SpaceX Dragon Flight VideoDecember 2, 2016 – 02:26 pm

SpaceX Dragon Flight Video

By Nancy Atkinson SpaceX has released more images and more details about the successful flight of Falcon 9 and the Dragon capsule that took place on December 8, making SpaceX the first commercial company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from Earth orbit. Here’s an image of Dragon safely on board a ship after splashdown. SpaceX said Dragon orbited the Earth at speeds greater than 7, 600 meters per second (17, miles per hour), reentered the Earth’s…

SpaceX Launch abort SystemNovember 29, 2016 – 01:57 pm

SpaceX Launch abort System

SpaceX are continuing to make progress with their NASA commercial crew contract, with the latest milestone involving the firing of their SuperDraco thruster engine, an integrated element of the Dragon which will be used as its Launch Abort System (LAS). However, these engines are hoping to gain additional roles, including the ability to land Dragon propulsively on land. Launch Abort System: Historically, Launch Abort Systems (LAS) – or Launch Escape…

SpaceX LegsNovember 26, 2016 – 01:47 pm

SpaceX Legs

SpaceX is about to stretch its legs. The commercial firm is due to send a cargo capsule to space later this week – and then bring the rocket that carried it back to Earth to test a set of landing legs. These could one day enable rockets to be reused, drastically slashing the cost of sending equipment and people into space. Meanwhile, the firm’s Dragon capsule will head to the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver just over 2 tonnes of supplies…

Is SpaceX PublicNovember 25, 2016 – 01:47 pm

Is SpaceX Public

SpaceX On Monday afternoon, Yahoo s photo-sharing platform Flickr announced that it would add public domain and CC-Zero licensing options for users who want to share their work freely with the public. Both options allow others to reuse photos licensed in that manner in any way they wish. In a blog post yesterday, Flickr said that Elon Musk s private space flight company, SpaceX, was one of the first accounts to change the licensing on its photos…

SpaceX 2 NASANovember 21, 2016 – 01:25 pm

SpaceX 2 NASA

Click image for larger version. After germination in space, seed cassettes will be packaged in EMCS cold stowage bags by the crew aboard the ISS, frozen and returned to earth in a freezer aboard a SpaceX capsule. Image credit: NASA Ames / Eric James NASA seed cassettes loaded into EMCS experiment containers. Image credit: NASA Ames / Eric James Two bioscience payloads are scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station Friday, March 1…

SpaceX Rocket explodes After Florida LiftoffNovember 17, 2016 – 01:03 pm

SpaceX Rocket explodes After Florida Liftoff

An unmanned Space Exploration Technologies rocket exploded about two minutes after lift-off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station, NASA said. The 208-foot-tall (63-meter) rocket was the company’s 19th Falcon 9 launch since its 2010 debut, including six previous cargo runs for NASA under a 15-flight contract worth more than $2 billion. SpaceX, as the company is…

Is SpaceX Going PublicNovember 16, 2016 – 12:59 pm

Is SpaceX Going Public

The rocket exhaust plume was easily visible for several minutes after liftoff of the historic mission. The 3, 138 kg (6, 918 lbs) SES-8 satellite is a hybrid Ku- and Ka-band spacecraft that will provide TV and communications coverage for the South Asia and Asia Pacific regions. This new version of the Falcon 9 rocket has nearly 50% more thrust compared to the original Falcon 9. [Photo Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com] The stakes could not have been…

SpaceX crs-7 LaunchNovember 14, 2016 – 12:57 pm

SpaceX crs-7 Launch

Photo Credit: Michael Howard / SpaceFlight Insider CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket and its payload of a Dragon automated cargo vessel on the seventh operational flight under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract will have to wait a couple more days before launch. This slip was apparently caused in order to accomplish the work required to get the booster and spacecraft ready for flight. This report came…

SpaceX Dragon 2 Windows wrong PlacesNovember 13, 2016 – 12:51 pm

SpaceX Dragon 2 Windows wrong Places

SpaceX This still from a SpaceX video shows the company s Dragon space capsule firing thrusters during a powered descent as it aims for a vertical landing at its launch site. The plan is part of SpaceX s vision for a completely reusable rocket and spacecraft. The next version of the Dragon spacecraft built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX will look like something truly out of this world, according to Elon Musk, the company s billionaire founder…

SpaceX Dragon takeoffNovember 8, 2016 – 12:22 pm

SpaceX Dragon takeoff

Astronauts at the International Space Station will have to wait little longer for their grocery order, after an unmanned SpaceX rocket launch ended in failure. According to NASA, the astronauts still have at least four months of food and supplies left, although they were looking forward to receiving a new water filtration system. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship exploded minutes after takeoff. John Logsdon , former director of the…