SpaceX Launch Schedule VandenbergMarch 30, 2016 – 06:47 am

SpaceX Launch Schedule Vandenberg

A Taurus rocket carrying Taiwan s ROCSAT-2 satellite lifts-off from Space Launch Complex 576E at Vandenberg AFB. To access launch photos, videos, and audio reports, visit the Vandenberg Rocket and Missile Launch Multimedia library. Image courtesy U.S. Air Force. This schedule lists rocket and missile launches from Vandenberg AFB for the next several months. It is a composite of unclassified information approved for public release from government…

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 RecoveryMarch 28, 2016 – 06:30 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Recovery

The new engines and their altered configuration on the Falcon 9 v1.1. SpaceX Earlier today, SpaceX successfully sent an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle into space, putting a Canadian science platform and three smaller satellites into orbit. However, the launch was mostly interesting because of what happened after the payload was released. For the first time, the Falcon 9 s main stage performed a controlled burn that safely brought…

SpaceX Falcon Launch VideoMarch 5, 2016 – 04:42 am

SpaceX Falcon Launch Video

Share This article This story now contains the full HD video SpaceX released of the failed landing attempt, including the part where the rocket falls over and explodes. The original story continues below. After a last minute launch abort Monday, SpaceX was able to send its sixth resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday afternoon. This is part of the company’s 12-mission NASA contract to ferry food and equipment to the ISS…

SpaceX Launch Falcon 9 on Demonstration FlightMarch 4, 2016 – 04:41 am

SpaceX Launch Falcon 9 on Demonstration Flight

SpaceX Launch Update: This Sunday SpaceX will attempt to launch the first Falcon 9 v1.1. While similar to the original Falcon 9, the upgraded version sports the more powerful Merlin 1D engines which have yet to fly, a much longer fuselage, a new larger fairing and a number of other upgrades to the rocket including its software. The launch will be webcast. SpaceX is categorizing this launch as a demonstration flight with the risk higher than usual…

SpaceX Falcon 9 EnginesFebruary 24, 2016 – 03:50 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Engines

WASHINGTON – SpaceX plans to inaugurate its new, more-powerful Falcon 9 rocket this summer, using the same Merlin 1D engine with a modified fuel mix and other changes to extend the company’s planned reuse of the first stage to cover all SpaceX launches, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said. In March 16 and 17 appearances at the Satellite 2015 conference here, Shotwell said the new-version Falcon 9, which has yet to be named, will be about 30 percent…

SpaceX CrewFebruary 22, 2016 – 03:37 am

SpaceX Crew

Just after 9am ET today, SpaceX completed the first key flight test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, a vehicle designed to carry astronauts to and from space. The successful Pad Abort Test was the first flight test of SpaceX’s revolutionary launch abort system, and the data captured here will be critical in preparing Crew Dragon for its first human missions in 2017. Lasting less than two minutes, the test simulated how Dragon would carry astronauts…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Live StreamFebruary 19, 2016 – 03:23 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Live Stream

Share This article Update 4/13/15: The NASA live stream is embedded at the bottom of the post. The launch is still scheduled for 4:33PM EDT. The launch was aborted with 2m 39s left due to approaching thunderstorms. They’ll give it a shot again tomorrow (4/14) at 4:10PM EDT. SpaceX is on a quest to get things into orbit and be less wasteful doing it. After a less than successful test a few months ago, Elon Musk’s private space firm is set to test its…

SpaceX DragonFebruary 18, 2016 – 03:22 am

SpaceX Dragon

SpaceX launched a major test today of the innovative rocket escape system for its manned Dragon spaceships, a critical system designed to save astronauts in a launch emergency. It was over in less than two minutes, with video of the Dragon crew capsule abort test showing the craft soaring skyward from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida today (May 6), then arcing out over the Atlantic Ocean and floating back to Earth under its parachutes…

SpaceX Docking with ISS LiveFebruary 14, 2016 – 02:56 am

SpaceX Docking with ISS Live

Artist s rendition of SpaceX s Dragon spacecraft as it returns to Earth. Dragon s PICA-X heat shield protects the vehicle as it returns to Earth like a burning comet. Credit: SpaceX The private spaceflight company Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is counting down to the return of its commercial Dragon space capsule from the International Space Station, and there are several ways to watch the historic flyby online. SpaceX s robotic Dragon space…

SpaceXs LiveFebruary 6, 2016 – 02:15 am

SpaceXs Live

Update: SpaceX was forced to postpone its sixth resupply mission just three minutes before launch Monday due to an approaching anvil cloud that drifted too close to the launch site in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The next attempt is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. EDT Tuesday. SpaceX is about to make its second attempt at something that’s never been done in the history of space exploration: Launch a rocket, then land said rocket. The private spaceflight…