SpaceX Launch Today Live StreamOctober 31, 2013 – 11:39 am

SpaceX Launch Today Live Stream

SpaceXSpaceX successfully launched its Dragon space capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. ET, but the rocket that it had tried to re-land on an ocean platform tipped over just after touching down. SpaceX is a private space company founded by billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, and it s trying to revolutionize spaceflight by creating reusable rockets that can fly back and land after launching. The technology…

History of SpaceXOctober 14, 2014 – 07:37 am

History of SpaceX

The private space capsule Dragon is visible as a small dot against the blackness of space in this view from International Space Station as the capsule flew by May 24. Credit: NASA TV This story was updated at 11:40 a.m. EDT. A private spaceship on its first trip to the International Space Station made a flyby of the orbiting laboratory early Thursday (May 24), zipping just below the outpot in an unprecedented space first. The unmanned vehicle, called…

YouTube SpaceX Launch explosionJanuary 24, 2015 – 11:01 am

YouTube SpaceX Launch explosion

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 9 Launch CostJuly 5, 2015 – 04:34 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Cost

Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida comes alive as the Merlin engines ignite under the Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit on Oct. 7, 2012. Credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Rick Wetherington Funding the fire SpaceX first trumpeted the Falcon 9 s existence in a press release in 2005. Then priced at up to $35 million per flight (today it s $61.2 million), the rocket was developed in response to customer demand…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket FailureApril 9, 2012 – 12:40 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Failure

SpaceX suspects a faulty two-foot-long, one-inch-thick strut likely caused its Falcon 9 rocket to fail about two minutes after launch from Cape Canaveral on June 28. The rocket was carrying 4, pounds of supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station. Speaking to reporters on a conference call Monday afternoon, SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk said engineers have spent thousands of hours analyzing data from the rocket…

SpaceX Webcast Falcon 9May 26, 2014 – 03:39 pm

SpaceX Webcast Falcon 9

By Mike Killian Last weekend Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) made three attempts to launch six next-generation telecommunications satellites (mission OG2) for customer ORBCOMM, but two technical issues and an uncooperative Mother Nature combined to keep the company’s Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket grounded at Space Launch Complex-40, and it will stay grounded for the time being (more on that later). Not only that, but a dramatic…

SpaceX crs-7 RocketDecember 10, 2010 – 09:52 am

SpaceX crs-7 Rocket

Topics: Private spaceflight, International Space Station A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean today during the company s seventh paid cargo run to the International Space Station. Following a successful 10:21 a.m. EDT (14:21 UTC) liftoff, Falcon flew flawlessly for more than two minutes. But 139 seconds into the flight, a white cloud appeared near the rocket s second stage, and the vehicle disintegrated shortly thereafter…

SpaceX Vandenberg Launch VideoDecember 31, 2010 – 12:18 pm

SpaceX Vandenberg Launch Video

Paul Wellman First-ever SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg s Space Launch Complex-4 (Sept. 29, 2013) Commercial Space Travel Giant Plans More Missions from SoCal Air Force Base It was one small step for commercial space travel, but it was a giant leap for the star-shooting company that shuttles private satellites into orbit and is developing reusable rockets to put people on Mars in 10-20 years. Sunday morning at 9 a.m. under a perfectly…

SpaceX Launch Facility TexasJuly 15, 2013 – 04:29 pm

SpaceX Launch Facility Texas

The private spaceflight firm choose the city on the southern tip of Texas — near Boca Chica Beach — as the site of a new launch pad on Monday. SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk announced SpaceX s plans in a press release from Texas Gov. Rick Perry s office. The SpaceX facility will reportedly include a vertical launch area and control center to support 12 commercial launches per year,and launch spacecrafts like the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and smaller…

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch ScheduleApril 6, 2015 – 09:21 am

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Schedule

SpaceX’s next launch with a European-built communications satellite has been delayed to no earlier than March 28 to study a problem with a helium pressurization system on the Falcon 9 rocket, officials said Tuesday. The liftoff was set for Saturday in a one-hour launch window opening at 4:04 p.m. EDT (2004 GMT), and the mission’s communications payload is fueled and ready for flight. Officials decided to push back the launch at least one week because…