SpaceX crs-3 LandingDecember 7, 2015 – 07:35 pm

SpaceX crs-3 Landing

By Ken Kremer The historic blast off of the first SpaceX rocket equipped with ‘landing legs’ and also carrying a private Dragon cargo vessel bound for the Space Station is now slated for March 16 following a short and “successful” hot fire check test of the first stage engines on Saturday, March 8. It’s T Minus 1 week to lift off ! The brief two second ignition of all nine upgraded Merlin 1D engines powering the first stage of SpaceX’s next generation…

ULA and SpaceX NewsNovember 28, 2015 – 06:32 pm

ULA and SpaceX News

The U.S. Air Force has identified the launch of a next-generation GPS navigation satellite for the first in a series of competitive rocket procurements between United Launch Alliance and SpaceX, service officials announced Wednesday. The Air Force released a draft request for proposals Wednesday for the launch a GPS 3 navigation satellite. An Air Force spokesperson said a specific spacecraft was not associated with the draft solicitation, which is…

SpaceX Jobs Waco TexasNovember 27, 2015 – 06:30 pm

SpaceX Jobs Waco Texas

According to The Waco Tribune , SpaceX will be adding 300 new jobs due to a $46-million expansion at its McGregor, Texas test facility. That’s in addition to 500 jobs at the SpaceX launch site near Brownsville, Texas — a total of 800 new jobs. To put that into perspective, NASA’s Johnson Space Center employs about 3, civil servants and 10, contractors. (Or perhaps 12, contractors– the Houston Chronicle and various NASA websites give conflicting…

SpaceX DockingNovember 26, 2015 – 06:26 pm

SpaceX Docking

This NASA graphic shows the location of SpaceX s Dragon space capsule after its docking with the International Space Station on March 3, 2013. The Dragon capsule is delivering cargo for NASA under the CRS-2 (SpaceX 2) mission. Credit: NASA Cargo missions for NASA NASA has a similar cargo delivery deal with the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp., which will use its new Cygnus spacecraft and Antares rocket to launch eight cargo missions under a $1.9…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing CrashNovember 23, 2015 – 06:08 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing Crash

From this you can see that at first, the rocket had a fairly constant velocity in the vertical direction with a value around 35.8 m/s (86 mph). That seems quite fast—but what do I know? I’m not actually a rocket scientist. The horizontal velocity seems to be much smaller, but I will let you explore that for a homework question (see below). The other interesting thing is the tilt angle of the rocket. My original intention was to mark the top and bottom…

Space x Prize winnerNovember 21, 2015 – 05:56 pm

Space x Prize winner

AND LAUNCHED A BRAND NEW $2 BILLION PRIVATE SPACE INDUSTRY First Place Winner United States Mojave Aerospace Ventures OUR FIRST XPRIZE. The Ansari XPRIZE for suborbital spaceflight. A $10 million competition designed to lower the risk and cost of going to space by incentivizing the creation of a reliable, reusable, privately-financed, manned spaceship that finally made private space travel commercially viable. The Paul Allen-backed, Burt Rutan-led…

SpaceX Launch Falcon 9/dragonNovember 17, 2015 – 05:41 pm

SpaceX Launch Falcon 9/dragon

NASAThe SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex at Florida s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.SpaceX made its second attempt on Friday, April 18, to send the Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station on its third resupply mission. The launch was successful, and the capsule is on its way to the space station.was postponed due a helium leak on the Falcon 9 rocket s first stage. We have…

YouTube SpaceX Falcon 9 LaunchNovember 8, 2015 – 04:25 pm

YouTube SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, SpaceX successfully launched the AsiaSat 6 satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 1:00 a.m. EDT from SpaceX’s Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Approximately 32 minutes after launch, AsiaSat 6 deployed successfully, and AsiaSat established contact with the satellite shortly thereafter. This marks the twelfth successful flight in a row for Falcon 9, and the…

SpaceX Rocket explosion caused by faulty StrutOctober 6, 2015 – 02:27 am

SpaceX Rocket explosion caused by faulty Strut

Steel strut holding down a bottle of high-pressure helium snapped during ascent, though Dragon capsule would have survived if not for software glitch By Mike Wall and SPACE.com | July 21, 2015 The disintegration of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket shortly after it launched on a space station resupply mission for NASA last month was most likely caused by a faulty strut inside the booster’s upper stage, company CEO and founder Elon Musk said Monday (July 20)…

SpaceX Merlin 1c Rocket EnginesOctober 1, 2015 – 01:10 am

SpaceX Merlin 1c Rocket Engines

Two of SpaceX s Merlin 1D engines sit on a test stand at the company s rocket-development facility in McGregor, Texas. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX s next-generation rocket engine is ready to fly and will likely power a commercial space launch for the first time this summer, company officials announced Wednesday (March 20). The Merlin 1D engine was judged flight-ready after firing for a total of nearly 33 minutes over the course of 28 different tests at…