Inside SpaceXOctober 16, 2017 – 08:04 am

Inside SpaceX

The inside of SpaceX s Dragon V2 spaceship is the latest, greatest shiny object in the space business, but what really got me was sitting back in one of its form-hugging seats. It felt like sitting in a race car. After Thursday night s glitzy debut of the capsule SpaceX is planning to use to send NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station, VIPs and journalists got a chance to climb up a set of stairs, crouch through the hatch and…

Does SpaceX Recover their First Stage BoosterOctober 13, 2017 – 08:00 am

Does SpaceX Recover their First Stage Booster

By Jason Rhian During a teleconference detailing the return of Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft from its second resupply flight to the International Space Station, the company’s chief executive officer, Elon Musk, detailed how SpaceX is working to modify its highly-successful Falcon 9—in ways that could prove revolutionary. These are, however, just a few of many new designs the roughly ten-year-old company is working on that…

Why is SpaceX Important?October 12, 2017 – 07:57 am

Why is SpaceX Important?

The mission will be livestreamed, and the company will know shortly after the rocket takes off whether it has managed to land successfully. Soon after launch, it’ll head back towards Earth, trying to land on a barge in the sea — a trick that went spectacularly wrong when the rocket exploded on impact, last time around. If Elon Musk’s private space firm can successfully land this time around, it could be the beginning of a new, cheaper time for space…

SpaceX Dragon Launch April 2014October 9, 2017 – 07:49 am

SpaceX Dragon Launch April 2014

SpaceX s fourth space station-bound Dragon uncrewed capsule is seen poised atop the company s Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, April 14, 2014. SpaceX called off the planned launch of a commercial cargo ship bound for the International Space Station for NASA Monday (April 14) due to a helium leak on the company s Falcon 9 rocket that will keep the mission stuck on Earth until at least Friday (April…

SpaceX Dragon crs-7September 27, 2017 – 07:17 am

SpaceX Dragon crs-7

Photo Credit: Jared Haworth / SpaceFlight Insider Joe Latrell CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — For the second time in a year, participants of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) watched as their experiment headed skyward, launched toward a rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS). The first attempt to launch their project, in October 2014, ended when an Orbital ATK Antares rocket suffered an engine failure and crashed back down on…

SpaceX Dragon Live VideoSeptember 22, 2017 – 07:08 am

SpaceX Dragon Live Video

There s nothing like a good ol fashion rocket launch to spice up a lazy Sunday evening - the SpaceX Dragon capsule is ready to soar. Following a successful docking test back in May, NASA has approved Dragon for a series of delivery missions, carting a thousand pounds of cargo to astronauts on the International Space Station. Today, at 8:35PM ET, the capsule is scheduled to ride a Falcon 9 rocket into orbit - the first of what should be a series of…

SpaceX 2015September 21, 2017 – 07:00 am

SpaceX 2015

A mission to supply the International Space Station next week could change space-flight as we know it—by successfully returning a used rocket booster to Earth. SpaceX’s Jan. 6 launch will send a remotely piloted space capsule to the ISS with food, experiments, and two tiny, Earth-observing satellites called cubesats. But the arguably bigger news is that the company, led by CEO and chief rocket designer Elon Musk, will attempt to fly the rocket that…

SpaceX Dragon TimelineSeptember 13, 2017 – 06:37 am

SpaceX Dragon Timeline

By Ken Kremer The first critical test flight of SpaceX’s crewed Dragon that will soon launch American astronauts back to orbit and the International Space Station (ISS) from American soil is now less than two days away. The test flight – called the Pad Abort Test – is slated for the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 6, if all goes well. The key facts and a timeline of the test events are outlined herein. The test vehicle will reach roughly a mile…

SpaceX Dragon Live StreamSeptember 11, 2017 – 06:27 am

SpaceX Dragon Live Stream

The International Space Station, which orbits the Earth conducting research and making observations, has been enjoying freshly delivered cargo from the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. On Tuesday morning ISS will say goodbye to the vessel as it detaches and departs for Earth. ISS is manned by a crew of six astronauts, who typically live on the ISS for four to six months at a time. In order to get food and supplies to the crew, regular deliveries are required…

SpaceX Launch rescheduledSeptember 10, 2017 – 06:27 am

SpaceX Launch rescheduled

After a two-week delay to wait for the U.S. Air Force to restore a critical radar tracker, United Launch Alliance and SpaceX have rescheduled their next rocket missions from Cape Canaveral for April 10 and April 14. The Atlas 5 rocket rolled to the launch pad March 24 before a delay due to a radar outage on the Air Force Eastern Range. Workers returned the launcher to its integration building to wait for another launch opportunity. Photo credit: Stephen…