Media Relations Hit Snag With CASSIOPE Launch—UPDATE

SpaceX’s customer on the upcoming launch of the Cassiope mission, MacDonald Ditwiller & Associates Inc., has blocked all media from covering the launch. This is the latest in a series of issues relating to SpaceX’s media relations. Image Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has had its fair share of […]

Launch of Cassiope Slips to Sept. 10

The first launch of a Falcon 9 rocket has been delayed five days. Photo Credit SpaceX

The first launch of Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, on the first mission not relating to a NASA initiative, will have to wait a bit longer. Liftoff of […]

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 […]

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 […]

SpaceX Signs Agreement for Potential Military Launches

Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of SMC, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk signing the CRADA Photo Credit U.S. Air Force Joe Juarez

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and SpaceX have signed an agreement that will eventually allow SpaceX to be considered as a launch provider for U.S. military […]

Art in a Fairing Vacuum Chamber Test

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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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ISS: A Future Beyond 2020?

Will the ISS survive past 2020? Photo Credit: NASA

 

Use of ISS is, per Section 501 (a) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010[1], to be operated until 2020. Although since the 2010 NASA Act was written NASA has talked about extending the use of ISS beyond 2020 […]

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 […]

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 […]