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Month-Long ISS Mission Ends Successfully For SpaceX's Dragon With South Pacific Splashdown
2014-05-19 05:41:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After spending 28 days in space docked at the International Space Station, Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) CRS-3 mission comes to an end after the Dragon capsule splashes down in the Pacific Ocean. Loaded with more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo, Dragon made splashdown at 3:05 p.m. EDT on Sunday, landing about 300 miles west of Baja California. Among the returned goods are several science experiments that will help...

Dragon ISS Resupply Mission Delayed Two Weeks By SpaceX
2014-03-14 14:11:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA and SpaceX have decided to delay the launch of the Dragon capsule’s third Commercial Resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The Elon Musk-founded company announced on Thursday evening that it will be moving Dragon’s launch from March 16 to March 30. “Both Falcon 9 and Dragon are in good health; given the critical payloads on board and significant upgrades to Dragon, the additional time will ensure...

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...

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's Dragon Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station
2012-10-10 10:30:36

[WATCH The Launch Video] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams successfully guided the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft into its docking port on the International Space Station´s Harmony node at 9:03 a.m. (EDT) this morning. Using the ISS´s Canadarm2 robotic arm, Williams and Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide first grabbed Dragon at 6:56 a.m. as it passed within 32 feet of the orbiting lab, some 255 miles above the...

Elon Musk Has Hopes For Manned Mars Trip
2012-08-10 06:00:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he hopes to be able to put man on Mars within the next 12 to 15 years. Musk told Nightline in an interview that he was confident this task could be completed. His words come just a few days after NASA landed its Curiosity rover successfully on the Red Planet this past Sunday night. SpaceX became the first commercial company to send a spacecraft up to the International Space Station for docking. Its...

SpaceX Dragon Capsule On Its Way Back To Earth
2012-05-31 06:05:52

[ Watch the Video ] Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) can add another gold star to its report card after its Dragon cargo vessel successfully undocked from the International Space Station early Thursday, now ready for its return journey back to Earth after spending a week attached to the orbiting lab. The Dragon capsule was released by Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Andre Kuipers and Joe Acaba using the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Using the arm, the two lab members demated Dragon from...

Take Four: SpaceX Going For Gold On Tuesday
2012-05-21 03:53:55

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com SpaceX will again attempt to start a new chapter in the space industry on Tuesday, May 22 as its tries to launch its Dragon Capsule into the abyss for the fourth time. The company is trying to make history by becoming the first private space firm to dock with the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule, which will be launched on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, will bring supplies to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well as some science...

SpaceX Launch Closing In, Pending Good Weather
2012-05-18 06:31:56

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com In less than 24 hours, America will take a new leap into both the commercial industry and space as the SpaceX Dragon Capsule will launch towards the International Space Station. A year ago, Cape Canaveral would be seeing a space shuttle blast off on a mission to the orbiting laboratory.  However, that throne is now set to be taken over by private companies, rather than NASA. The test flight will see SpaceX shipping off its first supply capsule to the...

SpaceX Delays Dragon Capsule Launch...Again
2012-05-03 11:41:41

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com SpaceX announced on Wednesday that the launch for its unmanned Dragon spacecraft is delayed yet again. The private spaceflight company said that the scheduled May 7th launch for its Dragon capsule "appears unlikely." The mission would see that the Dragon capsule made its very first trip to the International Space Station.  It would carry food, supplies and scientific equipment for the astronauts living on the orbiting laboratory. The flight was...

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