SpaceX Dragon LandingDecember 7, 2017 – 09:40 am

SpaceX Dragon Landing

SpaceX’s Commercial Crew contender, the Dragon V2, will initially return to terra firma under parachutes, assisted by a SuperDraco soft touchdown firing, according to Dragon V2 Program Lead Dr. Garrett Reisman. Eventually, the impressive spacecraft will employ pinpoint propulsive landings, once the technology has been matured via the DragonFly test program. Dragon V2: The contact award process is secretive, due to competition rules. However, SpaceX’s…

SpaceX Dragon test VideoDecember 6, 2017 – 09:39 am

SpaceX Dragon test Video

SpaceX has released video of the Dragon pad abort test conducted earlier this month. The pad abort test and the data collected are crucial to moving forward with Crew Dragon missions, according to SpaceX. (Photo : SpaceX) On May 6, SpaceX completed the Dragon s pad abort test and successfully demonstrated how astronauts would escape should an emergency occur - an important step in preparing for Crew Dragon s manned missions. SpaceX explained: Crew…

SpaceX Dragon interior VolumeDecember 4, 2017 – 09:39 am

SpaceX Dragon interior Volume

SpaceX is preparing a spacecraft to accommodate seven astronauts on its first flight. With the goal of sending a manned Dragon spacecraft first to the International Space Station, the company s built a prototype of the capsule, including seven comfy seats for those lucky voyageurs. SpaceX, a company run by PayPal cofounder and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, hopes to soon pick up where NASA s 30-year shuttle program left off last July. With a little help…

SpaceX Dragon NewsDecember 3, 2017 – 09:36 am

SpaceX Dragon News

When the SpaceX Dragon blasts off for its seventh resupply mission to the International Space Station this weekend, it will be carrying two pairs of Microsoft s HoloLens goggles. The augmented-reality wearable device, which was first shown off in January at Microsoft s Windows 10 event, hasn t yet hit the consumer market. The astronauts at the International Space Station will be among the first to strap on the goggles and use Sidekick, a technology…

Where does SpaceX Recruit?November 28, 2017 – 09:24 am

Where does SpaceX Recruit?

Lucy Nicholson/ReutersElon Musk.Elon Musk s recruiting strategy at SpaceX was to demand the best person on the planet — whether they were there to build a rocket or serve ice cream on campus. Elon isolated to say, Find me the single best person on the freaking planet, then convince me why out of how many billion people on the planet that this is that guy,said Dolly Singh, SpaceX s former Director of Talent and CEO and founder of Thesis Couture…

SpaceX Dragon capsule testNovember 26, 2017 – 09:22 am

SpaceX Dragon capsule test

With an eye toward ferrying American astronauts to space, the commercial spaceflight company SpaceX dropped a human-rated version of its Dragon capsule into the Pacific Ocean to test out its parachutes, NASA announced. Video of the SpaceX parachute test off the coast of Morro Bay, Calif., shows a Dragon capsule being cut loose from a helicopter flying 8, feet (2, 438 meters) above the ocean. Two drogue parachutes and three main parachutes successfully…

Is SpaceX privately HeldNovember 25, 2017 – 09:21 am

Is SpaceX privately Held

SpaceX s next major milestone is a Nasa contract to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, with a target date of 2015. Photograph: John Raoux/AP Elon Musk has added another $1.4bn to his fortune after backing the first private company to successfully dock a spacecraft with the International Space Station. Musk s SpaceX company made history last month when it launched its craft, Dragon, on a successful mission to carry cargo to the ISS…

SpaceX Dragon First FlightNovember 19, 2017 – 09:13 am

SpaceX Dragon First Flight

SpaceX Dragon V2 pad abort test flight vehicle. Credit: SpaceX CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — On Thursday, July 9, NASA announced the first four U.S. astronauts that have been tapped to conduct the first flights of commercial spacecraft under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP). Under this initiative, SpaceX and Boeing must conduct a crewed test flight with at least one NASA astronaut on board. SpaceX has confirmed a report that appeared on the social media…

SpaceX Dragon Soft LandingNovember 18, 2017 – 09:12 am

SpaceX Dragon Soft Landing

An actuator that was “behaving strangely” on the SpaceX Falcon 9’s upper stage caused a last minute scrub for Tuesday’s attempt to launch a Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, as well as the first try at an historic first stage landing on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean. Need to investigate the upper stage Z actuator. Was behaving strangely. Next launch attempt on Friday at 5am. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) SpaceX will try again…

SpaceX Dragon CargoNovember 17, 2017 – 09:10 am

SpaceX Dragon Cargo

SpaceX s Dragon commercial cargo ship delivered some late Christmas gifts to the International Space Station s crew on Monday. Meanwhile, SpaceX engineers reviewed the company s nearly successful effort to recover the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket that launched the Dragon two days earlier. Space station commander Barry Wilmore used the orbital outpost s robotic arm to take hold of the Dragon capsule at 5:54 a.m. ET, about 18 minutes ahead of…