SpaceX Dragon EngineNovember 12, 2017 – 08:59 am

SpaceX Dragon Engine

Yesterday was a big day for Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The company which has a long term contract with NASA, to provide transportation to and from the International Space station, unveiled their latest spacecraft, the Dragon Version 2. Unlike the first version of the Dragon space capsule, which was used to send supplies to the Space Station, this new spacecraft will be used to send a crew of seven astronauts to the station, and then back to Earth again…

SpaceX Dragon capsule ISSNovember 6, 2017 – 08:46 am

SpaceX Dragon capsule ISS

The SpaceX Dragon capsule has successfully bolted to the International Space Station, where it will spend four weeks as it resupplies the orbiting platform during its fifth official mission as a supply ferry. The SpaceX craft launched on January 10, and then began its approach of the ISS just a few hours ago, before successfully attaching for docking purposes at approximately 8:56 AM ET. Dragon is now attached and bolted to ISS, where it will remain…

SpaceX Dragon Watch LiveNovember 2, 2017 – 08:36 am

SpaceX Dragon Watch Live

SpaceX is embarking on the second leg of its series of re-supply missions serving the International Space Station and you can join the launch live online. Update: The launch got off to a bit of a rocky start when three of the Dragon s four thruster pods malfunctioned. By late afternoon, however, all systems were back up and running, but the problems mean the ISS docking will be delayed. This is the second such mission for SpaceX, the first having…

Where will SpaceX Dragon Land?October 31, 2017 – 08:28 am

Where will SpaceX Dragon Land?

A photo of the autonomous spaceport drone ship on which SpaceX will attempt Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX Musk estimated a 50 percent chance of success for the platform landing on the first attempt, but said the odds would improve on subsequent missions. There are a lot of launches that will occur over the next year,Musk said at the conference, which was called AeroAstro at 100 and celebrated 100 years of MIT aerospace research. I think it s quite…

SpaceX Launch Failure 2014October 27, 2017 – 08:24 am

SpaceX Launch Failure 2014

SpaceX has had a dramatic end to the week, with a successful Static Fire test of their Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at Cape Canaveral, concluded just hours after the F-9R Dev-1 test rocket failed during testing in Texas. The test failure holds no impact to next week’s ASIASAT-6 mission, currently targeting Wednesday. Falcon 9 Static Fire: A key processing milestone for the launch vehicle was the Static Fire test, a requirement that is used to ensure the pad’s…

SpaceX Launch Dates 2014October 18, 2017 – 08:07 am

SpaceX Launch Dates 2014

SpaceX has delayed the launch of its latest Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket – tasked with lofting the ASIASAT-6 satellite into orbit – for one to two weeks. The call was made by CEO Elon Musk shortly after the rocket had been erected at her Space Launch Complex -40 (SLC-40) pad, with the rationale based on giving the team more time to evaluate any potential commonality with an incident involving a test vehicle. Falcon 9 Delay: Initially, no specific reasons…

Inside SpaceXOctober 16, 2017 – 08:04 am

Inside SpaceX

The inside of SpaceX s Dragon V2 spaceship is the latest, greatest shiny object in the space business, but what really got me was sitting back in one of its form-hugging seats. It felt like sitting in a race car. After Thursday night s glitzy debut of the capsule SpaceX is planning to use to send NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station, VIPs and journalists got a chance to climb up a set of stairs, crouch through the hatch and…

Does SpaceX Recover their First Stage BoosterOctober 13, 2017 – 08:00 am

Does SpaceX Recover their First Stage Booster

By Jason Rhian During a teleconference detailing the return of Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft from its second resupply flight to the International Space Station, the company’s chief executive officer, Elon Musk, detailed how SpaceX is working to modify its highly-successful Falcon 9—in ways that could prove revolutionary. These are, however, just a few of many new designs the roughly ten-year-old company is working on that…

Why is SpaceX Important?October 12, 2017 – 07:57 am

Why is SpaceX Important?

The mission will be livestreamed, and the company will know shortly after the rocket takes off whether it has managed to land successfully. Soon after launch, it’ll head back towards Earth, trying to land on a barge in the sea — a trick that went spectacularly wrong when the rocket exploded on impact, last time around. If Elon Musk’s private space firm can successfully land this time around, it could be the beginning of a new, cheaper time for space…

SpaceX Dragon Launch April 2014October 9, 2017 – 07:49 am

SpaceX Dragon Launch April 2014

SpaceX s fourth space station-bound Dragon uncrewed capsule is seen poised atop the company s Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, April 14, 2014. SpaceX called off the planned launch of a commercial cargo ship bound for the International Space Station for NASA Monday (April 14) due to a helium leak on the company s Falcon 9 rocket that will keep the mission stuck on Earth until at least Friday (April…