SpaceX Dragon LogoApril 23, 2018 – 04:11 pm

SpaceX Dragon Logo

It s the Dragon logo! That s it! They changed it from this: to this: The logo was leaked to Reddit community /r/SpaceX a while back, and first appeared on the Dragon v2 test article. This is the first time it s making its appearance on a Dragon v1. My understanding for the change is that because Dragon v2 has no wings (extendable solar panels), they simplified the logo. Also, don t be surprised if this is only one of a dozen or more changes in those…

SpaceX Dragon Secret CargoApril 21, 2018 – 04:10 pm

SpaceX Dragon Secret Cargo

A look inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule and its Falcon 9 rocket. Credit: Karl Tate/SPACE.com The news became public in March 2006 after SpaceX and several teammates submitted a proposal for NASA s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) demonstration program. NASA accepted the SpaceX proposal, and that of another company, in August 2006. What SpaceX proposed to do was fly the Dragon spacecraft on three Falcon 9 rocket flights — a rocket…

SpaceX Dragon manned capsuleApril 20, 2018 – 04:09 pm

SpaceX Dragon manned capsule

SpaceX s Dragon crew capsule is scheduled to undergo a test that will simulate an emergency launch abort on May 6, 2015. Credit: SpaceX The manned version of SpaceX s Dragon capsule will take to the air Wednesday (May 6) in a critical test of its launch-emergency systems. If all goes according to plan, Dragon s eight SuperDraco engines will blast the capsule about 5, feet (1, 524 meters) into the air, NASA officials said. The spacecraft will then…

SpaceX Dragon Launch to ISSApril 19, 2018 – 04:08 pm

SpaceX Dragon Launch to ISS

SpaceX is readying a Falcon 9 rocket and a Dragon cargo ship for launch Sunday to deliver more than 4, pounds of equipment, supplies and science gear to the International Space Station, including the first of two new docking adapters needed to capture American crew capsules being built by Boeing and SpaceX. The science instruments and supplies cover a wide range of disciplines, including work to help figure out what is causing vision problems in…

SpaceX Rocket CauseApril 16, 2018 – 04:04 pm

SpaceX Rocket Cause

Space X s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from space launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on June 28, 2015 SpaceX came up empty Monday in its search to figure out why an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after blasting off from a NASA launchpad with a load of space-bound cargo. The US-made rocket, which was carrying 4, pounds (1, 800 kilograms) of supplies aboard the Dragon cargo ship, blew up in a cloud of smoke on Sunday, raining down…

SpaceX Rocket Bahamas BeachApril 14, 2018 – 03:56 pm

SpaceX Rocket Bahamas Beach

WASHINGTON — SpaceX has agreed to retrieve the Falcon 9 fairing that washed up on the tiny Bahamian island of Elbow Cay in late May. SpaceX sent someone to the island “to retrieve some data recorders and cameras and to ensure that the fairing is properly disposed of, ” company spokesman John Taylor wrote in a June 3 email. Eichelberger was thrilled with the find, but not everyone felt that way. “We are on a small island and there is no dump here…

Private SpaceX RocketApril 10, 2018 – 03:51 pm

Private SpaceX Rocket

It has been a tough year in spaceflight. The disintegration Sunday of an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS) was a first for that vehicle, but not for NASA, which has now seen three of the four spacecraft that ferry supplies to orbit fail in the past eight months. In October an Antares rocket built by SpaceX rival Orbital ATK crashed and burned seconds after liftoff. Then in April Russia lost control of…

SpaceX Dragon capsule Links With Space StationApril 9, 2018 – 03:49 pm

SpaceX Dragon capsule Links With Space Station

*A replacement nanosatellite for Planetary Resources, an aspiring asteroid mining outfit that lost its Arkyd 3 technology demonstrator during Orbital ATK’s botched Antares launch in October. Comprised of three CubeSats, Arkyd 3 will be deployed from the station’s Kibo module by NanoRack’s satellite launcher. *14 Earth-observation CubeSats, called Doves and owned by San Francisco-based Planet Labs. *20 mice that will serve as subjects for an experiment…

SpaceX Dragon Secret ISSApril 7, 2018 – 03:46 pm

SpaceX Dragon Secret ISS

Just to add some icing to the SpaceX Dragon launch cake, the cargoship may be carrying a secret payload that nobody knows about. The first ever commercial spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station, due to go up tomorrow, will already be carrying nonessential food, student science projects, clothes and other supplies for the ISS crew, but Elon Musk s firm has also hinted there could be something else aboard. On the last test flight of…

SpaceX Dragon Cargo ship Leaves Space StationApril 5, 2018 – 01:04 pm

SpaceX Dragon Cargo ship Leaves Space Station

The Dragon capsule orbits with the International Space Station before its release on May 18, 2014. Credit: NASA TV Ground controllers maneuvered the space station s robotic arm to pluck Dragon from the Harmony module and move it into position for release. The spacecraft was let go from the station at 9:26 a.m. EDT (1326 GMT) as both flew 266 miles (428 kilometers) above the ocean south of Australia, according to NASA. [See photos of Dragon s mission…