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  • ULA says it was not allowed to compete with SpaceX for Air Force launch

    06/09/2017 5:29:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Rueters ^ | 06/09/2017 | Irene Klotz
    nited Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) and Boeing (BA.N) said on Friday it was not given an opportunity to bid against rival SpaceX for the upcoming launch of the U.S. Air Force’s miniature X-37B space plane. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson disclosed during congressional testimony on Tuesday that the service was planning to fly its fifth X-37B mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. “ULA did not have the opportunity to bid for the Air Force’s fifth X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) mission which was recently awarded. ULA remains fully committed to continuing to support America’s national...
  • SpaceX To Make History With Launch Of Recycled Dragon Spacecraft

    06/01/2017 6:50:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 06/01/2017
    While the concept is not new — the space shuttles, for instance, flew multiple times in orbit — it’s important for saving money as well as technical reasons, he noted. SpaceX refurbished the Dragon for Thursday’s planned launch with a new heat shield and fresh parachutes for re-entry at mission’s end. There were so many X-rays and inspections that savings, if any, were minimal this time, said Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of flight reliability for SpaceX. The vast majority of this Dragon has already been to space, including the hull, thrusters and tanks. It’s packed with 6,000 pounds of station...
  • Elon Musk Threatens to Quit Advisory Panel if Donald Trump Cuts Energy Taxes, Subsidies

    06/01/2017 5:49:35 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 31 May 2017 | Neil Munro
    Elon Musk is threatening to resign from President Donald Trump’s business advisory panel if he extracts Americans from the Paris Climate Agreement which indirectly subsidizes Musk’s multiple billion-dollar business projects. The Wednesday threat came after news reports announced that Trump has decided to quit the 2016 agreement, which critics say would increase energy costs for U.S. consumers, factories and workplaces. The threat was delivered via a pair of tweets from the entrepreneur, who has skillfully harnessed a variety of federal regulations to subsidize his Tesla electric-car company, his SolarCity energy company, and a Nevada battery factory. Trump is under huge...
  • Space X launch in Florida

    04/23/2017 10:09:38 PM PDT · by fastrock · 17 replies
    Would like to see a launch this summer. Any suggestions on where to stay and where to view launch. Not like I want to be close enough to see the paint peeling from launch tower, yet I don't want to be so far away that it looks like a magic mark w/ flames.
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch, 30 March 2017 + Bystander Footage

    03/30/2017 5:04:12 PM PDT · by Trumpnation · 80 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/30/17 | JR
    SpaceX launches it's first recycled Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, using a booster that sent food and supplies to the astronauts living at the International Space Station in April. Includes some random bystander footage near the end.
  • SpaceX makes aerospace history with successful landing of a used rocket

    03/30/2017 3:47:10 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 21 replies
    The Verge ^ | 03/30/17 | Loren Grush
    After more than two years of landing its rockets after launch, SpaceX finally sent one of its used Falcon 9s back into space. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this evening, sending a communications satellite into orbit, and then landed on one of SpaceX’s drone ships floating in the Atlantic Ocean. It was round two for this particular rocket, which already launched and landed during a mission in April of last year. But the Falcon 9’s relaunch marks the first time an orbital rocket has launched to space for a second time. "This evening’s mission was a critical...
  • Watch Live Thursday: SpaceX Falcon 9 May Launch EchoStar 23 Satellite @ 1:35 am ET

    03/14/2017 2:57:06 AM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 13, 2017 | Space Staff
    SpaceX may launch the EchoStar 23 communications satellite from historic Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:35 a.m. EDT (0535 GMT) on Thursday (March 16). The mission was originally scheduled for Tuesday (March 14), but cloudy skies and high winds forced a scrub; Thursday is the next available opportunity, SpaceX representatives have said. If EchoStar 23 does fly Thursday, the launch webcast will begin at about 1:15 a.m. EDT (0515 GMT), and can be seen in the window below. Our preview story: (SpaceX to Launch EchoStar 23 Satellite Early Tuesday: Watch It Live)
  • SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year

    02/27/2017 2:26:54 PM PST · by Moonman62 · 59 replies
    SpaceX ^ | 2/27/2017 | spacex
    We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released...
  • NASA SpaceX CRS10 Takeoff 2-19-17

    02/19/2017 1:20:59 PM PST · by Trumpnation · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-19-17 | JR
    They got it up this time (No pun intended). Video from spectator area.
  • Rocket Trouble Forces SpaceX To Delay Saturday Launch

    02/18/2017 11:49:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 02/18/2017
    Last-minute rocket trouble forced SpaceX on Saturday to delay its inaugural launch from NASA’s historic moon pad. SpaceX halted the countdown with just 13 seconds remaining. The problem with the second-stage thrust control actually cropped up several minutes earlier. With just a single second to get the Falcon rocket airborne, flight controllers could not resolve the issue in time. The next launch attempt — provided everything can be fixed quickly — would be Sunday morning.
  • Elon Musk to dig tunnel to ease traffic in LA, but he doesn't yet have permission

    02/17/2017 3:13:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 26, 2017 | Olivia Solon
    Elon Musk announced plans to start digging a traffic-easing tunnel under Los Angeles “in a month or so”, but city planning bodies say he doesn’t yet have permission.The SpaceX and Tesla CEO has been mulling the idea since December, when he revealed his frustrations with congestion in the city. “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging,” he said on Twitter.“It shall be called The Boring Company,” he added. “Boring, it’s what we do.”At the time it wasn’t clear whether he was joking, but today’s announcement suggested he was not. Elon...
  • Fire returns to flame trench at Apollo-era launch pad in Florida

    02/14/2017 8:20:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Spaceflight now ^ | 02/14/2017 | Stephen Clark
    Nine Merlin engines ignited and throttled up to nearly 2 million pounds of thrust Sunday during a brief hold-down firing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, sending a plume of smoke out of the flame trench at Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A as the company preps for a space station cargo mission next weekend. .... Onlookers at Kennedy Space Center reported visible venting of super-chilled liquid oxygen vapors from the rocket leading up to the static fire test, then a white cloud of rocket exhaust rushing out of the north side of the launch pad as the Merlin engines...
  • Federal Investigators Spot Flaws in SpaceX Falcon 9 Rockets

    02/03/2017 1:32:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Feb 3, 2017 | Jay Bennett
    After launching ten satellites into orbit last month, and successfully landing a Falcon 9 first stage, it looked like SpaceX was getting back on track. But unfortunately, preliminary reports from a Government Accountability Office investigation have found "persistent cracking of vital propulsion-system components," according to The Wall Street Journal. Specifically, turbofans that pump rocket fuel to the Falcon 9 engines were identified as weak points where cracking can occur. ... Acting NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot told The Wall Street Journal that the agency is "talking to [SpaceX] about turbo machinery," and that he's confident "we know how to fix them."...
  • SpaceX nails return to flight landing

    01/14/2017 10:20:12 AM PST · by Robe · 44 replies
    SpaceX ^ | 1/14/2017 | Self
    SpaceX nailed it's return to flight launch with a successful landing on the ocean Barge. Second stage currently on "Coast" segment to put 10 Iridium satellites in orbit. Second Stage to relight engine in approximately 20 mins
  • Poor Weather Pushes SpaceX Return Debut with Revolutionary Iridium Relay Sats to Jan. 14

    01/09/2017 8:42:12 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    yahoo ^ | 01/08/217
    In the face of unrelenting days of very poor weather and a range conflict with another very critical rocket launch, SpaceX is pushing back the return debut of their private Falcon 9 rocket carrying a revolutionary fleet of voice and data commercial communications relay satellites for Iridium to no earlier than next weekend, Jan 14. Earlier indications of a nearly weeks long launch delay from Monday, Jan. 9 to next Saturday morning, Jan. 14, were officially confirmed today, Jan. 8, by SpaceX and their Iridium Communications customer. “Launch moving due to high winds and rains at Vandenberg,” SpaceX announced today,...
  • SpaceX's 1st Mars Mission Won't Carry NASA Science Gear

    12/16/2016 9:21:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Space.com ^ | December 14, 2016 11:40am ET | Mike Wall
    NASA wants to wait until SpaceX proves it can pull off a soft landing on the Red Planet before committing millions of dollars' worth of equipment to the spaceflight company's "Red Dragon" effort, said Jim Green, head of the agency's Planetary Science Division. "Landing on Mars is hard," Green said during a talk Tuesday (Dec. 13) here at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). "I want to wait this one out." SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said the company plans to launch uncrewed Dragon capsules toward the Red Planet at every launch opportunity for...
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch 4,000 satellites for global Internet coverage

    11/21/2016 2:45:10 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 40 replies
    Washington Journal ^ | 11/17/16 | Daniel Navas
    Elon Musk has announced an ambitious plan to put more than 4,000 satellites in space to create a global high-speed internet network. Musk first turned his attention to internet satellites in 2014, and his plan soon received the backing of Google, which chucked $1bn at Space Exploration Technologies Corp, aka SpaceX. Musk said in January 2015 that the plan would cost at least $10bn. The original number of satellites was pinned at 700, but documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission show that SpaceX wants to deploy 4,425 satellites, plus “in-orbit spares”, to provide high-speed, global internet coverage. Earth...
  • SpaceX hopes to return to flight by November, company's president claims

    10/17/2016 8:44:14 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies
    TheVerge.com ^ | 13SEP2016 | Loren Grush
    SpaceX hopes to start launching its rockets again in November, a mere three months after the company’s Falcon 9 exploded on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. That’s according to SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell, who spoke today at Euroconsult's World Satellite Business Week — a conference in Paris. "We're anticipating getting back to flight, being down for about three months, and getting back to flight in November," said Shotwell, in a video recorded by Andreas Menn, a reporter for German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche. However, Shotwell indicated that the three-month turnaround was the most optimistic scenario for the...
  • SpaceX Anomaly Updates

    10/11/2016 8:07:58 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    SpaceX ^ | Sep 23, 2016
    Three weeks ago, SpaceX experienced an anomaly at our Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This resulted in the loss of one of our Falcon 9 rockets and its payload. The Accident Investigation Team (AIT), composed of SpaceX, the FAA, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and industry experts, are currently scouring through approximately 3,000 channels of engineering data along with video, audio and imagery. The timeline of the event is extremely short – from first signs of an anomaly to loss of data is about 93 milliseconds or less than 1/10th of a second. The majority...
  • SpaceX’s Big [bleep] Rocket - The Full Story

    10/01/2016 5:34:35 AM PDT · by PIF · 20 replies
    Wait But Why ^ | September 28, 2016 | Tim Urban
    <p>The Big Fxxking Rocket is fxxking big. At 400 feet tall, it’s the height of a 40-story skyscraper. At 40 feet in diameter, a school bus could fit entirely underneath its footprint. It’s more than three times the mass and generates over three times the thrust of the gargantuan Saturn V-the rocket used in the Apollo mission-which currently stands as by far the biggest rocket humanity has made.</p>