launched from SpaceX’s launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time, at the beginning of a seven-hour launch window. The spacecraft’s eight SuperDraco thrusters fired for six seconds, accelerating the spacecraft…

SpaceX Dragon InsideJanuary 20, 2016 – 12:18 am

SpaceX Dragon Inside

Would you like to ‘Enter the Dragon’ for an up close look inside SpaceX’s new ‘V2’ crew transport ship to Earth orbit and the space station? We’ve shown you lots of exterior shots of SpaceX’s spacecraft after Billionaire entrepreneur and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk pulled the curtain off to reveal his future plans for human spaceflight on May 29 during a live webcast from SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne, Calif. Check out the gallery of Dragon V2 imagery above and…

SpaceX Dragon capsule diagramJanuary 14, 2016 – 11:55 pm

SpaceX Dragon capsule diagram

The Dragon spacecraft sits in the hangar at Cape Canaveral. The capsule rests on top of the trunk. Large square fairings on the side of the trunk cover the solar arrays. Credit: SpaceX Introduction Dragon is a reusable spacecraft being developed by SpaceX under NASA s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. The Dragon program was initiated internally by SpaceX in 2005. The spacecraft is designed for Earth to LEO transport of pressurized…

SpaceX Rocket Crash NewsJanuary 13, 2016 – 11:54 pm

SpaceX Rocket Crash News

Those of you who wanted to see the explosive last seconds of SpaceX s daring rocket-landing attempt Tuesday (April 14) are in luck. A new video shows the first stage of SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket crashing and burning after nearly pulling off an unprecedented touchdown on an unmanned drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The booster stage attempted the landing after successfully launching SpaceX s robotic Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station…