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…

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…