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Wednesday, September 18
Antares Launch

10:50 a.m. ET (1450 GMT): Antares Rocket Launches Cygnus Test Flight

Wednesday, September 18
Antares Second Stage Ignites

Antares Rocket 2nd Stage Ignition
189 Seconds After Launch, 

Wednesday, September 18
Antares Stage 1 MECO

Antares 1st Stage Main Engine Cutoff (MECO)
Stage Separation 235 seconds into flight

Wednesday, September 18
Antares Fairing Separation

Antares Rocket Payload Fairing Separation
Exposes Cygnus Spacecraft 

Wednesday, September 18
Antares Second Stage Burnout

Second Stage (Solid-Fueled) Burnout
483 Seconds After Launch

Wednesday, September 18
Antares Payload Separation

Payload Separation of Cygnus Spacecraft
603 Seconds After Launch

Sunday, September 22
Cygnus Spacecraft Arrives at Space Station

First Cygnus spacecraft captured by ISS astronauts @ 7:17 a.m. EDT (1117 GMT). Live NASA TV webcast begins @ 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 GMT) 

UPDATES
Cygnus Spacecraft's Cargo Unloaded on International Space Station
10 October 2013, 04:45 PM EDT

The cargo aboard Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft is now unloaded and on the International Space Station.

Full story hereCygnus Spacecraft's Cargo Unloaded by Space Station Astronauts

LIFTOFF! SpaceX's New Falcon 9 Rocket Soars
29 September 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

SpaceX's 1st next-generation Falcon 9 rocket launches into orbit:

Launch Photos: SpaceX's Next-Gen Falcon 9 Rocket Soars on 1st Flight

SpaceX Counting Down to New Falcon 9 Launch
29 September 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

SpaceX is poised to launch it first new Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base today. Full Story here: SpaceX Launching Next-Generation Private Rocket Test Flight Today: Watch Live

WATCH LIVE @ 11:15 AM ET: SpaceX Launch New Falcon 9 Rocket/NASA Cygnus Mission Update

Cygnus Has Arrived!
29 September 2013, 08:58 AM EDT
Cygnus Arrives at ISS Today/SpaceX Launching New Falcon 9 rocket
29 September 2013, 04:53 AM EDT

Orbital Sciences' first unmanned Cygnus spacecraft is arriving at the International Space Station today at 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT) and you can watch it live here: WATCH LIVE NOW: Cygnus Spacecraft Arrives at ISS

The Cygnus launcehd toward the space station on Sept. 18 and is running a week late due to a software data glitch. Full Story: Private Cygnus Spacecraft's 1st Space Station Arrival Set for Sunday After Delay

Meanwhile, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California the private spaceflight company SpaceX is gearing up for its first ever launch of its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket. 

Related Stories: 

Cygnus Rendezvous Delayed Until Saturday
23 September 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

NASA officials and ground controllers with Orbital Sciences have delayed the rendezvous of the Cygnus capsule with the International Space Station until at least Saturday (Sept. 28).

The delay is required partially because a new crew of three spaceflyers is set to launch to the station on Wednesday aboard a Russian-built Soyuz spacecraft. 

Officials with the space agency and company will release a full schedule once Soyuz operations are complete. 

Cygnus Spacecraft's ISS Arrival Delayed
22 September 2013, 04:58 AM EDT

The arrival of Orbital Sciences' first Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station has been delayed at elast 48 hours after the spacecraft received some unexpected values after establishing a data signal lock with the orbiting lab, NASA officials say. FULL STORY: Private Cygnus Cargo Ship Aborts First Space Station Approach

NASA's statement: 

"Orbital Sciences has confirmed that this morning, around 1:30 a.m. EDT, its Cygnus spacecraft established direct data contact with the International Space Station (ISS) and found that some of the data received had values that it did not expect, causing Cygnus to reject the data. This mandated an interruption of the approach sequence. Orbital has subsequently found the causes of this discrepancy and is developing a software fix. The minimum turnaround time to resume the approach to the ISS following an interruption such as this is approximately 48 hours due to orbital mechanics of the approach trajectory."

Spot the Cygnus Spacecraft En Route to ISS
20 September 2013, 08:31 AM EDT

Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft continues to do well as it makes its way toward the International Space Station. You can find out how to spot the Cygnus spacecraft in the night sky (and the space station, too) here: 

How to Spot the Private Cygnus Spacecraft, Space Station in Pre-Dawn Sky

Cygnus Chasing Down the Space Station
18 September 2013, 03:38 PM EDT

After a smooth launch, Orbital Sciences' Cygnus capsule is now chasing down the International Space Station. 

The capsule is expected to arrive at the orbiting laboratory on Sunday.

Full StoryNASA Hails Private Cygnus Spacecraft's 'Picture Perfect' 1st Launch to Station

Launch StoryPrivate Cygnus Spacecraft Launches on Maiden Space Station Voyage

Launch VideoBlast-Off! Cygnus Spacecraft Launches To Space Station

Launch PhotosLaunch Photos: Orbital Sciences' 1st Cygnus Spacecraft Flight to Space Station

Cygnus Solar Arrays Fully Deployed
18 September 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

Cygnus is on its way to the International Space Station with its two solar arrays fully deployed after launch. The arrays were deployed at 11:24 a.m. EDT (1524 GMT).

The untested robotic spacecraft filled with supplies will go through a series of tests before it is allowed to approach the station. 

Full StoryPrivate Cygnus Spacecraft Launches on Maiden Space Station Voyage

Launch VideoBlast-Off! Cygnus Spacecraft Launches To Space Station

Liftoff! Antares Launches, Delivers Cygnus Into Orbit
18 September 2013, 11:13 AM EDT

An untested commercial spacecraft successfully blasted off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., today (Sept. 18) at 10:58 a.m. EDT (1458 GMT) on a mission bound for the International Space Station.

The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft and its Antares rocket soared into orbit — a huge success for the commercial spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp., which built both vehicles.
 
 
Liftoff Delayed: Now Scheduled for 10:58 a.m. EDT
18 September 2013, 09:50 AM EDT

The launch of Orbital Sciences' first Cygnus spacecraft has been delayed by a few minutes. 

Officials at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility are now reporting that liftoff is scheduled for 10:58 a.m. EDT (1458 GMT), eight minutes later than initially expected. 

See our full preview story here: New Private Cygnus Spacecraft Launches to Space Station Today: Watch Live

Launch Day for Cygnus!
18 September 2013, 07:27 AM EDT

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - It's launch day for Orbital Science's 1st Cygnus spacecraft, with liftoff on track for 10:50 a.m. EDT (1450 GMT) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility here.

See our full preview story here: New Private Cygnus Spacecraft Launches to Space Station Today: Watch Live

Live on the East Coast? You might be able to see Cygnus launch today. Find out how here: Private Spacecraft Launch Wednesday Visible from US East Coast: How to See It


 

Antares/Cygnus Launch Visible from East Coast
17 September 2013, 04:21 PM EDT

NASA test director Sarah Daugherty says Orbital Sciences' first Cygnus launch may be visible across a wide swath of the U.S. East Coast. Liftoff is set for 10:50 a.m. EDT (1450 GMT). 

Full Story: Private Spacecraft Launch Wednesday Visible from US East Coast: How to See It

 
 

Cygnus Launch Press Conference Today
17 September 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

It's almost launch day for Orbital Sciences' first Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station. NASA will hold a press conference today at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) to discuss the mission. You can watch it live here:

WATCH LIVE TODAY: NASA Previews Private Cygnus Spacecraft Launch to ISS

and see how Cygnus stacks up with SpaceX's Dragon Capsule here: 

Cygnus vs. Dragon: How 2 Private Spaceships Stack Up

Antares, Cygnus Launch 'Go' for Wednesday
16 September 2013, 06:04 PM EDT

After a technical glitch delayed the launch of Orbital Sciences' Cygnus cargo capsule by one day, the robotic mission is now set to launch toward the International Space Station on Wednesday at 10:50 a.m. EDT (1450 GMT).

Ground controllers gave the "go" on Monday morning.

Full StoryPrivate Spacecraft 'Go' for 1st Space Station Launch Wednesday

Photo Gallery: Photos: Robotic Cygnus Spacecraft 1st Space Station Test Flight

LAUNCH DELAY: Liftoff Now on Sept. 18
15 September 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

A technical glitch during launch pad rollout has delayed the launch of Orbital Science's 1st Cygnus spacecraft by 24 hours. The new launch date is now Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 10:50 a.m. EDT (1450 GMT). 

Full Story: Technical Glitch Delays First Launch of New Commercial Spacecraft

Photo Gallery: Photos: Robotic Cygnus Spacecraft 1st Space Station Test Flight

Antares Rocket Reaches Launch Pad
14 September 2013, 08:02 AM EDT

Orbital Sciences' next Antares rocket arrived at its Virginia launch pad Friday (Sept. 13) with the first Cygnus spacecraft bound for the International Space Station. 

See photos of the rocket rollout at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility here:

Photos: Orbital Sciences' 1st Antares Rocket Test Flight

Antares Rocket in Orbit
21 April 2013, 05:21 PM EDT

Orbital Sciences first Antares rocket has delivered its mock Cygnus payload into orbit after a smooth launch today. The rocket launched on time from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., at 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT). 

Read the full story: New Private Rocket Launches Into Orbit On Maiden Voyage

Launch Video: Antares Rocket Test Flight Launches From Wallops

Launch Photos: Orbital Sciences' 1st Antares Rocket Test Flight

LIFTOFF! Antares Rocket Away
21 April 2013, 05:02 PM EDT

LIFTOFF! The Antares rocket is soaring toward space.

Watch it live

WATCH LIVE NOW: Private Antares Rocket Launching @ 5 PM ET

Antares Launch Webcast is LIVE
21 April 2013, 04:26 PM EDT

NASA's webcast of today's Antares rocket launch is now LIVE. You can watch it here:

WATCH LIVE NOW: Private Antares Rocket Launching @ 5 PM ET

If you are attending the launch or see it from somewhere along the U.S. East Coast let us know at: spacephotos@space.com.

One Hour to Launch
21 April 2013, 04:08 PM EDT

The clock continues ticking down to today's Antares rocket launch debut by Orbital Sciences. Liftoff is still set for 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) and the rocket is being fueled for flight. 

NASA's live launch webcast begins at 4:30 p.m. ET (2030 GMT). Watch it live here:

WATCH LIVE @ 4:30 p.m. ET: Private Antares Rocket's 1st Launch Test

Antares Rocket GO for Fueling
21 April 2013, 03:37 PM EDT

Orbital Sciences has given the go-ahead to begin fueling the Antares rocket. All continues to look good for today's 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT) launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. 

NASA's live launch webcast begins in just under an hour:

WATCH THE LAUNCH LIVE HERE

If you live along the U.S. East Coast, you may be able to see part of the launch depending on area and weather. Here are some viewing maps that may help:

What Antares Rocket's East Coast Launch Will Look Like: Gallery

Antares Rocket Prepares for Fueling
21 April 2013, 03:16 PM EDT

Orbital Sciences plans to begin fueling its Antares rocket for its third launch attempt today at around 3:30 p.m. EDT (1930 GMT), with launch scheduled for 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT).

"Latest wind readings, both surface and upper level, all look "green" for today's #Antares launch," Orbital Sciences officials wrote on Twitter.

Weather Holding for Antares Launch Today
21 April 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

NASA is reporting via Twitter (@NASA) that there is an 80 percent chance that weather conditions will be favorable when the rocket's launch window opens at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT).

The space agency's primary concern is surface winds. 

 

Preview Story: New Private Rocket Set to Launch Today After Delays

LIVE LAUNCH WEBCAST AT 4:30 PM ET

Launch Day for Antares
21 April 2013, 06:55 AM EDT

It's launch day once again for Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket, which is poised to launch into space from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.. Liftoff is set for 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT). 

Preview Story: New Private Rocket Set to Launch Today After Delays

LIVE LAUNCH WEBCAST AT 4:30 PM ET

SCRUB! High Winds Force Delay
20 April 2013, 04:37 PM EDT

Strong winds in the upper atmosphere have forced Orbital Sciences to scrub today's launch attempt for Antares. The next launch try will be on Sunday (tomorrow, April 21) at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). 

Full Story: Strong Winds Postpone New US Rocket's Launch Debut

LIVE NASA Webcast: Antares Launch
20 April 2013, 04:28 PM EDT

NASA's live webcast coverage of today's Antares launch attempt is now live. You can watch the launch on SPACE.com here: 

WATCH LIVE NOW: Private Antares Rocket Launching @ 6:10 pm EDT

New Launch Time: 6:10 p.m. EDT
20 April 2013, 03:50 PM EDT

Orbital Sciences has pushed the launch of its Antares rocket back an hour to 6:10 p.m. EDT (2210 GMT), citing concerns about high upper-level winds.

NASA's launch webcast goes live at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

LIVE LAUNCH WEBCAST: Private Antares Rocket Launching @ 6:10 pm ET

What Antares Rocket's East Coast Launch Will Look Like: Gallery

New Launch Time: 5:10 p.m. EDT
20 April 2013, 03:05 PM EDT

Orbital Sciences is now targeting a 5:10 p.m. EDT (2110 GMT) liftoff for today's Antares rocket launch debut. The team is watching high upper winds as a possible concern. 

NASA's Launch webcast goes live at 4:30 p.m. ET.

LIVE LAUNCH WEBCAST: Private Antares Rocket Launching @ 5:10 pm ET

What Antares Rocket's East Coast Launch Will Look Like: Gallery

T-2 Hours Until Antares Launch
20 April 2013, 03:00 PM EDT

Just two hours remain in the launch of Orbital Sciences' first Antares rocket. Liftoff remains targeted at 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT). 

Orbital has completed is currently performing a chilldown of liquid oxygen piping and resetting power on the rocket's payload to clear a telemetry issue. 

Watch the Launch LIVE Here at 4:30 p.m. ET

What Antares Rocket's East Coast Launch Will Look Like: Gallery

T-3 Hours Until Launch
20 April 2013, 02:05 PM EDT

With three hours remaining in the launch countdown, Orbital Sciences is wrapping up communications checks with the Antares rocket and its payload. Liftoff on track for 5 p.m. ET

Photos: Orbital Sciences' 1st Antares Rocket Test Flight

WATCH LIVE at 4:30 pm ET

Four Hours to Liftoff
20 April 2013, 01:11 PM EDT

Less than four hours remain until the 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT) launch of Orbital Sciences' first Antares rocket. 

Media representatives at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., are preparing to head to the launch viewing location. Live webcast begins at 4:30 pm ET.

WATCH THE LAUNCH LIVE

While you wait, here's Five things you may not know about Orbital's Antares Rocket. 

New Private Rocket Antares: 5 Surprising Facts

Launch Countdown Underway
20 April 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

The clock is ticking down to today's Antares rocket launch. The countdown began at about 10 am ET (1400 GMT), with liftoff still set for 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). 

Orbital Sciences has a two-hour window today to launch Antares. 

New Private Rocket Launching on 1st Flight Today

Webcast @ 4:30 pm ET: WATCH IT LIVE

Launch Day Begins
20 April 2013, 09:06 AM EDT

It's launch day once more for Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket. Liftoff from Pad-0A at Wallops Island, Va., on track for 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). 

Preview Story: New Private Rocket Launching on 1st Flight Today: Watch It Live

LIVE Launch Webcast begins at 4:30 pm ET

Antares Set for Saturday Launch
19 April 2013, 05:12 PM EDT

Orbital Sciences is now gearing up for a Saturday launch (April 20) of the Antares rocket. 

See our full story here: 

New Private Rocket's Maiden Launch Set for Saturday 

Abort! Antares Will Not Launch Today
17 April 2013, 04:48 PM EDT

Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket will not launch today. A premature separation of one of the tethers holding the rocket in place on the pad caused the abort.

Antares will have the chance to launch again, but according to officials from Orbital Sciences, it could be 48 hours before another attempt is possible.

Orbital Sciences officials are reviewing data to determine the next viable launch window.

New Private Rocket Antares: 5 Surprising Facts

What Antares Rocket’s East Coast Launch Will Look Like: Gallery

New Private Rocket Launching on Maiden Flight from Virginia Today

Antares Chill Down Starting Early
17 April 2013, 04:30 PM EDT

Orbital Sciences has started the chill down of the Antares rocket early at 30 minutes to launch.

Antares is still on track to launch at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). The launch window opens at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) and will remain open for 10 minutes.

You can watch it all here on SPACE.com courtesy of NASA TV

New Private Rocket Antares: 5 Surprising Facts

What Antares Rocket’s East Coast Launch Will Look Like: Gallery

New Private Rocket Launching on Maiden Flight from Virginia Today

Watch Live Now! Antares Rocket Launch on NASA TV
17 April 2013, 04:01 PM EDT

NASA is covering the launch of the Antares rocket live now. You can watch it all here on SPACE.com courtesy of NASA TV

At the moment, the rocket is being fueled and according to Orbital Sciences' Twitter page (@OrbitalSciences) there is a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch.

New Private Rocket Antares: 5 Surprising Facts

What Antares Rocket’s East Coast Launch Will Look Like: Gallery

New Private Rocket Launching on Maiden Flight from Virginia Today

Fueling a 'Go'! Antares Rocket Being Fueled
17 April 2013, 03:55 PM EDT

In spite of some questionable weather in the area, Orbital Sciences has gone ahead with the planned fueling of its new Antares rocket in anticipation of the launch set for 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT).

Watch the launch live here on SPACE.com.

New Private Rocket Antares: 5 Surprising Facts

What Antares Rocket’s East Coast Launch Will Look Like: Gallery

Watch the Launch Live Starting at 4 p.m. EDT
17 April 2013, 03:41 PM EDT

The live launch of Orbital's Antares rocket will be streamed on NASA TV starting at 4 p.m. (2000 GMT). 

According to Orbital Sciences' Twitter page (@OrbitalSciences), weather is looking "iffy," but they are monitoring it closely. 

Watch it all live here on SPACE.com.

New Private Rocket Antares: 5 Surprising Facts

What Antares Rocket’s East Coast Launch Will Look Like: Gallery

Two Hours Before Antares Launch
17 April 2013, 02:54 PM EDT

It's two hours until the expected launch of the Antares rocket, and Orbital's newest unmanned rocket is getting ready to depart. 

Officials from Orbital Sciences and NASA will make the call about whether to start fueling the rocket in about half an hour.

NASA's live webcast begins in one hour at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT).

WATCH LIVE: New Antares Rocket Launch at 5 pm ET

New Private Rocket Antares: 5 Surprising Facts

What Antares Rocket’s East Coast Launch Will Look Like: Gallery

Do You Know Antares?
17 April 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

Wondering what's the big deal about Orbital Sciences's big rocket launch today? Staff Writer Miriam Kramer lays out the five odd facts about the Antares booster here: 

New Private Rocket Antares: 5 Surprising Facts

What Antares Rocket’s East Coast Launch Will Look Like: Gallery

Antares Rocket Powered Up
17 April 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket is on external power ahead of today's planned 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT) launch from Wallops Island, Va.

Just before 3:30 p.m. ET (1930), Orbital officials will make a decision whether to begin fueling the rocket. 

New Private Rocket Antares: 5 Surprising Facts

WATCH LIVE: New Antares Rocket Launch at 5 pm ET

What Antares Rocket’s East Coast Launch Will Look Like (Gallery )

New Private Rocket Launching on Maiden Flight from Virginia Today

Launch Today! Antares Set to Fly High Over Virginia
17 April 2013, 09:34 AM EDT
Orbital Sciences GO for Antares Launch
16 April 2013, 05:15 PM EDT

Orbital Sciences has cleared its new Antares rocket for a planned 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). We'll have a full story on the decision soon. in the meatime, check out our latest stories on the mission:

New Private Rocket Launching from Virginia Coast Wednesday: Watch It Live

Photos: Orbital Sciences' 1st Antares Rocket Test Flight

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility: Rocket Launches from Virginia (Photos )

SPLASHDOWN!
26 March 2013, 12:40 PM EDT
SpaceX Dragon Successfully Leaves Orbit
26 March 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon capsule has completed a ten minute burn to leave orbit and is on track to splashdown off the coast of Baja California at 12:34 p.m. EDT (1634 GMT) as expected. 

The spacecraft successfully undocked from the International Space Station earlier today (March 26).

NASA's webcast of the Dragon departure has ended. Updates on the landing's progress will now be provided by SpaceX on Twitter (follow @SpaceX), and appear here on SPACE.com.

SpaceX Dragon Heading Home
26 March 2013, 07:15 AM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon capsule has completed three brief maneuvers to place it on course for its return to Earth after a successful release from the International Space Station. 

NASA's webcast of the Dragon departure has ended. Updates on the landing's progress will now be provided by SpaceX on Twitter (follow @SpaceX), and appear here on SPACE.com.

RELEASE! SpaceX Dragon Heading Home
26 March 2013, 06:52 AM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon capsule has begun the trip back to Earth after being released from the International Space Station's robotic arm at 6:56 a.m. ET. 

WATCH LIVE NOW: SpaceX Dragon Capsule Leaving Space Station

SpaceX Leaving ISS Soon
26 March 2013, 06:10 AM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon capsule is less than an hour away from casting off from the International Space Station and beginning its descent back to Earth. 

The spacecraft was detached from the station at 4:10 a.m. EDT (0810 GMT) and will be released at 6:56 a.m. EDT (1056 GMT). 

Splashdown is set for 12:36 p.m. EDT (1636 GMT). 

WATCH LIVE NOW: SpaceX Dragon Capsule Leaving Space Station

SpaceX Dragon Poised to Leave ISS
26 March 2013, 05:30 AM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon space capsule is on track to leave the International Space Station today at 6:56 a.m. EDT (1056 GMT). 

Astronauts on the space station have detached the Dragon capsule from its docking port and are preparing to release it into space. 

WATCH LIVE NOW: SpaceX Dragon Capsule Leaving Space Station

Dragon Capsule Undocking Set for Tomorrow
25 March 2013, 04:19 PM EDT

The undocking of SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule from the International Space Station is scheduled for 6:56 a.m. EDT (1056 GMT) tomorrow (March 26). 

NASA TV will be live streaming the undocking starting at 4:05 a.m. EDT (0805 GMT). 

Read the full story here:

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth Tuesday: How to Watch Live

Station Astronauts Empty Dragon Capsule
06 March 2013, 11:24 AM EST

The astronauts of the International Space Station unloaded more than 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms) of gear delivered to the station aboard the privately built, unmanned Dragon capsule.

Included in the cargo were experiments primed and ready for the six residents of the orbiting science laboraty.

Read the full story here: 

Private SpaceX Capsule Brings Big Science to Space Station

Docking day story:

SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship Docks at Space Station

Station Astronauts Enter Dragon Capsule
03 March 2013, 02:49 PM EST

Space station astronauts opened the hatches between the orbiting lab and Dragon module at 1:14 p.m. EST (1814 GMT), just over four hours after the capsule's docking, NASA says. 

The crew is well ahead of the hatch opening schedule, and is expected to begin unloading the Dragon capsule of its, 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms) of cargo on Monday (March 4).

NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn opened the hatches, with station commander Kevin Ford (also of NASA) and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield entering the spacecraft. 

Dragon Docking Video:

Dragon Docked To ISS After Glitched Launch

Docking day story:

SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship Docks at Space Station

Docked! Dragon Attaches to International Space Station
03 March 2013, 09:16 AM EST

At 8:56 a.m. EST (1356 GMT) today SpaceX's Dragon capsule attached to the International Space Station.

Dragon is carrying 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms) of supplies and science experiments to the six residents on board the orbiting science laboratory.

The unmanned capsule will stay docked to the space station for three weeks before returning to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. 

Read our full story on today's Dragon arrival:

SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship Docks at Space Station

Watch a video of the Dragon's docking: 

Dragon Docked To ISS After Glitched Launch

See photos of the Dragon's arrival and docking:

SpaceX Dragon Capsule's 2nd Space Station Cargo Delivery (Photos  )

Dragon Close to Docking With Space Sation
03 March 2013, 08:10 AM EST

SpaceX's Dragon capsule is close to docking with the International Space Station.

The privately built, robotic capsule is 2 feet away from docking with the station's Harmony node, and docking should occur in 10 to 30 minutes.

You can watch NASA's SpaceX Dragon docking webcast on SPACE.com,courtesy of NASA TV. 

Read our full story on today's Dragon arrival:

SpaceX Dragon Cargo Capsule Arrives at Space Station

See photos of the Dragon arrival:

SpaceX Dragon Capsule's 2nd Space Station Cargo Delivery (Photos )

Dragon Set for ISS Docking
03 March 2013, 06:33 AM EST

Astronauts on the International Space Station are gearing up to attach the SpaceX Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab. 

You can watch NASA's SpaceX Dragon docking webcast on SPACE.com,courtesy of NASA TV. 

Read our full story on today's Dragon arrival:

SpaceX Dragon Cargo Capsule Arrives at Space Station

See photos of the Dragon arrival:

SpaceX Dragon Capsule's 2nd Space Station Cargo Delivery (Photos )

Dragon Captured by Space Station Crew
03 March 2013, 05:48 AM EST

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft has been captured by the International Space Station crew, about an hour earlier than planned. 

The space capsule was grappled by the station's robotic arm at 5:31 a.m. EST (1031 GMT) as the two spacecraft sailed 243 miles (391 kilometers) over Northern Ukraine. 

See Photos of the Dragon's arrival: 

SpaceX Dragon Capsule's 2nd Space Station Cargo Delivery (Photos )

Cleared for Docking!
02 March 2013, 05:53 PM EST

NASA and SpaceX officials have cleared the Dragon capsule for docking at the International Space Station early Sunday (March 3). The spacecraft  will be grappled by the station's robotic arm at 6:31 a.m. EST (1131 GMT), NASA says.

Full Story Below:

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Cleared Space Station Docking Sunday

 

You can watch NASA's SpaceX Dragon docking webcast on SPACE.com beginning at 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT).

SpaceX Dragon Chasing Space Station
02 March 2013, 10:42 AM EST

SpaceX's Dragon capsule is chasing the International Space Station and there's a chance stargazers in the Southern Hemisphere can see the spacecraft in the night sky. 

Learn how here:

SpaceX's Dragon Space Capsule Visible in Southern Night Sky

SpaceX's amazing fast fix for Dragon is a glimpse at how hard space travel really is. Full Story below:

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Glitch (and Recovery) Shows Why Spaceflight Is Hard

Thrusters Activated on Dragon
01 March 2013, 03:10 PM EST

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says his mission control team has managed to activate 2 of the 4 thruster pods on the Dragon space capsule. 

The other two thruster pods are now normally pressurized, suggesting that the thrusters are also ready to be activated.

The spacecraft is now under attitude control. 

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Problem Stalls Space Station Cargo Delivery

A press conference is currently under way to review the data known so far by SpaceX and NASA officials.

SpaceX Docking Delayed
01 March 2013, 02:21 PM EST

In the wake of a thruster anomaly on SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, NASA officials said the vehicle will no longer be able to dock at the International Space Station Saturday (March 2) as planned.

SpaceX engineers are still working to start up two balky thruster pods on the vehicle, which failed to initialize as planned.

If the thrusters can be brought online, SpaceX may try to dock Dragon at the outpost on Sunday (March 3), officials say.

Click here for our launch gallery and launch video.

SpaceX Working an Anomaly
01 March 2013, 10:52 AM EST

SpaceX engineers are working to fix a glitch that appeared after the Dragon capsule reached orbit. The problem appears to be related to Dragon's thrusters, which allow the capsule to maneuver in orbit.

"Issue with Dragon thruster pods," SpaceX founder Elon Musk wrote on Twitter. "System inhibiting three of four from initializing. About to command inhibit override."

Dragon Reaches Orbit
01 March 2013, 10:22 AM EST

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft has separated from the Falcon 9 rocket and reached orbit. The spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station tomorrow (March 2) at 6:30 a.m. ET (1100 GMT).

Full story here.

LIFTOFF! SpaceX Dragon Launches Toward Station
01 March 2013, 10:10 AM EST

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule has blasted off toward the International Space Station, on the private spaceflight company's third trip to the station.

Full story here.

Dragon lifted off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket at 10:10 a.m. ET (1510 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Dragon is due to arrive at the space station Saturday morning, then stay berthed to the orbiting lab for nearly three weeks.

SpaceX Dragon Ready to Launch
01 March 2013, 09:52 AM EST

The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule are ready to blast off from Port Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for SpaceX's third trip to the International Space Station. 

Watch a live webcast of the SpaceX launch  here on SPACE.com courtesy of NASA TV.

Rock Band to Send new Single to Space Station on board Dragon
01 March 2013, 09:47 AM EST

A new single by the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars is being launched on board the SpaceX Dragon Capsule ascending ot the International Space Station today. 

Read the full story here: Thirty Seconds to Mars Launching Single to Space Station on SpaceX Rocket

Watch a live webcast of the SpaceX launch  here on SPACE.com courtesy of NASA TV.

Dragon Fueling, SpaceX Preparing for Launch
01 March 2013, 08:29 AM EST

Everything is go for the launch of SpaceX's Dragon capsule today at 10:10 a.m. ET (1510 GMT), NASA officials have confirmed.

Fueling of the Falcon 9 rocket that will transport the capsule to the International Space Station began on time, according to NASA representatives.

Weather is also looking good with an 80 percent chance that conditions will remain clear for liftoff at Port Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Read more here: SpaceX Launching Private Dragon Capsule to Space Station Today

Watch the launch live here: WATCH LIVE Today: See SpaceX Launch Dragon to ISS @ 10:10 am ET

Dragon Launching Today
01 March 2013, 06:42 AM EST

SpaceX finished preparing the Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket for launch last night, loading late cargo and erecting the unmanned private rocket on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.

Liftoff is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. ET (1510 GMT) today (March 1).

Read the full story here: SpaceX Launching Private Dragon Capsule to Space Station Today

Watch the launch live here: WATCH LIVE Today: See SpaceX Launch Dragon to ISS @ 10:10 am ET

Thrusters Back in Action on Dragon
01 March 2013, 12:00 AM EST

All four Dragon thruster pods have been recovered and the spacecraft is back in control, SpaceX says. The spacecraft has already performed vital orbit-raising maneuvers as SpaceX engineers plan a new rendezvous plan to chase down the International Space Station. 

Latest Story:

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Problem Stalls Cargo Trip to Space Station

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's Reaction: 

Dragon Spacecraft Glitch Was 'Frightening,' SpaceX Chief Elon Musk Says

Dragon Launch 'Go' for Tomorrow Morning
28 February 2013, 10:33 PM EST

NASA and SpaceX officials have officially given the scheduled launch of the private spaceflight firm's unmanned Dragon capsule the all clear for the launch scheduled for tomorrow (March 1). 

The weather is looking favorable as well. NASA forecasters are predicting an 80 percent chance that conditions will be favorable for the launch. 

Read the full story here: Weather Pristine for Private Rocket Launch to Space Station Friday

At 10:10 a.m. ET (1510 GMT) Dragon is expected to launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

Weather Promising for SpaceX Launch Friday
27 February 2013, 08:22 AM EST

The weather forecast for Friday's (March 1) expected launch of a SpaceX Dragon capsule to the International Space Station looks good.

NASA officials at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. are reporting a10 percent chance that high winds will disrupt the launch, and a 20 percent chance that the launch could be delayed 24 hours. 

SpaceX Test Fires Rocket Engines
26 February 2013, 07:06 AM EST

SpaceX successfully tested the nine Merlin engines on its Falcon 9 rocket Monday (Feb. 25) ahead of the planned Friday launch to the International Space Station. 

Read the Full Story: SpaceX Fires Up Private Rocket Friday Launch to Space Station

SpaceX will launch the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon space capsule on Friday, March 1, at 10:10 a.m. EST (1510) from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Big Events for Two Private Spaceflight Companies in Coming Weeks
20 February 2013, 02:49 PM EST

SpaceX is set to launch its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station as part of a resupply mission on March 1. This will mark the second time one of the company's capsules has been launched to the orbiting science laboratory.

Orbital Science Corp. is also slated to test their Antares rocket engines in a "hot fire" on Feb. 22. 

Full story:

Next Private Spacecraft Launch to Space Station Set for March 1

SPLASHDOWN! Dragon Safely Returned
28 October 2012, 03:24 PM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon capsule returned to Earth at 3:22 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT), ending its landmark first cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station.

"Dragon safely splashed down in Pacific at 12:22PM PT," SpaceX officials wrote on Twitter.

Full story:

Private SpaceX Capsule Lands After Historic Mission to Space Station

Dragon Speeding Through Earth's Atmosphere
28 October 2012, 02:44 PM EDT

The Dragon capsule is on its way back to Earth, with splashdown in the Pacific Ocean expected around 3:20 p.m. EDT (1920 GMT.

"Dragon now speeding through Earth’s atmosphere; powerful PICA-X heat shield protects from extreme temps," SpaceX officials wrote in a Twitter update.

SpaceX Dragon Headed Back to Earth
28 October 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon capsule is Earth bound after a successful undocking from the International Space Station today. 

The capsule is returning science experiments and other cargo to Earth after three weeks at the space station.

Full Story: 

Private SpaceX Capsule Leaves Space Station for Earth Return

SpaceX will be providing live updates (no TV coverage) here: http://www.spacex.com/webcast/

Dragon Plucked Free from Space Station
28 October 2012, 09:09 AM EDT

Astronauts on the International Space Station have used the outpost's robotic arm to pluck the Dragon space capsule free of its Earth-facing docking port. It is minutes away from being released into space: 

Full Story:

Blood and Astronaut Pee: Creepy Cargo Returns to Earth on SpaceX Capsule Today

Dragon Space Capsule Returns Home Sunday
27 October 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon capsule will depart the International Space Station on Sunday, Oct. 28, and splash down in the Pacfic Ocean. Live NASA TV coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET.

Watch Live: 

NASA TV Live: See SpaceX's Dragon Leave Space Station on Sunday

Full Story:

Blood and Astronaut Pee: Creepy Cargo Returns to Earth on SpaceX Capsule Today


Dragon Space Capsule Arrives at ISS
10 October 2012, 07:37 AM EDT

CAPTURE! SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft has been safely grappled by the space station's robotic arm.

Full story: SpaceX Dragon Capsule Arrives at Space Station With Precious Cargo

Photos: SpaceX Dragon Capsule's 1st Station Cargo Flight to Station (Photos )

Dragon Closing On Space Station
10 October 2012, 05:14 AM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft is now within 250 meters of the International Space Station as it prepares for its arrival at 7:22 a.m. ET. 

Watch Live: Live NASA TV: SpaceX's Dragon Trip to Space Station

Docking Photos: SpaceX Dragon Capsule's 1st Station Cargo Flight to Station (Photos )


Dragon Nears Space Station
10 October 2012, 04:32 AM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon space capsule is within 1,000 meters of the International Space Station and doing well as it approaches the station for today's docking. It will be grappled by the station's robotic arm at 7:22 a.m. EDT (1122 GMT). 

Watch LIVELive NASA TV: SpaceX's Dragon Trip to Space Station


Dragon in Orbit!
07 October 2012, 08:53 PM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft has successfully reached orbit and deployed its solar arrays. The spacecraft is now chasing the International Space Station and will arrive on Wednesday morning (Oct. 10). 

See our full story here:

Liftoff! SpaceX Dragon Launches 1st Private Space Station Cargo Mission

Launch Photos: 

SpaceX Dragon Launches on 1st Space Station Cargo Trip (Photos )

Liftoff! Private Dragon Capsule Launches Toward Space Station
07 October 2012, 08:35 PM EDT

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule has blasted off toward the International Space Station, kicking off the first-ever bona fide cargo run for a commercial American spaceship.

Dragon lifted off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket at 8:35 p.m. EDT Sunday (Oct. 7; 0035 GMT Monday) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Dragon is due to arrive at the space station Wednesday morning, then stay berthed to the orbiting lab for nearly three weeks. It's scheduled to return to Earth Oct. 28.

Read the launch story here:

Liftoff! SpaceX Dragon Launches 1st Private Space Station Cargo Mission

Watch Dragon's journey to orbit live:

Live NASA TV: Watch SpaceX Launch Dragon Spacecraft Sunday Night

Dragon Spacecraft GO for Launch!
07 October 2012, 08:22 PM EDT

Launch controllers have given SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket the GO for launch. Liftoff set for 8:35 pm ET tonight:

Watch it LIVE:

Live NASA TV: Watch SpaceX Launch Dragon Spacecraft Sunday Night

Live Coverage of Dragon Launch Has Begun
07 October 2012, 07:01 PM EDT

NASA TV has begun webcasting live coverage of the launch of SpaceX's Dragon capsule, which is slated for Sunday night (Oct. 7) at 8:35 p.m. EDT (0035 Monday GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

You can watch the leadup and the launch live here:

Live NASA TV: Watch SpaceX Launch Dragon Spacecraft Sunday Night

Latest Mission Story:

NASA Tracking Space Junk Ahead of Private Launch to Space Station

Falcon 9 Rocket Poised for Launch
07 October 2012, 03:25 PM EDT

SpaceX has hoisted the Falcon 9 rocket to launch today's Dragon flight to the space station into liftoff position ahead of tonight's planned blastoff at 8:35 p.m. EDT (0035 Monday GMT). 

You can watch the launch live below beginning at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT):

Live NASA TV: Watch SpaceX Launch Dragon Spacecraft Sunday Night

Latest Mission Story:

NASA Tracking Space Junk Ahead of Private Launch to Space Station


Space Junk No Concern for Dragon Mission
07 October 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

A piece of space junk expected to pass near the International Space Station on Monday (Oct. 8)  won't come close enough to force the orbiting lab to dodge or complicate plans for SpaceX's Dragon cargo ship to dock at the outpost on Wednesday (Oct. 10).

SpaceX's Dragon is on track to launch tonight at 8:35 pm ET (0035 Monday GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. 

You can watch the launch live here:

Live NASA TV: Watch SpaceX Launch Dragon Spacecraft Sunday Night

Latest Mission Story:

Private SpaceX Cargo Ship Launching 'New Era' for Space Station Today


Space Junk Tracked Ahead of Dragon Launch
06 October 2012, 08:41 PM EDT

NASA is tracking space junk near the International Space Station that may require an avoidance maneuver, but SpaceX's Dragon capsule is on track to launch toward the orbiting lab on Sunday (Oct. 7). Liftoff set for 8:35 pm ET ( 0035 Monday GMT).

If the space debris does require the station to dodge, it may take SpaceX longer to arrive at the outpost beyond its scheduled Oct. 10 docking.

Full Story:

NASA Tracking Space Junk Ahead of Private Launch to Space Station

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SpaceX's President Details Cargo Mission To Space Station

Will Weather Delay SpaceX's Cargo Mission Launch?

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500 Vials of Blood and Urine On Dragon Return From ISS


SpaceX 'Go' for Dragon Launch Sunday
06 October 2012, 09:06 AM EDT

SpaceX and NASA have given the "go" to launch the private Dragon space capsule and its 1,000 pounds (453 kg) of cargo to the International Space Station on Sunday. Liftoff set for 8:35 p.m. EDT (0035 Monday GMT). 

Full story:

Private Dragon Spacecraft 'Go' to Launch Space Station Cargo Sunday
 

The mission explained: 

How SpaceX's First Space Station Cargo Mission Will Work 

How SpaceX's First Space Station Cargo Mission Will Work 


SpaceX and NASA Chiefs in Google+ Hangout Today
05 October 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

At 1 p.m. ET (1700 GMT) today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will discuss SpaceX's planned Sunday launch of the Dragon space capsule to the Intenrational Space Station. 

Find out how to watch the discussion live online here:

SpaceX's Elon Musk & NASA Chief Holding Google+ Hangout Today


SpaceX Test Fires Rocket for Next Flight
01 October 2012, 03:49 PM EDT

SpaceX test fired the Falcon 9 rocket that will launch its next Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station on Sunday, Oct. 7. Liftoff is set for 8:35 p.m. EDT (0035 Oct. 8 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Meanwhile, the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp., rolled out its first Antares rocket to a launch pad on the Virginia coast for testing.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket test details:

Private SpaceX Rocket Test-Fires Engines for Space Station Trip

SpaceX Cargo Rocket Passes Critical Firing Test

Orbital's Antares rocket rollout: 

New Private Rocket Arrives at Virginia Launch Pad for Tests



Splashdown on Target; Recovery Boats En Route
31 May 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

Dragon splashed down roughly on target, in a spot in the Pacific Ocean 27 degrees latitude, 120 degrees longitude.

Recovery boats have spotted the capsule and are on their way to collect it.

Splashdown Confirmed!
31 May 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

Dragon successfully splashed down two minutes early at 11:42 a.m. EDT (1542 GMT) in the Pacific Ocean.

Dragon Completes Burn to Exit Orbit
31 May 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

Dragon fired its Draco thrusters in an engine burn that lasted just under 10 minutes to exit orbit and begin its descent.

SpaceX Dragon 'Go' for De-Orbit Burn
31 May 2012, 10:13 AM EDT

Dragon has been given a "go" for a de-orbit burn to begin its fall back to Earth starting at 10:51 a.m. EDT (1451 GMT).

Dragon Departs Space Station
31 May 2012, 05:52 AM EDT

At 5:49 a.m. EDT (0949 GMT), the space station's robotic arm let go of Dragon to let the spacecraft depart the outpost.

The capsule immediately made a pair of small engine burns to navigate away from the station. Splashdown is planned for later this morning at 11:44 a.m. EDT (1544 GMT).

Dragon Officially De-Mated From ISS
31 May 2012, 04:08 AM EDT

Dragon has been detached from the International Space Station, with all the bolts and latches holding it there released. However, the capsule is still attached to the station's robotic arm, which is due to let go of the spacecraft at 5:35 a.m. EDT (0935 GMT).

Final Preparations for Dragon's Departure Underway
30 May 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

Astronauts onboard the International Space Station are making final preparations for Dragon's return trip to Earth, inclduing disconnecting cables and stowing the last bits of cargo to be taken home.

Dragon is due to depart the station Thursday (May 31) at 5:35 a.m. EDT (0935 GMT). 

At 10:51 a.m. EDT (1451 GMT), Dragon will make a de-orbit burn to steer itself toward Earth. Splashdown is planned for 11:44 a.m. EDT (1544 GMT).

Astronauts Prep for Dragon Departure
29 May 2012, 03:06 PM EDT

The crew onboard the International Space Station is preparing the visiting Dragon capsule for its planned departure Thursday (May 31). The astronauts are packing the capsule full of cargo to return to Earth and reviewing plans for unberthing the spacecraft.

"The Expedition 31 crew of the International Space Station spent much of the day Tuesday working with the SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicle, reviewing procedures for the departure of the first commercial spacecraft to visit the station and packing it with items for return to Earth," according to a NASA statement.

Astronauts Unpack Dragon Capsule
28 May 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

This Memorial Day, astronauts on the International Space Station are unpacking the recently arrived Dragon space capsule. They will remove about 1,000 pounds worth of supplies, experiments and gear from the capsule, then fill it with a series of other items due to be returned to Earth. 

Latest Story: Astronauts to Spend Memorial Day Unpacking Private Space Capsule

 


Dragon Hatches Open
26 May 2012, 06:16 AM EDT

At 5:53 am EDT, astronaut Don Pettit opened the hatches between the International Space Station and the newly arrived SpaceX Dragon capsule.

It will take the astronauts about four days to unpack the more than 1,000 pounds of cargo packed inside the private spaceship.

Full Story: Enter the Dragon: Astronauts Open 1st Private Capsule at Space Station

Berthing Confirmed!
25 May 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

The Dragon spacecraft has been offiically attached to the International Space Station!

Station Ready to Latch Onto Dragon
25 May 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba has been given the go-ahead to bolt Dragon onto the station's Harmony node for berthing.

Dragon Repositioned for Berthing
25 May 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

The Dragon capsule is being repositioned in preparation for attachment to the space station.

Dragon Capture Confirmed!
25 May 2012, 09:58 AM EDT

NASA astronaut Don Pettit reached out with the space station's robotic arm and grabbed hold of Dragon at 9:56 a.m. EDT (1356 GMT).

"Houston, Station, it looks like we've got us a dragon by the tail," Pettit said.

Dragon 'Go' to Move to Capture Point
25 May 2012, 09:30 AM EDT

Dragon has been given a "go" to move from its hold at 30 meters (98 feet) from the space station in to the capture point, where it will be grabbed by the station's robotic arm, at 10 meters (33 feet).

SpaceX to Tweak Dragon Navigation System
25 May 2012, 09:00 AM EDT

SpaceX mission controllers have a plan to tweak Dragon's laser LIDAR navigation system, which was getting confused by stray glints of light reflected from the space station's Kibo laboratory. They plan to narrow the LIDAR's field of view in an attempt to elimiate the errant signals.

Dragon 'Go' to Enter Keep-Out Sphere
25 May 2012, 07:20 AM EDT

Dragon has received a "go" from Mission Control to enter the so-called "keep out zone" around the space station, an imaginary circle 200 meters, or 656 feet, around the outpost.

Dragon Resumes Approach to Station
25 May 2012, 06:19 AM EDT

After coming out of its hold, Dragon has begun inching closer to the International Space Station again in preparation for berthing today.

Astronauts Command Dragon to Retreat
25 May 2012, 06:01 AM EDT

Dragon is currently 764 feet (233 meters) away from the space station and backing away in response to a test command from astronauts inside. The manuever is meant to make sure Dragon has the ability to back away if necessary, and that it can follow commands from the space station.

"This right here is one of the most critical portions of this entire flight," NASA commentator Josh Byerly said.

Dragon Holding at 250 Meters
25 May 2012, 05:41 AM EDT

Dragon is now holding position at the 820 feet (250 meter) mark away from the station, where it will conduct more tests before traveling the rest of the way to the outpost.

Dragon Begins Final Approach to Space Station
25 May 2012, 04:20 AM EDT

Dragon has made its "approach initiation burn" to start its final approach to the International Space Station in preparation for rendezvous and berthing today.

Dragon Fires Engines to Steer Toward Station
25 May 2012, 03:38 AM EDT

Dragon has completed two more engine burns as planned to set its course toward the space station.

Dragon Completes 1st Engine Burn of the Day
25 May 2012, 03:04 AM EDT

Dragon has successfully made its first engine burn of the day to begin approaching the space station. Two more burns are planned in the next half hour.

Dragon Gears Up for Rendezvous and Berthing
25 May 2012, 02:08 AM EDT

The space capsule is scheduled to make its first burn to take it within range of the International Space Station at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT).

Dragon is due to make its first rendezvous and docking today.

"Anyway you look at it today is going to be a very historic day," NASA commentator Josh Byerly said.

Dragon Departs Space Station Neighborhood
24 May 2012, 08:08 AM EDT

Dragon fired its thrusters to depart the vicinity of the International Space Station at 7:57 a.m. EDT (1157 GMT).

"The SpaceX team is reporting that everything looks nominal so far," NASA commentator Josh Byerly said.

Dragon Passes Point of Closest Approach
24 May 2012, 07:28 AM EDT

SpaceX's capsule has passed the point of closest approach to the space station, a spot known as the R-bar line that denotes the direct line between the station and Earth.

Dragon Visible from ISS
24 May 2012, 07:04 AM EDT

Both the crew and cameras on the International Space Station confirm sighting the Dragon capsule as it approached during its flyby.

Dragon Follows ISS Crew Command
24 May 2012, 06:49 AM EDT

The Dragon capsule succesfully carried out a command issued by the crew inside the space station to turn on its strobe light, proving that instructions can be read and received between the vehicles.

Dragon Tests GPS System
24 May 2012, 05:43 AM EDT

Testing is underway for the Dragon capsule's relative GPS system, which uses the difference in position between the space station and the spacecraft to establish Dragon's location in space.

Dragon Begins Space Station Flyby
24 May 2012, 04:43 AM EDT

At 4:43 a.m. EDT (0843 GMT), Dragon completed its second engine burn to officially begin its flyby of the International Space Station at a position 1.5 miles (2.5 km) below and 25 miles (40 km) behind the outpost.

Dragon Completes First Flyby Engine Burn
24 May 2012, 03:58 AM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon has successfully completed the first engine burn to take it on a flyby to within 1.5 miles (2.5 km) of the International Space Station.

SpaceX Dragon Nears Engine Burn
24 May 2012, 03:51 AM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft is expected to fire its thrusters at about 4 a.m. ET (0800 GMT) to put it on course for a planned flyby within 1.5 miles of the orbiting laboratory. 

Full Story: Private Spaceship to Make 1st Space Station Flyby Thursday

New Gallery: Mission Pictures: SpaceX's 1st Dragon Flight to Space Station

 
 

 


Dragon Prepares for 1st Space Station Flyby
24 May 2012, 02:35 AM EDT

Dragon is preparing to make its first flyby of the International Space Station. The initial burn to raise the capsule's orbit to bring it nearer the ISS comes in shortly less than an hour and a half from now.

Dragon Nearing Space Station
23 May 2012, 04:34 PM EDT

 

The private Dragon capsule has made progress catching up to the space station in preparation to zip by it early Thursday.

"Dragon spent last night through today firing thrusters to catch up to the International Space Station," SpaceX officials said via Twitter.

SpaceX Dragon Chasing Space Station
23 May 2012, 07:57 AM EDT

SpaceX's Dragon Capsule has begin its first full day in orbit and is busy chasing down the International Space Station. 

Dragon will arrive near the space station on Thursday, and be captured by the station's crew via a robotic arm on Friday, if all goes well. 

Latest Story: SpaceX's Commercial Spaceship Chasing Space Station in Orbit

Video: Inside SpaceX During Historic Dragon Launch

SpaceX Reaction: SpaceX Launch Success 'Like Winning Super Bowl,' Billionaire CEO Elon Musk Says

 


Dragon Flight Going Well
22 May 2012, 07:20 AM EDT

SpaceX's first Dragon capsule to visit the International Space Station is doing well in orbit. The spacecraft successfully deployed its solar arrays and other gear shortly after reaching orbit, and recently opened a vital door covering its guidances and navigation control equipment.

"Dragon is open for business. All went nominally. Door was commanded open at 5:34am Central time. Grapple fixture in full view. Powering up star trackers," NASA spokesman Rob Navias said in a statement. 

Latest Story: Private Rocket Launch Vindicates Commercial Spaceflight Model

Early Reactions: Voices: Spaceflight Experts Hail SpaceX Private Capsule Launch Success

Liftoff Photos: Launch Pictures: SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Roars to Space Station

 


Dragon in Orbit! Flawless Launch
22 May 2012, 04:26 AM EDT

SpaceX's first Dragon space capsule bound for the International Space Station launched into orbit right on time at 3:44 a.m. EDT (0744 GMT) in a picture perfect blastoff. 

Launch Video: Lift-Off! SpaceX Dragon Heads to Space Station

Launch Photos: Launch Pictures: SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Roars to Space Station

Full Story: SpaceX Launches Private Capsule on Historic Trip to Space Station

 
 

 


Fueling for Launch
22 May 2012, 01:57 AM EDT

Fueling is under way for SpaceX's first Dragon launch toward the International Space Station. Launch remains on track for 3:44 a.m. EDT (0744 GMT).

Dragon's Falcon 9 rocket burns rocket-grade kerosene and liquid oxygen during launch. 

Full Story: SpaceX Fuels Private Rocket for Launch to Space Station

 


SpaceX Preparing for 2nd Launch Attempt Tomorrow
21 May 2012, 05:12 PM EDT

SpaceX will attempt to launch its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station tomorrow (May 22) at 3:44 a.m. EDT (0744 GMT), after an initial attempt over the weekend was aborted due to a rocket engine glitch.

Over the weekend, SpaceX engineers were able to repair a faulty check valve.

The weather outlook for tomorrow's launch try appears favorable, with an 80 percent chance of good conditions.

Full Story: SpaceX 'Go' for 2nd Launch Try of Private Rocket Tuesday

 


SCRUB! Next Launch Try on May 22
19 May 2012, 05:21 AM EDT

Today's planned launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule to the International Space Station was aborted just after engine ignition due to a high combustion sensor reading in one of the nine engines. 

Full Story: SpaceX Aborts Launch of Private Space Capsule to Space Station

Video of the Abort: SpaceX Dragon Launch Aborted At Last Second

 


Falcon 9 Fueled for Launch
19 May 2012, 03:28 AM EDT

The launch countdown is running and the Falcon 9 rocket is fully fueled for SpaceX's Dragon launch attempt this morning at 4:55 a.m. EDT.

The weather outlook is still a 70 percent chance of good conditions, with just a slight risk of clouds prohibiting a launch. No issues during the countdown have been reported.
 
 
 

 


Fueling Underway
19 May 2012, 01:58 AM EDT

SpaceX has begun fueling its Falcon 9 rocket for its planned 4:55 a.m. EDT (0855 GMT) launch today to send a robotic Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station.

Full Story: SpaceX Fuels Rocket for Historic Test Flight to Space Station

SpaceX has also packed a few surprises aboard the Dragon spacecraft for this debut flight to the space station. 

Full Story: Not-So-Secret Souvenirs Riding Historic SpaceX Capsule Flight to Space Station

    

 


Launch Countdown Under Way
19 May 2012, 12:10 AM EDT

It's launch day for SpaceX's Dragon capsule bound for the International Space Station. Liftoff is at 4:55 a.m. ET (0855 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

You can follow along with the launch webcast via NASA TV (see link at upper left) beginning at 2:30 a.m. ET, or by the options in the link below. 

Launch Webcast: See SpaceX Launch Dragon Capsule Saturday

-- Tariq Malik, Managing Editor

 


One Day Until Launch!
18 May 2012, 07:42 AM EDT

SpaceX is counting down to Saturday's predawn launch of its first Dragon capsule bound for the International Space Station. Liftoff is at 4:55 a.m. EDT (0855 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

But how well do you know SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft? Find out in our new quiz here:

Quiz: How Well Do You Know SpaceX's Dragon Spaceship?

 


Launch Day is Saturday for SpaceX
16 May 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

SpaceX is now just days away from launch its first Dragon space capsule to the International Space Station. See how the launch is a watershed moment for commercial spacefligh there:

Private Rocket Launch Saturday May Herald New Commercial Spaceflight Era

For a list of pre-launch events and broadcast schedule, read:

SpaceX's Private Launch to Space Station: How to Watch Online


SpaceX Releases Guide to Saturday Launch
15 May 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

SpaceX has released a digital press kit for Saturday's debut Dragon capsule launch toward the International Space Station.

You can read all about it here:

http://www.spacex.com/downloads/COTS-2-Press-Kit-5-14-12.pdf


SpaceX Launching Historic Flight this Week
14 May 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

It's launch week for private spaceflight company SpaceX. The Hawthorne, Calif.-based firm will launch its first unmanned Dragon capsule mission to the International Space Station on Saturday morning.

Liftoff is targeted for 4:55 a.m. EDT (0855 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Check back here for launch updates and the latest news for private rocket launches.


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