SpaceX Dragon Launch WebcastDecember 29, 2016 – 04:17 pm

SpaceX Dragon Launch Webcast

An unmanned SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule sits atop its Falcon 9 rocket at the private spaceflight company s launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sept. 19, 2014. Bad weather prevented a planned early-morning launch toward the International Space Station for NASA on Saturday, Sept. 20. Credit: SpaceX We have scrubbed today s launch opportunity because of inclement weather,NASA spokesman Mike Curie said during the countdown commentary…

Is SpaceX Part of TeslaDecember 27, 2016 – 04:03 pm

Is SpaceX Part of Tesla

Image via NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis The newly revealed story that Elon Musk almost sold off Tesla Motors to Google in 2013 surprised many. Musk is famous for a kind of unflinching optimism and self-confidence, and getting so close to a Google (GOOG) acquisition of Tesla (TSLA) shows he clearly wasn t always so sure he could turn the electric car maker into a success. But it makes a lot more sense when you look at the story in the context of Musk s…

SpaceX Dragon CAD ModelDecember 24, 2016 – 03:51 pm

SpaceX Dragon CAD Model

SpaceX s Dragon V2 making a landing. SpaceX As long as we continue to throw away rockets and spacecraft, we will never have true access to space,Musk said, likening the situation to throwing away passenger jets after each flight. It will always be incredibly expensive. Musk said it still retains the parachutes of the previous model but will only deploy those chutes if the spacecraft detects an anomaly with the engines or the propulsion system before…

SpaceX crs-1 Launch to International Space StationDecember 21, 2016 – 03:46 pm

SpaceX crs-1 Launch to International Space Station

On 8 October 2012 UTC, SpaceX began its first of twelve (at least) resupply missions to the ISS with the launch of Dragon atop the fourth (and penultimate) Falcon 9 v1.0 rocket. A wet dress rehearsal of the rocket was completed on 31 August, followed by a 29 September static fire. Both of these tests were undertaken without Dragon attached to the vehicle stack. 76 seconds into the mission, engine #1 of the lower stage suffered a loss of pressure…

SpaceX Dragon Cost comparisonDecember 16, 2016 – 03:17 pm

SpaceX Dragon Cost comparison

Dragon V2 Seats seven astronauts Crew escape capability from entering capsule until orbit Lands propulsively on earth or other planet Rapid reusability Docking adapter for the ISS 25m^3 total payload volume Orion Seats four astronauts Crew escape with the launch abort system Lands in the ocean Reusable Crew Module Docking Adapter for the ISS 19.5m^3 total payload volume How about some control screen comparisons: And some external shots Orion Dragon…

SpaceX Live StreamDecember 14, 2016 – 03:11 pm

SpaceX Live Stream

SpaceX is about to attempt a new landing procedure that could eventually make space travel much cheaper and easier. The landing attempt will happen minutes after SpaceX launches one of their Falcon 9 rockets out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at exactly 10:21 am ET. Here s the live feed, via NASA: If the rocket safely lands on the platform, it should be in good condition to be reused for a second launch — the first time any rocket…

SpaceX Redmond locationDecember 13, 2016 – 03:10 pm

SpaceX Redmond location

Redmond Mayor John Marchione has said one of the reasons he loves Redmond is because “nowhere else on the Eastside can you buy an actual rocket engine.” Well Mr. Mayor, things could get a lot more interesting. GeekWire reported the new office will be in Redmond, though SpaceX’s state business license lists a Bellevue address. Further details about the location of the soon-to-be office could be revealed on Friday when Musk is scheduled to visit the…

SpaceX Dragon explosionDecember 10, 2016 – 02:53 pm

SpaceX Dragon explosion

The explosion took place 2 minutes and 19 seconds after launch (Image: ddp USA/REX Shutterstock) The explosion of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket mere minutes after launch yesterday was strike one for US hopes of rebooting crewed space flight: this is the very type of rocket the company wants to use to send people into space in 2017. “You want a really, really reliable rocket before you put people on it, ” says Jonathan McDowell…

SpaceX Dragon Launch abort testDecember 7, 2016 – 02:46 pm

SpaceX Dragon Launch abort test

WASHINGTON — NASA and SpaceX plan to postpone an in-flight abort test of the crewed version of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft until after an orbital test flight, a decision they say is not linked to the June 28 Falcon 9 launch failure still in the early phases of its investigation. In a July 1 statement, NASA announced SpaceX was delaying the test, where a Dragon spacecraft separates from its Falcon 9 launch vehicle during ascent, from later this year…

SpaceX Dragon capsule scale ModelDecember 6, 2016 – 02:46 pm

SpaceX Dragon capsule scale Model

SMN REPORT: News that the US company SpaceX successfully launched its Dragon space capsule, which is now on course for a test rendezvous with the ISS International Space Station makes us smile. And of course, it opens the door to the model-making wish-list. Elon Musk of SpaceX with the Falcon 9 launcher that carried Dragon to orbit. BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST We’re waiting for an injection kit of the Dragon capsule, or even a ready-built will do. Both preferably…