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…

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…