SpaceX Dragon Soft LandingNovember 18, 2017 – 09:12 am

SpaceX Dragon Soft Landing

An actuator that was “behaving strangely” on the SpaceX Falcon 9’s upper stage caused a last minute scrub for Tuesday’s attempt to launch a Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, as well as the first try at an historic first stage landing on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean. Need to investigate the upper stage Z actuator. Was behaving strangely. Next launch attempt on Friday at 5am. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) SpaceX will try again…

SpaceX Dragon CargoNovember 17, 2017 – 09:10 am

SpaceX Dragon Cargo

SpaceX s Dragon commercial cargo ship delivered some late Christmas gifts to the International Space Station s crew on Monday. Meanwhile, SpaceX engineers reviewed the company s nearly successful effort to recover the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket that launched the Dragon two days earlier. Space station commander Barry Wilmore used the orbital outpost s robotic arm to take hold of the Dragon capsule at 5:54 a.m. ET, about 18 minutes ahead of…

SpaceX Dragon capsule interiorNovember 16, 2017 – 09:07 am

SpaceX Dragon capsule interior

REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniThe Dragon V2, unveiled at SpaceX headquarters Thursday, can carry seven astronauts to the International Space Station.SpaceX revealed on Thursday an updated version of its cargo-only-carrying Dragon spacecraft, showing off the new capsule s sleek interior with room to seat seven astronauts. The Dragon V2 is much more spacious than the Russia Soyuz spacecraft, which fits three crew members and has been NASA s only way of sending…

SpaceX Dragon EngineNovember 12, 2017 – 08:59 am

SpaceX Dragon Engine

Yesterday was a big day for Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The company which has a long term contract with NASA, to provide transportation to and from the International Space station, unveiled their latest spacecraft, the Dragon Version 2. Unlike the first version of the Dragon space capsule, which was used to send supplies to the Space Station, this new spacecraft will be used to send a crew of seven astronauts to the station, and then back to Earth again…

SpaceX Dragon capsule ISSNovember 6, 2017 – 08:46 am

SpaceX Dragon capsule ISS

The SpaceX Dragon capsule has successfully bolted to the International Space Station, where it will spend four weeks as it resupplies the orbiting platform during its fifth official mission as a supply ferry. The SpaceX craft launched on January 10, and then began its approach of the ISS just a few hours ago, before successfully attaching for docking purposes at approximately 8:56 AM ET. Dragon is now attached and bolted to ISS, where it will remain…

SpaceX Dragon Watch LiveNovember 2, 2017 – 08:36 am

SpaceX Dragon Watch Live

SpaceX is embarking on the second leg of its series of re-supply missions serving the International Space Station and you can join the launch live online. Update: The launch got off to a bit of a rocky start when three of the Dragon s four thruster pods malfunctioned. By late afternoon, however, all systems were back up and running, but the problems mean the ISS docking will be delayed. This is the second such mission for SpaceX, the first having…

Where will SpaceX Dragon Land?October 31, 2017 – 08:28 am

Where will SpaceX Dragon Land?

A photo of the autonomous spaceport drone ship on which SpaceX will attempt Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX Musk estimated a 50 percent chance of success for the platform landing on the first attempt, but said the odds would improve on subsequent missions. There are a lot of launches that will occur over the next year,Musk said at the conference, which was called AeroAstro at 100 and celebrated 100 years of MIT aerospace research. I think it s quite…

SpaceX Launch Failure 2014October 27, 2017 – 08:24 am

SpaceX Launch Failure 2014

SpaceX has had a dramatic end to the week, with a successful Static Fire test of their Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at Cape Canaveral, concluded just hours after the F-9R Dev-1 test rocket failed during testing in Texas. The test failure holds no impact to next week’s ASIASAT-6 mission, currently targeting Wednesday. Falcon 9 Static Fire: A key processing milestone for the launch vehicle was the Static Fire test, a requirement that is used to ensure the pad’s…

SpaceX Launch Dates 2014October 18, 2017 – 08:07 am

SpaceX Launch Dates 2014

SpaceX has delayed the launch of its latest Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket – tasked with lofting the ASIASAT-6 satellite into orbit – for one to two weeks. The call was made by CEO Elon Musk shortly after the rocket had been erected at her Space Launch Complex -40 (SLC-40) pad, with the rationale based on giving the team more time to evaluate any potential commonality with an incident involving a test vehicle. Falcon 9 Delay: Initially, no specific reasons…

Inside SpaceXOctober 16, 2017 – 08:04 am

Inside SpaceX

The inside of SpaceX s Dragon V2 spaceship is the latest, greatest shiny object in the space business, but what really got me was sitting back in one of its form-hugging seats. It felt like sitting in a race car. After Thursday night s glitzy debut of the capsule SpaceX is planning to use to send NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station, VIPs and journalists got a chance to climb up a set of stairs, crouch through the hatch and…