February 25, 2018

Despite botched landing, a lot went right with SpaceX’s booster flyback

January 10, 2015

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster accomplished a delicate maneuver after a glowing predawn launch from Cape Canaveral on Saturday, autonomously navigating its away to a modified barge the size of a football field hidden in darkness beneath a blanket of low clouds, before it crashed and broke apart.

Dragon successfully launched, rocket recovery demo crash lands

January 10, 2015

A commercial Dragon spaceship soared into orbit from Cape Canaveral on Saturday in pursuit of the International Space Station, but the automated craft’s Falcon 9 booster crash landed after flying back to Earth in a daring test of futuristic reusable rocket technologies.

SpaceX cargo rocket ready for another launch attempt

January 9, 2015

SpaceX is counting down to liftoff Saturday of a Falcon 9 rocket with a commercial cargo craft heading for the International Space Station after engineers replaced a component in an upper stage steering system that grounded the launcher Tuesday.

Lockheed Martin begins taking apart first flown Orion capsule

January 9, 2015

NASA’s Orion spacecraft achieved all but two of 87 demo objectives on its first orbital flight last month, but details on the capsule’s performance will require dismantling the spaceship’s outer skin in a careful procedure designed to keep most of the Orion prototype intact for future testing.

Photos: Falcon 9 after Tuesday’s aborted countdown

January 7, 2015

The Falcon 9 rocket’s launch attempt Tuesday was called off after SpaceX engineers detected a problem with the launcher’s second stage thrust vector control system. See photos of the 208-foot-tall rocket on its Cape Canaveral launch pad after the scrub.

GAO reaffirms NASA’s commercial crew decision

January 6, 2015

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corp. challenging NASA’s selection of competitors Boeing and SpaceX to build commercial human-rated space capsules to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

NASA ‘leaning on’ SpaceX to keep ISS supply lines open

January 6, 2015

The Dragon spaceship poised for launch Tuesday will carry more than 2.5 tons of equipment for the International Space Station’s six-person crew, making the first U.S. supply delivery to the orbiting research complex since the crash of an Antares cargo rocket in October.

Photos: Falcon 9 vertical on the launch pad

January 6, 2015

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was lifted upright on Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad Monday after workers loaded time-sensitive supplies and research specimens into the Dragon cargo craft’s pressurized cabin.

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