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…

SpaceX CRS 2 MissionAugust 25, 2016 – 08:10 pm

SpaceX CRS 2 Mission

SpaceX CRS-7 suffered a critical failure and exploded about 1 minute after launch with complete loss of vehicle. We are expecting a post-event News Conference on NASA TV but currently the expectation is no earlier than 12:30 pm ET. A NASA TV portal is provided below. After the explosion all visitors at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, including the 124 SSEP delegates, were moved quickly inside in an over abundance of caution, but have now…

SpaceX Launch Falcon HeavyAugust 23, 2016 – 07:59 pm

SpaceX Launch Falcon Heavy

SpaceX released a cool new animation today, Jan. 27, showing an updated look at their Falcon Heavy rocket and plans for booster recovery. See below. The rocket is designed to lift over 53 tons (117, 00 pounds) to orbit and could one day launch astronauts to the Moon and Mars. The commercial Falcon Heavy rocket has been under development by SpaceX for several years and the initial launch is now planned for later this year from Launch Complex 39A at…

SpaceX Falcon VideoAugust 15, 2016 – 07:19 pm

SpaceX Falcon Video

By Ken Kremer Video caption: High resolution and color corrected SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage landing video of CRS-6 first stage landing following launch on April 14, 2015. Credit: SpaceX KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – A new high resolution video from SpaceX shows just how close the landing attempt of their Falcon 9 first stage on an ocean floating barge came to succeeding following the rockets launch on Tuesday afternoon, April 14, from Cape Canaveral…

SpaceX Rocket Blows UpAugust 9, 2016 – 06:32 pm

SpaceX Rocket Blows Up

(AP) An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies and a first-of-its-kind docking port to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, still reeling from previous failed shipments. The accident happened about 2 1/2 minutes into the flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida. A billowing white cloud emerged in the sky, growing bigger and bigger, then fiery plumes shot out of where the rocket was supposed…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket explodes After LiftoffAugust 7, 2016 – 06:09 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket explodes After Liftoff

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station exploded just after liftoff. SpaceX’s seventh cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded just minutes after liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday. It is the third cargo resupply mission to the space station to fail in the last year. Little is known about the cause of the explosion at this point…