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It’s All About the Strut; Breaking Down the SpaceX Falcon Failure

It’s All About the Strut; Breaking Down the SpaceX Falcon Failure

Although the conclusions are still preliminary, SpaceX engineers believe they have tracked down the cause of last month’s spectacular failure of a Falcon 9 rocket in the skies over Cape Canaveral. The accident was apparently caused by the failure of a 2 foot long steel strut which was supporting a high pressure helium bottle. The bottle, which is located inside the […]

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SpaceX’s Falcon Failure: One Week Later More Questions Than Answers

SpaceX’s Falcon Failure: One Week Later More Questions Than Answers

One week after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated in the skies over Cape Canaveral, there are far more questions than answers. Fortunately, one of the answer which has been forthcoming regards the immediate status of the International Space Station, and on that front there is some good news. The successful launch and docking of the […]

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A Dark Day for NASA, SpaceX, as Falcon 9 Fails on CRS-7 Mission

A Dark Day for NASA, SpaceX, as Falcon 9 Fails on CRS-7 Mission

Correction: A Russian Progress is scheduled to launch to ISS on July 3rd Original story: Many had hoped it would prove to be a day that changed space history forever. Instead, it offered a major launch failure for SpaceX and its Falcon 9 booster, and the sudden realization for NASA that it now faces a significant […]

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SpaceX CRS-7 Mission Set For Sunday Morning Liftoff

SpaceX CRS-7 Mission Set For Sunday Morning Liftoff

The SpaceX CRS-7 cargo mission to the International Space Station has been moved from Friday to Sunday, June 28th with a new liftoff time of 10:21 AM EDT from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40. If liftoff, which must take place exactly on time, is delayed for any reason, a backup slot on Monday the 29th is reserved. […]

SpaceX Receives Certification For National Security Launches (Finally)

SpaceX Receives Certification For National Security Launches (Finally)

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) launches aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 After nine years, two lawsuits and 18 successful Falcon 9 launches, SpaceX has received certification to compete for national security launches. Here is the press release from the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. (AFNS) […]

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SpaceX Pad Abort Test On Board View

SpaceX Pad Abort Test On Board View

In case you missed it, last week SpaceX released new camera footage from its successful May 6th Pad Abort Test of the Commercial Crew version of the Dragon spacecraft.

SpaceX Dragon Makes Morning Departure, Next Mission for June 26th

SpaceX Dragon Makes Morning Departure, Next Mission for June 26th

Dragon at Sunrise / Image credit NASA Update: The Dragon departed ISS on time this morning at 6:04 AM CDT as it was 250 miles over the southern coast of Australia. The SpaceX CRS-6 Dragon capsule is set to return from the International Space Station tomorrow morning, Thursday, May 21st. NASA television will provide coverage […]

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With Brilliant Pad Abort Test, SpaceX Sets the Stage for American Space Launch Renaissance

With Brilliant Pad Abort Test, SpaceX Sets the Stage for American Space Launch Renaissance

4 Frames of Pad Abort Test : Image Credit NASA SpaceX took a major step towards regaining U.S. domestic crew launch capability today with a successful Pad Abort Test of its Commercial Crew Dragon capsule. The test widow was originally scheduled to open at 7:00 AM EDT, but was subsequently moved back two hours to […]

SpaceX Pad Abort Test Preview

SpaceX Pad Abort Test Preview

Image Credit: SpaceX NASA and SpaceX held a press conference at the Kennedy Space Center this morning to preview next week’s Pad Abort Test for the Commercial Crew Dragon capsule. SpaceX was represented by V.P. of Mission Assurance Hans Koenigsmann, and NASA by SpaceX Commercial Crew parter manager John Cowart. The test, which had been […]

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Falcon 9 Launches Thales/Turkmenistan Mission

Falcon 9 Launches Thales/Turkmenistan Mission

Image Credit SpaceX After waiting out a 49 minute delay due to inclement weather, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 carrying a communications satellite for Turkmenistan. Officially designed as TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat but referred to by SpaceX as simply the Thales mission in reference to Thales Alenia Aerospace which built the spacecraft […]

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