SpaceX Failure Root CauseJanuary 23, 2017 – 06:02 pm

SpaceX Failure Root Cause

BOSTON, Mass. — SpaceX engineers still aren t exactly sure what caused the company s Falcon 9 rocket to disintegrate minutes after it launched on an uncrewed mission to the International Space Station on June 28, Elon Musk, the company s founder, said Tuesday. This failure marks Falcon 9 s first major accident in 19 total launches. This disintegration has caused some people to question SpaceX s ability to accomplish some of the hugely ambitious goals…

Video SpaceX Dragon LaunchJanuary 15, 2017 – 05:34 pm

Video SpaceX Dragon Launch

A successful-landing party will have to wait, but Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) can celebrate the successful launch of its sixth cargo mission to the International Space Station on Tuesday. Instead, on Tuesday, SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 4:10 p.m., Eastern time, and roughly 11 minutes later, the spent second stage released the Dragon cargo capsule on its journey. Dragon is slated to arrive at the space station Friday morning…

SpaceX Dragons Eye LiDARJanuary 13, 2017 – 05:14 pm

SpaceX Dragons Eye LiDAR

Short for Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging, LIDAR is used for a variety of mapping, distance and speed measuring tasks. It is a key feature in unmanned vehicles, like the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX and NASA worked with Advanced Scientific Concepts (ASC) to design DragonEye, the 3D Flash LIDAR Space Camera developed for the Dragon. While a DragonEye LIDAR sounds like a subplot to a James Bond movie, it is what the Dragon spacecraft uses to…

SpaceX Dragon AshesJanuary 12, 2017 – 04:58 pm

SpaceX Dragon Ashes

When actor James Doohan died in 2005, the man who played Star Trek s engineer Scotty for nearly 40 years had one request: That his ashes be launched into space. Now, after years of delays and countless rumors, SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is not only carrying the Dragon spacecraft; according to Billionaire SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk, it has the ashes of Scotty packed somewhere inside the rocket. The unmanned Dragon spacecraft, which is scheduled…

SpaceX Dragon capsule LaunchJanuary 6, 2017 – 04:29 pm

SpaceX Dragon capsule Launch

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who s spending almost a year on the space station, used the outpost s robotic arm to unhook the gumdrop-shaped spacecraft from its port on the station s Harmony module and release it for the homeward journey. Hours later, SpaceX said the Dragon splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m. ET, about 155 miles southwest of Long Beach, California. SpaceX tweeted this picture of the Dragon capsule after its recovery from…

SpaceX SES Launch YouTubeDecember 30, 2016 – 04:18 pm

SpaceX SES Launch YouTube

Falcon 9 booster to launch SES-14 and SES-16/ GovSat in 2017 Luxembourg/ Hawthorne, CA – 25 February 2015 - SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today an agreement with SpaceX to launch two new satellites in 2017 – SES-14 and SES-16/ GovSat – using the Falcon 9 rocket. SES had announced the order of the two new satellites last week. SES-14 is a hybrid satellite to be positioned at 47.5/48 degrees West with C- and…

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…