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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Pre-dawn SpaceX Launch on Saturday Visible Along US East Coast
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches an unmanned Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station on the company's third delivery flight for NASA on April  18, 2014. SpaceX will launch its fourth cargo mission for NASA on Sept. 20.
September 19th, 2014
Dragon will lift off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at 2:16 a.m. EDT Saturday from Florida. Dragon will fly nearly parallel to the U.S. East Coast, so the launch should be visible in varying degrees along much of the Eastern Seaboard.
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SpaceX Breaks Ground on Private Spaceport in Texas
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (center) breaks ground on a new commercial launch site in Brownsville, Texas with Governor Rick Perry (right) on Sept. 22, 2014. The new spaceport will be operated solely by SpaceX.
September 23rd, 2014
SpaceX officially broke ground today (Sept. 22) on the facility, which will be located near Boca Chica Beach, at the far southern tip of the Lone Star State. The spaceport should be operational by 2016.
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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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