SpaceX abort VideoMay 17, 2016 – 10:29 am

SpaceX abort Video

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. completed qualification tests of the SuperDraco thruster that will power the launch abort system on the crewed version of the Dragon space capsule the company is developing with financial aid from NASA. SpaceX performed multiple SuperDraco hot fires at its McGregor, Texas, test facility in April and May, according to a press release issued May 28. SuperDraco is intended for use with Dragon Version…

The SpaceX Launch Still onMay 16, 2016 – 10:20 am

The SpaceX Launch Still on

Coming in to land – and attempt to recover the first stage of the potentially reusable Falcon 9 rocket. Credit: Flickr/SpaceX The commercial company SpaceX has now completed six successful re-supply missions to the International Space Station (ISS). Along the way it has created a lot of headaches for its competitors, who don t appear to be able to compete on a cost basis. The latest SpaceX launch took place earlier this month. As well as delivering…

SpaceX Dragon capacityMay 11, 2016 – 09:58 am

SpaceX Dragon capacity

Moreover, the crew capacity of Zarya and Dragon is up to 8 and 7 members, respectively. Both also possess a conical re-entry capsule, and are reusable. Led by the brilliant Soviet engineer Konstantin Feoktistov of the NPO Energia design bureau, the development of the Zarya spacecraft began in the 1980’s, but the project was eventually shelved. Feoktistov himself believed the spacecraft s design was not refined enough to guarantee the required landing…

SpaceX Dragon return LiveMay 8, 2016 – 09:29 am

SpaceX Dragon return Live

Stream videos at Ustream Don’t miss the thrilling conclusion of SpaceX’s first mission to the International Space Station. Tune in May 31 starting at 12:30 a.m. PDT to see live feed coverage of the Dragon spacecraft unberthing from the ISS, deorbiting, and splashing down on Earth. According to NASA’s current schedule, Dragon will be released from the space station’s Candarm2 at around 2:35 a.m. PDT. After release, the spacecraft will fire its engines…

SpaceX Dragon Launch Live StreamMay 6, 2016 – 09:09 am

SpaceX Dragon Launch Live Stream

About After four successful missions to the International Space Station, including three official resupply missions for NASA, SpaceX is set to launch its fourth official Commercial Resupply (CRS) mission to the orbiting lab. The SpaceX CRS-4 mission is targeting launch at 2:14 a.m. EDT Saturday, September 20 from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. If all goes as planned, Dragon will arrive at the station on Monday…

Status of SpaceX LaunchApril 30, 2016 – 08:54 am

Status of SpaceX Launch

SpaceX has suffered a setback after one of its rockets suffered a catastrophic failure during launch Sunday. — NASA (@NASA) The unmanned rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station exploded about two minutes after launch from Cape Canaveral. There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. Data suggests counterintuitive cause. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) This shipment is especially critical because the space station…

SpaceX Rocket Landing FailureApril 27, 2016 – 08:30 am

SpaceX Rocket Landing Failure

Space transport services company SpaceX is optimistic about landing a rocket and reusing it later, a goal that could have significant implications in the space industry, particularly in terms of operational costs. Elon Musk s company, nevertheless, failed again in its third attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform after it blasted off on Tuesday. Musk has now given the public an explanation as to why the latest attempt had failed…

SpaceX Hawthorne ToursApril 24, 2016 – 08:17 am

SpaceX Hawthorne Tours

SpaceX recently hosted an exciting tour for young women interested in STEM, all from the i.am College Track program in Boyle Heights! The lucky students got an exclusive tour of SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, where the revolutionary aerospace agency designs and builds all their rockets and space transportation vehicles. SpaceX was founded in 2002 by former PayPal entrepreneur Elon Musk, who is also the founder of Tesla Motors. In May…

Where did SpaceX landing?April 16, 2016 – 07:53 am

Where did SpaceX landing?

SpaceX s dull cargo run to the space station featured an exciting secondary mission: the first-ever attempt to land the booster rocket on a floating spaceport drone ship for recovery and reuse. The Falcon 9 hit the barge too hard, impacting rather than landing, a failure so close to success it s worthy of celebration. Falcon 9 blasting off with the Dragon at 4:47 a.m. EST on Saturday morning. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann This cargo run has been…

Does SpaceX do ToursApril 14, 2016 – 07:49 am

Does SpaceX do Tours

The port the Shuttle is using in that image is the PMA, (Pressurized Mating Adapter) and it is getting an upgrade in June 2015 when the SpaceX Dragon CRS-7 mission delivers the LIDS adapter for the PMA. This is where the Commercial Crew vehicles will dock. (Third port type is on the Russian segment where Progress, Soyuz, and ATV dock). The Commercial Cargo vehicles use the CBM (Common Berthing Method) ports, that require capture by the CanadArm and…