SpaceX Launch rescheduledSeptember 10, 2017 – 06:27 am

SpaceX Launch rescheduled

After a two-week delay to wait for the U.S. Air Force to restore a critical radar tracker, United Launch Alliance and SpaceX have rescheduled their next rocket missions from Cape Canaveral for April 10 and April 14. The Atlas 5 rocket rolled to the launch pad March 24 before a delay due to a radar outage on the Air Force Eastern Range. Workers returned the launcher to its integration building to wait for another launch opportunity. Photo credit: Stephen…

SpaceX Dragon capsule explodesSeptember 9, 2017 – 06:25 am

SpaceX Dragon capsule explodes

NASA reported that it was a “non-nominal” flight, and that the rocket had broke up over the range at 2 minutes and 19 seconds into the flight, at an altitude of about 34 kilometers. The rocket’s Dragon space capsule carried 4 tons of food, fuel and science experiments, as was slated to return 1, 400 lbs of cargo to earth after a one month stay at the orbital station. This is the third resupply mission to the ISS to fail in the last 10 months; one…

SpaceX Dragon Lab MissionAugust 23, 2017 – 10:23 am

SpaceX Dragon Lab Mission

A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket blasts off for the International Space Station carrying an unmanned Dragon cargo ship on April 18, 2014. The mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and is SpaceX s third cargo delivery for NASA. Credit: SpaceX Dragon has embarked upon the third of 12 resupply missions SpaceX will fly to the space station under a $1.6 billion deal with NASA. The capsule is carrying nearly 5, lbs. (2, 268 kilograms)…

Books About SpaceX xAugust 19, 2017 – 10:18 am

Books About SpaceX x

SpaceX, the aerospace manufacturer founded by Elon Musk, is working hard on developing a spacecraft that will be used by NASA astronauts traveling to the International Space Station. But since this is Elon Musk we re talking about, the company also has its sights on a much more distant destination: Mars. While we re still years away from a journey to Mars - NASA is aiming for the 2030s - we can t help but think about a trip to the red planet. SpaceX…

SpaceX Dragon capsule LandingAugust 16, 2017 – 10:15 am

SpaceX Dragon capsule Landing

The private Dragon capsule built by SpaceX is seen at the end of the International Space Station s robotic arm during its undocking on Oct. 28, 2012, in this camera view. The Dragon capsule made the first commercial cargo delivery to the space station for NASA. Credit: NASA TV This story was updated at 3:25 p.m. EDT. NASA s first commercial cargo flight ended with a splash today (Oct. 28), when the SpaceX Dragon capsule landed after a landmark mission…

SpaceX Dragon Landing siteAugust 15, 2017 – 10:15 am

SpaceX Dragon Landing site

The attempt will come in the minutes after SpaceX s scheduled launch of a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, topped by a Dragon capsule that s loaded with 5, 200 pounds (2, 350 kilograms) of supplies, equipment and experiments for the International Space Station. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is set for 6:20 a.m. ET Tuesday, with a 70 percent chance of acceptable weather. Dragon s flight is SpaceX s fifth cargo resupply mission under the terms…

Musk SpaceX StockAugust 14, 2017 – 10:13 am

Musk SpaceX Stock

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has just invested in Elon Musk’s SolarCity’s solar bonds to the tune of $90 million dollars, according to reports out this week. SolarCity launched its solar bonds program in 2014. They allow members of the public to invest in SolarCity without buying stock. SolarCity recently took their bonds to a new level by partnering with an investment company to make them available for retirement investing. It’s a little mind boggling that…

SpaceX Dragon testAugust 9, 2017 – 10:04 am

SpaceX Dragon test

SpaceX SpaceX has announced that the first major test of its Crew Dragon (aka Dragon V2) is expected to take place tomorrow, May 6, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape Canaveral. For the first launch of the Crew Dragon capsule, SpaceX will be performing what s known as a pad abort test , which will test the capsule s launch abort capabilities. While the next test after this one (the in-flight abort test) will launch a Crew Dragon using a…

TV Coverage of SpaceX LaunchAugust 4, 2017 – 09:49 am

TV Coverage of SpaceX Launch

Former Vice President Al Gore speaks to reporters at NASA s Kennedy Space Center in Florida during the first launch attempt of the Deep Space Climate Observatory on Feb. 8, 2015, 17 years after Gore championed an earlier version of the mission called Triana. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett In 1998, then-Vice President Al Gore (who attended Sunday s launch try) championed the Triana satellite as a way to beam live, constant views of Earth from space for…

SpaceX Dragon SplashdownAugust 2, 2017 – 09:38 am

SpaceX Dragon Splashdown

— NASA (@NASA) The capsule splashed down on schedule at 7:44 pm EST off the coast of Baja California in the Pacific Ocean. It was recovered onto a 45-meter (150-foot) barge by a 4-person SpaceX dive team. This marks the end of the fifth commercial resupply mission by SpaceX for NASA a total 12 missions contracted to the International Space Station. The Dragon is the only space freighter capable of reentry, making it the only ride for returning materials…