Tag: Falcon Heavy

A 6-10 Person SpaceX / Bigelow Lunar Station for $2 billion per Year

A 6-10 Person SpaceX / Bigelow Lunar Station for $2 billion per Year

A collection of papers just released at the journal New Space makes the argument that thanks to advances by SpaceX. Bigelow Aerospace and others, the United States is in a position mount a return to the Moon and construction of a permanent base housing 6-10 people at the lunar North Pole in approximately 10 years […]

Posted in: Moon, SpaceX
Disruption: SpaceX Looking at 30% Price Reduction for Falcon 9 Reusable

Disruption: SpaceX Looking at 30% Price Reduction for Falcon 9 Reusable

An appearance by SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell at the Satellite 2016 conference being held in National Harbor, Maryland is shedding a wealth of new information regarding the company’s plans for the remainder of 2016, including a some interesting insight into what it might charge for a re-flight of previously flown Falcon 9 first stage. According […]

SpaceX Drone Ship Comes Home Empty, But the Future is Bright

SpaceX Drone Ship Comes Home Empty, But the Future is Bright

It was the homecoming SpaceX predicted, but certainly not the one the company wanted following the SES-9 launch on Friday. In the YouTube video below, the automated spaceport drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” is towed into Port Canaveral with only small tarp covering what presumably are the remains of the Falcon 9 […]

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SpaceX Planning Dragon Re-Flight as well as Falcon Upgrades

SpaceX Planning Dragon Re-Flight as well as Falcon Upgrades

  A speech by SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell at the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Conference yesterday revealed a number of details regarding the company’s plans for the next two years as well as some interesting, if decidedly vague results from studying its recently recovered rocket. Without going into specifics, Shotwell stated that based on the […]

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Elon Musk Suggests a September Reveal Date for SpaceX’s Mars Plans

Elon Musk Suggests a September Reveal Date for SpaceX’s Mars Plans

A pair of Elon Musk appearances conducted on opposite sides of the planet over the last few days have provided quite a bit of insight to the SpaceX founder’s short and long term plans, both for the company as well as for himself. As is so often the case, the long term vision is enthralling, […]

Posted in: Mars, SpaceX
Falcon 9 First Stage “No Damage” After Hangar Inspection

Falcon 9 First Stage “No Damage” After Hangar Inspection

Following the December 21st Orbcomm 2 mission which saw a Falcon 9 first stage successfully return to Cape Canaveral, a New Year’s Eve tweet from SpaceX founder Elon Musk gave a preview of what 2016 could bring. Falcon 9 back in the hangar at Cape Canaveral. No damage found, ready to fire again. https://t.co/7w6IfJGtXM — […]

SpaceX Roundup: Two New Orders and a Sci-Fi Interior for Dragon

SpaceX Roundup: Two New Orders and a Sci-Fi Interior for Dragon

In a week likely to be dominated by news from both United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin, the company which began the ongoing disruption in the launch industry kicked things off with an early morning announcement regarding two new contracts. From SpaceX: SpaceX Signs New Commercial Launch Contracts Hawthorne, CA/Paris, France, September 14, 2015 — […]

Revisiting SpaceX “Red Dragon” Mars Sample Return

Revisiting SpaceX “Red Dragon” Mars Sample Return

When SpaceX first introduced a version of its Dragon capsule with propulsive capability, one early image released by the company depicted the spacecraft landing on a dusty red surface which looked suspiciously like Mars. That image, and more than a few comments regarding Dragon’s capabilities by company founder and CEO Elon Musk served as a […]

Posted in: Mars, SpaceX
SpaceX Fall/Spring Plans Begin to Emerge

SpaceX Fall/Spring Plans Begin to Emerge

SpaceX has been uncharacteristically, but perhaps none too surprisingly, quiet about its future plans in recent months as it has concentrated on the failure investigation of the June 28th loss of a Falcon 9 booster carrying the CRS-7 Dragon supply capsule to ISS. Based on comments made by SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, as well as […]

With NASA Certification, SpaceX Falcon 9 Means More Science, Less Costs

With NASA Certification, SpaceX Falcon 9 Means More Science, Less Costs

While SpaceX’s long running efforts to achieve certification for launching national security payloads under the EELV program have received a great deal of press attention, a similar, but far less contentions process has been underway at NASA. On Friday afternoon came the word that the SpaceX Falcon 9 V1.1 has finally been certified to launch […]

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