SpaceX Falcon 9 Flight 3November 9, 2017 – 08:55 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Flight 3

Now I am sure they use the thrusters to make sure they DO not repeat the stage collision from flight 3 of the Falcon 1 launch, but these firings were already after the stage was pretty clear of the second stage. I am happy to see them using the thrusters, since it means they are doing something with it, even if full recovery testing is not an option due to lack of reserve propellant. (SpaceX said they would not test recovery per se, on flight 2… microblading santa fe

SpaceX a Success 2013November 8, 2017 – 08:53 am

SpaceX a Success 2013

SpaceX have noted they are happy with the technical progress being made on their new Falcon 9 v.1.1 (F 9-R) launch vehicle, as they prepare their next generation rocket for its role in upcoming launches and the future goal of creating a fully reusable launch system. UPDATE: SpaceX provided an update on Thursday evening, noting they have successfully completed the first stage’s development testing. Next Generation Falcon 9: Following its successful…

SpaceX Landing Test VideoOctober 29, 2017 – 08:26 am

SpaceX Landing Test Video

SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule launched on SpaceX s fifth official mission to resupply the International Space Station, Jan. 10, 2015. Credit: SpaceX (via Facebook) Engineers with the private spaceflight company SpaceX are still trying to piece together what went wrong with a reusable rocket test Saturday, but the company s founder Elon Musk said Sunday (Jan. 11) that the rocket s steering fins ran out of hydraulic fluid during the attempt…

SpaceX Falcon 9 crs-4 MissionOctober 28, 2017 – 08:24 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 crs-4 Mission

On Saturday October 25, Dragon splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, ending a month-long mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. Dragon delivered nearly 5, pounds of cargo and science experiments to station, and returned with 3, 276 pounds. Dragon is currently the only operational spacecraft capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth. Astronauts spent about one month unpacking cargo and repacking the spacecraft…

SpaceX Jobs in CaliforniaOctober 20, 2017 – 08:11 am

SpaceX Jobs in California

They say misery loves company, and in California, it loves companies . It never ceases to amaze me that any employer who dares to work in the Golden State would not know about the convoluted California employment laws governing everything from how many hours employees can work per day without overtime, to what HAS to happen if an employee misses a meal break on a six-or-more hour shift. Hear about the SpaceX lawsuit yet? Apparently Elon Musk’s uber-cool…

SpaceX Rocket BreakupOctober 19, 2017 – 08:07 am

SpaceX Rocket Breakup

Receive the latest local updates in your inbox An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies and the first-of-its-kind docking port to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday June 28, 2015 shortly after liftoff. (Published Sunday, June 28, 2015) The breakup of an unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies and a first-of-its-kind docking port to the International Space Station Sunday morning was a reminder that such missions present incredible…

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Flight UpdateOctober 14, 2017 – 08:01 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Flight Update

SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has updated the status of the investigation into the failure of the Falcon 9 rocket during its ill-fated CRS-7 Dragon mission. The preliminary findings point to a support strut in the Second Stage LOX tank breaking, releasing a helium pressurization bottle (Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel) that began the series of events that resulted in the loss of the vehicle. CRS-7 Failure Latest: SpaceX had enjoyed…

SpaceX Nitrogen explosionOctober 11, 2017 – 07:57 am

SpaceX Nitrogen explosion

WASHINGTON — A pair of nitrogen tanks at Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s ( SpaceX) rocket test facility in McGregor, Texas, exploded late Nov. 26, according to local authorities. “Anyone that heard the loud boom and felt a rumble outside of McGregor can rest easy, ” the McLennan County, Texas, Sheriff’s Department wrote on its Facebook page Nov. 26. “It was two nitrogen filled tanks that over pressurized and ruptured at Space X. Sources are…

SpaceX Falcon 9 AshesOctober 10, 2017 – 07:53 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Ashes

The Dragon has breathed fire – and James Doohan’s ashes are in orbit. Yes, at long last and after a last-second scuttling over the weekend, the SpaceX Falcon 9 blasted off at 3:44 a.m. this morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket, owned/funded by the privately held company Space Exploration Technologies, a/k/a SpaceX, is headed toward the International Space Station, carrying 1, -plus pounds of supplies for the station’s crew, as…

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch dateOctober 8, 2017 – 07:49 am

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch date

SpaceX Announces Launch Date for the World s Most Powerful Rocket Today, Elon Musk, CEO and chief rocket designer of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) unveiled the dramatic final specifications and launch date for the Falcon Heavy, the world s largest rocket. Falcon Heavy will carry more payload to orbit or escape velocity than any vehicle in history, apart from the Saturn V moon rocket, which was decommissioned after the Apollo program. This…