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NASA’s Wallops Island to secure spotlight with Orbital’s Antares rocket test launch

NASA’s Wallops Island to secure spotlight with Orbital’s Antares rocket test launch

Orbital Sciences Corp. will be conducting its first test launch of its Antares rocket on April 18th, and if all goes well, the company will be well on its way on delivering on its $1.9 billion contract with NASA. The contract requires Orbital to complete 8 unmanned cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS) using its Antares rocket and its Cygnus Capsule.

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SpaceX Dragon version 2 will look like an alien spaceship

SpaceX Dragon version 2 will look like an alien spaceship

Elon Musk discussed the design layout of SpaceX's next version of the Dragon spacecraft and it's definitely going to attract stares. The second version of Dragon will be designed to land on the ground rather than in the water like its predecessor. Because of all of the design changes, Musk states that the next SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will look "like a real alien spaceship".

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SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth: what’s in that 2,668 pounds of cargo?

SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth: what’s in that 2,668 pounds of cargo?

Today the SpaceX capsule that'd three weeks ago visited the International Space Station has splashed down into the Pacific Ocean. This trip was planned and executed precisely, with NASA's announcement of a landing (today) being issued back on the 22nd of this month. What we've got inside of this lovely machine is a set of science samples from the space station from areas of human research, biology and biotechnology studies, and physical science investigations, as well as education activities.

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SpaceX Dragon to depart ISS next week

SpaceX Dragon to depart ISS next week

Earlier this month, SpaceX launched its Dragon resupply ship to the international space station. Early on, the mission encountered some problems with solar power that threaten to leave the cargo ship stranded. However, those problems were fixed and the resupply ship continued on to the ISS.

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SpaceX shows impressive Grasshopper rocket demonstration

SpaceX shows impressive Grasshopper rocket demonstration

SpaceX released a video detailing its most recent launch of its Grasshopper reusable rocket. The video demonstrates the continuous advancements SpaceX is making, and how Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, is working hard to achieve his goal of making space travel much more cost friendly. On March 7th, 2013, the Grasshopper was able to hover 262.8 feet, which is over twice the amount it was able to hover back in December.

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Elon Musk says SpaceX is working on reusable rockets

Elon Musk says SpaceX is working on reusable rockets

The CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, took the stage yesterday at SXSW to discuss several things, including a couple of new projects SpaceX is working on. SpaceX is currently working on building rockets that are reusable. The rockets are what Musk says is one of the roadblocks that is holding back humanity from the future of space travel. The cost of making the one-time use rockets is what's stopping many businesses from joining the industry.

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SpaceX Dragon successfully reaches ISS

SpaceX Dragon successfully reaches ISS

SpaceX's second Dragon capsule to run a resupply mission to the International Space Station has been successfully captured by the orbiting platform's robotic arm, despite launch issues that threatened to leave the cargo shuttle without solar power. Snatched from orbit an hour ahead of schedule, the next step for Dragon is being guided into place to dock with the ISS, at which point nearly a month of loading and unloading will occur.

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SpaceX Dragon to dock with International Space Station on Sunday

SpaceX Dragon to dock with International Space Station on Sunday

SpaceX's Dragon capsule is officially confirmed to be docking with the International Space Station beginning Sunday, March 2nd, at 6:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, or 3:00AM Pacific Standard Time. The attachment should be completed around 10:00AM EST/7:00AM PST. Dragon experienced some issues shortly after entering orbit, which resulted in a one-day delay of its arrival. But the ISS should be receiving their supplies come tomorrow.

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