SpaceX Dragon Live updatesOctober 13, 2016 – 12:33 am

SpaceX Dragon Live updates

This image provided by NASA shows the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft as it approaches the International Space Station Thursday May 24, 2012 for a series of tests to clear it for its final rendezvous and grapple on May 25. Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers will use the Canadarm2 robotic arm to grapple the supply ship about 8:06 a.m., Friday with the berthing to the Earth-facing side of the station s Harmony node following…

SpaceX Dragon TouchdownOctober 11, 2016 – 12:31 am

SpaceX Dragon Touchdown

Share This article At a press conference following the successful touchdown of a SpaceX’s Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station, CEO Elon Musk said that Dragon 2 will look like “a real alien spaceship” and be capable of propulsive touchdowns on land. Musk also said at the briefing that SpaceX will attempt a water landing of its Falcon 9 rocket later this year — another key step towards reusable, cheaper spaceflight. Not a whole…

SpaceX Dragon crew capsuleOctober 9, 2016 – 12:25 am

SpaceX Dragon crew capsule

Pics and vid At 0900 EDT (1300 UTC) today, SpaceX launched a Dragon 2 capsule, capable of carrying a human crew, high into the sky, and gently landed it on the Atlantic ocean. It was a NASA-required experiment to test whether or not the craft can safely return to Earth without killing anyone onboard if a launch is aborted shortly after takeoff. All manned spacecraft must have the ability to get the astronauts out of danger if something goes wrong…

SpaceX Dragon 2 designSeptember 17, 2016 – 09:55 pm

SpaceX Dragon 2 design

Recovery boats approach Dragon after splashdown into the Pacific Ocean on March 26, 2013. Dragon returned from the International Space Station. Credit: SpaceX Private cargo ship success SpaceX s most recent Dragon mission ended after three weeks attached to the orbiting laboratory. The capsule splashed downin the Pacific Ocean about 214 miles (344 kilometers) off the coast of Baja California to return about 2, 670 pounds (1, 210 kg) science gear and…

SpaceX Dragon Live TrackingSeptember 6, 2016 – 08:46 pm

SpaceX Dragon Live Tracking

On Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Space Launch Complex-40 is ablaze as the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at 3:44 a.m. EDT, May 22, 2012. Credit: NASA/Rick Wetherington, Tim Powers and Tim Terry SpaceX s Dragon capsule carrying just over 1, pounds of cargo to the International Space Station, but cannot dock itself at the orbiting lab. Instead, the capsule will fly near the station on Friday and allow astronauts aboard the outpost…

SpaceX Dragon COTS 2August 31, 2016 – 08:24 pm

SpaceX Dragon COTS 2

SpaceX petitioned, and subsequently received approval in July 2011, to merge COTS missions 2 & 3 into one flight where Dragon would both rendezvous and berth simultaneously. Dragon successfully launched aboard the third Falcon 9 flight on 22 May 2012, and managed to complete all mission objectives within three days, becoming the first private spacecraft to berth with the ISS, and it remains the only current servicing spacecraft with the ability…

SpaceX Launch statisticsAugust 29, 2016 – 08:22 pm

SpaceX Launch statistics

A July 20 liftoff of a Long March-4C carrier rocket carried three satellites, lifting off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of north China’s Shanxi Province. The Chuangxin-3, Shiyan-7 and Shijian-15 spacecraft are to be used mainly for conducting scientific experiments on space maintenance technologies. Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences As the private spaceflight firm SpaceX works to bring more commercial rocket launches…

SpaceX Launch explosion CauseAugust 16, 2016 – 07:20 pm

SpaceX Launch explosion Cause

Thomson ReutersAn unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after lift-off from Cape CanaveralBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - SpaceX on Monday was searching for what destroyed its Falcon 9 rocket after liftoff over the weekend, leaving customers still loyal but unsure when their satellites might fly. The privately-held company, owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, has flown 18 successful missions with the Falcon 9…

Twitter SpaceX DragonAugust 13, 2016 – 07:01 pm

Twitter SpaceX Dragon

After a setback earlier this week, SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon9 rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS) on a restocking mission. An attempt to land the potentially reusable rocket on a barge, however, failed. The launch was conducted from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station s Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida at 4:50 AM (9:50 GMT) early Saturday. And we have liftoff of @SpaceX #ISScargo mission to the @Space_Station…

Who developed the SpaceX Dragon?August 12, 2016 – 06:57 pm

Who developed the SpaceX Dragon?

By Ken Kremer The picture perfect docking of the SpaceX Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 3 and the triumphant ocean splashdown last week on March 26 nearly weren’t to be – and it all goes back to a microscopic manufacturing mistake in the oxidizer tank check valves that no one noticed long before the vessel ever took flight. Barely 11 minutes after I witnessed the spectacular March 1 blastoff of the Dragon atop the…