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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Big Safety Tests Loom for SpaceX's Manned Dragon Space Capsule
SpaceX's Manned Dragon Spacecraft
September 15th, 2014
SpaceX continues to make strides with its entry in NASA's commercial crew competition, a seven-passenger capsule called Dragon. The company is planning two big tests of Dragon's launch-abort system, one in November and the other in January.
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NASA Nears Choice on Private Space Taxis for Astronauts
The Dream Chaser space plane designed by Sierra Nevada Space Systems is one of several private space taxis NASA is considering to launch American astronauts on round trips to the International Space Station. A decision is expected in late August or early
August 27th, 2014
The space agency is about to give out its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract, the last in a series of awards and agreements NASA began putting in place in 2010 to encourage the development of private American astronaut taxis.
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How Private Space Taxis for Astronauts Could Help NASA Reach Mars
Artist's Concept of Astronauts on Mars
September 17th, 2014
Tapping SpaceX and Boeing to fly American astronauts to and from the International Space Station should free NASA up to work on sending people to Mars, agency officials say.
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NASA's Private Astronaut Space Taxi: Who Could it Be?
NASA's commercial crew program with an astronaut in the foreground and the space station in the background
September 16th, 2014
Who will be responsible for flying Americans to the International Space Station by 2017? Today, NASA could announce which private spaceflight company (or companies) officials have selected to move ahead toward developing an astronaut taxi service.
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Dazzling SpaceX Nighttime Launch Sends AsiaSat 6 Satellite Into Orbit
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket streaks across the night sky on Sept. 7, 2014 in this long-exposure view of the AsiaSat 6 satellite launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
September 7th, 2014
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 12:50 a.m. EDT (0450 GMT) Sunday, carrying the AsiaSat 6 satellite into space for Hong Kong-based firm AsiaSat.
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