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Next Launch AsiaSat-6 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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27 Aug 14 4:50:00 GMT
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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, [...]

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 @ [...]

SpaceX's Musk Talks Preparing to Recover Falcon 9 First Stage, Crewed Efforts, and More

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) [...]

NASA, SpaceX Hail Latest Cargo Mission to ISS

Photo Credit: SpaceX

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).

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SpaceX's Merlin 1D Reaches Crucial Milestone

SpaceX’s Merlin 1D has completed the critical flight qualification phase and is now ready to be used on missions. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has accomplished a major milestone toward having the Hawthorne, Calif.-based company’s Merlin 1D engine used on upcoming missions—flight qualification. During this program the Merlin 1D racked up a [...]

Falcon 9 to Light Up the Cape’s Skies Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night, SpaceX plans to launch one of the company’s Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket. It’s destination – the International Space Station on the first resupply flight to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert / Wired4Space

Riding the coattails of success following May’s spectacular Dragon demo mission to the International Space [...]