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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SpaceX's Dragon Crew Capsule to Undergo Key Safety Test on May 5
SpaceX’s Dragon Pad Abort Test Vehicle
April 24th, 2015
SpaceX aims to subject a Dragon test vehicle to a "pad abort" trial at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as early as May 5. The unmanned test will demonstrate how Dragon might respond in the event of a launch problem.
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Of Mice and Synthetic Muscle: Big Science On SpaceX Dragon Spaceship
SpaceX Falcon 9
April 16th, 2015
Experiments for the International Space Station's first one-year crew will be among Dragon's precious cargo when it arrives at the orbiting complex this week.
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SpaceX's Elon Musk Says Valve Glitch Caused Rocket Landing Crash
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Attempts to Land
April 23rd, 2015
SpaceX's daring reusable rocket test last week came up just short because of an issue with a 'throttle valve,' company founder and CEO Elon Musk said.
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SpaceX's Dragon Cargo Capsule Arrives at Space Station
An unmanned SpaceX Dragon cargo ship delivers fresh NASA supplies to the International Space Station on April 17, 2015 in this still from a exterior station camera. It was SpaceX's sixth commercial cargo delivery for NASA.
April 17th, 2015
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti grappled Dragon with the space station's huge robotic arm at about 7:00 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) Friday (April 17), securing the commercial capsule to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module.
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Awesome New SpaceX Video Shows Rocket Landing Try and Crash
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket's Landing Attempt
April 15th, 2015
A new video shows the first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket crashing and burning after nearly pulling off an unprecedented touchdown on an unmanned "drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – April 19, 2015
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket's Landing Attempt
April 19th, 2015
SpaceX nearly pulled off an unprecedented rocket landing during a cargo launch to the International Space Station and NASA's New Horizons probe returned its first color image of Pluto. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
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Launch, Land, Repeat: Reusable Rocket Technology Taking Flight
SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Attempts Drone-Ship Landing
April 17th, 2015
SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, Blue Origin and other spaceflight firms are working to make reusable launch systems a reality.
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See SpaceX's Rocket-Landing Near Miss in This Amazing Video
SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Landing Attempt
April 15th, 2015
A stunning new video taken by a chase plane shows just how close SpaceX came to pulling off a historic rocket landing Tuesday (April 14) during the launch of its Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station.
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