SpaceX Falcon Heavy First Launch dateDecember 28, 2016 – 04:08 pm

SpaceX Falcon Heavy First Launch date

SpaceX is continuing to modify Kennedy Space Center s Launch Complex 39A for use with the company s Falcon Heavy rocket. Photo Credit: Bill Jelen / SpaceFlight Insider KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla – In April 2014, Space Exploration Technologies ( SpaceX ) signed a with NASA for the use of its historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) located at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. SpaceX president and chief operating officer (COO), Gwynne Shotwell, was…

SpaceX Engine Failure VideoDecember 25, 2016 – 03:54 pm

SpaceX Engine Failure Video

Exquisite analysis and extensive testing by SpaceX engineers, with support and advice from NASA experts, showed a dramatic engine failure on the company s last launch was caused by a material flaw in the engine s protective jacket, a SpaceX official said Thursday. The Falcon 9 rocket rolled out of its hangar Thursday for Friday s scheduled launch. Credit: SpaceX Managers are confident the same problem will not show up during Friday s launch of a Falcon…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Next Launch dateDecember 19, 2016 – 03:29 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Next Launch date

The next liftoff of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has been reset for no earlier than Feb. 8, NOAA and NASA officials said Tuesday, apparently to give the launch provider more time to prepare for the mission. The launch with NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, a repurposed satellite originally built in the late 1990s, is the second of up to 14 Falcon 9 launches scheduled this year from Cape Canaveral. The spacecraft will launch to the L1 libration point…

YouTube SpaceX Pad abortDecember 15, 2016 – 03:14 pm

YouTube SpaceX Pad abort

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Media accreditation is open for a pad abort test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft next month. The test will simulate an emergency abort from a test stand on Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. As a development test, the likelihood of encountering an issue is higher than with operational missions. SpaceX currently is targeting no earlier than Tuesday, May 5, for the test flight. The company…

Cost of SpaceX FlightDecember 11, 2016 – 03:00 pm

Cost of SpaceX Flight

NASA expects to spend some $5 billion underwriting development of commercial spacecraft built by Boeing and SpaceX to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, officials said Monday, ending sole reliance on the Russians for crew ferry flights and eventually lowering the average cost per seat to around $58 million. Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, said her company’s…

SpaceX Webcasts of Falcon 9 LaunchDecember 9, 2016 – 02:53 pm

SpaceX Webcasts of Falcon 9 Launch

Photo Credit: Carleton Bailie / SpaceFlight Insider CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — SpaceFlight Insider will be hosting its live pre launch coverage from tonight’s launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket with its payload of the first satellite to be lofted on behalf of Turkmenistan. The launch window is currently set to open at 6:14 p.m. EDT and will extend for an hour and a half. SFI LIVE will begin 45 minutes prior to the opening of the launch window – tune…

SpaceX Falcon Landing LegsDecember 8, 2016 – 02:53 pm

SpaceX Falcon Landing Legs

A look at the landing legs SpaceX is mounting on its Falcon 9 rocket for the company s next cargo mission to the International Space Station, which is slated to launch on March 16, 2014. Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX The private spaceflight company SpaceX is strapping landing gear onto the rocket that will launch the company s unmanned Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station next month. Putting landing legs on the Falcon 9 rocket, which…

SpaceX WebcastDecember 5, 2016 – 02:44 pm

SpaceX Webcast

SpaceX s autonomous spaceport drone ship measures 300 by 170 feet (91 by 52 meters) with its wings extended. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX will attempt one of the boldest maneuvers in the history of rocketry early Tuesday morning (Jan. 6) during a supply mission to the International Space Station for NASA, and you can watch the effort live online. The California-based private spaceflight company will try to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket…

SpaceX Falcon Launch ManifestDecember 3, 2016 – 02:28 pm

SpaceX Falcon Launch Manifest

– Mission: ULA / MUOS-4 Satellite for U.S. NAVY – Launch Vehicle: Atlas-V 551 Rocket – Launch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral, Fla. A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V 551 rocket is scheduled to launch the MUOS-4 satellite for the U.S. NAVY from Cape Canaveral AFS Space Launch Complex-41 on August 31, with the launch window open from 6:07 a.m. EDT – 6:51 a.m. EDT. The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite…

SpaceX Landing photosDecember 1, 2016 – 02:05 pm

SpaceX Landing photos

A sign marks SpaceX s Landing Complex 1 at Cape Canaveral in Florida, formerly Launch Complex 13. Credit: SpaceX (via Flickr as SpaceX Photos) Developing fully and rapidly reusable rockets is a key priority for SpaceX. Musk has said that such technology could cut the cost of spaceflight by a factor of 100, perhaps even making Mars colonization economically feasible. While SpaceX isn t ready to use Landing Complex 1 yet, the company has made a good…