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2014-05-19 16:20:29

Progress Being Made to Return Space Launches to U.S. Soil WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Working in wind tunnels, software laboratories and work stations across America, NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partners continue to make strides in advancing the designs of the American spacecraft and rockets that will carry humans safely and reliably into low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil by 2017. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Blue Origin, The...

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...

2014-05-18 16:20:07

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:05 p.m. EDT Sunday, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO A boat will carry the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where it will be prepared for a return journey to SpaceX's test...

Treasure Trove Of Scientific Experiments Returning From ISS On SpaceX Dragon Capsule Sunday
2014-05-16 14:19:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Everyone knows that April showers bring May flowers. But for SpaceX, April launches bring May research returns. On May 18, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is scheduled to return to Earth, after spending a month docked with the International Space Station. The capsule was part of the space launch company’s third contracted supply mission to the station, carrying food, water, supplies and scientific equipment to the orbiting space crew....

Tensions Between US And Russia Leave Air Force Scrambling For Launch Alternatives
2014-05-16 04:44:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Ongoing tensions between the US and Russia have left the US Air Force (USAF) scrambling for alternatives to Russian-built rocket engines, but could pay off big for some American companies in the long run, according to various media reports published earlier this week. The recent announcement by Russian officials that they would no longer allow the US access to its rocket engines, and would keep the USAF from using them to launch...

RapidScat instrument
2014-05-16 03:00:23

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new NASA Earth-observing mission that will measure ocean winds from the International Space Station has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin final preparations for launch. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The International Space Station (ISS)-RapidScat scatterometer instrument arrived May 12 after a cross-country trip from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The...

US-Russia Tensions Over Ukraine Crisis Could Lead To An End Of ISS Operations For NASA By 2020
2014-05-14 14:11:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The latest escalation in the political row between the United States and Russia has reached new heights – low-Earth orbit. On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Russia would not agree to continue operating the International Space Station (ISS) beyond 2020. US officials have stated that they would like the ISS collaboration to last until at least 2024. "We are very concerned about continuing to develop high-tech...

2014-05-14 12:22:30

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m. EDT on Sunday, May 18. After leaving the space station, the capsule will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean carrying more than 3,500 pounds of NASA science samples and cargo. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Dragon is set to be detached from the Earth-facing side of...

2014-05-14 00:20:20

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) returned to Earth Tuesday after 188 days in space, during which they orbited Earth more than 3,000 times and traveled almost 79.8 million miles. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Soyuz commander Mikhail Tyurin of the Russian Federal...

Federal Judge Lifts Ban On Russian Rocket Engine Purchases, US Air Force-ULA Contract Resumes
2014-05-09 08:00:21

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A week after a federal court judge ordered a temporary injunction against the United Launch Alliance’s “block-buy” contract with NPO Energomash – a Russian-based rocket engine maker – the same judge lifted the ban, after US officials assured that the purchases didn’t violate sanctions against Russian officials. Judge Susan Braden of the US Court of Federal Claims issued a temporary injunction on May 1 after a SpaceX...


Latest SpaceX Reference Libraries

History Of Space Exploration
2013-10-06 08:29:34

Space exploration is the exploration and discovery of outer space by use of space technology and is conducted by both robotic spacecraft and humans. Astronomy, which is the viewing of objects in space from Earth, is thought to predate recorded history, but it was the inspiration to modern space exploration. Humans explore space for many reasons including the survival of humankind if Earth cannot sustain life, uniting nations, and scientific research. Physical space exploration began in...

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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