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  • SpaceX to Attempt Daring Reusable Rocket Test During Dragon Launch Today(4:58pm EDT/1:58pm PDT)

    04/14/2014 7:44:23 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 26 replies ^ | 14APR2014 | Tariq Malik
    It's an audacious plan, the odds of success are low, but SpaceX is going to do it anyway: The private spaceflight company founded by billionaire Elon Musk will launch a rocket with landing legs into orbit today, then try to bring part of it back and park it in the ocean. The chances of success? Maybe between 30 and 40 percent, said SpaceX vice president of mission assurance Hans Koenigsmann. "If we can pull this off … we'll be super-thrilled," Koenigsmann told reporters yesterday (April 13). You can watch the SpaceX's Dragon launch live on, courtesy of NASA TV....
  • NASA clears SpaceX for Monday cargo launch (Mon. 4:58pm EDT/1:58pm PDT)

    04/13/2014 12:39:23 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 14 replies ^ | 13APR2014 | William Harwood
    NASA managers Sunday cleared SpaceX to press ahead with launch of a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship Monday on a two-day flight to the International Space Station, concluding the lab can be safely operated until a faulty computer can be replaced during a contingency spacewalk next week. With forecasters predicting an 80 percent chance of acceptable weather, the SpaceX Falcon 9 version 1.1 rocket is scheduled for blastoff from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:58 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). If all goes well, the company's uncrewed Dragon cargo capsule will reach the space...
  • US Spy Sat and SpaceX Set for Double Barreled Blastoffs After Critical Cape Canaveral Radar Revitali

    04/09/2014 6:25:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies ^ | April 9, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    A pair of liftoffs vital to US National Security and NASA/SpaceX are now slated for April 10 and April 14 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after revitalizing the radar systems. The tracking radar is an absolutely essential asset for the Eastern Range that oversees all launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V is now slated to launch on Thursday, April 10 at 1:45 p.m. EDT.
  • Triumph of His Will (Elon Musk / SpaceX bio)

    04/07/2014 7:46:11 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 19 replies
    Esquire Magazine ^ | 15NOV2012 | Tom Junod
    He is sitting at his desk, at the headquarters of his company — of one of his companies — SpaceX. He is eating. He is eating a plate of food that his personal assistant gave him. It is late, and he is eating to stay on schedule. He is a man of scrupulously developed politesse, and he worries that eating his scheduled dinner while completing his scheduled interview might give offense. It does not, because although he eats hungrily, he never succeeds in making his food look appetizing. On his white plate is a turkey leg, a sad bouquet of...
  • Can Elon Musk -- and Save Taxpayers Billions of Dollars?

    03/30/2014 7:07:43 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 44 replies ^ | March 30, 2014 | Rich Smith
    Can Elon Musk Convince the U.S. Senate to Level the Playing Field -- and Save Taxpayers Billions of Dollars in the Process? By Rich Smith | More Articles March 30, 2014 | Comments (2) Explaining the space business to the commander in chief. Photo: NASA."SpaceX was founded to radically improve space transport technology. ... Today, it is one of the leading aerospace companies in the world, with nearly 50 missions contracted ... eight [Falcon 9 rockets launched] with 100% mission success, including four launches for NASA, three to the International Space Station, and sophisticated geostationary spacecraft for the world's leading...
  • SpaceX Confirms Cargo Mission Launch From Cape

    03/24/2014 9:23:13 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    space coast daily ^ | 3-24-14 | unattributed
    Launch set for Sunday, March 30 at 10:50 p.m. — SpaceX has confirmed it will target its next cargo mission launch to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, for 10:50 p.m. EDT, Sunday, March 30. Television launch coverage begins at 9:45 p.m. for the company’s third contracted resupply mission to the orbital laboratory. You can catch the Livestream here on SpaceCoast
  • Tesla's 'GigaFactory': Batteries not included?

    03/22/2014 1:43:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 21, 2014 | Daniel Mcgroarty
    To convey some sense of the audacity of Tesla's Elon Musk and his plans, consider that the sale of all-electric vehicles in the U.S. reached a high of 100,000 in 2013 — but that's still less than 1 percent of all cars sold. Enter Tesla's GigaFactory, aiming by 2020 for annual production of 500,000 lithium-ion battery packs. Under one roof — a very large one, at 10 million square feet — Tesla will “manage everything from processing raw materials to the assembly of the batteries.” All of which begs the question: Where is all that lithium going to come from?...
  • SpaceX Set to Launch the World’s First Reusable Booster

    03/13/2014 11:34:43 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 28 replies
    Technology Review ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Michael Belfiore
    On Sunday, if all goes well, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, will achieve a spaceflight first. After delivering cargo to the International Space Station, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket used for the flight will fire its engines for the second time. The burn will allow the rocket to reenter the atmosphere in controlled flight, without breaking up and disintegrating on the way down as most booster rockets do. The machine will settle over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of its Cape Canaveral launchpad, engines roaring, and four landing legs will unfold from the rocket’s sides. Hovering...
  • Next SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Gets Landing Legs for March Blastoff to Space Station – Says Elon Musk

    02/26/2014 6:41:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | February 25, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    The next commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that’s set to launch in March carrying an unmanned Dragon cargo vessel will also be equipped with a quartet of landing legs in a key test that will one day lead to cheaper, reusable boosters, announced Elon Musk, the company’s founder and CEO. The attachment of landing legs to the first stage of SpaceX’s new and more powerful, next-generation Falcon 9 rocket counts as a major step towards the firm’s eventual goal of building a fully reusable rocket. ... SpaceX engineers will continue to develop and refine the technology need to accomplish a...
  • Will SpaceX Super Rocket Kill NASA's 'Rocket to Nowhere'? (Op-Ed)

    02/17/2014 1:50:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies ^ | February 10, 2014 | R.D. Boozer
    The private spaceflight company Space X plans to build a rocket so big it would "make the Apollo moon rocket look small,"the company's CEO, Elon Musk, announced on "CBS This Morning"on Feb. 3. The huge rocket would ultimately send colonists to Mars, but what would SpaceX do in the meantime? The company's primary focus right now is giving NASA astronauts access to the International Space Station (ISS) on American vehicles, drastically lowering prices to Earth orbit versus what the Russians are charging, Musk said... This all begs the question: If SpaceX is going to build this gargantuan rocket on its...
  • SpaceX on pace for mid-March launch to space station

    02/12/2014 9:03:38 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 3 replies ^ | 9FEB2014 | Stephen Clark
    Juggling flight delays and busy skies with the skill of seasoned air traffic controllers, International Space Station managers have approved the launch date for SpaceX's next cargo resupply mission for March 16. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad is set for 4:41 a.m. EDT (0841 GMT), the time when Earth's rotation brings the space station's flight path over the Space Coast, NASA announced last week. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo carrier will make the company's third commercial logistics delivery to the space station under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. The deal calls for 12 missions...
  • Sierra Nevada Dreamchaser Will Launch on First Orbital Flight Test in November 2016

    01/23/2014 4:15:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | January 23, 2014 | Nancy Atkinson on
    The mission will be automated and unmanned, but if all goes well Sierra Nevada hopes to have a human flight by sometime in 2017.
  • SpaceX Webcast - Thaicom6 Falcon 9 Launch Success!

    01/06/2014 9:05:56 PM PST · by Kolath · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1/6/14 | Megneous
    SpaceX Webcast Thaicom 6 Falcon 9 successful Launch on January 6, 2014 Launch is at the end....first 40 minutes is a pre launch show explaining the Falcon 9, its current mission, and future launches with a reusable 1st stage called "grasshopper".
  • SpaceX ready to launch first Falcon 9 rocket of the year

    01/06/2014 5:40:23 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 15 replies ^ | 5JAN2014 | Stephen Clark
    SpaceX engineers at Cape Canaveral are finishing up preparations to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a communications satellite for Thailand on Monday, just over one month after the Falcon 9's last mission from Florida. Monday's launch window opens at 5:06 p.m. EST (2206 GMT) and extends more than two hours to 7:08 p.m. EST (0008 GMT), according to a SpaceX spokesperson and the U.S. Air Force. Deployment of the 6,649-pound Thaicom 6 satellite is expected 31 minutes after liftoff. The 224-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket will be rolled to the launch pad and rotated vertical atop the launch mount at...
  • Falcon 9's third launch attempt targeted for Monday (5:41pm EST/2:41pm PST)

    12/02/2013 8:28:05 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 91 replies ^ | 02DEC2013 | SFN
    After cleaning and replacing engine components, SpaceX is gearing up for another try to launch a Falcon 9 rocket Monday on a crucial mission to deliver the SES 8 commercial television broadcasting satellite to orbit. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad is set for 5:41 p.m. EST/2:41 p.m. PST (2241 GMT), the opening of an 86-minute launch window.
  • Falcon 9 rocket set for launch Monday from Cape Canaveral

    11/24/2013 4:27:05 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 63 replies
    Spaceflight ^ | 24NOV2013 | Author Unknown
    Technicians are in the final stages of readying a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for launch Monday on its first mission to geostationary transfer orbit with a commercial communications satellite for television broadcasters in India and Southeast Asia. Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: SES 8 Launch date: November 25, 2013 Launch time: 5:37 p.m. EST/2:37 p.m. PST (2237 GMT) Launch window: 66 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2014 to 2023 Office: Eliminate Human Space Exploration Programs

    11/20/2013 5:41:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Space Ref - NASA Watch ^ | November 18, 2013
    Discretionary Spending--Option 11 Eliminate Human Space Exploration Programs The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) Human Exploration and Operations programs focus on developing systems and capabilities required to explore deep space while continuing operations in low- Earth orbit. The exploration programs fund research and development of the next generation of systems for deep space exploration and provide technical and financial support to the commercial space industry. Complementing those efforts, NASA's space operations programs involve operating in low-Earth orbit, most notably using the International Space Station, as well as providing space communications capabilities. This option would terminate NASA's human space exploration...
  • Solar firm linked to Obama donors could be 'next Solyndra,' top GOP Sen. warns

    11/19/2013 6:01:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2013 | Joseph Weber
    A California-based solar company backed by several Obama supporters has been receiving millions in federal tax credits while losing $322 million since 2008, raising concerns about the company “becoming the next Solyndra.” Among SolarCity Corp.’s biggest investors is Elon Musk -- the high-profile donor and fundraiser who co-founded PayPal and whose companies SpaceX and electric-car company Tesla Motors have received at least $846 million in loans and startup money from the Obama administration. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, warned about SolarCity’s financial standing in a letter Monday to the Treasury Department. “There is...
  • Watch SpaceX rocket lift off, hover, return to launch pad in key test

    08/15/2013 1:19:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 15, 2013, 12:20 p.m. | W.J. Hennigan
    Founded in 2002, SpaceX makes its cargo capsules and rockets at a sprawling facility in Hawthorne that was once used to assemble fuselage sections for Boeing 747s. The company, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., has successfully carried out two cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station for NASA. It is the only commercial company to do so. It was founded by Los Angeles billionaire Elon Musk, who earlier this week laid out plans for his Hyperloop transportation system to much fanfare. The design aims to take travelers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes....
  • Straight up: SpaceX's Grasshopper rocket gains height and precision (w/ Video) (And Down)

    07/14/2013 6:11:02 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies ^ | July 8,2013 | Nancy Owano California-based spacecraft company SpaceX has released a video of the June 14 test of its Grasshopper rocket. The company said it soared over 1,000 feet during its latest trial run in June and it made a remarkably precise landing. In detail, the rocket flew 325 m, or 1066 feet, after liftoff in McGregor Texas, a rocket development facility. This breaks its previous record height of 840 feet .The test also drew praise for precision in landing. The precision is attributed to new navigation sensors that measure distance between the ground and the vessel. "Most rockets are equipped with sensors...
  • Europe’s Rocket Designers Crafting a SpaceX Defense

    06/20/2013 6:41:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies
    SpaceNews ^ | 6/19/13 | Peter B. de Selding
    LE BOURGET, France – Designers of Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket are crafting a defense against U.S. startup rocket builder Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) even before the next-generation Ariane 6 rocket – itself spurred in part by SpaceX – has been approved for production. The first line of defense is the Ariane 5 Midlife Evolution vehicle, whose new upper stage is halfway completed and awaits final approval, in late 2014, of European governments. Ariane 5 ME will increase the current Ariane 5 ECA’s payload-carrying power by about 20 percent, meaning it will carry two satellites weighing a combined 11,000 kilograms....
  • SpaceX, U.S. Air Force closing in on agreement to vie for national security payload contracts

    05/14/2013 2:35:22 PM PDT · by oxcart · 10 replies ^ | 05/14/13 | Lucy Berry
    HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, and the U.S. Air Force will soon reach an agreement on a certification plan that would allow the company to vie for national security payload launch contracts with the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy spaceflight launch systems, according to Aviation Week. Founded by billionaire Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, SpaceX opened a Huntsville office in Cummings Research Park in 2010. The private company started in 2002 to design, manufacture and launch advanced rockets and spacecraft and employs about 2,000 workers at its California headquarters. To reduce the costs associated with space launches,...
  • SpaceX launches Dragon capsule to space station, works on orbital glitch

    03/01/2013 9:19:51 AM PST · by xzins · 17 replies
    CosmicLog NBC ^ | 1 Mar 13 | Alan Boyle,
    SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket blasted off Friday to send an unmanned Dragon cargo capsule on its quickest trip yet to the International Space Station, but the company had to work through a problem with the Dragon in orbit. The Falcon 9 made a problem-free ascent from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:10 a.m. ET. A half-hour after launch, SpaceX's billionaire founder, Elon Musk, said in a Twitter update that controllers were looking into a technical issue involving the capsule's thrusters. "Issue with Dragon thruster pods," Musk wrote. "System inhibiting three of four [pods]...
  • Taxpayer Millions, Lithium Ion and Rich People Just Don't Mix Well (Elon Musk)

    02/12/2013 9:29:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 12, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Undoubtedly alternative energy and transportation innovator Elon Musk (Flickr photo: Jurvetson) – like his competitor for the taxpayer-funded, six-figure electric automobile market Henrik Fisker – is a smart guy. But will economic and technological realities humble him, or worse, make him look like a fool? After the experiencerecounted last week by New York Times journalist John Broder, who test drove the Tesla Model S in frigid conditions that required frequent unplanned recharging stops throughout the Northeast, humility is out of the question for Musk. The jury is still out on inanity. The Times published Broder’s devastating account on Friday. The...
  • Now Accepting Applications for Mars Colonists

    01/09/2013 3:16:49 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies ^ | January 9, 2013 | smithsonian
    Dream of going to space but don’t feel like putting in the work to become a NASA astronaut? Here’s your chance to possibly make that fantasy come true. Mars One, a Netherlands-based nonprofit, is seeking volunteers to help colonize the Red Planet, according to Mashable. To meet an aggressive goal of putting people on Mars by 2023, Mars One released its basic astronaut requirements on January 8. Rather than recruiting scientists or pilots, the organization says it will consider anyone, so long as they are at least 18 years old. Intelligence, good mental and physical health and dedication to the...
  • NASA Not Sharing a "Historic" Find On Mars.... yet

    11/24/2012 5:03:29 PM PST · by lbryce · 80 replies
    C-Net ^ | Novembe 21 ,2012 | Eric Mack
    Data that NASA's discovery wee a sample of Martian dirt could be earth-shattering, but the space agency is taking time to check its work. NASA's not sharing a 'historic' find on Mars... yet Data from a sample of Martian dirt could be earth-shattering, but the space agency is taking time to check its work. SAM, a mobile sample analysis lab, is currently mounted on Curiosity and finding interesting stuff in Martian soil. It seems NASA and the Curiosity rover have found something exciting and nerd-tastic on Mars, but the space agency's scientists are holding back for now, despite how painful...
  • Huge Mars Colony Eyed by SpaceX Founder Elon Musk

    11/24/2012 2:48:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | Date: 23 November 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET | Rob Coppinger,
    In Musk's vision, the ambitious Mars settlement program would start with a pioneering group of fewer than 10 people, who would journey to the Red Planet aboard a huge reusable rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane. "At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big," Musk told an audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on Friday (Nov. 16). Musk was there to talk about his business plans, and to receive the Society’s gold medal for his contribution to the commercialization of space.
  • Carney: Green stimulus profiteer [Elon Musk] comes under IRS scrutiny

    10/15/2012 5:19:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 14, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    Vice President Biden snickered during last week's debate at the suggestion there was waste, inefficiency or cronyism in the 2009 stimulus bill. If he can stop cackling for long enough, Biden, the self-proclaimed "stimulus sheriff" should sit down with the IRS officials and the federal inspector general who are investigating a solar company owned by leading Obama donor and subsidy recipient Elon Musk. Musk, as he cashes in on his solar investment by taking his company SolarCity public this month, had to make an awkward admission in his financial filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Internal Revenue Service...
  • SolarCity — Another Obama Scandal

    10/12/2012 1:51:43 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | October 12, 2012 | Jack Inglewood
    SolarCity (SCTY), another “green energy” company and recipient of millions of dollars of taxpayer funds, in under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), sources reveal. The company, which recently filed for its initial IPO, has disclosed that it received subpoenas in July from the U.S. Treasury Department. The Treasury Department is investigating whether companies overstated the market value of solar panel arrays they installed when claiming the 30% federal cash grant. The IRS also notified SolarCity that it is auditing two of its investment funds and reviewing the claimed value of solar systems submitted to receive the federal cash...
  • SpaceX rocket glitch puts satellite in wrong orbit

    10/09/2012 7:57:08 PM PDT · by cruise_missile · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 10, 2012 | Irene Klotz
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 9 - A prototype communications satellite flying as a secondary payload aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket was sent into the wrong orbit because of a problem during launch Sunday evening, officials said Tuesday. One of the nine Merlin engines powering the Falcon 9 rocket shut down early, though the other engines burned longer to make up for the loss of thrust, saving the primary mission of delivering a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station for NASA. The rocket blasted off at 8:35 p.m. EDT Sunday (0035 GMT Monday) from Cape Canaveral...
  • Dealers call Tesla factory stores illegal

    10/09/2012 2:10:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Automotive News ^ | October 8, 2012 | Amy Wilson with Mark Rechtin
    After opening several stores without much pushback, Elon Musk's ambition to replicate the Apple experience in Tesla factory stores is now facing potential roadblocks. Dealer associations in a handful of states, and state regulators in at least one case, say Tesla's stores violate state franchise laws that prohibit factory ownership of dealerships. Electric-vehicle maker Tesla now operates 17 stores in 10 states and the District of Columbia, most in shopping malls. Another six are scheduled to open this fall. The protesting dealer associations say Tesla's factory-owned stores present unfair competition for rival dealerships, are inconvenient for consumers needing repairs and,...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon C3, Flight 4 LIVE LAUNCH THREAD

    10/07/2012 3:37:44 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 48 replies ^ | 7OCT2012 | Unknown
    SpaceX is poised to start work on a $1.6 billion contract with NASA today, when a Falcon 9 rocket is set to blast off with 882 pounds of supplies on the first operational commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station. Tonight's liftoff time is 8:35 p.m. EDT/5:35 p.m. PDT (0035 GMT). The capsule will return to Earth in late October with approximately 1,673 pounds of equipment from the space station.
  • Private space station delivery to launch Sunday

    10/06/2012 6:11:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    ap ^ | October 6, 2012, 8:23 PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A private company is on the verge of launching another cargo ship to the International Space Station. On Sunday night, California-based SpaceX will attempt to send a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab and its three-member crew. Liftoff of the company's unmanned Falcon rocket is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. EDT. Forecasters put the odds of acceptable weather at 60 percent. Thick clouds and rain are the main concerns. A Dragon cargo ship successfully docked to the space station last May, but that was considered a test flight. The coming mission is the first under a $1.6 billion...
  • Panel installer SolarCity files for $200 mln IPO [Elon Musk of Tesla Elec cars]

    10/06/2012 1:00:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2012 | Nichola Groom
    Solar panel installer SolarCity Corp filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $201 million in an initial public offering that could help rekindle investor appetite for cleantech stocks. ....Companies including Google Inc and U.S. Bancorp have provided funds to finance SolarCity's projects. Those investors are able to collect a 30 percent federal tax credit for solar energy systems...... ...SolarCity was founded in 2006 by brothers Lyndon and Peter Rive along with their cousin, PayPal co-founder and Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk.... SolarCity hopes it can buck the lackluster trend among recent cleantech IPOs.... ....[SolorCity's] total revenue was $46.6...
  • SpaceX Head Obama Bundler?

    09/18/2012 4:58:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | April 18, 2012 | Christian Adams
    Space Shuttle Discovery sailed off into the sunset and the United States for the first time in a half century has no proven ability to put men into space. Thank President Obama. Or maybe, thank SpaceX founder Elon Musk. (See Rand Simberg’s very different take on things.) SpaceX is getting federal dollars that NASA would otherwise use. .......While NASA dollars have moved into the pockets of SpaceX, we now know that Elon Musk is an Obama bundler. Yesterday I had a conversation with a Congressman who revealed to me that Musk is a big Obama friend and bundler. Musk has...
  • Solyndra In Space?

    08/27/2012 7:43:39 AM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 13 replies
    Open Market ^ | August 27th, 2012 | Rand Simberg
    Here we go again. It’s unfortunate that so many supposed conservatives are opposed to competitive markets in spaceflight, to the point that they embarrass themselves with ignorant rants against the Obama space policy, one of the very few things that the administration has gotten sort of right. This time, it’s at Big Government, by someone named George Landrith, and it would be an embarrassment to the late and justifiably revered Andrew Breitbart, who started that web site. To address all of the ill-informed nonsense unfortunately requires a good old-fashioned fisking (warning: long post to follow):
  • SpaceX: Solyndra in Space

    08/26/2012 10:17:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Big Government - Breitbart ^ | August 24, 2012 | George Landrith
    Despite the news and pictures from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, America's once great space program is on life support because we no longer have a serious manned space exploration program....And the Obama Administration's unimaginative and amateurish vision for space exploration -- even if successful -- will not revive the dying program. It merely follows the disturbing pattern of the Solyndra scandal, funneling tax dollars to Obama donors and fundraisers. [SNIP] ....SpaceX collects tax dollars so that it can learn how to build and develop something that other companies were doing a generation ago. It is curious that SpaceX is now...
  • What Does The Success Of Dragon Mean?

    06/04/2012 10:35:45 AM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 13 replies
    PJMedia ^ | May 31st, 2012 | Rand Simberg
    SpaceX’s Dragon capsule completed a nearly perfect flight this morning, splashing down as planned in the Pacific Ocean within a mile of its target. It replicated everything that the Gemini series of flights in the sixties did in a single flight — getting to orbit, performing a rendezvous with another object, closely approaching it, berthing to it, detaching from it, and entering the atmosphere to be retrieved by a ship — except that it was entirely unmanned (so no spacewalk — that will await flights with crew aboard). The only problem encountered was an issue with the LIDAR, the laser...
  • Environment Texas attempts to stop SpaceX spaceport

    06/01/2012 7:04:19 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies ^ | 1 June 2012 | Eric Berger
    As Texas appears to be getting more serious about enticing SpaceX to build a spaceport near Brownsville an environmental group has stepped forward to oppose the project.At issue is the threat of “noise, heat, vibration, fencing and hazardous material spills” from the proposed spaceport that could lower the value of nearby Boca Chica Park and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Natural Wildlife Refuge.Here’s the full text of a news release issued today by Environment Texas: Environment Texas launched a petition drive today to stop the proposed construction of a spaceport on private land almost completely surrounded by a south Texas...
  • SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth, ends historic trip

    05/31/2012 6:19:10 PM PDT · by MCSP2008 · 35 replies
    ajc ^ | 5:51 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012 | By MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The SpaceX Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific on Thursday to conclude the first private delivery to the International Space Station and inaugurate NASA's new approach to exploration. "Welcome home, baby," said SpaceX's elated chief, Elon Musk, who said the old-fashioned splashdown was "like seeing your kid come home."
  • Astronauts snare SpaceX Dragon capsule: NASA

    05/28/2012 6:39:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NewsDaily ^ | May 25, 2012 | Irene Klotz, ed by Doina Chiacu; Reuters
    Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured Space Exploration Technologies' Dragon cargo ship on Friday, the first privately owned vehicle to reach the orbital outpost. The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 22, 2012. The unmanned rocket owned by privately held Space Exploration Technologies blasted off from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday for a mission designed to be the first commercial flight to the International Space Station. The 178-foot (54-meter) tall Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 3:44 a.m. (0744 GMT) from a...
  • Private Sector Edges Deeper in Space

    05/14/2012 4:35:59 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/14/12 | KENNETH CHANG
    It sounds like a routine event for NASA: At 4:55 a.m. on Saturday, a rocket is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and carry cargo — but no people — to the International Space Station. But if all goes as planned, that morning will mark something transformative for the space industry: a victory for capitalism in what has been for decades a government-run enterprise. The capsule, built by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation — SpaceX, for short — would be the first commercial spacecraft to make it to the space station, and many observers view its launching as the...
  • SpaceX's 1st Private Capsule Launch to Space Station: How It Will Work

    05/15/2012 6:50:50 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 8 replies ^ | 05/15/12 | Clara Moskowitz
    On May 19, if all goes well, the private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch the first commercial spaceship ever to visit the International Space Station. But the mission will be like no other U.S. flight to the orbiting laboratory. SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule is due to deliver food, supplies and science experiments to the outpost as a test mission for NASA. The space agency awarded the company a $1.6 billion contract for eight robotic resupply flights to fill the delivery needs left over by the space shuttle fleet's retirement last year.
  • Commercial space race gets crowded behind SpaceX

    05/23/2012 5:49:59 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/23/12 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A privately built space capsule that's zipping its way to the International Space Station has also launched something else: A new for-profit space race. The capsule called Dragon was due to arrive near the space station for tests early Thursday and dock on Friday with its load of supplies. Space Exploration Technologies Corp. — run by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk — was hired by NASA to deliver cargo and eventually astronauts to the orbital outpost.
  • Station astronauts enjoy 'new car smell' of SpaceX cargo craft

    05/26/2012 9:49:46 PM PDT · by MCSP2008 · 46 replies
    Cnet ^ | May 26, 2012 8:22 AM PDT | by William Harwood
    Running well ahead of schedule,the International Space Station's crew opened hatches between the Harmony module and the newly arrived SpaceX Dragon cargo ship early Saturday to kick off a busy few days of work to unload about a half ton of supplies and equipment.;topStories
  • Dragon arrives at space station in historic 1st

    05/25/2012 8:45:26 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 183 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 25 May 2012 | MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The privately bankrolled Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station for a historic docking Friday, captured by astronauts wielding a giant robot arm. It succeeded in making the first commercial delivery into the cosmos. U.S. astronaut Donald Pettit used the space station's 58-foot robot arm to snare the gleaming white Dragon after a few hours of extra checks and maneuvers. The two vessels came together while sailing above Australia. "Looks like we've got us a dragon by the tail," Pettit announced from 250 miles up once he locked onto Dragon's docking mechanism. "You've made...
  • Live Video: Watch SpaceX Capsule Dragon Dock With the International Space Station.

    05/25/2012 8:13:32 AM PDT · by balls · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 05/25/2012 | WSJ
    SpaceX’s unmanned spacecraft approached the international space station for a historic docking Friday after sailing through a practice run a day earlier. Watch live video of the capsule as it maneuvers to link up and dock with the space station.
  • SpaceX Dragon Capsule docking with International Space Station

    05/25/2012 4:21:58 AM PDT · by iowamark · 40 replies ^ | May 25 2012 | AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A privately bankrolled spacecraft is getting ever closer to the International Space Station for a historic docking today. The SpaceX Dragon capsule contains a half-ton of supplies. The station's crew will use a robot arm to snare the Dragon. On Thursday, the unmanned capsule came within 1½ miles of the space station in a practice fly-by. Early Friday, it returned to the neighborhood...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- SpaceX's Falcon 9 Launches to the Space Station

    05/22/2012 10:11:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | May 23, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: This fire-breathing Dragon can fly. Pictured above yesterday, SpaceX Corporation's Falcon 9 rocket capped with a Dragon spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. The successful launch was significant not only because it demonstrated that a private company has the ability to re-supply the International Space Station (ISS), but also that spaceflight has taken a significant step away from being an endeavor that only big governments can do with public money. If all continues as planned, the robotic Dragon will dock with the ISS this weekend. Over the next two weeks, the ISS Expedition 31 crew will then...
  • America Doesn't Need NASA To Stay On Top In Space

    05/22/2012 7:07:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 22, 2012 | Editor
    Free Enterprise: For those worried that America's leadership in spaceflight died with NASA's downsizing, meet SpaceX, a private company that showed Tuesday how capitalism will do what government does and better. NASA was once the pride of a country fighting a tense Cold War. It planned and executed what is arguably man's greatest achievement. It indeed engineered a giant leap for mankind. Yet since those lunar landings, the agency has gotten bogged down in politics and bureaucracy, plagued by waste and ambitions that were never reached. Some believe President Obama's decision to cut NASA's budget and the closure of the...