SpaceX Launch Vehicle Data AcquisitionMay 31, 2016 – 12:25 pm

SpaceX Launch Vehicle Data Acquisition

The requirements for a data acquisition system for launch vehicles are very similar to those intended for lower altitudes with a few exceptions. The most obvious is the more extreme environmental conditions which include the severe vibration and shock experienced on take-off, followed by a very sharp thermal shock. Launch vehicles also may need to dynamically adapt to changing configurations - for example when an instrumented stage is released. Additionally…

SpaceX Aerospace CorporationMay 24, 2016 – 11:07 am

SpaceX Aerospace Corporation

AUSTIN, Texas – SpaceX has publicly supported legislation authored by state Sen. Eddie Lucio to strengthen the aerospace and aviation division within the Governor’s Office. Alma Walzer, a representative of SpaceX, testified before the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development in support of Senate Bill 458. “On behalf of SpaceX and its employees, who number over 3, 500 across the United States including about 350 in Central and…

SpaceX Going to the MoonMay 15, 2016 – 10:20 am

SpaceX Going to the Moon

You run SpaceX, which is the very first private company, non-nation, to be able to put something into orbit around this planet that we call Earth Where do you find time for your secret identity as Batman? Five years ago, that s how comedian Stephen Colbert introduced his viewers to Elon Musk, co-founder of SpaceX - and as introductions go, it was a pretty good one. Historically, lots of companies - Boeing , Lockheed, GenCorp - have helped NASA s space…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Failure VideoMay 12, 2016 – 10:05 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Failure Video

An audacious attempt by SpaceX to recycle a launch rocket has ended in spectacular failure. Last Saturday, the Dragon cargo capsule was successfully launched by the Falcon 9 rocket - with 23-hundred kilograms of supplies onboard - to the International Space Station. But, the company has released images of its attempt to bring the rocket back down safely. The footage shows the rocket attempting to land on a barge, but instead being destroyed as it…

SpaceX Falcon 9 CassiopeMay 1, 2016 – 08:55 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Cassiope

On Sunday, Sept. 29th, SpaceX successfully completed the demonstration mission of its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket, delivering the CASSIOPE, CUSat, DANDE and POPACS satellites to their targeted orbits. All of the satellite owners are in contact with their spacecraft and are reporting nominal operations. This was the first Falcon 9 launch using SpaceX’s new 17 foot diameter fairing, designed and built in house by SpaceX. The fairing separates using pneumatic…

SpaceX Falcon 9 ManifestApril 29, 2016 – 08:31 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Manifest

Tags: Arabsat, Cape Canaveral, CNES, commercial crew, CRS, DOD, Dragon, Dragon V2, Eutelsat, Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, Iridium, ISS, Jason 3, NASA, NASA KSC, NOAA, OG2, ORBCOMM, SES, space station, Spacecom, SpaceX, Vandenberg, ViaSat. By Douglas Messier Managing Editor With the failure of the Falcon 9 on Sunday, SpaceX’s only launch vehicle will be grounded for an unknown number of months while engineers identify the cause of the crash and make necessary…

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch dateApril 1, 2016 – 06:54 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch date

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 has conducted a Static Fire – or Hot Fire – test at Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 ahead of Sunday’s mission to loft the ABS-3A and Eutelsat 115 West B satellites into orbit. This mission won’t involve a propulsive landing on the company’s ASDS, although it will still provide another milestone for SpaceX – via the first dual passenger launch for the Falcon 9. Static Fire Test: Preparations for this pad flow began almost immediately…