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  • Political Clout Pays Off Big for Elon Musk’s SpaceX

    08/27/2014 11:53:34 AM PDT · by anymouse · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 27, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    Donations to key lawmakers wine-and-dined by its lobbyists earn commercial spaceflight company millions in subsidies Shortly before a private spaceflight company’s test rocket exploded over southern Texas last weekend, state lawmakers announced millions in subsidies to get the company to continue launching rockets in the Lone Star State. Space Exploration Technologies, commonly known as SpaceX, will receive more than $15 million in public financing to build a launch pad in Cameron County, near the Mexican border. The subsidies came after SpaceX’s founder, billionaire tech mogul and pop technologist Elon Musk, made campaign contributions to key state lawmakers and hired lobbyists...
  • SpaceX makes late call to delay ASIASAT-6 launch

    08/26/2014 8:18:35 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 3 replies
    NASA Spaceflight.com ^ | 26AUG2014 | Chris Bergin
    SpaceX has delayed the launch of its latest Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket – tasked with lofting the ASIASAT-6 satellite into orbit – for at least several days. The call was made by CEO Elon Musk shortly after the rocket had been erected at her Space Launch Complex -40 (SLC-40) pad, with the rationale based on giving the team more time to evaluate the health of the launch vehicle. Falcon 9 Delay: No specific reasons have been provided as to why the call was made, although engineers had been working on a helium leak throughout the past 24 hours or so,...
  • SpaceX Rocket Prototype Explodes In Texas; ‘Rockets Are Tricky’, Musk Says

    08/22/2014 6:22:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | by Elizabeth Howell on
    No injuries are reported after a SpaceX rocket prototype detonated in Texas today (Aug. 22) after an anomaly was found in the rocket, the company said in a statement. The Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) — a successor to the Grasshopper vertical take-off and landing rocket — was completing the latest in a series of ambitious tests that previously saw the prototype successfully testing new steerable fins. “Today’s test was particularly complex, pushing the limits of the vehicle further than any previous test,” SpaceX said in a statement (which you can read in full below the jump.) “As is our practice,...
  • Spacex Falcon 9 First Stage Reentry Footage from Plane

    08/18/2014 8:08:45 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    SpaceX ^ | August 18, 2014 | SpaceX
    Falcon 9 First Stage Reentry Footage from Plane Following the successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage reentered Earth’s atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean. This footage is from a chase plane filming the decent of the first stage back to earth. Towards the end of the video, the camera operator attempted to zoom in and unfortunately lost sight of the stage and was unable to capture the tip over into the water.
  • SpaceX First Stage Reentry Captured By Chase Plane

    08/18/2014 12:50:51 PM PDT · by Moonman62
    SPACE.com ^ | 08/18/14 | Spacex
    In July 2014, the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket launched six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites. It also tested its reusable first stage technology. A chase plane was on hand to capture some of its fall through the atmosphere and the last few seconds before splashdown.
  • MH-17 Shoot Down Alters Air Force’s Space Equation

    08/14/2014 9:24:02 PM PDT · by Rabin · 16 replies
    DoD Buzz. ^ | July 24th, 2014 | Michael Hoffman
    Russia builds all of the rocket engines that deliver U.S. military satellites into space. Gen. William Shelton, U.S. Space Command, said Tuesday the recent missile attack on Malaysian passenger jet that killed 298 people will not result any change to this (crony driven, United Launch Alliance) RD-180 engine arrangement. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX, has sued the Air Force for the oppertunity to compete, for contracts that provide lift to military and intel satellite. Right now, only ULA is allowed to "compete" for the $9 billion Engine project. //Snip// Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Rogozin threatened in May to cut...
  • Three Congressmen Are Using Red Tape to Bind SpaceX to Earth

    08/12/2014 9:02:42 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 21 replies
    Slate.com ^ | 12AUG2014 | Phil Plait
    Hey, remember Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the guy who threw needless layers of bureaucracy at SpaceX because the private space company was doing its job of launching rockets into space a little too well? Well, it looks like he’s being joined by gentlemen from the other side of the Capitol: Three congressmen are trying to do the same thing.
  • AsiaSat 8 ready to ride SpaceX launcher into orbit (Tuesday, 1:25 a.m. EDT/Monday, 10:25 p.m. PDT)

    08/04/2014 9:18:08 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 48 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 4AUG2014 | Stephen Clark
    A Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral early Tuesday, continuing a jam-packed sequences of launches by SpaceX for commercial and government customers after a slow start to the year. The 22-story rocket will loft the AsiaSat 8 communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit, a drop-off point for most large telecom payloads heading for operating posts 22,300 miles over the equator. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad is set for 1:25 a.m. EDT (0525 GMT). The launch window extends until 4:11 a.m. EDT (0811 GMT). Forecasters predict generally favorable weather, with a 30 percent chance...
  • SpaceX chooses Texas for first commercial launch facility

    08/04/2014 12:42:01 PM PDT · by Professional Engineer · 17 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | 4Aug14 | Paul O'Donnell
    Texas is offering more than $15 million in incentives to bring SpaceX's commercial rocket launch facility and 300 jobs to the Brownsville area. Gov. Rick Perry announced the incentive package Monday for the project that is expected to bring $85 million in capital investment to the state. "Texas has been on the forefront of our nation's space exploration efforts for decades so it is fitting that SpaceX has chosen our state as they expand the frontiers of commercial space flight," Perry said in a statement. "In addition to growing the aerospace industry in Texas, SpaceX's facility will provide myriad opportunities...
  • SpaceX completes critical Falcon 9 landing

    07/23/2014 9:46:33 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 8 replies
    KXXV ^ | 07/24/14 | Bruce Gietzen
    SpaceX released video today of another successful soft landing of its Falcon 9 rocket, this time in the Atlantic Ocean. The test confirms that the Falcon 9 booster is able to consistently reenter from space at hypersonic velocity, restart main engines twice, deploy landing legs and touch down at near zero velocity. After landing, the vehicle tipped sideways as planned to its final water safing state in a nearly horizontal position. The water impact caused loss of hull integrity, but SpaceX received all the necessary data to achieve a successful landing on a future flight. The company says it is...
  • Senators vow to reassert America's rocket power

    07/16/2014 2:12:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Julian Hattem
    Lawmakers and top military officials on Wednesday expressed fears that friction with Russia could someday leave the United States without the power to launch rockets into space. Reliance on a single Russian engine to launch many critical military satellites could come back to haunt the U.S., officials said, if tensions between the two nations continue to rise. “If you consider space a national security priority, then you absolutely have to consider assured access to space a national security priority,” Gen. William Shelton, commander of the Air Force’s space command, testified in a joint Senate committee hearing on Wednesday. “Given that...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Orbcomm Satellites (22JUN2014/1724 EDT, 1424 PDT)

    06/22/2014 6:21:13 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 22JUN2014 | Staff Writer
    Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: Orbcomm OG2 F1 (6 satellites) Launch date: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Launch time: 5:24 p.m. EDT/2:24 p.m. PDT (2124 GMT) Launch window: 54 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida Live launch coverage: At the link or watch it here http://www.spacex.com/webcast/ Delayed (from September, November, April 30, May 10, 27, June 11, 12, 15, and June 20, 21) several times by SpaceX due to a first stage helium leak and Orbcomm due to a potential defect in one of their satellites. On June 20th a launch attempt was scrubbed due to a fluctuation in pressure readings...
  • 'Pumpkin' Moonship for Private Manned Lunar Landings Passes Key Review

    05/15/2013 11:33:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 14, 2013 | Mike Wall
    A private space exploration company's plans to build a novel moonship to return human explorers to the lunar surface has moved one step closer to reality. Aerospace giant Northrop Grumman has completed a lunar lander feasiblity study for the Golden Spike Company, which aims to begin ferrying paying customers to the moon and back by 2020. Click to enlarge:
  • SpaceX to balance business realities, rocket innovation

    06/07/2014 9:37:30 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 4 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 6JUN2014 | Stephen Clark
    Striving to be ready for an onslaught of launches under contract over the next few years, SpaceX plans to double the launcher production rate in its Southern California factory before the end of the year without compromising its commitments to develop a human-rated commercial spaceship, demonstrate rocket reusability, and further cut the cost of space transportation. "We need to meet our cadence of launch," said Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX, at a discussion Wednesday at the Atlantic Council in Washington. "It's about one a month this year, and it's almost two a month next year." While SpaceX tries to manage...
  • Elon Musk Makes 3-D Printing History

    06/02/2014 5:43:28 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 22 replies
    fool.com ^ | June 2, 2014 | Steve Heller
    Recs 17   Back to Yahoo! Elon Musk Makes 3-D Printing History By Steve Heller | More Articles | Save For Later June 2, 2014 | Comments (6)   SpaceX Dragon V2. Source: SpaceX.Wearing his hat as CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk unveiled the future of space transport with the Dragon V2 spacecraft on Friday. Unlike Dragon V1, which was designed to carry cargo loads to and from the International Space Station, Dragon V2 will be able to transport up to seven humans to and from the ISS, and its robust thermal protection system makes the spacecraft capable of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Space Station Captures a Dragon Capsule

    06/02/2014 1:14:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | June 02, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The space station has caught a dragon. Specifically, in mid-April, the International Space Station captured the unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule sent to resupply the orbiting outpost. Pictured above, the station's Canadarm2 had just grabbed the commercial spaceship. The Dragon capsule was filled with over 5000 lbs (2260 kilos) of supplies and experiments to be used by the current band of six ISS astronauts that compose Expedition 39, as well as the six astronauts that compose Expedition 40. After docking with the ISS, the Dragon capsule was unloaded and eventually released, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean on May 18....
  • NASA: Humans on Mars by 2035 is 'primary focus'

    06/01/2014 1:02:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    chron.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Carol Christian |
    NASA has been talking about sending people to Mars by 2035. That goal is still on the books, despite recent upheaval in the space program, according to two of the agency's top scientists. "In the near term, Mars remains our primary focus," Ellen Stofan, NASA's chief scientist said May 15 in a talk at the Royal Institution in London ... ....scientists [also] decided to "redirect" an asteroid into an orbit of the moon and are searching for an asteroid that's an appropriate candidate. "Once we find the right one, we'll use all the technology we've got," he said. "We'll snag...
  • SpaceX Dragon v2 Unveil

    05/29/2014 7:48:12 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 31 replies
    SpaceX ^ | May 29, 2014 | SpaceX
    Elon Musk is revealing the new design of the hopefully soon to be man-rated Dragon capsule. This is an important step forward for the company, and for American space travel. Innovations include: It is fully reusable, much like the grasshopper first stage, and will land on land. A Dragon 2 capsule launched from a grasshopper first stage will be an order of magnitude cheaper than any other current spacecraft. Nice safety features. While it is designed to land under rocket power, it can land via parachute like the Apollo era and current dragon capsules if the engines fail. The Dragon...
  • Elon Musk to unveil spacecraft to ferry astronauts

    05/29/2014 4:27:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2014 5:52 PM EDT | Raquel Maria Dillon
    SpaceX, which has flown unmanned cargo capsules to the International Space Station, planned to unveil a new spacecraft Thursday designed to ferry astronauts to low-Earth orbit. The Southern California-based rocket builder, founded by billionaire Elon Musk, is one of several private companies vying to develop “space taxis” for NASA to replace the retired space shuttle fleet. …
  • SpaceX Dragon V2 Unveiled Tonight (7:00pm PDT/10:00PM EDT)

    05/29/2014 12:02:49 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 31 replies
    Nature World News.com ^ | 29MAY2014 | Brian Stallard
    SpaceX will be unveiling their manned version of the SpaceX Dragon tonight. The Dragon V2 has been designed to transport live human cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS), making it the second craft to taxi men and women to the station since the retirement of NASA's shuttle program in 2011. The Dragon Version 2 (V2) is a manned rendition of the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsules, which have been delivering supplies to the ISS since 2012. According to reports, the third unmanned Dragon cargo flight launched in April and returned to Earth earlier this month as part of...
  • Elon Musk says he lost a multi-billion-dollar contract when SpaceX didn’t hire a public official

    05/24/2014 7:40:53 AM PDT · by Corporate Democrat · 18 replies
    Quartz ^ | May 23, 2014 | Tim Fernholz
    Elon Musk isn’t afraid to shake things up, and he did so again with accusations that US defense contracts awarded to a competitor were the product of corruption. SpaceX, Musk’s orbital transport firm, has been competing for a major contract to put US Air Force satellites in orbit. With a dearth of private investment in space and the end of the US space shuttle program, SpaceX has quickly leapt to the fore of aerospace firms with the help of contracts from NASA to provide re-supply missions to the International Space Station and develop a manned spacecraft to fly astronauts there....
  • Dragon cargo capsule encounters water seepage

    05/21/2014 4:12:09 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 15 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 5/21/14 | STEPHEN CLARK
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo -- Sea water seeped into SpaceX's Dragon supply capsule when it parachuted into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, the second such occurrence since the cargo carrier began flying to the International Space Station in 2012, but a NASA space station manager said Wednesday there is no indication the incident damaged any of the sensitive research samples stowed inside. The Dragon spacecraft descends to a parachute-assisted touchdown Sunday. Photo credit: SpaceX  "SpaceX did occur a minor incursion that they saw upon opening the hatch," said Dan Hartman, NASA's deputy space station program manager. "That has not caused us...
  • Frank Morring's latest scoop: Water found inside the Dragon upon splashdown.

    05/21/2014 1:51:59 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 26 replies
    Twitter feed for Aviation Week ^ | 5.21/14 | Amy Butler
    Amy Butler ‏@ABAviationWeek 3h Frank Morring's latest scoop: Water found inside the Dragon upon splashdown. http://tinyurl.com/n6sjv8f  #30spacesymposium
  • SpaceX Set to Test Raptor Engine Components at NASA Stennis

    05/20/2014 5:11:50 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 43 replies
    SpaceRef.biz ^ | 24APR2014 | Marc Boucher
    Nearly six months after announcing that SpaceX would be testing Raptor engine components at NASA's Stennis Space Center, a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Monday officially unveiled the newly refurbished E-2 test stand. SpaceX has been working on the Raptor methane-fueled rocket engine since 2009. The new engine, a reusable engine is destined to be used in future versions of the Falcon Heavy and in the long term for the notional SpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter. Testing is set to begin within the coming days after the E-2 test stand activation is completed a spokesperson for SpaceX confirmed to SpaceRef. SpaceX...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Orbcomm Satellite (10MAY2014/0647 PDT, 0947EDT)

    05/08/2014 8:24:27 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 08MAY2014 | Stephen Clark
    Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: Orbcomm OG2 F1 Launch date: May 10, 2014 Launch time: 6:47 a.m. PDT/9:47 a.m. EDT (1347 GMT) Launch window: 54 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida Weather looks favorable for Saturday's Falcon 9 launch The official weather forecast shows an 80 percent chance of acceptable conditions for Saturday's launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with a load of six commercial communications satellites for Orbcomm. THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014 2340 GMT (7:40 p.m. EDT) SpaceX engineers called off a preflight engine firing on its Falcon 9 rocket Thursday after running into technical trouble during a practice...
  • Spacex will be trying to get the Dragon crew rated in 2014

    05/01/2014 8:28:52 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | May 1, 2014 | NextBigFuture
    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge issued an injunction late Wednesday prohibiting a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing from proceeding with plans to buy Russian-made rocket engines. SpaceX sued the federal government Monday, protesting the Air Force’s award of a lucrative space contract, saying it should have been competitively bid. In the suit, SpaceX criticizes United Launch Alliance (ULA) for using Russian engines in some of its rockets, which SpaceX founder Elon Musk said might be a violation of U.S. sanctions and was unseemly at a time when Russia “is the process of invading Ukraine.” Musk alleged...
  • SpaceX Releases Raw Video of First Stage Landing Attempt

    04/30/2014 1:38:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Nancy Atkinson on
    Video released today by SpaceX confirms the landing legs deployed successfully on the Falcon 9′s first stage booster, paving the way for future vertical soft touchdowns on land. SpaceX’s next-generation Falcon 9 rocket was tested following the launch of the CRS-3 mission for the Dragon spacecraft, which launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on April 18. This was the first test of the landing legs deployment with a re-entry burn and soft landing in the Atlantic Ocean. The SpaceX CEO had mentioned the success during a post launch briefing and later tweeted further updates that the Falcon 9 first...
  • SpaceX achieves controlled landing of Falcon 9 first stage

    04/21/2014 6:36:31 AM PDT · by Robe · 37 replies
    Space Flight Now ^ | April 19,2014 | Stephen Clark
    SpaceX says it made two key strides toward the eventual reusability of the Falcon 9 rocket this week with the controlled splashdown of the rocket's first stage in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday
  • Amazing Drone Footage of a Space X Reusable Rocket’s First Test Flight Launch, Land Vertically

    04/20/2014 5:39:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    The Next Web ^ | April 19, 2014 | Roberto Baldwin
    Original Title:Watch: Amazing Drone Footage of a Space X Reusable Rocket’s First Test Flight Make sure to watch this at full screen view. Direct Link:YouTube:F9R First Flight Test|250m This is awesome. The Falcon9 reusable rocket launches and then within minutes lands on its own four feet. Videoed by a drone high above the launch pad meeting up with it to close proximity as the rocket approaches the drone in mid-air. Published on Apr 18, 2014 Video of Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) taking its first test flight at our rocket development facility. F9R lifts off from a launch mount to a...
  • Watch Elon Musk's Reusable Rocket Launch And Land Itself In This Amazing Video Shot By A Drone

    04/18/2014 1:56:24 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    BU ^ | 4-18-2014 | Jillian D'Onfro
    Watch Elon Musk's Reusable Rocket Launch And Land Itself In This Amazing Video Shot By A Drone Jillian D'Onfro April 18, 2014, 2:27 PM Elon Musk's private space company, SpaceX, has been experimenting with reusable rockets since last year. Because the cost of fuel is much less compared to the cost of building a rocket from scratch every time, Musk and his team are trying to master reusable rockets so they can get closer to their goal of making commercial space travel more affordable. The company just posted an amazing video on YouTube of its Falcon 9 Reusable rocket lifting...
  • Space X Launch Now

    04/18/2014 12:23:21 PM PDT · by US_MilitaryRules · 25 replies
    Launching In a few minutes!
  • 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 · 29 replies
    Space.com ^ | 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 Space.com, 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
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 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
    universetoday.com ^ | 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
    fool.com ^ | 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. NASA.gov — 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 Daily.com
  • 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
    universetoday.com ^ | 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
    Space.com ^ | 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
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 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
    universetoday.com ^ | 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
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 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
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 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 Now.com ^ | 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....