SpaceX Dragon xMarch 18, 2018 – 12:48 pm

SpaceX Dragon x

Space X is giving its Dragon spacecraft a software upgrade so it might be able to save itself in the event of a rocket explosion. Toru Hana/Reuters Elon Musk, co-founder of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla Motors. The accident occurred about two minutes after liftoff and was due to the failure of a strut in the rocket s second stage, according to preliminary findings, Musk said. The strut held down a helium bottle inside a liquid oxygen fuel tank, and when…

Is SpaceX Part of NASAMarch 17, 2018 – 12:48 pm

Is SpaceX Part of NASA

Today, NASA selected SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft to fly American astronauts to the International Space Station under the Commercial Crew Program. SpaceX is deeply honored by the trust NASA has placed in us, and we welcome today’s decision and the mission it advances with gratitude and seriousness of purpose. Under the $2.6 billion contract, SpaceX will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft atop the Falcon 9 launch vehicle from…

SpaceX Dragon capsule RecoveryMarch 16, 2018 – 12:45 pm

SpaceX Dragon capsule Recovery

Private spaceflight company SpaceX recovered its Dragon cargo capsule on March 26, 2013. They tweeted this photo and wrote: [PHOTO] #Dragon returns to Earth Credit: SpaceX (via Twitter as @SpaceX) This story was updated at 12:46 p.m. EDT. An unmanned SpaceX space capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean Tuesday (March 26), reaching the wet finish line of the spaceflight company s second cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station for…

SpaceX crewed DragonMarch 15, 2018 – 12:43 pm

SpaceX crewed Dragon

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft built to bring humans to orbit took flight for the first time Wednesday. Dragon roared to life at about 9 a.m. EDT Wednesday for its short, uncrewed test in Florida. The seemingly successful test marks a big milestone on SpaceX’s road to ferrying NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station in the next two years. “It was a great, great outcome,Elon Musk, SpaceX s founder, said after the test. Had there been…

Does SpaceX Hire Software EngineersMarch 14, 2018 – 12:43 pm

Does SpaceX Hire Software Engineers

Stephen Jones is a lead software engineer at SpaceX and former CUDA architect at NVIDIA For this post, Stephen Jones gives his perspective on aspects of technology of great interest to Rescale’s users. As a major contributor to CUDA, many of Rescale’s users have run analyses taking advantage of his work on GPGPU technology, and others have created their own codes using CUDA libraries. From a personal perspective, having returned to work with engineering…

SpaceX Rocket explosion YouTubeMarch 13, 2018 – 12:43 pm

SpaceX Rocket explosion YouTube

A SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station has exploded shortly after lift-off. According to NASA, the Falcon 9 rocket craft exploded only a few minutes after taking off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, and debris could be seen falling into the Atlantic Ocean. It took off as scheduled at 10.21 a.m ET, but became ‘lost’ within minutes. NASA commentator George Diller said ‘the vehicle has broken up’, but it is not clear how…

SpaceX Dragon crew Escape SystemMarch 12, 2018 – 12:39 pm

SpaceX Dragon crew Escape System

By Ken Kremer Soaring on the power of an octet of SuperDrago engines, SpaceX successfully completed a critical rapid fire life-saving test of their Dragon crew capsules pad abort emergency escape system that would ignite in a split second to save the astronauts lives in the unlikely event of a failure of the Falcon 9 booster rocket at the Cape Canaveral launch pad. The uncrewed SpaceX Crew Dragon roared swiftly skywards upon ignition of the test vehicle’s…

SpaceX ModelsMarch 5, 2018 – 12:26 pm

SpaceX Models

TOULOUSE, France — European governments spent a year grafting parts of the SpaceX rocket-manufacturing business model onto Europe’s rocket sector, and are now talking up reusable-rocket technology as a promising direction as SpaceX heads that way. More recently, SpaceX, Google, Virgin Group and others have signaled interest in global satellite constellations to deliver Internet, and the French government has said it is interested in that business…

SpaceX Dragon March 1March 4, 2018 – 12:24 pm

SpaceX Dragon March 1

By Ken Kremer Kennedy Space Center – Barely 11 minutes after the spectacular Friday morning, March 1 launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and unmanned Dragon capsule bound for the International Space Station (ISS), absolute glee suddenly threatened to turn to total gloom when the mission suffered an unexpected failure in the critical propulsion system required to propel the Dragon to the Earth orbiting outpost. For several hours the outlook for the…

SpaceX Land RocketMarch 1, 2018 – 12:14 pm

SpaceX Land Rocket

That s too wasteful for Elon Musk and his SpaceX company. During the next SpaceX takeoff, planned for either Jan. 6 or 7, SpaceX will try to keep the base rocket section in good shape by landing it - standing straight up - on a barge floating in the ocean. How challenging is that? Consider three things. One, that rocket section, called Falcon 9, is 14 stories tall and will be climbing at nearly 1 mile per second. Trying to stabilize that rocket to…