SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire VideoJuly 21, 2017 – 09:14 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire Video

SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire of its Falcon 9 v1.1 on Friday, a key milestone ahead of Sunday’s planned launch of the CRS-7/SpX-7 Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission will help restock the orbital outpost with vital supplies, highlighted by an investigation into high Total Organic Carbon (TOC) levels in the Station’s potable water. Static Fire: The initial launch date slipped a few days due to an issue suffered during…

SpaceX sJuly 17, 2017 – 09:05 am

SpaceX s

The June 28 loss of the Falcon, plus SpaceX’s robotic Dragon capsule and more than two and a half tons of cargo, will set back the company’s launch schedule by at least a few months and is likely to result in hundreds of millions of lost revenue, Musk told reporters. SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket is grounded pending the conclusion of the company’s investigation and the Federal Aviation Administration’s signoff. Also, the debut of its Falcon Heavy…

SpaceX Water LandingJuly 15, 2017 – 08:57 am

SpaceX Water Landing

Artist s impression of a SpaceX rocket landing. After three attempts followed by three scrubbed launches, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday at 6:03 pm ET. For some, the launch was less exciting than the company s attempt to land a rocket on a barge in the Atlantic. If successful, the landing would have been the first in history, pioneering the way toward a new era or reusable rocket technology. But SpaceX announced on the…

SpaceX Launch accidentJuly 14, 2017 – 08:53 am

SpaceX Launch accident

Thomson ReutersAn unmanned Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket launches in Cape CanaveralBy Irene Klotz and Andrea Shalal CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - SpaceX can compete to launch a U.S. Global Positioning System satellite despite a Falcon 9 rocket accident this weekend, the Air Force said on Wednesday. “SpaceX remains certified and can compete for the upcoming GPS launch service, ” Lt. General Samuel Greaves, who heads…

SpaceX Falcon x PresentationJuly 12, 2017 – 08:51 am

SpaceX Falcon x Presentation

Making History SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. The company made history again in May 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft attached to the International Space Station, exchanged cargo payloads, and returned safely to Earth — a technically challenging feat previously accomplished only by…

SpaceX Falcon 9 First StageJuly 9, 2017 – 08:45 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage

After the first stage main engine cutoff, cold gas N2 thrusters are used to rotate the booster into the direction of flight, they reignite 3 of the Merlin 1D engines. (With 9 in the Octaweb alignment, the center and two on either side of it allow a line of engines to fire). They use this to kill forward momentum. They continue arcing upwards (since vertical and horizontal momentum components are independent) until they start falling down again…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch April 2014July 6, 2017 – 08:43 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch April 2014

SpaceX says it made two key strides toward the eventual reusability of the Falcon 9 rocket this week with the controlled splashdown of the rocket s first stage in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday and the successful first flight of a booster prototype from the company s Central Texas test facility. Artist s concept of a Falcon 9 first stage descending to a landing. Photo credit: SpaceX The California-based space transportation company, founded in 2002…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing TestJuly 5, 2017 – 08:43 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing Test

Falcon 9 and Dragon undergoing prep in Florida in advance of 4/13 launch to the International Space Station.Get ready for another historic SpaceX rocket landing attempt scheduled for Monday, April 13. This will be the second time that SpaceX will try to land a massive, 140-foot-tall first stage Falcon 9 rocket onto a platform that s floating offshore in the Atlantic ocean. (The first landing attempt took place last January and ended with a fiery explosion.)…

SpaceX Launch explosion YouTubeJuly 3, 2017 – 08:37 am

SpaceX Launch explosion YouTube

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - Space Exploration Technologies will delay the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket by up to two weeks following Friday’s explosion of a related prototype vehicle during a flight test, officials said on Tuesday. The privately owned company, also known as SpaceX, had planned to launch a communications satellite owned by Hong Kong-based Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Ltd early Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force…

SpaceX Falcon 9 ReturnJune 27, 2017 – 08:18 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Return

See those black fins moving on the surface of this Falcon 9R rocket? That s SpaceX s magic sauce. These steerable surfaces will allow used rocket stages to safely land back on Earth, ready to be refilled and launched again. This on-board video of their new 1-kilometer-high test show how they work. According to SpaceX, this flight was their first test of a set of steerable fins that provide control of the rocket during the fly back portion of return…