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…

SpaceX Reusable Rocket LandingAugust 2, 2016 – 05:12 pm

SpaceX Reusable Rocket Landing

The private spaceflight company SpaceX will attempt a never-before-attempted reusable rocket landing on an ocean platform with the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Jan. 6, 2015. Here s how the planned mission will work. In a space first, the Falcon 9 rocket first stage used to help launch the Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station will attempt to fly back down…

SpaceX First Stage RecoveryJuly 26, 2016 – 04:53 pm

SpaceX First Stage Recovery

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts Blogs Update: Bad weather scrubbed Monday s launch attempt. The next window is Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. EDT (20:10 UTC). Launch postponed due to lightning from an approaching anvil cloud — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) SpaceX is gearing up for a second attempt to land the spent first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Liftoff is scheduled for Monday, April 13 at 4:33 p.m…

SpaceX Launch Engine FailureJuly 8, 2016 – 03:21 pm

SpaceX Launch Engine Failure

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the June 28 failure of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket should not be used as “leverage” to buy more of the Russian rocket engines that power United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket. “I am confident that this minor setback will in no way impede the future success of SpaceX and its ability to support U.S. national security space missions, ” McCain said in a…

YouTube SpaceX explodesJuly 3, 2016 – 02:39 pm

YouTube SpaceX explodes

It s not quite ready… yet! On Sunday morning, SpaceX was trying once again to send an unmanned rocket to the International Space Station and then land it on a barge out in the ocean… and, well, they didn t quite make it. Just minutes after liftoff, the rocket exploded in mid-air before it could even get close to the ISS, and at least for another day, civilian space hopes were (temporarily) dashed. On Twitter , the outfit confirmed the anomaly : The…