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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NASA, SpaceX, Boeing to Host News Conference Monday: Watch Live
Launch America Graphic
January 26th, 2015
NASA, SpaceX and Boeing will host a news conference Monday (Jan. 26) to update the public on the progress of the space agency's commercial crew program. You can watch the press event live on
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Space Station Gets a New Laser, Fruit Flies and Wriggly Worms, Too
This video frame shows a robotic arm on the International Space Station, called the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System, installing NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) on the orbiting lab's Japanese Experiment Module on Jan. 22,
January 28th, 2015
On Jan. 22, operators on the ground used two robotic arms to install NASA's Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument on the exterior of the International Space Station.
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SpaceX's Elon Musk Guest Stars in Spacey 'Simpsons' Episode
Elon Musk (left) guest stars in the Jan. 25, 2015 episode of "The Simpsons" on Fox.
January 27th, 2015
In the newest episode of the long-running cartoon TV show, SpaceX founder Elon Musk is "quietly" traveling the United States in his crewed Dragon spacecraft searching for something to inspire him.
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Planet Labs Raises $95 Million for Tiny Earth-Observation Satellites
Two of the 28 Dove cubesats that make up Planet Lab's "Flock 1" constellation are seen deploying into orbit from the International Space Station on Feb. 11, 2014.
January 23rd, 2015
Planet Labs has raised $95 million from investors in its latest round of financing. The company designs and builds sharp-eyed Earth-observation satellites that are just 12 inches long by 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall.
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SpaceX's Elon Musk Says Rocket Landing Test Ran Out of Hydraulic Fluid
SpaceX CRS-5 Liftoff
January 12th, 2015
Engineers with the private spaceflight company SpaceX are still trying to piece together what went wrong with a reusable rocket test Saturday, but the company's founder Elon Musk thinks there's a better chance of succeeding during a future test.
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SpaceX's Reusable Mega-Rocket Plan Is Simply Amazing (Video)
SpaceX's Falcon 9 Heavy Rocket Animation Still
January 28th, 2015
An amazing new video from SpaceX shows the spaceflight company's incredible plans for a reusable mega-rocket.
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Private Space Taxis on Track to Fly in 2017
NASA's Commercial Crew Program aims to encourage private American spaceships to start flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station by 2017. SpaceX and Boeing are on track to meet this deadline, representatives of both companies say.
January 26th, 2015
The private spaceflight companies Boeing and SpaceX are on track to start launching NASA astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017, representatives of both firms say.
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Elon Musk's SpaceX Gets $1 Billion from Google and Fidelity
An artist's illustration of a SpaceX Dragon capsule landing on Mars. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is aiming to build cities on Mars to make humanity a multiplanet species.
January 20th, 2015
Google and Fidelity now together own about 10 percent of SpaceX, which is run by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. The money could help SpaceX get its bold new satellite program off the ground.
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