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…

SpaceX successful LaunchApril 12, 2016 – 07:34 am

SpaceX successful Launch

REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniSpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks after unveiling the Dragon V2 spacecraft in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014.Elon Musk is the eccentric founder of one of the most valuable tech companies in the world. After netting millions from his first two companies, PayPal and Zip2, Musk decided to dream bigger. Fascinated by space and the potential for colonization on Mars, he founded SpaceX. From the beginning, SpaceX was quite different from…

SpaceX Dragon Live FeedApril 10, 2016 – 07:06 am

SpaceX Dragon Live Feed

Photo Credit: Michael Howard / SpaceFlight Insider CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) and NASA are planning a second attempt at launching the sixth operational and the seventh overall flight of a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. SpaceFlight Insider’s live launch day webcast will be held at Cape Canaveral (about 3 miles from the launch pad at SLC-40) will begin at 3:15 p.m. EDT (19:15 GMT). LIVE COVERAGE…

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…