Archive for January, 2015

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Landing Video

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Landing Video

On Tuesday, SpaceX released this YouTube “Flight Animation” depicting a Falcon Heavy launch and landing from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. There are a couple of interesting points to consider, particularly in the context of the recently released Draft Environmental Assessment regarding SpaceX’s plan to use abandoned Launch Complex 13 at the […]

SpaceX, Boeing, Aim for 2017 Crew Flights

SpaceX, Boeing, Aim for 2017 Crew Flights

A press conference held at Johnson Space Center on Monday did not delivery any real surprises regarding NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, but it did fill in a few missing details regarding agreements which have been embargoed since mid-September due Sierra Nevada’s bid protest. It also provided a bit more information about SpaceX’s upcoming plans. Some […]

Dragon 2 Thruster Firing Video

Dragon 2 Thruster Firing Video

For SpaceX, the weekend began with the late Friday announcement that it and the Air Force had reached an agreement during mediation in the lawsuit regarding the EELV program and the block buy of rocket cores from ULA. With the announcement more than a little ambiguous, observers split on who, if anyone really won. The […]

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SpaceX Drops Block Buy Lawsuit in Exchange for “Expanded Competitive Opportunties”

SpaceX Drops Block Buy Lawsuit in Exchange for “Expanded Competitive Opportunties”

Only a few days after officially entering mediation, SpaceX has agreed to drop its lawsuit against the Air Force’s block buy of 36 launch cores from ULA under the EELV program. Here a joint statement released by SpaceX the Air Force: “The Air Force and SpaceX have reached agreement on a path forward for the […]

Why SpaceX, Boeing Won and Dream Chaser Lost: NASA’s Source Selection Explained

Why SpaceX, Boeing Won and Dream Chaser Lost: NASA’s Source Selection Explained

Following the GAO’s denial of bid protest lodged by Sierra Nevada Corporation on January 5, NASA released late last week, a redacted version of its Source Selection Statement for the final phase of Commercial Crew program. Its official name is Commercial Crew Transportation Capability Contract, or CCtCap.  Now, the GAO has released a similarly redacted […]

Moon Express and Changing the Debate Over NASA’s Priorities

Moon Express and Changing the Debate Over NASA’s Priorities

Setting Up Shop / Image Credit Moon Express Florida Today reports that Moon Express has signed a deal with Space Florida for partial use of historic Launch Complex 36 in order to test engines and hardware for what will ultimately become its MX-1 Lunar Lander. From the story: “Moon Express is the first entrepreneurial “new […]

Posted in: Moon, NewSpace
“Meeting the Manifest” and Making it to Mars : A SpaceX Short

“Meeting the Manifest” and Making it to Mars : A SpaceX Short

Image Credit : Founders Fund / Anatomy of Next While Elon Musk generally attracts media attention the way a black hole attracts wayward matter, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell keeps a slightly lower profile almost by default. Make no mistake however, there is more than just one rock star in the company which is […]

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SpaceX Financing? Google It!

SpaceX Financing? Google It!

After two days of speculation based on media reports, SpaceX has confirmed that Google is making a major investment in the company, releasing the following statement on its website: “Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has raised a billion dollars in a financing round with two new investors, Google and Fidelity. They join existing investors Founders Fund, […]

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Icy “Dwarf Planet” Ceres Looming Larger as Dawn Approaches

Icy “Dwarf Planet” Ceres Looming Larger as Dawn Approaches

Ceres Photographed on January 15 / Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA Closing in on its March 6 rendezvous with the dwarf planet Ceres, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has provided its best image yet of the enigmatic ice world which is the largest object in the main asteroid belt. The images, shown below in a looped 2 second YouTube […]

Posted in: Asteroids, NASA
SpaceX Seattle Satellite Venture: Recruiting for a City on Mars

SpaceX Seattle Satellite Venture: Recruiting for a City on Mars

(Updated to include video) In the weeks immediately following the end of the college football season, coaching staffs undertake what may be the hardest part of the year, convincing hyper talented all stars to come be a part of their program. For big time programs with big time ambitions, that often means staging elaborate productions […]

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