SpaceX Falcon 9 Blows an EngineJanuary 27, 2016 – 01:18 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Blows an Engine

In his first public comments since the surprise disintegration of the commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket some two minutes after last week’s liftoff on June 28, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said today (July 7) that the launch failure was a “huge blow” to his company and the cause remains elusive and is under intense investigation. “The accident was a huge blow to SpaceX, ” Musk told the opening session of the International Space Station Research & Development…

SpaceX News Falcon 9January 21, 2016 – 12:27 am

SpaceX News Falcon 9

SpaceX’s Falcon9 rocket, which was carrying supplies to the International Space Station, erupted Sunday morning shortly after liftoff. There was no one onboard, therefore there were no reported injuries. NASA is not sure what caused the explosion and is still trying to investigate the problem. This is the second failed ISS shipment. A Russian cargo ship spun out of control and came down in April and last October another company s supply ship was destroyed…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Soft LandingJanuary 12, 2016 – 11:35 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Soft Landing

Share This article Following the tenth launch of a Falcon 9 rocket last week, SpaceX is reporting that the rocket’s first stage carried out a perfect soft landing back here on Earth in the Atlantic Ocean. This is the second time that SpaceX has successfully soft-landed a Falcon 9 rocket in the Atlantic Ocean and now Musk’s commercial space exploration company is confident enough that it can take the next, most important step: soft landing the Falcon…

SpaceX Launch Schedule Falcon 9January 9, 2016 – 11:27 pm

SpaceX Launch Schedule Falcon 9

Updated with new launch date. Hours after launching a batch of cargo and provisions to the International Space Station on Tuesday, SpaceX ground teams wheeled another Falcon 9 rocket into the hangar at Cape Canaveral for a commercial satellite launch set for April 27. If engineers complete preparations on the rocket in time, SpaceX will eclipse its own record and launch two Falcon 9 rockets 13 days apart. SpaceX achieved a 14-day turnaround at its…

When will SpaceX Launch HumanJanuary 5, 2016 – 11:11 pm

When will SpaceX Launch Human

At a joint press conference with NASA and other commercial crew development (CCDev) participants today, current SpaceX employee and former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman said, “We feel a sense of urgency to get Americans back into space on safe and reliable transportation on American-made rockets.” NASA said it would be turning more and more low Earth orbit activities over to commercial entities. While the U.S. agency will continue to focus on deep-space…

SpaceX Falcon Launch HistoryDecember 11, 2015 – 07:53 pm

SpaceX Falcon Launch History

By Ken Kremer The clock is ticking towards the next launch of a SpaceX cargo vessel to the International Space Station (ISS) hauling critical supplies to the six astronauts and cosmonauts serving aboard, that now includes the first ever ‘One-Year Mission’ station crew comprising NASA’s Scott Kelly and Russia’s Mikhail Kornienko. The mission, dubbed SpaceX CRS-6 (Commercial Resupply Services-6) will also feature the next daring attempt by SpaceX to…

SpaceX crs-3 LandingDecember 7, 2015 – 07:35 pm

SpaceX crs-3 Landing

By Ken Kremer The historic blast off of the first SpaceX rocket equipped with ‘landing legs’ and also carrying a private Dragon cargo vessel bound for the Space Station is now slated for March 16 following a short and “successful” hot fire check test of the first stage engines on Saturday, March 8. It’s T Minus 1 week to lift off ! The brief two second ignition of all nine upgraded Merlin 1D engines powering the first stage of SpaceX’s next generation…

ULA and SpaceX NewsNovember 28, 2015 – 06:32 pm

ULA and SpaceX News

The U.S. Air Force has identified the launch of a next-generation GPS navigation satellite for the first in a series of competitive rocket procurements between United Launch Alliance and SpaceX, service officials announced Wednesday. The Air Force released a draft request for proposals Wednesday for the launch a GPS 3 navigation satellite. An Air Force spokesperson said a specific spacecraft was not associated with the draft solicitation, which is…

SpaceX Jobs Waco TexasNovember 27, 2015 – 06:30 pm

SpaceX Jobs Waco Texas

According to The Waco Tribune , SpaceX will be adding 300 new jobs due to a $46-million expansion at its McGregor, Texas test facility. That’s in addition to 500 jobs at the SpaceX launch site near Brownsville, Texas — a total of 800 new jobs. To put that into perspective, NASA’s Johnson Space Center employs about 3, civil servants and 10, contractors. (Or perhaps 12, contractors– the Houston Chronicle and various NASA websites give conflicting…

SpaceX DockingNovember 26, 2015 – 06:26 pm

SpaceX Docking

This NASA graphic shows the location of SpaceX s Dragon space capsule after its docking with the International Space Station on March 3, 2013. The Dragon capsule is delivering cargo for NASA under the CRS-2 (SpaceX 2) mission. Credit: NASA Cargo missions for NASA NASA has a similar cargo delivery deal with the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp., which will use its new Cygnus spacecraft and Antares rocket to launch eight cargo missions under a $1.9…