NASA SpaceX relationshipJuly 17, 2016 – 04:26 pm

NASA SpaceX relationship

A SpaceX rocket waits to be launched at Cape Canaveral, Fla., in March. If all goes as planned, the private company s rocket will be the first commercial spacecraft to visit the International Space Station. SpaceX hide caption toggle caption SpaceX A private spaceship owned by a company called SpaceX is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida early Saturday morning. If all goes well, the unmanned capsule will rocket up on a mission to…

NASA and SpaceXJuly 14, 2016 – 03:54 pm

NASA and SpaceX

American astronauts will soon have new homegrown rides into space. After a four-year competition, NASA has tapped the commerical spaceflight companies SpaceX and Boeing to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil by 2017, agency officials announced today (Sept. 16). If all goes according to plan, the two companies will reduce or end NASA s dependence on Russia for its orbital taxi service. Russia s Soyuz has been NASA s…

SpaceX explosion 2014July 11, 2016 – 03:42 pm

SpaceX explosion 2014

A SpaceX Falcon 9R rocket exploded shortly after launching during a test flight in Texas, the company confirmed Friday. Three engine F9R Dev1 vehicle auto-terminated during test flight. No injuries or near injuries. Rockets are tricky … — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) KXXV-TV anchor Bruce Gietzen reported there were no injuries. The rocket, which was unmanned, was launched from the SpaceX rocket-development facility in McGregor, Texas. During the flight…

SpaceX CareersJuly 9, 2016 – 03:32 pm

SpaceX Careers

President and COO Gwynne Shotwell spoke about discovering her passion for engineering and taking advantage of wide-ranging opportunities in front of an audience of about 100 female 11th and 12th grade students from Da Vinci Schools in June. Shotwell was one of seven senior level executive women who discussed what it takes to get ahead and be successful as part of a half-day Young Women s Career Conference held June 1, 2013 at the Don and Sari Brann…

SpaceX Launch SystemJuly 4, 2016 – 02:44 pm

SpaceX Launch System

SpaceX has been successfully flying its Dragon capsule up to the International Space Station for a while now, but these have all been unmanned missions. The ultimate goal is to transport people aboard the Dragon, but that means you need to take additional precautions. For example, the launch abort system, which was just tested by the company. As with everything it does, SpaceX filmed it and put it on YouTube. The idea is that if something goes wrong…

SpaceX Falcon 9 First FlightJune 17, 2016 – 01:20 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Flight

You thought SpaceX s Grasshopper was impressive? Grasshopper was just the beginning. Behold, the first flight test of the company s Falcon 9 Reusable Launch Vehicle. SpaceX currently uses a non-reusable version of the Falcon 9 to launch its Dragon capsules into low-Earth orbit, on commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station. In fact, the company made such a launch yesterday. Making its Falcon 9 a reusable launch vehicle capable…

Is SpaceX a Good InvestmentJune 13, 2016 – 01:12 pm

Is SpaceX a Good Investment

PARIS — Search engine giant Google Inc. said it invested $900 million in SpaceX “to support continued innovation in areas of space transport, reusability and satellite manufacturing.” In a Feb. 9 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Mountain View, California-based Google confirmed what had been widely presumed — that it was responsible for the lion’s share of the recently announced billion-dollar investment in rocket builder SpaceX…

SpaceX CompanyJune 2, 2016 – 12:31 pm

SpaceX Company

Elon Musk’s space company has asked the federal government for permission to begin testing on an ambitious project to beam Internet service from space, a significant step forward for an initiative that could create another major competitor to Comcast, AT&T and other telecom companies. The plan calls for launching a constellation of 4, small and cheap satellites that would beam high-speed Internet signals to all parts of the globe, including…

SpaceX Launch Vehicle Data AcquisitionMay 31, 2016 – 12:25 pm

SpaceX Launch Vehicle Data Acquisition

The requirements for a data acquisition system for launch vehicles are very similar to those intended for lower altitudes with a few exceptions. The most obvious is the more extreme environmental conditions which include the severe vibration and shock experienced on take-off, followed by a very sharp thermal shock. Launch vehicles also may need to dynamically adapt to changing configurations - for example when an instrumented stage is released. Additionally…

SpaceX Aerospace CorporationMay 24, 2016 – 11:07 am

SpaceX Aerospace Corporation

AUSTIN, Texas – SpaceX has publicly supported legislation authored by state Sen. Eddie Lucio to strengthen the aerospace and aviation division within the Governor’s Office. Alma Walzer, a representative of SpaceX, testified before the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development in support of Senate Bill 458. “On behalf of SpaceX and its employees, who number over 3, 500 across the United States including about 350 in Central and…