SpaceX Falcon 9 First Flight UpdateOctober 14, 2017 – 08:01 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Flight Update

SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has updated the status of the investigation into the failure of the Falcon 9 rocket during its ill-fated CRS-7 Dragon mission. The preliminary findings point to a support strut in the Second Stage LOX tank breaking, releasing a helium pressurization bottle (Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel) that began the series of events that resulted in the loss of the vehicle. CRS-7 Failure Latest: SpaceX had enjoyed…

SpaceX Nitrogen explosionOctober 11, 2017 – 07:57 am

SpaceX Nitrogen explosion

WASHINGTON — A pair of nitrogen tanks at Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s ( SpaceX) rocket test facility in McGregor, Texas, exploded late Nov. 26, according to local authorities. “Anyone that heard the loud boom and felt a rumble outside of McGregor can rest easy, ” the McLennan County, Texas, Sheriff’s Department wrote on its Facebook page Nov. 26. “It was two nitrogen filled tanks that over pressurized and ruptured at Space X. Sources are…

SpaceX Falcon 9 AshesOctober 10, 2017 – 07:53 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Ashes

The Dragon has breathed fire – and James Doohan’s ashes are in orbit. Yes, at long last and after a last-second scuttling over the weekend, the SpaceX Falcon 9 blasted off at 3:44 a.m. this morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket, owned/funded by the privately held company Space Exploration Technologies, a/k/a SpaceX, is headed toward the International Space Station, carrying 1, -plus pounds of supplies for the station’s crew, as…

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch dateOctober 8, 2017 – 07:49 am

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch date

SpaceX Announces Launch Date for the World s Most Powerful Rocket Today, Elon Musk, CEO and chief rocket designer of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) unveiled the dramatic final specifications and launch date for the Falcon Heavy, the world s largest rocket. Falcon Heavy will carry more payload to orbit or escape velocity than any vehicle in history, apart from the Saturn V moon rocket, which was decommissioned after the Apollo program. This…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket LiveOctober 6, 2017 – 07:36 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Live

Graphic showing the plan for SpaceX s reusable-rocket test, which is currently scheduled to occur during the launch of the company s Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station on June 28 2015. SpaceX has attempted this move twice before, during Dragon cargo launches in January and April. Both of these previous tries were tantalizing near misses: The rocket stage succeeded in hitting the boat but ended up crashing and exploding. The…

SpaceX Falcon 9 MerlinOctober 5, 2017 – 07:33 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Merlin

Depending on how you count it, SpaceX launched its 100th kerosene-fueled Merlin 1D rocket engine on a Falcon 9 rocket Feb. 11, underscoring what it says is an accelerated flight regime for the centerpiece of the company’s propulsion shop. The Falcon 9 rocket uses 10 Merlin engines on every mission — nine standard Merlin 1D powerplants on the launcher’s first stage and a single modified Merlin 1D optimized for firing outside the atmosphere on the second…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch VehicleOctober 4, 2017 – 07:31 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle

Tags: CRS, CSF, Dragon, Eric Stallmer, ESA, Falcon 9, ISS, Jean-Jacques Dordain, space station, SpaceX. ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain Hearing the news of today’s loss of SpaceX CRS-7 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain stated: “We at the European Space Agency deeply regret this failure that shows that sending launchers into space is a very hard job. However a failure does…

SpaceX 6 ReturnOctober 3, 2017 – 07:31 am

SpaceX 6 Return

SpaceX’s CRS-6 Dragon unberthed from the International Space Station (ISS) and was released from the grip of the Station’s “Big Arm” on Thursday. The resupply ship then completed homeward leg of her trouble-free orbital adventures, with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean expected less than six hours after parting ways with the orbital outpost. CRS-6: The CRS-6 Dragon berthed with a total cargo mass of 2, 015 kilograms (4, 387 lb; 1, 898 kg or 4, 184…

SpaceX Falcon 9 AnomalyOctober 2, 2017 – 07:30 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Anomaly

A Merlin engine shut down during the first stage of an otherwise successful launch of SpaceX s Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. Approximately one minute and 19 seconds into last night s launch, the Falcon 9 rocket detected an anomaly on one first-stage engine. Initial data suggests that one of the rocket s nine Merlin engines, Engine 1, lost pressure suddenly and an engine shutdown command was issued,SpaceX said in a statement emailed…

SpaceX Falcon 9 reusableSeptember 26, 2017 – 07:15 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 reusable

On July 14, 2014, SpaceX tweeted a photo of its Falcon 9 rocket lifting off carrying ORBCOMM satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Credit: SpaceX (via Twitter as @SpaceX) To help combat the spin problem, SpaceX engineers put landing legs on the Falcon 9 before another reusability test in April 2014. That trial came during the launch of SpaceX s robotic Dragon cargo capsule from Cape Canaveral, and it marked a significant improvement…