NASA Awards SpaceX $30 Million for Successful Dragon Pad Abort Test Milestone

A mockup SpaceX Crew Dragon takes flight for the company Pad Abort Test at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 6, 2015. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

NASA has officially declared SpaceX’s recent Crew Dragon Pad Abort Test (PAT) a success, awarding the Hawthorne, Calif.-based company $30 million for completion of that […]

Air Force Certifies SpaceX to Fly National Security Missions, Ending ULA Monopoly as DOD Launch Provider

Liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket to deliver the company’s sixth dedicated Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station on April 14, 2015, at 4:10 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Today, it was announced that SpaceX is certified to compete for U.S. military and spy satellite missions. Photo Credit: John Studwell / […]

PHOTOS: SpaceX Crew Dragon Ready for First Critical Flight Test Wednesday

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon prototype space capsule sits atop SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral AFS for a scheduled Wednesday morning Pad Abort Test. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Tomorrow morning, SpaceX is scheduled to conduct the company’s highly anticipated first critical flight test for its Crew Dragon space capsule, known as the Pad Abort Test (PAT), […]

SpaceX Prepares for Latest in Long History of Critical Pad Abort Tests (Part 2)

The launch escape apparatus pulls an Apollo Command Module (CM) to safety during the Pad Abort Test-2 in June 1965. Photo Credit: NASA

Tomorrow, if all goes well, more than 120,000 pounds (54,430 kg) of thrust will rock Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., as SpaceX stages the long-awaited […]

SpaceX Prepares for Latest in Long History of Critical Pad Abort Tests (Part 1)

The LJ-1B Little Joe mission launches from Wallops on 21 January 1960, carrying “Miss Sam”, the second rhesus passenger, on a critical Pad Abort Test for Project Mercury. Photo Credit: NASA

Following the recent successes of the CRS-6 Dragon launch toward the International Space Station (ISS) on 14 April and last week’s flight of […]

SpaceX, NASA Discuss Forthcoming Dragon Pad Abort Test

SpaceX Vice President of Mission Assurance Hans Koenigsmann (left) and NASA Commercial Crew Program Partner Manager Jon Cowart take questions during today’s Pad Abort Test Briefing at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Photo Credit: NASA

Barely a week since the successful launch of the TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat payload to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), SpaceX will again […]

Record-Setting SpaceX Roars to Geostationary Orbit With Spectacular Falcon 9 Launch


The fifth Falcon 9 v1.1 of 2015 roars into iron-gray skies on Monday, 27 April, 49 minutes into its 90-minute window. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

Despite ominous gray cloud cover over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.—and a seemingly inevitable likelihood of a scrub—SpaceX successfully “threaded the needle” and exploited a fortunate improvement […]

Second SpaceX Mission in Two Weeks Gears Up for Monday Launch

Since its maiden voyage in September 2013, the Falcon 9 v1.1 has delivered payloads into low-Earth orbit, Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) and onto Earth-escape trajectories to the L2 Lagrange Point. Photo Credit SpaceX

Less than two weeks since the rousing launch of the CRS-6 Dragon cargo mission toward the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX […]

SpaceX Aiming for Crew-Dragon Pad Abort Test on May 5

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is prepared for critical pad abort test that will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., in May. Photo Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX and NASA today announced no-earlier-than (NET) Tuesday, May 5, for conducting the company’s highly-anticipated, and critically important, Dragon Pad Abort Test (PAT) at the company’s primary launch […]