SpaceX

SpaceX finally launches 60 Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX finally launches 60 Starlink satellites into orbit

We, and especially SpaceX, probably imagine rocket launches that take off any time just like planes. Reality, however, is that such launches are at the mercy of the weather even more than planes are. That's pretty much the reason why SpaceX postponed the launch of its ambitious satellites twice. They say third time's a charm and, finally, 60 satellites from Elon Musk's Starlink vision are now on their way to float around the earth and bring the Internet connection of the future.

Continue Reading

SpaceX Starlink satellite launch delayed again for software update

SpaceX Starlink satellite launch delayed again for software update

SpaceX has its Falcon 9 sitting on the launch pad waiting for the go to launch. Earlier this week we saw an image of the Falcon 9 packed with the first 60 of SpaceX's Starlink satellites. That launch was delayed due to wind shear from May 15th to May 16th.

Continue Reading

LightSail 2 heads into orbit aboard Falcon Heavy in June

LightSail 2 heads into orbit aboard Falcon Heavy in June

The Planetary Society has announced that its next-generation of light-propelled satellites will launch next month. LightSail 2 will head into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket scheduled for liftoff on June 22 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Once the LightSail 2 spacecraft is in orbit, it will deploy a solar sail that is the size of a boxing ring meant to give the satellite propulsion using solar photons.

Continue Reading

SpaceX Starlink satellites shown crammed on a Falcon ready for launch

SpaceX Starlink satellites shown crammed on a Falcon ready for launch

Economic space travel and Mars colonization aren't the only ambitions Elon Musk has for SpaceX. Launching a constellation of Internet-bearing satellites is another and it seems that the company is ready to get that journey started. Not that it has much time left if it wants to stay in the FCC's good graces. The CEO shared on Twitter a view of 60 such Starlink satellites loaded snugly inside a Falcon 9 nosecone, ready for its test launch on Wednesday.

Continue Reading

Space X Crew Dragon capsule parachute test failed

Space X Crew Dragon capsule parachute test failed

SpaceX has had a bit of up and down when it comes to testing of its Crew Dragon capsule that may one-day ferry Americans into space again. Not long ago the Crew Dragon test capsule was lost in an explosion during testing. NASA and SpaceX confirmed this week that last month another test of the capsule didn't go as planned.

Continue Reading

SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

Over the weekend, SpaceX launched its Dragon cargo spacecraft packed with supplies for the International Space Station. Now, two days later, NASA has confirmed that the spacecraft successfully docked with the ISS, bringing with it more than 5,500lbs of cargo that includes hardware, research materials, and supplies for crew members. This marks SpaceX's 17th contracted commercial resupply mission.

Continue Reading

SpaceX: Crew Dragon was destroyed in April test explosion

SpaceX: Crew Dragon was destroyed in April test explosion

SpaceX has confirmed that its Crew Dragon capsule "anomaly" resulted in the destruction of the spacecraft, as new details about the schedule-derailing incident continue to drip out. The test of the Crew Dragon capsule - which was unmanned at the time - in April resulted in failure, though SpaceX has been tight-lipped on what, exactly, went wrong.

Continue Reading

As launch nears,SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet gets big change approval

As launch nears,SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet gets big change approval

SpaceX's plans to bring its internet-beaming satellites closer to Earth have been given the go-ahead, paving the way for speedier, less technically complex wireless broadband. The SpaceX Starlink satellite network is due to begin deployment from May, with the first hardware being launched into orbit.

Continue Reading

Incredibly grainy video surfaces of SpaceX Crew Dragon “anomaly”

Incredibly grainy video surfaces of SpaceX Crew Dragon “anomaly”

Yesterday we talked a bit about a serious failure of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule during testing. The capsule suffered an explosion and spewed orange-colored smoke at Cape Canaveral where the capsule was being tested. NASA said of the explosion "This is why we Test."

Continue Reading

SpaceX Crew Dragon suffered smoky ‘anomaly’ during recent engine test

SpaceX Crew Dragon suffered smoky ‘anomaly’ during recent engine test

On Saturday, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft experienced an 'anomaly' during an engine test fire, according to the company, which resulted in a large plume of smoke appearing in Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA has issued a statement on the matter, saying, "This is why we test." The Crew Dragon successfully traveled to the International Space Station in March and was scheduled to carry astronauts in July.

Continue Reading

SpaceX Falcon Heavy center core stuck the landing before sliding into the abyss

SpaceX Falcon Heavy center core stuck the landing before sliding into the abyss

SpaceX has been very successful of late with pretty much everything it does. The company had a successful test of its Crew Dragon capsule not long ago that saw the capsule safely splashdown in the ocean. SpaceX has had great success with landing the reusable core sections of its Falcon rockets on a floating barge out in the ocean. Unfortunately, things didn't go well for the recent recovery of the Falcon Heavy center core.

Continue Reading

NASA and SpaceX team to test asteroid tech that prevents extinction events

NASA and SpaceX team to test asteroid tech that prevents extinction events

Yesterday was a pretty exciting day for SpaceX, and today things got even better. NASA announced today that it has selected SpaceX as the launch partner for its upcoming Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission in 2021. The mission will examine whether or not we can divert rogue asteroids headed for Earth by slamming spacecraft into them, which frankly sounds awesome.

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 Next