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…

The Man Behind SpaceXJuly 2, 2016 – 02:36 pm

The Man Behind SpaceX

It’s a long way from Silicon Valley to Detroit. Elon Musk has tried to bridge the cultural gap between the technology industry and the car industry, bringing his experience with the former to the latter. The result is Tesla Motors and the revolutionary Model S electric car. So far, that is. Getting a startup carmaker onto its feet is no easy task, and neither is building and operating a private space vehicle. Yet Musk has done that too, with SpaceX…

SpaceX Dragon Logo Occult meaningJune 30, 2016 – 02:12 pm

SpaceX Dragon Logo Occult meaning

Non-free media information and use rationale – non-free logo for SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 1 Description This is a logo for infobox. Source Space X, press kit Article The entire logo is used to convey the meaning intended and avoid tarnishing or misrepresenting the intended image. The logo is of a size and resolution sufficient to maintain the quality intended by the company or organization, without being unnecessarily high resolution. The image is…

SpaceX Landing BoosterJune 24, 2016 – 01:40 pm

SpaceX Landing Booster

Holy cow! Watch this amazing Vine video of the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster crashing as it attempted to land on a barge last week after a successful launch to the space station. Make sure the volume is up, because holy wow. Amazingly, the booster slowed, found the barge, and was able to target it for landing (all autonomously, mind you). But then something went wrong at the last moment. The fins used to steer it ran out of hydraulic fluid. The booster…

SpaceX Dragon Launch scheduledJune 18, 2016 – 01:20 pm

SpaceX Dragon Launch scheduled

For its next resupply mission, SpaceX is targeting April 13 as the launch date for its Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The launch is scheduled to begin at 4:33 p.m. EDT from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station s Space Launch Complex 40. NASA will be televising the event, with coverage starting at 3:30 p.m. If the launch proceeds successfully, the Dragon spacecraft is expected to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) on April 15…

SpaceX and DragonJune 15, 2016 – 01:16 pm

SpaceX and Dragon

Dragon V2 comes with new SuperDraco thrusters, which are made by a 3D printer. Each one produces 16, pounds of thrust — up from the 100 pounds of thrust SpaceX could squeeze out of its last-generation Draco engines. They re built to be redundant: Even when two of them fail, the spacecraft can still land on the ground with its remaining thrusters. And if all else fails, there s still the reserve parachute for a water-based splashdown. The actual spacecraft…

What is the SpaceX Dragon?June 14, 2016 – 01:16 pm

What is the SpaceX Dragon?

By Ken Kremer SpaceX and NASA are just days away from a crucial test of a crew capsule escape system that will save astronauts lives in the unlikely event of a launch failure with the Falcon 9 rocket. Buster the Dummy is already strapped into his seat aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon test vehicle for what is called the Pad Abort Test, that is currently slated for Wednesday, May 6. The test is critical for the timely development of the human rated Dragon…

SpaceX Dragon drop testJune 10, 2016 – 01:09 pm

SpaceX Dragon drop test

NASA Commercial Crew Program Update SpaceX is preparing a test version of its Crew Dragon for an upcoming flight that will simulate an emergency abort from the launch pad. The Crew Dragon is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, and the ability to abort from a launch or pad emergency and safely carry crew members out of harm’s way is a critical element for NASA’s next generation of crewed spacecraft. The pad abort test will…

SpaceX Dragon Launch Live VideoJune 8, 2016 – 01:03 pm

SpaceX Dragon Launch Live Video

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Launching rockets is a complicated thing. Landing them upright on a platform floating in the ocean? Well, that’s never been done before. SpaceX, the private space exploration company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, hopes to give it a try. If the weather cooperates, at 4:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, SpaceX will launch its seventh mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station. After the launch, SpaceX will…

NASA SpaceX CRS Contract valueJune 7, 2016 – 01:01 pm

NASA SpaceX CRS Contract value

SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation have been awarded the lucrative Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract, with SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) earning 12 missions, and Orbital winning another eight missions. The details of the award – worth up to 3.5 billion dollars – equates to Orbital winning 54 percent of the funding. PlanetSpace Inc lose out on the award. The CRS contract deals with the resupply needs of the International…