SpaceX Historic LaunchDecember 19, 2014 – 04:45 pm

SpaceX Historic Launch

Marking the end of a billionaire tug of war, the SpaceX commercial rocket venture signed a 20-year agreement on Monday to take over NASA s historic Launch Pad 39A, the point of origin for Apollo moon missions as well as the first and last space shuttle flights. Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX s president and chief operating officer, said her company could start launching its Falcon Heavy rocket from 39A at NASA s Kennedy Space Center as early as next year…

SpaceX Rocket explodesAugust 24, 2014 – 04:43 pm

SpaceX Rocket explodes

For nearly seven years and 20 launches, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the upstart teenager among United States rocket-makers, has enjoyed an unbroken string of successes. Now, the company is having to deal with a launch failure the likes of which it hasn t seen since the early days of its first rocket offering, the Falcon 1. A Falcon 9 rocket bearing more than 2 tons of cargo bound for the International Space Station exploded Sunday morning…

SpaceX Launch Today LiveApril 19, 2013 – 10:06 am

SpaceX Launch Today Live

SpaceX s first Falcon 9 rocket to launch in 2014 sits atop its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for a planned Jan. 6 launch. The rocket will launch the Thaicom 6 communications satellite. Credit: SpaceX Private spaceflight firm SpaceX is blasting a telecommunications satellite into orbit today (Jan. 6), and you can watch all the fiery action live online. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the THAICOM 6 communications satellite…

SpaceX Dragon abort test VideoNovember 19, 2014 – 10:33 am

SpaceX Dragon abort test Video

By Ken Kremer SpaceX is preparing for the first of two critical abort tests for the firm’s next generation human rated Dragon V2 capsule as soon as March. The purpose of the pair of abort tests is to demonstrate a crew escape capability to save the astronauts’ lives in case of a rocket failure, starting from the launch pad and going all the way to orbit. The SpaceX Dragon V2 and Boeing CST-100 vehicles were selected by NASA last fall for further funding…

SpaceX explosion CRS 7September 18, 2011 – 02:44 pm

SpaceX explosion CRS 7

In an update released by SpaceX itself, the aerospace manufacturer says it spent thousands of hours analyzing flight data and matching it against rocket systems to come up with what it’s calling a “preliminary assessment.” Though SpaceX plans to continue the investigation, it feels confident the flawed strut which blew during the rocket’s ascension is the main cause for the explosion. It also reports that several hundred struts fly on each mission…

SpaceX mannedAugust 3, 2010 – 02:02 pm

SpaceX manned

Share This article Update 5/6/15 9:36am: The test was a success, and everything went off as planned. Here’s the replay video: Our original post continues below. SpaceX is running a critical Pad Abort test on its Dragon V2 spacecraft Wednesday. It’s the first real test on the craft, and will help pave the way for its first manned missions in 2017. The test itself is pretty straightforward, and involves the craft’s launch abort system. In case of a…

Who Makes the SpaceX Dragon?October 14, 2014 – 10:43 am

Who Makes the SpaceX Dragon?

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is captured by astronauts using the robotic arm on the International Space Station in this close-up camera view from the outpost on April 20, 2014. The Dragon capsule delivered nearly 5, lbs. of supplies to the space station crew, the third such SpaceX flight for NASA. Credit: NASA TV Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, said Friday that he wasn t sure if those supplies included…

SpaceX Dragon Escape SystemJanuary 24, 2015 – 11:32 am

SpaceX Dragon Escape System

WASHINGTON — Tests of the crew escape system for SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, once scheduled for November 2014 and, more recently, January, now will take place “later this year, ” a company spokesman said Jan. 14. “I don’t have an update on dates, ” SpaceX spokesman John Taylor told SpaceNews . “We can be more specific if we get a little bit closer.” NASA is partially funding these tests under the milestone-based Commercial Crew Integrated Capability…

SpaceX Dragon Launch CostSeptember 21, 2011 – 07:19 am

SpaceX Dragon Launch Cost

SpaceX engineers are gearing up to launch a Dragon cargo ship atop a Falcon 9 rocket Friday for the company s fifth operational space station resupply mission. And if all goes well, the Falcon 9 s first stage will attempt to land on a barge stationed off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla., a key milestone in SpaceX founder Elon Musk s drive to lower costs by reusing boosters that otherwise would be discarded in the sea. The Marmac 300, a platform barge…

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft LaunchJanuary 17, 2014 – 02:10 pm

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft Launch

After a 24-hour delay due to rain, NASA and SpaceX finally launched the Falcon 9/Dragon spacecraft at 1:52 am ET at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on its three-day journey to the International Space Station. Now, you can watch the 15-minute spectacle thanks to NASA. There s nothing like a good launch, it s just fantastic,SpaceX s Hans Koenigsman told NASA. From what I can tell, everything went perfectly. Two minutes and 41 seconds…