SpaceX Dragon avionicsApril 3, 2017 – 09:46 pm

SpaceX Dragon avionics

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (NASA PR) — SpaceX recently powered up its Crew Dragon avionics test bed at its facility in Hawthorne, California, by simulating a crew flight to the International Space Station. During the avionics functionality check, engineers were able to make sure the spacecraft’s hardware and software worked well together in a flight-like environment. The avionics are known as the brains of a spacecraft, controlling all the critical automated…

SpaceX Dragon abort SystemApril 2, 2017 – 09:46 pm

SpaceX Dragon abort System

A commercial spaceship designed to ferry U.S. astronauts into orbit by 2017 is set for a major test Wednesday, when SpaceX plans to blast the capsule away from a launch mount at Cape Canaveral on a mile-high demo flight to simulate the craft’s ability to protect occupants in the event of a catastrophic rocket mishap on the pad. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will not travel far, but data from Wednesday’s test should arm engineers with results to prove…

Who is SpaceX Competitor?March 28, 2017 – 09:34 pm

Who is SpaceX Competitor?

Since 2010, engineers have been secretly working in a warehouse located outside of Paris, France. But until now, few people knew what exactly they were up to. The warehouse belongs to one of Europe s leading aerospace companies, Airbus, and on June 5, the company unveiled design plans for a reusable Ariane rocket, made by the French-based company Arianespace. Arianespace is a big competitor of the American company SpaceX, and SpaceX s promise for…

SpaceX Dragon Launch Engine FailureMarch 26, 2017 – 09:33 pm

SpaceX Dragon Launch Engine Failure

The SpaceX Dragon capsule being prepared last week for placement atop a Falcon 9 rocket in preparation for Sunday night s launch. Carrying 1, pounds in supplies, the capsule is bound for the International Space Station on the first of 12 scheduled supply flights by the company. (SpaceX photo) HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft remains on schedule for a docking Wednesday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. Approximately…

SpaceX Dragon VideoMarch 21, 2017 – 09:26 pm

SpaceX Dragon Video

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur behind the private spaceflight company SpaceX, unveiled his firm s latest innovation — the Dragon V2 manned spaceship —Thursday night (May 29) in a stylish debut for the 21st-century space taxi for astronauts. SpaceX s Dragon Version 2 spaceship is designed to be reusable. The company plans to conduct to tests of the vehicle s launch-abort system in November 2014 and January 2015. Image released May 29, 2014…

NASA SpaceX Dragon VideoMarch 18, 2017 – 09:16 pm

NASA SpaceX Dragon Video

By CBS News HAWTHORNE, Calif. - With a showman s flair for the dramatic, electric car builder and rocket designer Elon Musk unveiled a futuristic space capsule Thursday; a sleek reusable ferry craft that could carry astronauts to the International Space Station and bring them home to a pinpoint, rocket-powered landing. You ll be able to land anywhere on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter, which is, I think, something a modern spaceship should…

SpaceX Landing Complex 1 YouTubeMarch 16, 2017 – 09:12 pm

SpaceX Landing Complex 1 YouTube

A satellite conceived by then-Vice President Al Gore 17 years ago as a real-time whole-Earth imager, and later converted to an early warning buoy for solar storms, is on its way to its parking spot 1 million mi. from Earth after launch on a Falcon 9. As the two-year, $340 million mission of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (Dscovr) got underway, controllers at the SpaceX facility in Hawthorne, California, monitored another attempt to fly a Falcon…

SpaceX Self Landing RocketMarch 9, 2017 – 08:44 pm

SpaceX Self Landing Rocket

SpaceX’s recoverable rocket booster, known as Grasshopper, recently launched itself over 2, feet in the air and expertly landed itself—a new record for the private space firm. Here’s a brief recap of the programs progress in the past year. Just over a year ago, Space X began testing Grasshopper: A first stage booster rocket designed to land itself. Elon Musk’s private space firm calls it a Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle, and they…

SpaceX Dragon return CargoMarch 8, 2017 – 08:43 pm

SpaceX Dragon return Cargo

Share. No word on the effects of weightlessness on tiny screws. Commercial space agency SpaceX s Dragon cargo spacecraft returned safely to Earth Tuesday with nearly two tons of NASA cargo on board. The craft contained 3, 700 lbs. of cargo, science and first-of-its-kind technology demonstration samples. Among the cargo were samples of printed parts and hardware created during the first demonstration of 3-D printing in space. Kirt Costello, deputy…

SpaceX Failure rateMarch 7, 2017 – 08:42 pm

SpaceX Failure rate

Gary Cameron/Reuters Dr. Buzz Aldrin served as lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission. When the interests of the private sector are aligned with NASA’s mission to explore space, America wins. The recent failure of the commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is a near-term setback. But getting that vehicle back in the air means something more for the tomorrows to come. It means getting down to business concerning the future…