SpaceX, Dragon Capsule & Falcon 9: Latest News

Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is a commercial company aiming to launch cargo, and eventually people, to low-Earth orbit. The firm is developing its Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 booster under contracts from NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program and its Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.
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Stephen Hawking on Reddit: Ask Him a Question on Artificial Intelligence
Stephen Hawking
July 29th, 2015
Got questions about artificial intelligence? Stephen Hawking has answers.
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SpaceX 'Complacent' Before Rocket Explosion, Elon Musk Says
SpaceX's Falcon 9 disaster
July 22nd, 2015
Prior to the June 28 Falcon 9 rocket explosion, SpaceX had enjoyed 20 straight successful launches over a seven-year stretch. That track record perhaps made the company a bit complacent, Musk told reporters Monday (July 20).
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Cause of SpaceX Rocket Explosion Still Unknown, Elon Musk Says
SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Failure, June 28, 2015
July 9th, 2015
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk says data collected during the June 28 explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket is "difficult to interpret," and that the cause of the explosion is not yet understood.
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Ban Killer Robots Before They Take Over, Stephen Hawking & Elon Musk Say
killer robot
July 27th, 2015
A number of prominent scientists have signed on to a letter warning that autonomous weapons should be banned.
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SpaceX Rocket Explosion Likely Caused by Faulty Strut, Elon Musk Says
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated shortly after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 28, 2015. SpaceX has traced the failure to a faulty strut on the rocket's second stage, CEO Elon Musk said on July 20.
July 20th, 2015
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said today (July 20) that the June 28 failure of its Falcon 9 rocket was likely caused by a faulty steel strut on the upper stage, which broke during ascent, leading to the destruction of the rocket and Dragon capsule.
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Russian Cargo Spacecraft Arrives at Space Station
Progress 60 Arrives at Space Station
July 5th, 2015
Russia's Progress 60 freighter docked with the orbiting lab at 3:11 a.m. EDT (0711 GMT) Sunday, successfully delivering more than 6,100 lbs. (2,770 kilograms) of food, water, fuel and other supplies.
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How Will Sunday's Rocket Explosion Affect SpaceX?
Falcon 9 Rocket Explosion
July 1st, 2015
While NASA has stated it will rebound from the loss of ISS cargo, space analysts contacted by have flagged a number of wait-and-see ripple effects stemming from the accident.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – July 26, 2015
Earth's 'Cousin' Exoplanet, Kepler-452b
July 26th, 2015
Planet like an older Earth is found, Stephen Hawking signs on to an ambitious search for extraterrestrial life and a faulty strut is proposed as the cause of SpaceX's rocket explosion in's top news stories of the week.
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Rocket Explosion a 'Huge Blow for SpaceX,' Elon Musk Says
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Dragon Before Failure June 28
July 10th, 2015
The Falcon 9 exploded less than 3 minutes after blasting off on June 28, scuttling SpaceX's seventh contracted resupply flight to the orbiting lab for NASA. The consequences of the mishap will probably be substantial for the company, Musk said.
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Russian Cargo Spacecraft Launches Toward Space Station
Progress 60 Cargo Launches to the Space Station
July 2nd, 2015
Russia's Progress 60 freighter launched toward the orbiting lab atop a Soyuz rocket at 12:55 a.m. EDT Friday from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, starting its resupply run off on the right foot after two consecutive cargo-mission failures.
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