SpaceX Space StationSeptember 25, 2015 – 12:18 am

SpaceX Space Station

The Dragon spacecraft has successfully reached the International Space Station, delivering nearly 5, pounds of cargo to the orbiting lab. This is SpaceX’s fourth official resupply mission for NASA and fifth trip to station overall.The CRS-4 mission began early in the morning on Sunday, September 21, when Dragon and the Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from SpaceX’s Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Fla. at 1:52am EDT.The picture-perfect launch was the…

SpaceX crs-7 InvestigationSeptember 18, 2015 – 11:37 pm

SpaceX crs-7 Investigation

UPDATED: SMC Clarifies That Certification Is Not Indefinite. It took a few days, which is not surprising how politically and legally sensitive everything involving Elon Musk and SpaceX national security launch certification is and will be, but we got responses from Lt. Gen. Samuel A. Greaves, commander of Space and Missile Systems Center, about SpaceX certification and the effects of the destruction of the CRS-7 mission to resupply the International…

SpaceX Falcon 9 January 6September 17, 2015 – 11:27 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 January 6

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket completes successful static fire test on Dec. 19 ahead od planned CRS-5 mission for NASA in early January 2015. Credit: SpaceX To ensure the highest possibility of success for the launch of a critical resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX has announced the successful completion of a second static fire test of the first stage propulsion system of the firms commercial Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 19. The…

Falcon 9 SpaceX CRS 4September 16, 2015 – 11:16 pm

Falcon 9 SpaceX CRS 4

SpaceX is on track to launch another Falcon 9 v1.1, just 13 days after the ASIASAT-6 mission lifted off from SLC-40. The next launch – tasked with lofting the CRS-4/SpX-4 Dragon en route to the International Space Station (ISS) – remains on target for the early hours of September 20, after a Static Fire test was conducted on Wednesday night. Path to the next launch: However, with no major post-launch repairs required on the SLC-40 pad infrastructure…

Does SpaceX offer StockSeptember 15, 2015 – 11:08 pm

Does SpaceX offer Stock

SpaceX IPO the Final Frontier? Is an initial public offering (IPO) the final frontier for SpaceX? Investors might be interested in gravitating toward a SpaceX IPO, but the company doesn’t seem to be in any rush to jettison private life. What Is SpaceX? The company designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. While the company has long stated its desires to set up a colony on Mars (stating it will put humans on Mars by 2026…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket DesignSeptember 11, 2015 – 10:33 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Design

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded around two and a half minutes after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, destroying over 5, 200 pounds of cargo bound for the International Space Station. The rocket was traveling at around 2, 900 mph some 27 miles up when it encountered what SpaceX referred to as an “anomaly on ascent, ” ceased providing data to ground control, and was engulfed by a growing cloud of smoke before exploding and…

SpaceX explosion 28 JuneSeptember 8, 2015 – 10:05 pm

SpaceX explosion 28 June

SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company s robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station on June 28, 2015. The rocket broke apart about 2 minutes into the flight. Credit: NASA TV Astronauts likely would have survived the rocket explosion that scuttled SpaceX s unmanned resupply mission to the International Space Station on Sunday, company representatives said. SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket broke apart about 2 minutes after launching…

SpaceX Launch Escape System TestSeptember 4, 2015 – 09:27 pm

SpaceX Launch Escape System Test

SpaceX s Dragon Version 2 spaceship is designed to be reusable. The company plans to conduct to tests of the vehicle s launch-abort system in November 2014 and January 2015. Image released May 29, 2014. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX plans to conduct two critical tests of its manned Dragon capsule s emergency abort system, designed to carry astronauts to safety during a launch failure, in the next five months, according to media reports. The first test will…

SpaceX Falcon 9 CertificationOctober 4, 2013 – 09:43 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Certification

The U.S. Air Force and (SpaceX) are now targeting midyear for full certification of the launch upstart’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket to loft Pentagon payloads into orbit. Officials had hoped to achieve this goal by the end of last year, and a service statement says substantial progress has been made. But 20% of the tasks associated with the certification still remain, according to an Air Force statement. In a relatively short period of time, SpaceX has…

SpaceX crs-7 Falcon 9 Flight PathNovember 1, 2014 – 12:02 pm

SpaceX crs-7 Falcon 9 Flight Path

Ground crews plan to load the final cargo into SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship Saturday after the capsule’s Falcon 9 rocket booster briefly fired up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral for a flight readiness check. The Falcon 9 rocket ignited its nine Merlin 1D first stage engines at 4 p.m. EDT (2 GMT) Friday as hold-down clamps kept the the 208-foot-tall booster firmly on the ground at Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. The engines throttled up…