Does SpaceX have astronautsSeptember 20, 2014 – 01:05 pm

Does SpaceX have astronauts

NASA Thursday named the first four astronauts who will fly on the first U.S. commercial spaceflights in private crew transportation vehicles being built by Boeing and SpaceX – marking a major milestone towards restoring American human launches to U.S. soil as soon as mid-2017, if all goes well. The four astronauts chosen are all veterans of flights on NASA’s Space Shuttles and to the International Space Station (ISS); Robert Behnken, Eric Boe, Douglas…

SpaceX Merlin DJuly 8, 2012 – 12:42 pm

SpaceX Merlin D

SpaceX s Merlin 1D rocket engine has achieved an impressive track record in a very short amount of time. The engine was designed from the outset to be crew-rated - a critical aspect considering what the engines next big task is. Photo Credit: SpaceX Florida Tech Space Exploration Technologies ( SpaceX ) Falcon 9 rocket V1.1 gets part of its name from the fact that the booster uses nine Merlin 1D engines in its first stage. With the aerospace firm…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Paper ModelJuly 19, 2010 – 10:55 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Paper Model

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket towards the International Space Station on Sep 21, 2014 on mission CRS-4. This is the 4th resupply mission to the ISS packed with an experimental 3D printer, a rodent experiment and more supplies for the ISS crew. The Dragon’s trunk section carries a hurricane research instrument, the ISS-RapidScat. This payload will be robotically attached to an external rack on the European Columbus module. During…

SpaceX Falcon 9 failuresJuly 24, 2013 – 11:24 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 failures

WASHINGTON — While SpaceX struggles to determine the cause of a failure of its Falcon 9 rocket, NASA managers and other users of the International Space Station say the loss of the cargo on the Dragon spacecraft on that rocket should not have a major effect on station operations. The Falcon 9 v1.1 lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:21 a.m. Eastern time June 28, carrying a Dragon spacecraft with more than 2 tons of cargo…

SpaceX Launch 4/14July 4, 2010 – 02:56 pm

SpaceX Launch 4/14

By Ken Kremer KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – After a 24 hour delay due to threatening clouds, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soared spectacularly to orbit from the Florida Space coast today, April 14, carrying a Dragon on a science supply run bound for the the International Space Station that will help pave the way for deep space human missions to the Moon, Asteroids and Mars. Meanwhile, SpaceX’s bold attempt to land and recover the 14 story tall first stage…

SpaceX Falcon 9 MissionsJuly 20, 2015 – 09:33 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Missions

It may have so far failed at the promise of a reusable space rocket, but things are still looking good for SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket. While it won t be carrying humans any time soon, it has at least been certified by NASA for Category 2 space missions. These missions are described as medium risk , as they only involve carrying satellites and less critical and less expensive cargo. It may not be the Category 3 that SpaceX ultimately wants, but it s…

SpaceX Launch site TexasJanuary 23, 2014 – 10:22 am

SpaceX Launch site Texas

SpaceX broke ground on a new commercial spaceport Sept. 22 on the shores of South Texas, committing to the construction of the world’s first privately-owned satellite launch pad scheduled to be operational as soon as late 2016. The ceremonial groundbreaking, attended by more than 100 state and local officials, SpaceX employees, and media representatives, marked the end of a nationwide search for a location to build a new launch base for SpaceX’s Falcon…

SpaceX Falcon 9 1ST Stage RecoveryNovember 28, 2014 – 05:44 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 1ST Stage Recovery

COLORADO SPRINGS — is thought to be focusing on static friction in an engine throttle valve as the prime suspect for the loss of the Falcon 9 first stage during the third attempt at recovering the booster. The Falcon 9 was seconds away from what would have been the first successful landing of a used booster stage on SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) when the vehicle toppled over and was destroyed. The landing attempt occurred following…

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage Separation AltitudeOctober 7, 2013 – 10:17 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage Separation Altitude

Share This article This morning, SpaceX successfully launched CRS-2 — the second commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule aboard the Falcon 9 rocket will dock with the ISS on Saturday morning, delivering 1, 473 pounds (677kg) of cargo to the astronauts, and will return in a couple of weeks, filled to the brim with scientific experiments. The launch itself went off almost without a hitch (more on that below)…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch March 1July 16, 2010 – 12:48 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch March 1

On March 1, 2015, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket delivered the ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West B all-electric satellites to a supersynchronous transfer orbit. Marking Falcon 9’s sixteenth launch and the vehicle’s most voluminous payload to date, the liftoff occurred at 10:50pm EST from SpaceX’s Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Liftoff occurred at the front of the launch window, with Falcon 9’s nine Merlin 1D engines putting out 1.3…