SpaceX Launch LandingApril 6, 2017 – 09:55 pm

SpaceX Launch Landing

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket boosted a Dragon cargo ship into orbit Tuesday on a three-day flight to deliver nearly 4, 400 pounds of equipment and supplies - including an espresso machine - to the International Space Station. The climb to space was picture perfect, but an attempt to land the rocket s first stage on a barge stationed some 200 miles east of Jacksonville - a key step in SpaceX founder Elon Musk s drive to lower launch costs - was not successful…

SpaceX Falcon 9 explosion InvestigationApril 1, 2017 – 09:42 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 explosion Investigation

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – SpaceX and NASA are diligently working to “identify the root cause” of the June 28 in flight failure of the firms Falcon 9 rocket, as the accident investigation team focuses on “flight data” rather than recovered debris as the best avenue for determining exactly what went wrong, a SpaceX spokesperson told Universe Today. The SpaceX Falcon 9 booster broke up just minutes after a picture perfect blastoff from a seaside Florida…

Twitter SpaceX LaunchMarch 31, 2017 – 09:41 pm

Twitter SpaceX Launch

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/AP) — SpaceX is hoping the third time will be the charm as they count down to Wednesday launch of an observatory. An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket holds the Deep Space Climate Observatory, a satellite dreamed up by former Vice President Al Gore 17 years ago who plans to attend the sunset send-off. High wind nixed Tuesday’s try, and radar trouble interfered Sunday. NASA said calmer wind was expected for Wednesday’s…

SpaceX Falcon 9 abortMarch 30, 2017 – 09:35 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 abort

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft stand atop a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida after an aborted launch attempt on Jan. 6, 2015 due to a technical issue on the rocket s second stage. Credit: NASA TV The private spaceflight company SpaceX aborted the planned launch of a Dragon cargo ship bound for the International Space Station early Tuesday (Jan. 6) due to a technical glitch with the spacecraft s rocket. SpaceX called…

SpaceX com websiteMarch 24, 2017 – 09:31 pm

SpaceX com website

When SpaceX Falters, Washington Looks The Other Way (From Forbes) Loren Thompson at Lexington Institute Space Exploration Technologies Corporation - SpaceX - has won broad support in Washington by offering a low-cost, innovative alternative to traditional launch providers for lofting satellites into orbit. However, the company is struggling to meet commitments to its government customer, and eventually that may tarnish its image. I have written a…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket VideoMarch 20, 2017 – 09:25 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Video

Three times before, Falcon 9 boosters had soft-landed into the ocean during initial tests of the booster-return system. This time, with landing legs added, the stage was to have set down on the platform. Even so, landing with a resounding thud could be considered a partial success. The SpaceX team delivered the first stage to the platform. In past tests, from about 150 miles up, the first stages splashed down within about six miles of the projected…

The SpaceX GrasshopperMarch 13, 2017 – 08:55 pm

The SpaceX Grasshopper

“If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred. A fully reusable vehicle has never been done before. That really is the fundamental breakthrough needed to revolutionize access to space.” -Elon Musk SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access. The majority…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Second LaunchMarch 12, 2017 – 08:47 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Second Launch

Updated 2:30 p.m. EDT. WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket suffered a failure more than two minutes after liftoff June 28 on a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, an accident that may have repercussions on both space station operations and the debate about funding for NASA’s commercial crew program. The Falcon 9 lifted off on schedule at 10:21 a.m. EDT Sunday after a problem-free countdown, and in good weather conditions…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch CoverageMarch 11, 2017 – 08:45 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Coverage

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched from Cape Canaveral with a 2.2-ton package of supplies and experiments for the International Space Station on Tuesday, but the booster toppled over after descending to a barge parked in the Atlantic Ocean. The rocket achieved its primary goal, setting course for a three-day chase of the space station by SpaceX’s Dragon commercial cargo carrier after a smooth liftoff from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch…

SpaceX Capsule VideoMarch 10, 2017 – 08:44 pm

SpaceX Capsule Video

A stunning new video puts viewers aboard SpaceX s Dragon crew capsule during its first-ever liftoff earlier this month. SpaceX has released a video showing Dragon s May 6 flight, an unmanned launch from Florida s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that tested the capsule s launch-escape system. The 2-minute video integrates footage taken by cameras aboard the spacecraft, showing key events such as parachute deployment up close — and providing great…