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SpaceX Tests Dragon Parachute System Video in Story

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company's Dragon spacecraft's parachute system would function in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent.

NASA Selects SpaceX to Begin Negotiations for Use of Launch Complex 39A

NASA Selects SpaceX to Begin Negotiations for Use of Launch Complex 39A

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., to begin negotiations on a lease to use and operate historic Launch Complex (LC) 39A at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


SpaceX Launches SES-8

SpaceX Launches SES-8 Video in Story

SpaceX launched the SES-8 satellite this evening on a Falcon 9.1 rocket. Launch occured as the window opened at 5:41 pm ET. Second stage reignition and burn was a success. The SES-8 spacecraft is now in a nominal GEO transfer orbit. So far it seems that the flight was completely nominal.


SES 8 Launch Scrubbed After Two Attempts

SES 8 Launch Scrubbed After Two Attempts

The launch of SES 8 by SpaceX was called off after two attempts to launch tonight. Both countdowns got down to within seconds of a launch.


SpaceX Achieves Milestone in Safety Review

SpaceX Achieves Milestone in Safety Review

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade.


SpaceX Completes Review of 2014 Commercial Crew Abort Test

SpaceX Completes Review of 2014 Commercial Crew Abort Test

In preparation for a summer 2014 test, NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently laid out its plan to demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency.


SpaceX Conducts Second Hot Fire Test of Falcon 9 v1.1

SpaceX Conducts Second Hot Fire Test of Falcon 9 v1.1 Video in Story

SpaceX conducts a second and successful hot fire test of its new Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket in preparation for its maiden demonstration flight this month.


SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Hot Fire Test Complete with Anomalies

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Hot Fire Test Complete with Anomalies

SpaceX successfully conducted a hot fire test of their upgraded Falcon 9 yesterday afternoon but not without some anomalies according to a Tweet sent out by Elon Musk: "full thrust (was) achieved on 2 sec static fire."


Video: How To Herd Cattle With a Rocketship

Video: How To Herd Cattle With a Rocketship Video in Story

This video was taken during a recent text of the SpaceX Grasshooper when it demonstrated a 300 foot lateral maneuver - and scared some cows.


SpaceX Grasshopper Performs Divert Test

SpaceX Grasshopper Performs Divert Test

SpaceX completed what appears to be a successful divert test yesterday of its Falcon 9 Test Rig, code named Grasshopper.


SpaceX Grasshopper Flies to 1,000 Feet (325 Meters)

SpaceX Grasshopper Flies to 1,000 Feet (325 Meters) Video in Story


On June 14, SpaceX's Grasshopper flew 325 m (1066 feet)--higher than Manhattan's Chrysler Building--before smoothly landing back on the pad.


NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX Completes Two Human-Critical Reviews

NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX Completes Two Human-Critical Reviews

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., recently completed two milestones for NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, which is intended to make commercial human spaceflight services available for government and commercial customers.


SpaceX Falcon 9-Reusable 1st Stage Firing

SpaceX Falcon 9-Reusable 1st Stage Firing Video in Story

SpaceX has released a video of the 1st long duration firing of their new Falcon 9-Reusable (F9-R) rocket, an advanced prototype for the world's first reusable rocket. The test took place at SpaceX's rocket development facility in McGregor, TX, lasting 112 seconds.


SpaceX Tests 5.2 Meter Fairing Separation Test

SpaceX Tests 5.2 Meter Fairing Separation Test Video in Story

SpaceX released this separation test video of their on-house designed 5.2m fairing which is undergoing testing at NASA Glenn Research Center Plum Brook Station.


New Spaceport America Tenant SpaceX to Flight Test Grasshopper

New Spaceport America Tenant SpaceX to Flight Test Grasshopper

Governor Susana Martinez today announced that Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, has signed a three-year agreement to lease land and facilities at Spaceport America to conduct the next phase of flight testing for its reusable rocket program. The company will be a new tenant at Spaceport America, the state-owned commercial launch site located in southern New Mexico.


Video: Grasshopper 250m Test Flight

Video: Grasshopper 250m Test Flight Video in Story

SpaceX's Grasshopper flies 820 feet, tripling its March 7th leap. Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle that SpaceX has designed to test the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. While most rockets are designed to burn up in the atmosphere during reentry, SpaceX's rockets are being designed to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing.


Dragon Returns to Earth

Dragon Returns to Earth

A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft successfully completed the company's second cargo flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday, March 26, with a 12:36 p.m. EDT splashdown in the Pacific Ocean a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico.


Dragon is Ready for Return to Earth

Dragon is Ready for Return to Earth

More than three weeks after arriving at the International Space Station, the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft is ready for the trip back to Earth, now scheduled for Tuesday, March 26.


SpaceX's Merlin 1D Engine Achieves Flight Qualification

SpaceX's Merlin 1D Engine Achieves Flight Qualification Video in Story

Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) Merlin 1D engine has achieved flight qualification, a major milestone for the next generation Merlin engine. Through a 28 test qualification program, the Merlin 1D accumulated 1,970 seconds of total test time, the equivalent run time of over 10 full mission durations, and is now fully qualified to fly on the Falcon 9 rocket.


SpaceX: Grasshopper's Latest Hop

SpaceX: Grasshopper's Latest Hop Video in Story

SpaceX's Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to date to rise 24 stories or 80.1 meters (262.8 feet) today, hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control.


Dragon Heads Toward the International Space Station

Dragon Heads Toward the International Space Station Video in Story

Today, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to orbit for SpaceX's second mission under its Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Falcon 9 completed its job perfectly, continuing its 100 percent success rate.


SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches But Anomaly Detected Which Delayed Solar Array Deployment (Updated)

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches But Anomaly Detected Which Delayed Solar Array Deployment (Updated) Video in Story

UPDATED at 3:50 p.m. EST: This morning at 10:10 a.m. EST, a SpaceX Falcon 9 with Dragon spacecraft launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on its second of 12 NASA contracted resupply missions to the International Space Station (ISS).


SpaceX CRS-2 Static Fire

SpaceX CRS-2 Static Fire Video in Story

On Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM ET, SpaceX conducted a successful static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket, in advance of a targeted March mission to the International Space Station.


Dragon Prepares to Resupply Station

Dragon Prepares to Resupply Station

The Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, Dragon spacecraft stands inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Teams had just installed the spacecraft's solar array fairings.


Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission Launch

Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission Launch

NASA and its international partners are targeting Friday, March 1, as the launch date for the next cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).


Video: Ride-Along View: Grasshopper 12-Story Test Flight

Video: Ride-Along View: Grasshopper 12-Story Test Flight Video in Story

SpaceX's Grasshopper takes a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX's rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.


SpaceX's Grasshopper Makes 40 Meter Flight

SpaceX's Grasshopper Makes 40 Meter Flight Video in Story

SpaceX's Grasshopper took a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX's rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.


USAF Awards SpaceX With Two EELV-Class Missions

USAF Awards SpaceX With Two EELV-Class Missions

The United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center has awarded SpaceX two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)-class missions: DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) and STP-2 (Space Test Program 2). To be launched on SpaceX's Falcon launch vehicles in 2014 and 2015 respectively, the awards mark the first EELV-class missions awarded to the company to date.


SpaceX Tests Grasshopper Rocket in Two-Story Hop

SpaceX Tests Grasshopper Rocket in Two-Story Hop

Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage, Merlin 1D engine, four steel landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure. For a sense of its scale, note the blue pick-up truck to the left of Grasshopper in the photo above.


SpaceX Transitions to Third Commercial Crew Phase With NASA

SpaceX Transitions to Third Commercial Crew Phase With NASA

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has completed its first three performance milestones for NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, which is intended to lead to the availability of commercial human spaceflight services for government and commercial customers.


SpaceX Dragon Returns from Space Station

SpaceX Dragon Returns from Space Station

A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 2:22 p.m. CDT Sunday a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico. The splashdown successfully ended the first contracted cargo delivery flight contracted by NASA to resupply the International Space Station.


Space Station Crew Releases Dragon for Return to Earth

Space Station Crew Releases Dragon for Return to Earth

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft was released from the International Space Station's robotic arm by the Expedition 33 crew at 9:29 a.m. EDT. Dragon will perform three burns to place it on a trajectory away from the station and begin its return trip to Earth.


Another Dragon Joins the ISS

Another Dragon Joins the ISS Video in Story

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has been successfully captured at the International Space Station.


SpaceX CRS-1 Mission Update

SpaceX CRS-1 Mission Update

The Dragon spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station this morning and is performing nominally following the launch of the SpaceX CRS-1 official cargo resupply mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 8:35PM ET Sunday, October 7, 2012.


SpaceX Successfully Launches Mission to Space Station

SpaceX Successfully Launches Mission to Space Station Video in Story

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) today successfully launched its Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on the first official cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The launch went off on schedule at 8:35 p.m. ET from Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.


Dragon Readies for Flight

Dragon Readies for Flight

Technicians attach the Dragon capsule to a Falcon 9 rocket at the SpaceX facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., during preparations for the CRS-1 mission.


Falcon 9 Static Test Firing

Falcon 9 Static Test Firing Video in Story

On September 29, 2012, SpaceX completed a successful static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket's nine Merlin engines. During this test, SpaceX engineers ran through all countdown processes as if it were launch day. All nine engines fired at full power for two seconds while the rocket was held down to the pad. This is the last major all systems test in preparation for Falcon 9 and Dragon's next mission to the space station, targeted for October 7.


SpaceX Grasshopper Takes Its First Hop

SpaceX Grasshopper Takes Its First Hop Video in Story

On Friday, September 21, SpaceX's Grasshopper vertical takeoff and landing test vehicle (VTVL) took its first test flight hop from the company's rocket testing facility in McGregor, Texas.


SpaceX & NASA Target Oct. 7 Launch For Dragon

SpaceX & NASA Target Oct. 7 Launch For Dragon

NASA managers, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) officials and international partner representatives Thursday announced Sunday, Oct. 7, as the target launch date for the first contracted cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.


Video: SpaceX's Dragon Makes History

Video: SpaceX's Dragon Makes History Video in Story

On May 25, 2012, SpaceX made history when the Dragon spacecraft became the first privately developed vehicle in history to successfully attach to the International Space Station. Previously only four governments -- the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency -- had achieved this feat.


SpaceX Gets Jason-3 Launch

SpaceX Gets Jason-3 Launch

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., to launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Jason-3 spacecraft in December 2014 aboard a Falcon 9 v1.0 rocket from Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.


Merlin 1D Engine Achieves Full Mission Duration Firing

Merlin 1D Engine Achieves Full Mission Duration Firing Video in Story

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announces that its Merlin 1D engine has achieved a full mission duration firing and multiple restarts at target thrust and specific impulse (Isp).


Superdraco Engine Firing at SpaceX

Superdraco Engine Firing at SpaceX

18 June: @elonmusk: Just fired our Superdraco escape rocket engine at full thrust! Needed to carry astronauts on Dragon Original image


NASA Administrator Visits SpaceX

NASA Administrator Visits SpaceX

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden joined SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk at the SpaceX Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas, Wednesday to see the first commercial space capsule to complete a mission to the International Space Station.


Autographed Photo Left Inside Dragon By ISS Crew

Autographed Photo Left Inside Dragon By ISS Crew

An autographed photo of the Expedition 31 crew was found by the SpaceX ground teams as they recovered the Dragon spacecraft from the Pacific Ocean after splashdown on May 31, 2012.


Dragon Spacecraft Completes Mission

Dragon Spacecraft Completes Mission

This morning, at approximately 8:42 AM Pacific/11:42 AM Eastern, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) completed its historic mission when the Dragon spacecraft splashed down safely in the Pacific. The vehicle will now be recovered by boats and start the trip back to land.


Intelsat Buys Falcon Heavy Launch From SpaceX

Intelsat Buys Falcon Heavy Launch From SpaceX

Today, Intelsat, the world's leading provider of satellite services, and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the world's fastest growing space launch company, announced the first commercial contract for the Falcon Heavy rocket.


ISS Captures and Berths SpaceX Dragon

ISS Captures and Berths SpaceX Dragon

The International Space Station crew successfully captured the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 9:56 am EDT. It was berthed to the ISS exactly 3 hours later.

- First Images of Dragon Captured by ISS
- Images: Berthing Dragon


Dragon Completes Key Pre-docking Tests

Dragon Completes Key Pre-docking Tests

Today, Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft completed key on-orbit tests as part of a historic attempt to be the first commercial company in history to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station.


SpaceX Falcon 9 on Historic Journey Begins with Successful Launch

SpaceX Falcon 9 on Historic Journey Begins with Successful Launch Video in Story

At 3:44 a.m. EDT a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft successfully lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Space Station launch complex 40 for its maiden voyage to the International Space Station on its second demonstration flight as part of the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program.


What's Inside Dragon?

What's Inside Dragon?

The Dragon spacecraft built by SpaceX will head to the International Space Station with about 1,200 pounds of cargo during its demonstration mission, including commemorative patches and pins, 162 meals and a collection of student experiments.


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