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…

Tesla SpaceX SolarCity & PayPalJune 5, 2016 – 12:43 pm

Tesla SpaceX SolarCity & PayPal

TechCrunch had a long interview with Peter Thiel, in which he discussed many, many things (mostly coming from subjects in his recently released Zero to One book). One of which was a brief comment about how the so-called “Paypal Mafia” was up late talking about their misspent youths. Apparently several of the team liked to build things that went boom. Now, skip to Musk’s comment: Via the NY Post: PayPal’s colorful co-founders, Elon Musk and Peter Thiel…

SpaceX Dragon Rocket LandingJune 4, 2016 – 12:33 pm

SpaceX Dragon Rocket Landing

But a thunderstorm veered too close to the launch site, forcing mission controllers to scrub the liftoff attempt with less than three minutes to go in the countdown. Launch postponed due to lightning from an approaching anvil cloud,SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote in a Twitter post after the launch delay. [SpaceX s Reusable Rocket Landing Test in Photos] There is a 50 percent chance of good weather for the Tuesday attempt, NASA officials said. The Hawthorne…

SpaceX Rocket explosion ReasonMay 30, 2016 – 12:08 pm

SpaceX Rocket explosion Reason

When an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket headed to the International Space Station suddenly exploded shortly after take off on June 28, it brought an end to a string of 18 successful missions conducted with the new rocket. Now, after poring over thousands of pieces of data, SpaceX engineers believe the incident was caused by a single faulty two-foot-long by one-inch-thick metal strut, in what Elon Musk referred to in a conference call with reporters…

SpaceX Dragon IssueMay 29, 2016 – 11:57 am

SpaceX Dragon Issue

This image posted on SpaceWeather.com from imagery collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the debris trail after the Falcon 9 rocket exploded two minutes into flight on Sunday, June 28. Image Credit: NOAA / Space Weather / Google CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — In the wake of the loss of a SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket and Dragon spacecraft on Sunday, June 28, NASA has issued an advisory for those who encounter debris from the…

SpaceX Dragon extended TrunkMay 18, 2016 – 10:31 am

SpaceX Dragon extended Trunk

The Dragon is a commercial transportation spacecraft developed by California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). It is designed as a reusable resupply spacecraft that can transport crew and cargo to the (ISS). The spacecraft can then be recovered from the space orbit. has been developed in place of the retired space shuttle fleet of Nasa. The first cargo version of the spacecraft was into low Earth orbit space using the Falcon 9 vehicle…

SpaceX abort VideoMay 17, 2016 – 10:29 am

SpaceX abort Video

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. completed qualification tests of the SuperDraco thruster that will power the launch abort system on the crewed version of the Dragon space capsule the company is developing with financial aid from NASA. SpaceX performed multiple SuperDraco hot fires at its McGregor, Texas, test facility in April and May, according to a press release issued May 28. SuperDraco is intended for use with Dragon Version…

The SpaceX Launch Still onMay 16, 2016 – 10:20 am

The SpaceX Launch Still on

Coming in to land – and attempt to recover the first stage of the potentially reusable Falcon 9 rocket. Credit: Flickr/SpaceX The commercial company SpaceX has now completed six successful re-supply missions to the International Space Station (ISS). Along the way it has created a lot of headaches for its competitors, who don t appear to be able to compete on a cost basis. The latest SpaceX launch took place earlier this month. As well as delivering…

SpaceX Dragon capacityMay 11, 2016 – 09:58 am

SpaceX Dragon capacity

Moreover, the crew capacity of Zarya and Dragon is up to 8 and 7 members, respectively. Both also possess a conical re-entry capsule, and are reusable. Led by the brilliant Soviet engineer Konstantin Feoktistov of the NPO Energia design bureau, the development of the Zarya spacecraft began in the 1980’s, but the project was eventually shelved. Feoktistov himself believed the spacecraft s design was not refined enough to guarantee the required landing…

SpaceX Dragon return LiveMay 8, 2016 – 09:29 am

SpaceX Dragon return Live

Stream videos at Ustream Don’t miss the thrilling conclusion of SpaceX’s first mission to the International Space Station. Tune in May 31 starting at 12:30 a.m. PDT to see live feed coverage of the Dragon spacecraft unberthing from the ISS, deorbiting, and splashing down on Earth. According to NASA’s current schedule, Dragon will be released from the space station’s Candarm2 at around 2:35 a.m. PDT. After release, the spacecraft will fire its engines…