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’ […]

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 Conducts Fourth Successful Grasshopper Launch, Doubles Previous Altitude

The successful fourth test flight of SpaceX’s 10-story tall Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff and Landing Vehicle (VTVL), set to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Video Credit: SpaceX

This past Saturday, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, performed a fourth test flight of their Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff and Landing Vehicle (VTVL) at the […]

NASA Official Describes Commercial Crew and Its Importance to Human Space Exploration

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Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — AmericaSpace spoke with Trent Smith with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. He detailed the basics behind efforts to cede responsibility of delivering crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit (LEO), primarily to the International Space Station, to commercial companies. Under this plan, this should allow NASA to […]

Video Cameras Get Creamed by SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Plume

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Video courtesy of Wired4Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — So, what would it have been like to be at “ground zero” during the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecraft? This video demonstrates the power of the Falcon. Turn up your volume and experience the fury of launch.

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Photo Feature: The Falcon and the Dragon

Photo Credit: John Studwell

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — On Friday, March 1, Space Exploration Technologies, more commonly known as “SpaceX,” successfully launched the fifth of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets. At the top of this highly-successful launch vehicle was a Dragon spacecraft, packed with supplies, ready to be sent thundering to the International […]

Dragon Breathes Perfect Fire as CRS-2 Roars to Orbit -UPDATE

SpaceX began the second mission under the $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract that the company has with NASA right on time at 10:10:13 a.m. EST. The launch site was Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

The cold light of […]

Sequestration to Squash Commercial Crew?

 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — A lot has been said about “Sequestration,” which begins March 1, and there has been some coverage about the effects of sequestration on NASA’s budget. But enough has not been said about what impact sequestration will have on NASA’s space efforts. A review highlights the impacts as well as […]

Next SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft on Track for March 1 Launch

On its third mission—and the second dedicated flight under the $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA—SpaceX’s Dragon will make full use of both its pressurized and unpressurized (Trunk) features on CRS-2. Photo Credit: NASA

The last twelve months have truly been a rollercoaster ride for Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)—the Hawthorne, Calif., […]

Launch Viewing Guide for SpaceX Falcon 9

Want to know the best spots from which to watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch? Image Courtesy of Max-Q Entertainment

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — So, you’re in town and you’ve just found out that SpaceX (does anybody call them Space Exploration Technologies anymore?) will be launching one of the company’s highly-successful Falcon 9 rockets […]