SpaceX tJune 5, 2018 – 06:08 pm

SpaceX t

SpaceX plans to launch an unmanned test model of the company’s Dragon crew capsule Wednesday on a whirlwind 107-second flight through the skies over Cape Canaveral. The 8-ton prototype spaceship will only reach a mile an altitude, but the trial aims to verify the Dragon capsule can safely escape from a launch failure and save its occupants from a potentially explosive mishap. SpaceX says the human-rated spacecraft, which it calls Crew Dragon, will…

SpaceX Launch Schedule 2013June 2, 2018 – 06:05 pm

SpaceX Launch Schedule 2013

By Ken Kremer The upgraded Falcon 9 booster is slated to haul the commercial SES-8 telecommunications satellite for the satellite provider SES for SpaceX’s first ever payload delivery to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Liftoff is scheduled for 5:37 p.m. EST from SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex 40 pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Pad 40 is the same location as all prior SpaceX launches from the Florida Space Coast. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk…

SpaceX Dragon Cargo CraftMay 31, 2018 – 05:57 pm

SpaceX Dragon Cargo Craft

Days after receiving a contract to build spacecraft that will ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, SpaceX launched its Dragon spacecraft, loaded with supplies and scientific experiments to the orbiting station. Once the first and then the second-stage engines fell away from the spacecraft, the Dragon’s pair of solar-array wings unfurled, recharging the spacecraft’s batteries. Dragon is now in the midst of a two-day trip to the space…

SpaceX Dragon Mission TimelineMay 30, 2018 – 05:57 pm

SpaceX Dragon Mission Timeline

SpaceX Pad Abort Test vehicle poised for May 6, 2015 test flight from SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Credit: SpaceX The first critical test flight of SpaceX s crewed Dragon that will soon launch American astronauts back to orbit and the International Space Station (ISS) from American soil is now less than two days away. The test flight – called the Pad Abort Test – is slated for the early morning hours of Wednesday…

SpaceX Dragon capsule returnMay 24, 2018 – 05:38 pm

SpaceX Dragon capsule return

European Space Agency astronaut Sam Cristoforetti captured this shot of SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule leaving the International Space Station on May 21, 2015. “Look carefully.. you ll see #Dragon resting on the horizon, ” she tweeted along with the photo. Credit: Samantha Cristoforetti, via Twitter as @AstroSamantha Two other unmanned freighters currently visit the International Space Station: Japan s H-II Transfer Vehicle and Russia s Progress spacecraft…

YouTube SpaceX Rocket explodesMay 20, 2018 – 05:32 pm

YouTube SpaceX Rocket explodes

SpaceX has released a video of the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket touching down on a floating platform during an attempted landing before toppling over and exploding. It was the company s unsuccessful second attempt to land the rocket in an effort to develop a booster rocket that can be reused on future space missions. During Tuesday s launch, the rocket successfully sent an unmanned Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station before…

SpaceX Dragon Cost per LaunchMay 18, 2018 – 05:22 pm

SpaceX Dragon Cost per Launch

The arrival of SpaceX s Dragon cargo capsule at the International Space Station will be delayed due to a problem with its thrusters. NBC s Tom Costello reports. The commercial SpaceX rocket venture launched its unmanned Dragon capsule on a cargo run to the International Space Station on Friday, and then spent hours addressing a gnarly problem with the Dragon s thruster system. The problem was solved, but not before it forced at least a day s delay…

SpaceX tests Precision Landing RocketMay 17, 2018 – 05:19 pm

SpaceX tests Precision Landing Rocket

By Ken Kremer KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – In a key test of rocket reusability, SpaceX will attempt a daring landing of their Falcon 9 first stage rocket on an ocean platform known as the “autonomous spaceport drone ship” following the planned Friday, Dec. 19, blastoff on a high stakes mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo freighter is slated to liftoff on its next unmanned cargo run…

SpaceX Dragon TrunkMay 16, 2018 – 05:19 pm

SpaceX Dragon Trunk

The grapple bars delivered to the Space Station by SpaceX s Dragon capsule were unloaded today (March 6). Credit: NASA TV Today s robotic arm work marked the first time SpaceX has ever delivered gear meant for the outside of the space station using the Dragon s trunk, company officials have said. SpaceX built the support hardware holding the grapple bars in place on the Dragon capsule, they added. The six astronauts living aboard the space station…

Tesla SpaceX CrashMay 13, 2018 – 05:12 pm

Tesla SpaceX Crash

SpaceX Elon Musk isn t a shy guy. He likes to share, sometimes a bit too much, and the latest example of that took place on 16 January, when he tweeted and even posted videos of his space company s Falcon 9 rocket crashing into a drone ship. Most executives would put a public relations spin on the whole thing, but not Musk. He embraced social media and used the crash as a way to show the world what SpaceX has been up to lately. READ: Elon Musk s Hyperloop…