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SpaceX 2 Dragon struck by problems after reaching orbit [Updated]

SpaceX 2 Dragon struck by problems after reaching orbit [Updated]

SpaceX and NASA's second Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station successfully blasted off on its way into space, but encountered unexplained issues roughly twelve minutes into launch. Taking off at 10:10AM EST today to take new equipment and supplies to the orbiting astronauts, the Dragon capsule, climbing at 1km per second atop a cluster of nine rockets, is carrying around 1,268 pounds of cargo and had been expected to dock with the ISS on Saturday, March 2. Update: More on the launch issues after the cut.

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NASA readies SpaceX 2 for second resupply mission to ISS

NASA readies SpaceX 2 for second resupply mission to ISS

NASA and SpaceX are just hours away from the next planned resupply mission to the International Space Station, the second commercial mission by the private firm, with a 1,268 pound payload of food, experiments, and more. SpaceX 2 is expected to take off at 10:10am EST from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, arriving at the ISS the following day, and then being snagged using the orbiting space platform's robotic arm.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule to make third trip to ISS on March 1

SpaceX Dragon capsule to make third trip to ISS on March 1

It seems like only yesterday when the SpaceX Dragon capsule launched its way to the International Space Station for the first time back in May, and now it's reporting for duty yet again for the third time. NASA has announced that the capsule will be planned to launch on March 1 to bring even more supplies on board the ISS, as well as take back some materials when the capsule returns to Earth.

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SpaceX scores contract with the U.S. Air Force

SpaceX scores contract with the U.S. Air Force

Space Exploration Technologies, more commonly known as simply SpaceX, has scored a contract with one of its most sought-after customers, the United States Air Force. The USAF has granted two missions to SpaceX, which will allow it to demonstrate its vehicle capabilities as part of the EELV program. SpaceX will perform two missions, both of which are covered by the same contract.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to start a Mars colony

SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to start a Mars colony

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, is aiming his sights towards starting a Mars colony of up to 80,000 people. To do this, Musk wants to ferry people to Mars at an estimated cost of $500,000 per person. Of course, this isn't the first time that Musk has talked about taking humans to Mars, but his plans are becoming more and more detailed as time goes on.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 15, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 15, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening folks. Today Microsoft's former Windows head Steven Sinofsky discussed his recent and surprising departure from the company, but didn't go into too many specifics when it came down to why he actually left. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 started shipping ahead of schedule today, while new reports are suggesting that Apple may delay the new iMac into 2013. NASA was the victim of a major security breach recently, and today it said that it will make sure all of its laptops are equipped with full disk encryption by the end of the year as a result.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk talks about future of space flight

SpaceX founder Elon Musk talks about future of space flight

Entrepreneur Elon Musk has been around the block a few times. He helped start PayPal, the popular online payment system, and is even a founder of Tesla Motors. Musk's most recent endeavor, however, is his space travel project, SpaceX, which recently completed its first successful supply mission to the International Space Station. Wired Magazine sat down with Musk and discussed original plans for SpaceX, the process of building and launching the rockets, and the possibility of a truly reusable spacecraft.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule leaves ISS, returning to Earth today

SpaceX Dragon capsule leaves ISS, returning to Earth today

Today is a pretty big day for the folks at SpaceX and NASA, as the Dragon capsule has detached from the International Space Station and will soon begin plummet toward the surface of Earth. Engineers on the ground remotely controlled the station's robotic arm as it removed the Dragon capsule from the ISS earlier today, pointing it in the right director for its return trip. To get back to Earth, Dragon will use a set a pre-programmed commands to perform a series a burns, with the final one happening in just about an hour (2:28 PM Eastern) to slow the capsule down and prepare it for re-entry.

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