SpaceX Dragon Capsule and Falcon 9 Latest News Archive
20 April 2014, 06:30 AM ET
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft launched on Friday afternoon riding a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to orbit. Dragon is due to be grappled by the space station's robotic arm at 7:14 a.m. EDT Sunday.
18 April 2014, 07:07 PM ET
SpaceX's audacious plan to land part of a rocket in the ocean after launching it to space may not have gone perfectly, but the private spaceflight company's founder still considers it a success, one that could help lead to reusable rockets in the future.
18 April 2014, 05:01 PM ET
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada will get an opportunity to watch as the private spaceflight company SpaceX's Dragon capsule "chases" the International Space Station across the sky.
18 April 2014, 03:35 PM ET
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft blasted off at 3:25 p.m. EDT today from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, riding into space atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket. Dragon is scheduled to rendezvous with the orbiting lab on Sunday.
18 April 2014, 03:23 PM ET
The Falcon 9 rocket carrying Dragon lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18th, 2014. Its first stage has retractable legs attached and an re-entry burn and water landing will be attempted.
18 April 2014, 06:10 AM ET
Private spaceflight company SpaceX is expected to launch its unmanned cargo-carrying Dragon capsule to the International Space Station today (April 18) after multiple delays.
15 April 2014, 11:13 AM ET
One of NASA's most historic launch pads is now under new management. Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is now under the control of SpaceX, the company led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Primary Section: spaceflight
14 April 2014, 04:21 PM ET
The company's unmanned Dragon spacecraft was scheduled to blast off today at 4:58 p.m. EDT from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. But the attempt was scrubbed because Dragon's ride to space, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, sprung a leak.
14 April 2014, 01:38 PM ET
The Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule bound for the Space Station, was lifted into its vertical position at its Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch pad. Read more about re-usable tech: http://goo.gl/QUc4zC
14 April 2014, 02:01 AM ET
Monday features the launch of SpaceX's third contracted cargo mission to the International Space Station, a great view of a superbright Mars and a total eclipse of the moon overnight.
14 April 2014, 01:14 AM ET
When a private spaceflight company launches its mission to the International Space Station next week it will carry some strange cargo to space.
08 April 2014, 12:00 PM ET
A private spaceflight company will launch its third robotic resupply mission to the International Space Station next week.
03 April 2014, 05:36 PM ET
Elon Musk discussed the worst year of his life in a new interview with "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley.
01 April 2014, 06:00 PM ET
NASA has developed a line of tiny spacecraft based on commercial smartphones, in an attempt to demonstrate how well cheap, off-the-shelf electronics can perform and survive in the space environment.
21 March 2014, 03:20 PM ET
The four private companies NASA is counting on to develop manned spaceships — Boeing, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and SpaceX — are notching the many milestones set by the space agency's commercial crew program (CCP), officials said.
18 March 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Ambitious plans to carry humans far beyond Earth were at the forefront of the Explorers Club Annual Dinner here Saturday night, as astronauts, entrepreneurs and physicist Stephen Hawking celebrated the wonder — and necessity — of space exploration.
12 March 2014, 12:01 PM ET
The slow process of capturing science data is about to go into serious overdrive with a NASA laser communication experiment set to launch to the International Space Station.
11 March 2014, 10:58 AM ET
SpaceX fired up the nine-engine first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday in a major preflight rehearsal before the March 16 launch of nearly 5,000 pounds of experiments and supplies to the International Space Station.
07 March 2014, 03:40 PM ET
A new study indicates that the entry, descent and landing of SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule at Mars is viable. Moreover, the capsule's descent technique would help set the stage for future human missions to the Red Planet.
07 March 2014, 02:34 PM ET
A look at the "Red Dragon" mission concept, which would use SpaceX's Dragon capsule and Falcon Heavy rocket to bring Red Planet samples — perhaps gathered by NASA's 2020 Mars rover — to Earth.
06 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The private spaceflight company will be ready to compete for Air Force contracts using its new Falcon rocket soon, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX said today (March 5) during a U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing.
03 March 2014, 06:38 PM ET
SpaceX moved a step closer to being allowed to bid for U.S. national security launch contracts with the Air Force announcing that the Sept. 29 debut of the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket will count as the first of three required successes.
27 February 2014, 01:48 PM ET
Space tourist Dennis Tito's daring proposal to send a married couple on a 501-day space flight around the planet Mars and back.
24 February 2014, 07:04 PM ET
Putting landing gear on the Falcon 9 rocket, which is slated to blast off on March 16, marks another step in SpaceX's quest to develop a fully reusable launch system. But current plans don't call for the Falcon 9 to actually touch down on the legs.
24 February 2014, 04:48 PM ET
Russia is preparing for the debut flight of a launch vehicle called Angara, its first new big rocket since the Soviet era. Angara is built around common core boosters that burn environmentally friendly fuels (like SpaceX’s Falcon rockets).
13 February 2014, 08:05 AM ET
Juggling flight delays and busy skies with the skill of seasoned air traffic controllers, International Space Station managers have approved the launch date for SpaceX's next cargo resupply mission for March 16.
11 February 2014, 07:19 AM ET
DARPA plans to award the first design contracts for its XS-1 space plane project in May or thereabouts. The agency wants the XS-1 to get off the ground in late 2017 and make an orbital test flight the following year.
10 February 2014, 07:00 PM ET
Why is NASA duplicating private efforts — at greater expense?
05 February 2014, 05:30 PM ET
An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft docked with the International Space Station today (Feb. 5) to deliver supplies to the crewmembers manning the space laboratory after a quick trip through space.
05 February 2014, 11:36 AM ET
An unmanned cargo ship carrying needed supplies launched on a quick trip to the International Space Station today (Feb. 5).
05 February 2014, 11:23 AM ET
See launch and docking photos for Russia's unmanned Progress 54 spacecraft, which launched Feb. 5, 2014 carrying 2.5 tons of supplies for Expedition 38 astronauts on the International Space Station.
31 January 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Billionaire rocket-maker Elon Musk of SpaceX shared his big vision for a "self-sustaining civilization" on Mars with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a short documentary set to air this weekend.
18 January 2014, 11:12 AM ET
Four private companies working to eventually launch astronauts into space with NASA are gearing up for a big year in 2014.
17 January 2014, 05:11 PM ET
The Dragon test article successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean in December. The parachute deployment system was evaluated as part of their Commercial Crew Integrated Capability agreement with NASA.
14 January 2014, 03:09 PM ET
NASA Commercial Crew Program partners Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX are on-track to provide astronauts with rides into orbit at much less cost than government-built vehicles.
11 January 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The longed-for dawn of private manned space travel appears near at hand. Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo, for example, aced its third supersonic test flight on Friday, and company officials say they remain on track to begin commercial service.