SpaceX Dragon Capsule and Falcon 9 Latest News Archive
10 October 2014, 01:03 PM ET
NASA announced Oct. 9 that it has lifted an order that halted work on commercial crew contracts awarded last month to Boeing and SpaceX, saying that delaying work during an ongoing contract protest could jeopardize the operation of the ISS.
06 October 2014, 03:07 PM ET
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is expected to head to the orbiting lab inside SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft in 2015. The BEAM mission will test out expandable-habitat technology, NASA officials have said.
06 October 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Stratolaunch's huge rocket-launching plane could be launching Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser space plane into orbit a few years from now.
30 September 2014, 09:13 AM ET
Two days after laying off about 100 employees who had been working on its Dream Chaser vehicle, Sierra Nevada Corp. on Sept. 26 filed a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office of a commercial crew contract it lost earlier in September.
23 September 2014, 01:16 PM ET
The private space company's cargo spacecraft delivered supplies, a 3-D printer and more to the International Space Station on September 23rd, 2014. Full Story: http://goo.gl/6A5wcu
23 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
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.
21 September 2014, 08:51 AM ET
The private spaceflight company's CRS-4 mission launched on September 21st, 2014. The unmanned Dragon capsule is carrying supplies, a 3D printer built by Made In Space and a new X-ray machine that will be used on the mice to measure bone density loss
19 September 2014, 10:00 AM ET
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.
18 September 2014, 11:30 AM ET
SpaceX's fourth cargo mission to the International Space Station includes some mice, the first 3D printer in space and other weird science. See our take on the cargo in this Space.com infographic.
17 September 2014, 07:47 AM ET
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.
16 September 2014, 05:30 PM ET
The space agency has been working with industry partners to develop a crew transport systems since 2010. The work from the past 4 years are highlighted.
16 September 2014, 05:04 PM ET
The SpaceX Dragon Version 2 will be put through test flights and eventually fly crewed operational missions to the International Space Station. SpaceX's contract with NASA is in its final phase of certification. Full Story: http://goo.gl/5EQVlY
16 September 2014, 02:20 PM ET
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.
15 September 2014, 06:00 AM ET
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.
07 September 2014, 06:34 PM ET
The Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on September 7th, 2014. It was carrying a commercial telecommunications satellite for the Hong Kong based firm AsiaSat.
07 September 2014, 06:00 AM ET
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.
02 September 2014, 04:30 PM ET
The 3D printer, which is scheduled to launch toward the orbiting lab Sept. 19 aboard SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule, could help lay the foundation for an in-space manufacturing economy, agency officials say.
27 August 2014, 07:02 AM ET
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.
27 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX scrubbed the planned early Wednesday liftoff of a commercial communications satellite to perform a thorough check of its launch systems in the wake of a test-flight mishap last week involving a prototype rocket.
23 August 2014, 11:44 AM ET
The private spaceflight company's Falcon 9 reusable (F9R) rocket was forced to self-destruct after an anomaly during a test flight on Friday April 21st, 2014. They are preparing a thorough investigation into Friday's mishap.
21 August 2014, 12:00 PM ET
As SpaceX gets ready to launch astronauts into space in the coming years, the California-based company is also pushing the frontier in another field: 3D printing.
20 August 2014, 12:05 PM ET
SpaceX's Dragon Version 2 capsule is designed to carry seven astronauts to the International Space Station. See how it works in this Space.com infographic.
19 August 2014, 01:26 PM ET
Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind the private rocket company SpaceX, has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
18 August 2014, 05:00 PM ET
SpaceX and Tesla's CEO responded to the challenge put forth by Bill Gates. Find out more about the challenge that has already raised over 10 million dollars for ALS research: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html
16 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
An amazing new video shows a stage of the private spaceflight company SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket make a soft splashdown in the ocean after delivering six satellites to space.
14 August 2014, 09:59 PM ET
In July 2014, the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket launched six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites. It also tested its reusable first stage technology. A chase plane was on hand to capture its fall through the atmosphere and seconds before splashdown.
07 August 2014, 04:15 PM ET
The first test will take place in November on the launch pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while the second will be an in-flight trial originating from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Space News reported today (Aug. 7).
07 August 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Texas is offering the private space company SpaceX more than $15 million in incentives to build a new launch facility at the southernmost tip of the Lone Star State.
05 August 2014, 04:55 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies launched AsiaSat 8 on a Falcon 9 rocket (9 Merlin 1D engines = 1.3Mlbs. thrust) from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:00am EDT on 5 August 2014. No test of recoverable-reusable booster was planned.
05 August 2014, 04:10 AM ET
The company's Falcon 9 rocket, which was carrying the AsiaSat 8 spacecraft, lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force station at 4:00 a.m. EDT, tracing an arc of orange flame across the dark southeastern skies.
22 July 2014, 04:28 PM ET
The video, which SpaceX released today (July 22), shows a Falcon 9 first stage returning to Earth in a controlled fashion after helping launch six commercial satellites on July 14 for the firm Orbcomm.
22 July 2014, 03:59 PM ET
The private space company's Falcon 9 re-usable rocket technology was tested on its last flight on July 14th, 2014. Engine restart, landing legs and ocean touchdown at near zero velocity was recorded. See the launch: http://goo.gl/v8e5MS
17 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Experts told a Senate hearing Wednesday that key American national-security space missions could be delayed by four to six years if Russia decides to cut off its supply of RD-180 rocket engines.
15 July 2014, 09:30 AM ET
SpaceX managed to fly part of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth today (July 14) in a reusability test that did not go entirely as planned. The rocket's first stage performed its re-entry burn and other tasks well but ended up hitting the water hard.
14 July 2014, 04:05 PM ET
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) office of Commercial Space Transportation has published a “Record of Decision” giving approval for a SpaceX Texas Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas.
14 July 2014, 11:48 AM ET
The private spaceflight company's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off the pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT) on Monday (July 14), carrying six spacecraft for the satellite-communications firm ORBCOMM.