Archive for January, 2015

Stunning Images (and Video) of SpaceX’s Near Landing on Drone Ship

Stunning Images (and Video) of SpaceX’s Near Landing on Drone Ship

This may be the most encouraging image of a rocket explosion in the history of the Space Age. A new series of tweets by Elon Musk show photos of the returning SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage hitting Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship at a 45 degree angle during its oh so close landing attempt which too […]

Lost Beagle 2 Lander Found on Mars

Lost Beagle 2 Lander Found on Mars

Image Credit: European Space Agency As rumored earlier this week, researchers using images gathered by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have located the Beagle 2 lander, which has been missing since it arrived on Christmas Day 2003. From the JPL story: “A set of three observations with the orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera […]

Posted in: Mars
Virgin Galactic Backs Internet Satellite Venture

Virgin Galactic Backs Internet Satellite Venture

LauncherOne Image Credit Virgin Galactic An interesting story is unfolding regarding what appears to be two separate efforts at establishing very large constellations of small, broadband satellites. In an interview with Bloomberg which came out Tuesday, Elon Musk provided a few more details about the office SpaceX is opening in Seattle. Musk stated that office […]

Posted in: NewSpace, SpaceX
Dismissal Denied, SpaceX Lawsuit Against ULA Block Buy Goes On

Dismissal Denied, SpaceX Lawsuit Against ULA Block Buy Goes On

On April 28, 2014, SpaceX filed a lawsuit in the United States Court of Federal Claims seeking to block the USAF “block buy” of 36 rocket cores from the EELV program’s sole source provider United Launch Alliance. After a series of legal maneuvers which included a temporary injunction, soon dismissed, against further purchases of Russian […]

ISS Crew Retreats to Russian Segment After Potentially Hazardous Leak

ISS Crew Retreats to Russian Segment After Potentially Hazardous Leak

New media are reporting that an ammonia leak has prompted US astronauts to retreat to the Russian segment of the International Space Station. Update: NASA has made the following statement. Original story from Russian media is below The Expedition 42 crew members are safe and in good shape inside the Russian segment of the International […]

Sent Into Space: CASIS Research Aboard CRS-5, and a Reality Series Too

Sent Into Space: CASIS Research Aboard CRS-5, and a Reality Series Too

As astronauts aboard the International Space Station begin unloading the SpaceX CRS-5 Dragon supply ship which berthed yesterday, here is a press release from CASIS detailing experiments which were carried aboard. KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (January 10, 2015) – The most recent series of payloads sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in […]

Posted in: CASIS
Dragon Berths, Drone Ship Docks

Dragon Berths, Drone Ship Docks

Following its early Saturday morning launch, the SpaceX CRS-5 Dragon capsule made its way to the International Space Station where it was “captured” a 5:54 AM EST as the orbiting complex sailed high above the Mediterranean Sea. Operating the Station’s Canadarm 2 robotic arm and grapple were Expedition 42 Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore (NASA)  and […]

Posted in: Dragon, ISS
CATS in Dragon’s Trunk Promises New Era in ISS Based Observation

CATS in Dragon’s Trunk Promises New Era in ISS Based Observation

CATS Graphic: Image Credit GSFC When SpaceX made its first launch to ISS in May of 2012 as part of the history making COTS 2/3 mission, the cargo consisted almost entirely of low value, non-essential items, and for obvious reasons. Six launches later, and for the moment the only US spacecraft supplying the ISS in […]

Posted in: NASA, Space Science
SpaceX CRS-5: A Perfect Liftoff and an Imperfect Landing

SpaceX CRS-5: A Perfect Liftoff and an Imperfect Landing

It was a case of good news, bad news, good news for SpaceX this early this morning. For NASA however, the news was nothing but good. This time, and without any drama, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecraft on the CRS-5 mission lifted off at 4:47:10 from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40. Dragon deployed […]

Posted in: NASA, SpaceX
SpaceX Landing Sequence in Detail (Weather at 80%)

SpaceX Landing Sequence in Detail (Weather at 80%)

Falcon 9 on the pad Monday evening / Image Credit S. Money Meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing are estimating an 80% change of good weather for Saturday’s 4:47 AM EST SpaceX launch attempt from Cape Canaveral. Temperature will be in the low 50’s, with the primary concern being thick clouds. In […]

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