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…

Where is SpaceX Mission Control?August 27, 2010 – 09:17 am

Where is SpaceX Mission Control?

SpaceX Internships Did you see the last email blast? SpaceX is offering exclusive internship opportunities to students in FIRST ! If you are a senior this year, and participating in FRC or FTC, you can apply for an internship that would likely take place after you complete your sophomore year in college. It took us some time to put this together, and we want to select winners by Championship, so the clock is ticking! The application deadline is Monday…

SpaceX Launch Today Live StreamOctober 31, 2013 – 11:39 am

SpaceX Launch Today Live Stream

SpaceXSpaceX successfully launched its Dragon space capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. ET, but the rocket that it had tried to re-land on an ocean platform tipped over just after touching down. SpaceX is a private space company founded by billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, and it s trying to revolutionize spaceflight by creating reusable rockets that can fly back and land after launching. The technology…

History of SpaceXOctober 14, 2014 – 07:37 am

History of SpaceX

The private space capsule Dragon is visible as a small dot against the blackness of space in this view from International Space Station as the capsule flew by May 24. Credit: NASA TV This story was updated at 11:40 a.m. EDT. A private spaceship on its first trip to the International Space Station made a flyby of the orbiting laboratory early Thursday (May 24), zipping just below the outpot in an unprecedented space first. The unmanned vehicle, called…

YouTube SpaceX Launch explosionJanuary 24, 2015 – 11:01 am

YouTube SpaceX Launch explosion

Emphasizing that their findings were only an “initial assessment, ” Musk said that they believed that a broken strut—a two-foot-long piece of steel, an inch wide at its thickest point—was responsible for the rocket’s explosion, which had previously only been attributed to a “decompression event” in its liquid oxygen tanks. No one was injured, but the 4, pounds of cargo in the attached Dragon space capsule got blasted into smithereens. By design…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch CostJuly 5, 2015 – 04:34 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Cost

Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida comes alive as the Merlin engines ignite under the Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit on Oct. 7, 2012. Credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Rick Wetherington Funding the fire SpaceX first trumpeted the Falcon 9 s existence in a press release in 2005. Then priced at up to $35 million per flight (today it s $61.2 million), the rocket was developed in response to customer demand…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket FailureApril 9, 2012 – 12:40 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Failure

SpaceX suspects a faulty two-foot-long, one-inch-thick strut likely caused its Falcon 9 rocket to fail about two minutes after launch from Cape Canaveral on June 28. The rocket was carrying 4, pounds of supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station. Speaking to reporters on a conference call Monday afternoon, SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk said engineers have spent thousands of hours analyzing data from the rocket…

SpaceX Webcast Falcon 9May 26, 2014 – 03:39 pm

SpaceX Webcast Falcon 9

By Mike Killian Last weekend Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) made three attempts to launch six next-generation telecommunications satellites (mission OG2) for customer ORBCOMM, but two technical issues and an uncooperative Mother Nature combined to keep the company’s Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket grounded at Space Launch Complex-40, and it will stay grounded for the time being (more on that later). Not only that, but a dramatic…