Where is SpaceX Dragon now?April 29, 2018 – 04:24 pm

Where is SpaceX Dragon now?

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches a Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 14, 2015 on the CRS-6 mission to deliver NASA cargo to the International Space Station. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX launched the Dragon cargo ship into orbit on Tuesday (April 14) during its sixth commercial cargo mission for NASA. The spacecraft blasted off at 4:10 p.m. EDT (2016 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air…

SpaceX Failure InvestigationApril 28, 2018 – 04:14 pm

SpaceX Failure Investigation

Over the weekend, SpaceX announced that one of their unmanned rockets exploded while en route to the International Space Station on a mission to deliver supplies. The Falcon 9 rocket traveled about 27 miles into the air before going supersonic and then shattering. SpaceX founder Elon Musk speculated hours after the explosion via tweet that “there was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid-oxygen tank.” However this, combined with the later-released…

What is SpaceX Company?April 27, 2018 – 04:13 pm

What is SpaceX Company?

Overall, deal activity has increased for three straight years now, with 2015 already reaching a four-year high in both deals and dollars invested into space companies at nearly $1.17B across 21 deals, largely anchored by SpaceX’s $1B Series D from Google and Fidelity Investments. Despite the uptick in deals and dollars, just five VC-backed space companies have raised $20M or more. Musk’s space-travel startup SpaceX is far and away the leader, with…

Importance of SpaceX DragonApril 25, 2018 – 04:11 pm

Importance of SpaceX Dragon

When SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft heads uphill at the end of the month, the young spacecraft has a long set of objectives to pass prior to being given permission to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS). However, should Dragon achieve the historic first, it will not only provide some welcome cargo, but it will have the opportunity to show off its downmass ability. Dragon Mission C2+: As such, SpaceX’s four leaf clover – once again making the…

SpaceX Job interviewApril 24, 2018 – 04:11 pm

SpaceX Job interview

Despite its unprepossessing exterior, this SpaceX facility is ground zero for a possible revolution in space access. (credit: Ken Gosier, Space Frontier Foundation) [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 first part…

SpaceX Dragon LogoApril 23, 2018 – 04:11 pm

SpaceX Dragon Logo

It s the Dragon logo! That s it! They changed it from this: to this: The logo was leaked to Reddit community /r/SpaceX a while back, and first appeared on the Dragon v2 test article. This is the first time it s making its appearance on a Dragon v1. My understanding for the change is that because Dragon v2 has no wings (extendable solar panels), they simplified the logo. Also, don t be surprised if this is only one of a dozen or more changes in those…

SpaceX Dragon Secret CargoApril 21, 2018 – 04:10 pm

SpaceX Dragon Secret Cargo

A look inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule and its Falcon 9 rocket. Credit: Karl Tate/SPACE.com The news became public in March 2006 after SpaceX and several teammates submitted a proposal for NASA s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) demonstration program. NASA accepted the SpaceX proposal, and that of another company, in August 2006. What SpaceX proposed to do was fly the Dragon spacecraft on three Falcon 9 rocket flights — a rocket…

SpaceX Dragon manned capsuleApril 20, 2018 – 04:09 pm

SpaceX Dragon manned capsule

SpaceX s Dragon crew capsule is scheduled to undergo a test that will simulate an emergency launch abort on May 6, 2015. Credit: SpaceX The manned version of SpaceX s Dragon capsule will take to the air Wednesday (May 6) in a critical test of its launch-emergency systems. If all goes according to plan, Dragon s eight SuperDraco engines will blast the capsule about 5, feet (1, 524 meters) into the air, NASA officials said. The spacecraft will then…

SpaceX Dragon Launch to ISSApril 19, 2018 – 04:08 pm

SpaceX Dragon Launch to ISS

SpaceX is readying a Falcon 9 rocket and a Dragon cargo ship for launch Sunday to deliver more than 4, pounds of equipment, supplies and science gear to the International Space Station, including the first of two new docking adapters needed to capture American crew capsules being built by Boeing and SpaceX. The science instruments and supplies cover a wide range of disciplines, including work to help figure out what is causing vision problems in…

SpaceX Rocket CauseApril 16, 2018 – 04:04 pm

SpaceX Rocket Cause

Space X s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from space launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on June 28, 2015 SpaceX came up empty Monday in its search to figure out why an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after blasting off from a NASA launchpad with a load of space-bound cargo. The US-made rocket, which was carrying 4, pounds (1, 800 kilograms) of supplies aboard the Dragon cargo ship, blew up in a cloud of smoke on Sunday, raining down…