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 […]

Rest In Pieces: MESSENGER Ends Orbital Operations, Impacts Mercury's Surface

The MESSENGER spacecraft, depicted in this artist’s rendering, began studying Mercury in 2011. Today, its mission ended with its impact on the far side of the planet. Image Credit: NASA

Here’s MESSENGER by the numbers: Years since launching: 10+; Years in Mercury’s orbit: Four; Number of orbits: 4,105; Size of its impact crater: Estimated […]

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 […]

A Dragon Came A'Calling: Fully-Laden Cargo Ship Arrives at Space Station

Stunning view of the CRS-6 Dragon spacecraft during its final stages of approach on Friday, 17 April, to berth at the International Space Station (ISS). Photo Credit: Terry Virts/NASA/Twitter

Sixty-five hours after departing Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., in a blaze of fire and light, SpaceX’s sixth dedicated […]

MESSENGER Mission Nears Its End, Set for Mercury Impact April 30

A global map of Mercury, composed of thousands of individual images from MESSENGER. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

One of the most oft-repeated quotes in the English lexicon is: “There’s no place like home.” One spacecraft’s long journey, begun in 2004, will end as it impacts upon the […]

Fourth SpaceX Falcon-9 in Four Months Roars to Space Station With Next Dragon Resupply Ship

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. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

Following a 24-hour delay, caused by unacceptable weather conditions, SpaceX has successfully delivered its latest Dragon […]

SpaceX Approaches 50-Percent Complete on NASA Contract as CRS-6 Dragon Prepares for Monday Launch

Landing legs at the base of the SpaceX Falcon-9 CRS-6 booster, which is scheduled to launch to the ISS for NASA (and attempt to land on an offshore barge) on April 13. Photo Credit: SpaceX

More than six years after signing the $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) agreement with NASA to deliver 12 […]

Third Time's the Charm? SpaceX Rocket-Landing Pad Sets Sail for Monday Booster Landing Attempt

Illustration of a SpaceX Falcon-9 booster with its landing legs and hypersonic grid fins deployed for a landing attempt. Image Credit: SpaceX

It’s now T-2 days until the scheduled launch of SpaceX’s next Falcon-9 rocket, which will boost the sixth dedicated Dragon cargo resupply mission (CRS-6) to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. Operating under the […]