YouTube SpaceX ReusableSeptember 12, 2015 – 10:42 pm

YouTube SpaceX Reusable

At 4:10 p.m. ET on April 14, SpaceX will launch a 22-story-tall Falcon9 rocket from Cape Canaveral carrying its Dragon space capsule full of supplies for the astronauts living on board the International Space Station (ISS). The main event will come a few minutes after the launch, though. The spaceflight community will watch with baited breath as SpaceX attempts to guide the rocket back to Earth and land it upright on a platform in the ocean. This…

Vandenberg SpaceXMarch 13, 2015 – 05:53 pm

Vandenberg SpaceX

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA — Following the successful pad abort test in May, SpaceX began developing a plan that would move its in-flight abort test to provide higher fidelity data and reduce risk to future crews launched to the International Space Station in the Crew Dragon spacecraft. NASA and SpaceX agreed to consider this proposed change prior to the mishap of SpaceX’s seventh commercial resupply services mission. The change…

SpaceX Dragon Splashdown LiveJanuary 11, 2014 – 08:10 am

SpaceX Dragon Splashdown Live

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was released from the International Space Station’s robotic arm at 2:10 p.m. EST. The capsule was maneuvered outside the vicinity of the space station in preparation for its return trip to Earth. The capsule is currently scheduled to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at about 7:44 p.m., 259 miles southwest of Long Beach, California. Robotics controllers on the ground removed the SpaceX Dragon from the Harmony node…

SpaceX Dragon capsule SplashdownOctober 11, 2010 – 11:06 am

SpaceX Dragon capsule Splashdown

SpaceX s uncrewed Dragon flies far from the International Space Station as the capsule prepares to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 10, 2015. Credit: NASA TV SpaceX attempted to land the first stage of Dragon s Falcon 9 rocket on the drone ship in the Atlantic in a reusable rocket test similar to the one the company is attempting today. The rocket stage landing wasn t successful. The Falcon 9 exploded when it crash-landed on the drone ship…

SpaceX Flying ModelMarch 16, 2015 – 05:54 pm

SpaceX Flying Model

Elon Musk, left, with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. Photograph: Cathleen Allison/AP “I’m not sure about the flying cars, ” Musk told the audience at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. “If the sky was full of cars flying all over the place, it would affect how things look. It would affect the skyline. And it would be noisier and there would be a greater probability of something falling on your head. Those are not good things. “On the other…

SpaceX Dragon LiveMay 18, 2012 – 02:23 pm

SpaceX Dragon Live

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – SpaceX is on the cusp of launching the company’s fourth commercial resupply Dragon spacecraft mission to the International Space Station (ISS) shortly after midnight, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, continuing a rapid fire launch pace and carrying NASA’s first research payload – RapidScat – aimed at conducting Earth science from the stations exterior. Final preparations for the launch are underway right now at the Cape Canaveral…

NASA SpaceX MissionMarch 15, 2014 – 02:07 pm

NASA SpaceX Mission

There have been some real tragedies in the civilian aerospace industry in the past few months, with the worst being the fatal crash of Virgin’s Spaceship Two, but SpaceX is one company that has not lost momentum. The recent loss of a government aerospace contract to Lockheed and Boeing put a bit of a hitch in the company’s step, but for the most part it has continued undeterred. Now, it has one of its biggest milestones yet, as the company’s plan…