SpaceX Falcon 9 Engine TestJanuary 9, 2018 – 10:34 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Engine Test

By Ken Kremer KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – To ensure the highest possibility of success for the launch of a critical resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX has announced the successful completion of a second static fire test of the first stage propulsion system of the firms commercial Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 19. The successful engine test clears the path towards a liftoff now rescheduled to early January 2015. The launch of…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket LandingJanuary 8, 2018 – 10:34 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Landing

SpaceX released footage of a somewhat failed attempt to land the first stage of its rocket on a drone ship off the coast of Florida. SpaceX successfully launched its Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station on Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. ET, and it attempted to bring back part of its rocket — the Falcon 9, which carried Dragon into space — nine minutes later. Although the rocket landed on the ship, the impact was too hard to maintain the integrity…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Payload FairingJanuary 6, 2018 – 10:32 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Payload Fairing

Aside from the visible progress on booster reuse and its spectacular aspects associated with landing a rocket stage propulsively, there had been various rumors that SpaceX was actively looking into making the payload fairing re-usable. Production of the large composite fairing structures was foreseen to become a bottleneck in the production process of Falcon 9 rockets once engine availability - the major bottleneck in the past - is no longer an issue…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch VandenbergJanuary 5, 2018 – 10:30 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Vandenberg

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) successfully debuted a new and more powerful variant of its Falcon 9 rocket Sept. 29, lofting an experimental Canadian satellite and paving the way for the company’s upcoming first launch of a geostationary-orbiting communications satellite. However, the company was unable to demonstrate a reignition of the rocket’s upper stage following the deployment of the Canadian Space Agency’s experimental…

SpaceX Falcon 9 mannedJanuary 3, 2018 – 10:29 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 manned

SpaceX chief Elon Musk has spoke of his desire to make Falcon 9 the first fully reusable launch vehicle, which he would “love” to include a flyback first stage. Musk also noted he is aiming for Falcon 9 to launch in under 60 minutes from the moment they leave their hangers. Musk was speaking to an audience at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting a few days ago, in a speech entitled “The Future of Space Launch: Where We’re Going and How to Get There.”…

SpaceX Rocket LandingJanuary 1, 2018 – 10:26 am

SpaceX Rocket Landing

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the company s Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station today, then turned around and nearly pulled off a soft landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:10 p.m. EDT (2010 GMT) today (April 14), sending Dragon to orbit on a resupply mission for NASA. SpaceX then attempted to bring the rocket s first…

SpaceX x WingDecember 31, 2017 – 10:23 am

SpaceX x Wing

No, Elon Musk hasn t built a starfighter (at least, not one that he s told us about). But he did borrow some Star Wars terminology when he announced on Twitter that his SpaceX program is testing a new X-Wing fin configuration that could help rockets navigate during reentry from space. The hypersonic grid fins will go up on the next flight of the Falcon 9. As TechCrunch notes: The SpaceX reusable rocket program has been progressing with varying results…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch StreamDecember 26, 2017 – 10:06 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Stream

Photo credit: SpaceX Saturday morning at 2:14 am EDT, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. This marks SpaceX’s fourth of twelve commercial resupply services (CRS) missions to the ISS. This is also SpaceX’s second launch this month; they successfully launched the AsiaSat-6 on September 7. Atop the Falcon 9 rocket is a Dragon spacecraft, containing 2.5 tons of material for the astronauts of Expeditions 41/42 aboard the…

Is SpaceX cheaperDecember 25, 2017 – 10:05 am

Is SpaceX cheaper

Share This article Two of Europe’s largest companies, Airbus and Safran, are joining forces to fight SpaceX’s attempts to steal away their majority share of the lucrative commercial space launch business. This is one of the first times that one of the larger, entrenched, government-backed aerospace consortia has deigned to raise a quizzical eyebrow in acknowledgement at the presence of SpaceX — but it certainly won’t be the last. SpaceX, after a series…

SpaceX Rocket Landing JuneDecember 23, 2017 – 10:05 am

SpaceX Rocket Landing June

By Elaine Kauh | April 16, 2015 SpaceX will try again to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge in June, when its next mission to the International Space Station is scheduled. Tuesday s launch of the rocket to take the Dragon supply spacecraft to the station was a success, but the landing was not. The rocket made it to the barge but ended up in pieces. “Looks like Falcon landed fine, but excess lateral velocity caused it to tip over post landing…