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Upcoming SpaceX Dragon Missions Place ISS Science at Center Stage

With two dedicated Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions under its belt, SpaceX is set for several key flights in support of science during 2014. Photo Credit: NASA

More than two years since the last shuttle mission, the transition from construction to utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) has occurred and the orbital complex [...]

Smooth Sailing, Cygnus: Orbital's New Cargo Ship Rockets to Space on First ISS Supply Mission

Orbital Sciences Corporation launched the first of the company’s Cygnus spacecraft bound for the International Space Station today, Sept. 18, at 10:58 a.m. EDT from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Less than two weeks after Pad 0B reverberated to the roar of the first Minotaur V rocket, [...]

Dragon Spacecraft Passes Another Milestone Toward Crewed Flight

An unmanned Dragon spacecraft conducting the Commercial Resupply Services mission is seen here (CRS-2) grappled by the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has just passed the seventh of 15 development milestones set by NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative. Along with Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corporation, [...]

SpaceX's Grasshopper Ascends, Conducts Lateral Manuevers

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 [...]

Commercial Partners Working to Launch US Astronauts from Space Coast

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 [...]

Art in a Fairing Vacuum Chamber Test

Video courtesy of SpaceX

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.

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Elon Musk Says Rockets Reusability Will Be The Revolution

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.

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From ISS to Mars: A SpaceX Odyssey

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, [...]

Falcon Heavy: Uncertain Case for Lunar Exploration

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 [1]. The claim forwarded by some is that the as-yet-untested-and-unflown 53 mt low-Earth orbit (LEO) (200 km @ [...]

First Launch of Commercial Crew Quietly Slips to 2017

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. [...]