Cost of SpaceX DragonJanuary 24, 2015 – 12:28 pm

Cost of SpaceX Dragon

By Jason Davis and Casey Dreier Topics: private spaceflight, Explaining Policy, Space Policy, human spaceflight, International Space Station Boeing and SpaceX have won multi-billion dollar contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. The big announcement came Tuesday afternoon, and marks the start of the latest phase of NASA s ambitious Commercial Crew program. The space agency aims to restore human launch capability to the United…

Watch SpaceX Dragon Launch LiveOctober 1, 2013 – 10:55 am

Watch SpaceX Dragon Launch Live

Another cargo shipment headed to the International Space Station is about to leave Cape Canaveral, so if you want to see SpaceX launch another big rocket into space this afternoon then you’re in for a treat. The SpaceX Dragon capsule has been successfully serving its purpose as a reusable delivery capsule for a third time now, and having now completed multiple unmanned trips to and from the ISS it’s safe to say everyone involved has gotten very good…

SpaceX Dragon capsule LiveNovember 26, 2011 – 10:09 am

SpaceX Dragon capsule Live

The grapple bars delivered to the Space Station by SpaceX s Dragon capsule were unloaded today (March 6). Credit: NASA TV A private cargo capsule is returning to Earth from the International Space Station Tuesday (March 26), and you can watch its orbital departure live online. SpaceX s unmanned Dragon spacecraft is slated to depart the orbiting lab at 6:56 a.m. EDT (1056 GMT) Tuesday (March 26), perform a series of burns and then splash down at 12:34…

SpaceX Dragon Landing gearJune 2, 2011 – 08:38 am

SpaceX Dragon Landing gear

The next Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to blast off in March on a space station resupply flight, will sport a landing gear to take the next leap in making the commercial launcher reusable, according to SpaceX officials. Photo of one of four landing legs attached to the Falcon 9 rocket s first stage inside the SpaceX hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo credit: SpaceX/Elon Musk via Twitter Ground crews are attaching a set of landing…

SpaceX Dragon Cargo shipMay 13, 2013 – 09:36 am

SpaceX Dragon Cargo ship

SpaceX s unmanned Dragon capsule attached to the International Space Station during a robotic cargo mission to the orbiting outpost. Credit: NASA The private spaceflight company SpaceX is planning to launch their fourth official unmanned resupply mission to the International Space Station this week. SpaceX s robotic Dragon capsule is now expected to launch atop the company s Falcon 9 rocket to the orbiting outpost on Saturday (Sept. 20). Dragon was…

SpaceX Dragon 2 wind tunnel testJune 13, 2014 – 10:00 am

SpaceX Dragon 2 wind tunnel test

As the US battles to regain its domestic crew launch capability, companies across the nation are making great progress on the vehicles that are in competition to achieve that goal. Monday saw the confirmation Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has passed Milestone 8 in the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) process, a success that relates to Wind Tunnel testing on their Dream Chaser spacecraft. Pushing on via CCiCAP: However, the United States…

SpaceX Dragon Live Stream NASAFebruary 8, 2015 – 10:00 am

SpaceX Dragon Live Stream NASA

Screengrab via NASA TV Update: SpaceX and NASA launched the rocket around 9 a.m. Eastern and it was a resounding success with the capsule successfully detaching and parachuting into the ocean for recovery. Now the data collected will be used to figure out if it would be safe for astronauts to be inside and what can be done to improve the capsule and the abort procedure. Great way to start our day here @NASAKennedy with a picture perfect @SpaceX test…

YouTube SpaceX Launch FailureMarch 13, 2015 – 05:11 pm

YouTube SpaceX Launch Failure

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, June 28, 2015. The rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart shortly after liftoff. (AP Photo/John Raoux) A SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. NASA says the accident occurred a few minutes…

SpaceX Dragon crewed version New lookJuly 10, 2014 – 10:11 am

SpaceX Dragon crewed version New look

NASA has approved SpaceX’s first Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) milestone. Known as the Certification Baseline Review, the milestone covers SpaceX’s plans for the design, manufacture, integration, launch and recovery of the crewed Dragon – through to her test flight – with the goal of achieving certification to launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Crewed Dragon CCtCAP: This is mainly due to the challenging…

SpaceX Dragon Splashdown VideoMarch 10, 2015 – 04:11 pm

SpaceX Dragon Splashdown Video

A map shows where Dragon was expected to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on May 31, 2012. Credit: NASA TV Dragon became the first private vehicle to visit the space station when it docked there May 25, three days after launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The capsule spent a total of five days, 16 hours and 5 minutes attached to the $100 billion orbiting laboratory. [Dragon Capsule s Space Station Arrival in Pictures]…