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SpaceX Demonstrates Capabilities With New Falcon Rocket Launch
2013-09-30 07:38:26

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a two-week delay, SpaceX’s latest Falcon 9 rocket blasted off Sunday morning September 29 at 9:00 a.m. The launch, streamed on the company's Webcast, was originally scheduled for September 15 but was postponed due to issues that surfaced during a hot-fire engine test on September 12. During a subsequent test, which the Falcon 9 passed, a green light was given for launch from the spaceflight company’s launch pad at...

DSCOVR Mission On Track To 2015 Launch
2013-09-11 12:32:31

NASA The development of NOAA's upcoming Deep Space Climate Observatory known as DSCOVR, a satellite designed to monitor and warn of harmful solar activity that could impact Earth, last week cleared a major review and is on track to launch by early 2015. The Key Decision Point C Review was conducted by the joint NASA-NOAA Program Management Council reviewed the complete budget and development plans for DSCOVR through launch to its end of life. Passing the review allows the NASA DSCOVR...

2013-08-16 10:06:17

NASA Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently reviewed the systems critical to sustaining crews in orbit and returning them safely to Earth aboard the company's Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX is one of three commercial space companies working under NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative to develop spaceflight capabilities that eventually could provide launch services to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space...

SpaceX Completes Second Successful Resupply Mission As Dragon Splashes Down In Pacific
2013-03-26 13:04:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Dragon completed another successful resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. SpaceX's resupply spacecraft took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 1 atop the Falcon 9 rocket. A few hours into flight SpaceX announced its Dragon capsule was having difficulty with its thruster pods, causing Dragon to delay its arrival to the orbiting lab. Two days later, Dragon was captured...

2013-03-21 10:03:48

Space Exploration Technologies´ (SpaceX) Merlin 1D engine has achieved flight qualification, a major milestone for the next generation Merlin engine. Through a 28 test qualification program, the Merlin 1D accumulated 1,970 seconds of total test time, the equivalent run time of over 10 full mission durations, and is now fully qualified to fly on the Falcon 9 rocket. The program included four tests at or above the power (147,000 pounds of thrust) and duration (185 seconds) required for...

SpaceX's Grasshopper Still Making Big Leaps
2013-03-11 20:25:56

[ Watch the Video: Grasshopper Reaching New Heights ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online SpaceX, one of the best-known commercial space companies in the industry, is continuing to make strides with its new vertical space vehicle, Grasshopper. The company's Grasshopper spacecraft is a vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle meant to be reused so it can help dramatically reduce cost. Engineers have been testing the launch vehicle by performing "leaps," which...

Dragon Capsule Has Issue With Thrusters, Space Station Rendezvous Delayed
2013-03-01 15:38:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online SpaceX experienced its first hiccup in one of its official missions with the Dragon spacecraft, causing a delay in when the resupply vehicle will be reaching the International Space Station (ISS). The company's Dragon spacecraft successfully launched this morning aboard the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:10 a.m. EST. However, while everything seemed to be going smoothly after launch,...


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Elon Musk
2013-08-05 10:31:59

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971. He is a South African-American inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SpaceX and Co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal. He is also chairman of SolarCity. Musk attended Bryanston High School in South Africa, but graduated from Pretoria Boys High School. In the early 90s, Musk was educated at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario Canada and left Canada around 1992 to pursue Business and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he...

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