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Liftoff SpaceX Commercial Resupply Vehicle En Route To Space

Liftoff: SpaceX Commercial Resupply Vehicle En Route To Space Station

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online After multiple delays, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo vehicle successfully lifted off on Friday afternoon, beginning the company’s third commercial resupply mission to the...

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2014-04-18 16:20:54

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When the SpaceX-3 cargo resupply mission launched to the International Space Station April 18, an experiment designed by Durham Veterans' Affairs Medical Center of Durham, N.C., was among the cargo headed to space. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The experiment, APEX-02-2, investigates how cells adapt to the space environment using the model eukaryotic organism, Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast). Researchers...

CRS-3 DRAGON FALCON 9 MATE
2014-03-31 05:55:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online SpaceX has once again delayed the launch of its third contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station, SpaceX-3. NASA reports that this delay was caused by a "range asset issue," and officials are now working to determine the cause of an instrumentation outage. According to an Air Force statement issued on Thursday: "A mandatory range asset supporting the NROL-67 launch went offline, March 24, 2014. An...

Falcon 9 Rocket Proves Itself As Viable Geostationary Orbital Launcher
2014-01-07 05:10:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online UPDATE: Jan. 7, 2014 (5:10 a.m.) SpaceX has completed its first Falcon 9 launch of the New Year, putting Asian satellite operator THAICOM’s latest spacecraft into geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Falcon 9 delivered THAICOM 6 to its targeted 295 x 90,000 km GTO at 22.5 degrees inclination, meeting 100 percent of the mission objectives. The launch occurred January 6 at 5:06 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape...

Next SpaceX Launch Date Set For March 1
2013-02-15 07:36:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX will be launching its next cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 1, according to NASA. The next target launch date will be the company's second resupply mission to the ISS. SpaceX was the first company to ever dock with the orbiting outpost, and also the only company resupplying the astronauts aboard. Last year, SpaceX's Dragon capsule made history after earning itself a contract to resupply...

SpaceX Dragon Makes Successful Splashdown In The Pacific
2012-10-29 05:53:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online UPDATE: Space Explorations Technologies´ (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft splashed down into the Pacific Ocean at 12:22 p.m. PDT (3:22 EDT) Sunday off the coast of Baja California, Mexico after successfully wrapping up its first NASA-contracted cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station (ISS). “With a big splash in the Pacific Ocean today, we are reminded American ingenuity is alive and well and keeping our great...

Dragon Nearing Completed Mission
2012-10-26 18:34:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online SpaceX will be completing its first cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station on Sunday when the Dragon capsule undocks from the orbiting laboratory. The Dragon capsule launched October 7 from Cape Canaveral towards the space station and docked with the orbiting outpost just a few days later on October 10. The SpaceX crew has already headed down to the Pacific Ocean splashdown zone to await the Dragon capsule's...

2012-10-26 15:52:45

NASA NASA Television will provide live coverage of the release and departure of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station on Sunday, Oct. 28. Coverage will begin at 6 a.m. CDT and conclude approximately three hours later after Dragon has left the vicinity of the orbiting laboratory. Space station Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide will be at the controls of the space station's robotic arm as they back Dragon away from the...

SpaceX Falcon Rocket Pushes Secondary Payload Into Wrong Orbit
2012-10-10 10:46:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While the Dragon capsule was able to survive an engine failure with the Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, news broke that a satellite aboard a secondary payload suffered from the event. SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, with both the Dragon capsule and Orbcomm's prototype OG2 communication satellite onboard. During launch, one of the rocket's nine Merlin engines lost pressure and suddenly shutdown, leaving its secondary...

SpaceX Completes Another Successful Dragon Launch
2012-10-09 11:00:14

[ Watch the Launch Video ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Oct. 9, 2012: 11:00AM - Engine Anomaly News broke yesterday that SpaceX was able to successfully launch (see below) its Dragon spacecraft towards the International Space Station, despite an engine "anomaly." The company said that about a minute and 19 seconds into the launch, the Falcon 9 rocket detected an anomaly on one first-stage engine. "Initial data suggests that one of the rocket's nine Merlin...

SpaceX Successfully Tests Reusable Rocket
2012-09-25 14:11:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX tested out its reusable rocket at the company's Texas test site on Friday in a short flight that lasted about three-seconds. The company's concept calls for the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage to descend and land vertically by using engine thrust for touchdown at or near the launch site. The 106-foot-tall rocket, named Grasshopper due to its insect-like landing legs, consists of a Falcon 9 first stage and a Merlin 1D engine...