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…

SpaceX Launch Failure August 2014November 28, 2016 – 01:49 pm

SpaceX Launch Failure August 2014

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explosion on June 28 was due to a faulty steel strut in an oxygen tank, according to Elon Musk. He also said that the company may have become complacent, with few employees still working at SpaceX that were around during the last failed launch attempt by the company. The strut holding down one of the helium bottles appears to have snapped,said Musk during a conference call on July 20. As a result, we ve seen a lot of helium…

SpaceX Falcon 9 explosion YouTubeNovember 27, 2016 – 01:48 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 explosion YouTube

A huge SpaceX rocket exploded in flames during attempt to land it on barge.(YouTube) Dramatic footage captures the moment a SpaceX rocket exploded in flames on a floating barge after returning from the International Space Station (ISS) in orbit. The gigantic tube - named Falcon 9 - was meant to land safely on the barge located off the coast of Florida in the United States. But all did not go according to plan, with an explosion which wrecked the rocket…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Engine UpgradeNovember 23, 2016 – 01:35 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Engine Upgrade

An optimized Merlin 1D engine and other enhancements to the Falcon 9 v1.1 will give (SpaceX) the ability to lift commercial communications satellites to orbit while continuing to develop the rocket’s reusable core stage. Elon Musk, founder and chief executive of Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX, says the improvements include a 15% boost in thrust for the rocket’s nine core-stage engines, as well as super-chilled propellant and a 10% increase in…

Falcon Heavy de SpaceXNovember 15, 2016 – 12:58 pm

Falcon Heavy de SpaceX

SpaceX has slowed development of the Falcon Heavy rocket, a mega-booster made of three Falcon 9 booster cores strapped together, as the company recovers from a launch failure last month, delaying the new rocket’s inaugural flight until early 2016. “Given our focus on Falcon 9, we’ve de-prioritized Falcon Heavy to probably launch in the spring next year, maybe April or so, ” SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk told reporters Monday. The news is not surprising…