SpaceX Dragon Cargo Trunk SpaceNovember 7, 2010 – 10:19 am

SpaceX Dragon Cargo Trunk Space

After a two day chase through space, a commercial SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule completed its orbital ballet and arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) today, Sept. 23, packed with some 2.5 tons of ground breaking science experiments and supplies for the human crew. The Dragon CRS-4 resupply freighter rendezvoused with the station early this morning following a carefully choreographed series of thruster firings that brought the vessel to within…

SpaceX Rocket CrashJune 8, 2015 – 08:26 am

SpaceX Rocket Crash

Well, that’s a hat trick! For the third time this year , SpaceX attempted to launch a Falcon 9 rocket and autonomously land the first stage portion on an unmanned barge. And for the third time this year, that (very expensive) rocket crashed and burned. Elon Musk gave the official, albeit disappointing, announcement on Twitter: Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival. Musk later clarified:…

Watch SpaceX DragonOctober 19, 2013 – 09:48 am

Watch SpaceX Dragon

SpaceX to Unveil Dragon V2 for Manned Spaceflight Thursday, SpaceRef Business True to his word, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will unveil Dragon V2 this Thursday, May 29th at SpaceX HQ to invited guests. SpaceX is calling the Dragon V2 a next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts into space. It was April 29th that Musk tweeted that the cover drops on May 29. Actual flight design hardware of crew Dragon, not a mockup. Related Update: SpaceX…

SpaceX VS Virgin GalacticJune 22, 2010 – 01:01 pm

SpaceX VS Virgin Galactic

Wreckage from Virgin Galactic s SpaceShipTwo spacecraft is seen after the vehicle crashed on Oct. 31, 2014 during a test flight out of the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Credit: AP Online Video / powered by Newslook The burgeoning field of commercial spaceflight suffered two serious blows this week. The bad news began on Tuesday (Oct. 28), when Orbital Sciences Corp. s Antares rocket exploded just seconds after blasting off on an unmanned…

SpaceX Failure 2015April 1, 2013 – 02:43 pm

SpaceX Failure 2015

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. blamed the recent failure of an unmanned rocket bound for the International Space Station on a faulty strut and pledged to better scrutinize its supply chain. Those were among the details released Monday after Elon Musk, the billionaire head of the Hawthorne, California-based company known as SpaceX, discussed the mishap during an afternoon conference call with reporters. “Preliminary analysis suggests the overpressure…

SpaceX Dragon Launch abortMarch 31, 2015 – 09:26 am

SpaceX Dragon Launch abort

SpaceX is finishing up preparations for a major test of a rocket-powered abort system for the company’s new Dragon crew ferry spacecraft, targeting launch from Cape Canaveral in March after a pair of Falcon 9 missions in February. The redesigned version of SpaceX’s cargo-carrying Dragon capsule should be ready for an uncrewed space mission by late 2016, said Gwynne Shotwell, the company’s president and chief operating officer. A piloted test flight…

SpaceX Dragon First manned FlightAugust 8, 2013 – 08:37 am

SpaceX Dragon First manned Flight

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – A trio of American companies – SpaceX, Boeing, and Sierra Nevada – are working diligently to restore America’s capability to launch humans into low Earth orbit from US soil, aided by seed money from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program in a public-private partnership. Recently I had the opportunity to speak about the upcoming test flights with the head of SpaceX, Elon Musk. So I asked Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX…

SpaceX Dragon capsule explosionJuly 24, 2013 – 04:00 pm

SpaceX Dragon capsule explosion

The Falcon 9 Rocket that exploded on its way to resupply the ISS on Sunday was a major setback to SpaceX, the parent company of the unmanned Dragon Spacecraft. The explosion occurred shortly after launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida. Following the reaction, fragments of the Falcon 9 were seen falling into the Atlantic. The rocket was to transport a newly designed docking mechanism, to assist ISS in docking with other spacecraft in…

SpaceX Dragon capsule reentryJuly 23, 2015 – 04:15 pm

SpaceX Dragon capsule reentry

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is grappled by the Canadarm2 robotic arm at the International Space Station. This image was taken May 25, 2012. Credit: NASA After a more than a week in orbit, the private space capsule Dragon is preparing to return to Earth from the International Space Station and cap off its historic mission with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Dragon is due to be released from the station early Thursday (May 31) and splash…

SpaceX Launch Video FeedJanuary 9, 2015 – 10:45 am

SpaceX Launch Video Feed

By Nancy Atkinson It was history in the making that could have a huge bearing on the future of US spaceflight. The commercial space company SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon 9 rocket on Friday, with what seemed to be a picture-perfect lift-off and flight. The Falcon 9 rocket performed magnificently (at least from initial reports), hitting all the flight parameters precisely on time. The SpaceX team overcame delays for telemetry problems, a…