SpaceX Falcon 9 Engine FailureOctober 4, 2016 – 11:40 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Engine Failure

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has discovered the root cause of a premature engine shutdown during the company’s first paid cargo flight to the international space station in October, but the Hawthorne, Calif., rocket and spacecraft maker is not ready to make the results of its months-long investigation public, a company executive said. “We’re doing one of the final out briefs on the most probable cause for the engine issue…

SpaceX Falcon NewsOctober 3, 2016 – 11:36 pm

SpaceX Falcon News

Emphasizing that their findings were only an “initial assessment, ” Musk said that they believed that a broken strut—a two-foot-long piece of steel, an inch wide at its thickest point—was responsible for the rocket’s explosion, which had previously only been attributed to a “decompression event” in its liquid oxygen tanks. No one was injured, but the 4, pounds of cargo in the attached Dragon space capsule got blasted into smithereens. By design…

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch VehicleOctober 2, 2016 – 11:36 pm

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Vehicle

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) head Elon Musk revealed their latest launch vehicle on Tuesday, the Falcon Heavy. Effectively three Falcon 9 core stages strapped together, the new vehicle – set to debut as soon as 2013 – will be the most powerful US rocket to have launched since the Saturn V was built for the Apollo Program, eventually sharing a 20 missions per year manifest with the Falcon 9. Falcon Heavy: The Falcon Heavy’s kerosene-driven…

SpaceX 2013September 26, 2016 – 11:01 pm

SpaceX 2013

SpaceX Internship Winners Reach for the Stars In the spring of 2013, FIRST was proud to partner with SpaceX, a company dedicated to building advanced rockets and spacecraft, to offer an internship to FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) high-school seniors. We received applications from many talented and eager students, who described the opportunity to get their designs into outer space as a “dream job.” Winner Spencer Berglund…

When is SpaceX IPOSeptember 21, 2016 – 10:28 pm

When is SpaceX IPO

So he might want to capitalize on this moment and take yet another one of his ventures public. Musk s rocket ship company, SpaceX, has already generated almost as much excitement and interest as Telsa Motors, the hot electric car company he founded. Tesla has been collecting glowing reviews of its Model S car and recently posted its first quarterly profit. Its share price has doubled in just the last two months. Musk also serves as chairman of solar…

SpaceX Falcon 9 explosionSeptember 18, 2016 – 10:01 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 explosion

SpaceX s Falcon 9 broke apart shortly less than 3 minutes after launching on a cargo mission to the International Space Station on June 28, 2015. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/M/Texas A&M University The explosion of a SpaceX rocket during a space station resupply mission last month jolted the company awake in some ways, CEO and founder Elon Musk said. Prior to the June 28 Falcon 9 rocket explosion — which ended the company s seventh robotic cargo…

SpaceX Launch Facility CaliforniaSeptember 14, 2016 – 09:18 pm

SpaceX Launch Facility California

Tweet Facebook Linkedin Share icons Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that his state will be home to the first commercial launch facility for SpaceX, the space transport company headquartered in California. SpaceX will launch rockets and build a control center in Cameron, County, near Brownsville. The facility is also expected to support 12 commercial launches per year, according to The Brownsville Herald . To help secure the deal, Texas offered…

SpaceX Docking with ISS VideoSeptember 10, 2016 – 08:58 pm

SpaceX Docking with ISS Video

SpaceX has released a cool video (above) recapping the mission highlights of the historic May 22 blastoff of the firm’s Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft that went on to become the first privately developed vehicle in history to successfully dock to the International Space Station (ISS) on May 25, 2012. Dragon was captured with a robotic arm operated by astronauts Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers working in tandem aboard the ISS as it approached…

SpaceX Falcon LaunchSeptember 2, 2016 – 08:25 pm

SpaceX Falcon Launch

SpaceX began erecting a new hangar at a former space shuttle launch pad in Florida last week, moving the historic facility closer to launching astronauts again. Positioned at the south perimeter of launch pad 39A, the hangar sits on the gravel crawlerway used to transport Saturn 5 moon rockets and space shuttles from the nearby Vehicle Assembly building to the launch pad. SpaceX has no plans to use the mammoth VAB, the crawlerway or NASA’s huge diesel-powered…

Vine SpaceX Crash Landing VideoAugust 27, 2016 – 08:16 pm

Vine SpaceX Crash Landing Video

T s incredible to see the rocket fly in at a 45-degree angle and then explode upon impact. What s equally incredible is that the rocket actually made contact with the barge in the first place, steering itself from 50 miles above Earth s surface. The fins are located toward the top of the rocket as shown in the image below, which is Jon Ross s impression of what the landing would have looked like if successful. Although the rocket was blown to bits…