SpaceX has successfully conducted a test of the firm’s Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing test vehicle, the Grasshopper. Photo Credit: SpaceX
Space Exploration Technologies, more commonly known as “SpaceX,” successfully completed another test flight of the company’s Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) “Grasshopper” vehicle today, Aug. 13. The Grasshopper—described as, essentially, a Falcon 9 test [...]
Ed Mango, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manager, speaks at the National Space Club’s June meeting. Mango was joined by commercial industry partners, from left, The Boeing Company’s John Mulholland, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dan Ciccateri, and SpaceX’s Adam Harris. Photo Credit: NASA / Kim Shiflett
The three commercial space companies working with NASA’s [...]
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The test of the 17 m long, 5 m wide fairing was conducted inside the world’s largest vacuum chamber at NASA’s Plum Brook Station facility at Glenn Research Center.
Seen here is the test firing of a Falcon 9-R engine. SpaceX’s founder has stated that he views reusability as key to revolutionizing space flight. Photo Credit: SpaceX
SpaceX’s CEO, Elon Musk, discussed the company’s objectives in the short and long term at the D11 executive conference on May 28.
SpaceX—the first company to send a spacecraft to orbit and have it return safely to Earth, the first company to journey to and deliver supplies to the International Space Station—appears to be setting its sights on Mars. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace
Mars, the world that has transfixed so many for so long, [...]
Illustration of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. Image Credit: SpaceX
There have been occasional suggestions that NASA should scrap its Space Launch System (SLS) in favor of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy for fulfilling its beyond low-Earth orbit needs . The claim forwarded by some is that the as-yet-untested-and-unflown 53 mt low-Earth orbit (LEO) (200 km @ [...]
The first launch under commercial crew has slipped to no earlier than November 2017. Image Credit: NASA / Boeing / Sierra Nevada / AmericaSpace
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Eclipsed by other space-related events, the story that the first launch of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program had slipped from 2015 to late 2017 has garnered little attention. [...]
Orbital Science Corporation and NASA are preparing for the launch of the first of Orbital’s Antares rockets. Launch is tentatively slated to take place April 17. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va — It was an early, cold morning, but with the sunrise came the ascension of Antares. NASA and Orbital Sciences [...]
During a recent teleconference, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that his company will try to recover the first stage from the ocean and then will attempt to have the first stage return to the landing site under its own power. Photo Credit: SpaceX
During a teleconference detailing the return of Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) [...]
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NASA and SpaceX hosted a teleconference today, Thursday, March 28, detailing the return of the company’s Dragon spacecraft from a resupply flight to the International Space Station (Dragon safely splashed down Tuesday, March 26).