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…

SpaceX Dragon Powered LandingDecember 28, 2010 – 02:19 pm

SpaceX Dragon Powered Landing

LOS ANGELES - SpaceX announced Monday it submitted a proposal to NASA last month to start an estimated $1 billion process upgrading the company s Dragon capsule, the first step in making the ship ready for crew rotation flights to the International Space Station. Artist s concept of the Dragon spacecraft maneuvering in orbit. Credit: SpaceX The Hawthorne, Calif.-based firm transmitted the proposal to NASA Dec. 13. It entered the second Commercial…

SpaceX in OrbitSeptember 8, 2014 – 12:55 pm

SpaceX in Orbit

It s official. Orbital Sciences and Alliant Techsystems will merge into a single aerospace and defense company called Orbital ATK, which will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 10 with the ticker OA. Shareholders of each company showed overwhelming support for the merger - and for good reason. The combined company will bring the satellite expertise of Orbital Sciences and rocket-motor expertise of Alliant under one roof. The merger…

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…