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…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch PadFebruary 2, 2016 – 02:01 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Pad

Confronted with pesky problems in the Falcon 9 rocket’s helium pressurization system, SpaceX has shuffled the order of the next two launches, choosing to go ahead with the liftoff of a Dragon supply ship on a cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station around April 10. The launch of a European-built communications satellite for the government of Turkmenistan, originally set for March 21, will now occur no sooner than late April, tentatively…

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…