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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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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Daring SpaceX Rocket Landing Test Crashes After Successful Cargo Launch for NASA
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Jan. 10, 2014, sending the company's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station for NASA.
January 10th, 2015
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The company also aimed to bring the Falcon 9's first stage down on an "autonomous spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean.
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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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CATS in Space: NASA Probe to Examine Climate Change
Artist's concept of NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument, which will measure clouds and aerosols in Earth's atmosphere from its perch on the exterior of the International Space Station.
January 9th, 2015
NASA's CATS instrument — which is set to launch toward the orbiting lab early Saturday aboard SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule — will track clouds and tiny particles of dust, smoke and pollution in Earth's atmosphere that influence climate.
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SpaceX To Build 4,000 Broadband Satellites in Seattle
Elon Musk Satellite-Building Announcement
January 20th, 2015
Elon Musk says SpaceX has filed paperwork for a global satellite Internet project to eventually include some 4,000 satellites and service within 5 years.
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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Delivers Fresh Supplies to Space Station
SpaceX Dragon Capsule Bolted to International Space Station
January 12th, 2015
NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, commander of the station's current Expedition 42, grappled Dragon using the orbiting outpost's huge robotic arm at 6:12 a.m. EST (1112 GMT) on Monday (Jan. 12).
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