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…

SpaceX Launch abort Test LiveApril 23, 2010 – 12:49 pm

SpaceX Launch abort Test Live

Science & Technology / Space · About Crew Dragon s first critical flight test, known as a Pad Abort Test, is expected to take place on Wednesday, May 6, from SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. While the test is originating from the same launch pad we use for operational missions, this is not an operational flight. This will be the first flight test of SpaceX’s revolutionary new launch abort system, and the…

SpaceX Launch May 22 2012September 16, 2013 – 01:36 pm

SpaceX Launch May 22 2012

By Ken Kremer Today’s (May 19) historic launch of the first ever privately developed rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS) was very surprisingly aborted at the last second when an engine glitch forced a dramatic shutdown of the Falcon 9 rockets 1st stage firing already in progress and as the NASA launch commentator was in the middle of announcing liftoff. SpaceX and NASA are now targeting liftoff of the mission dubbed COTS 2, for…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket wreckageOctober 26, 2010 – 02:28 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket wreckage

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off. SpaceX has failed to land a reusable rocket booster back on to its platform barge in the Atlantic, its third failed landing in as many attempts to revolutionize rockets used for spaceflight. “Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival, ” tweeted Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of the private spaceflight company, just minutes after the rocket lifted off under clear skies from Cape Canaveral, Florida…