Posts Tagged ‘Dragon’

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SpaceX prepares for SES-9 mission and Dragon’s return


Two SpaceX missions have received preliminary planning dates for their upcoming launches out of Cape Canaveral. The Falcon 9 launch with the SES-9 satellite is now aiming for…

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NASA awards CRS2 contracts to SpaceX, Orbital ATK, and Sierra Nevada


NASA has announced the contract award winners for the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) phase of the agency’s ongoing partnership with commercial companies for cargo resupply of the International…

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SpaceX conducts test rollout for 39A Transporter/Erector


SpaceX has conducted a rollout of its giant Transporter/Erector strongback system at the Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A. The test rollout – from the company’s newly constructed Horizontal…

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SpaceX DragonFly arrives at McGregor for testing


SpaceX’s DragonFly test vehicle has arrived at its test facility in McGregor, Texas. DragonFly will be attached to a large crane, ahead of a series of test firings…

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Canaveral and KSC pads: New designs for space access


For the past several years, the historic launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, have undergone sweeping changes as the conclusion of the Space Shuttle program brought…

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SpaceX conducts additional Falcon 9 improvements ahead of busy schedule


SpaceX engineers are busily processing the Falcon 9 fleet for a salvo of missions that will mark the company’s return from the CRS-7 failure. The replacement of helium…

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Saving Spaceship Dragon – Software to provide contingency chute deploy


SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has ordered the installation of contingency abort software into all future Dragon cargo spacecraft, providing them with an option to deploy…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 failure investigation focuses on COPV struts


SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has updated the status of the investigation into the failure of the Falcon 9 rocket during its ill-fated CRS-7 Dragon mission….

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SpaceX working toward Falcon 9 diagnosis ahead of treatment


SpaceX is deep into an internal mishap investigation following the loss during First Stage flight of a Falcon 9 rocket with the CRS-7 Dragon. While the Second Stage is considered to be the main…

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 fails during launch following second stage issue


SpaceX launched its eighth Dragon resupply mission, on a flight that was scheduled to loft cargo to the International Space Station – along with a docking adaptor for…

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SpaceX conducts Falcon 9 Static Fire ahead of key ISS mission


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire of its Falcon 9 v1.1 on Friday, a key milestone ahead of Sunday’s planned launch of the CRS-7/SpX-7 Dragon to the International…

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SpaceX Dragon completes CRS-6 mission with splashdown


SpaceX’s CRS-6 Dragon unberthed from the International Space Station (ISS) and was released from the grip of the Station’s “Big Arm” on Thursday. The resupply ship then completed…

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Soyuz 2-1A caused Progress M-27M failure and ISS schedule changes


The failure of the Progress M-27M cargo run to the International Space Station (ISS) was caused by issues with the Soyuz 2-1A third stage, Roscosmos announced on Tuesday….

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Dragon 2 conducts Pad Abort leap in key SpaceX test


SpaceX’s Dragon 2 test vehicle has conducted her maiden flight on Wednesday, leaping off a Cape Canaveral truss structure under the power of eight SuperDraco engines at 9am…

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CRS-6 Dragon successfully completes ISS berthing


While the internet community continues its fascination with the Falcon 9 First Stage landing attempt on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS), SpaceX’s primary mission objective – the…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches CRS-6 Dragon en route to ISS


SpaceX successfully launched its seventh Dragon resupply mission en route to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, with the cargo craft lifting off from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40…

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SpaceX conducts tanking test on In-Flight Abort Falcon 9


As preparations continue for next week’s Falcon 9 launch of the CRS-6 Dragon spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, SpaceX’s Vandenberg team has put the In-Flight abort booster through a…

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SpaceX preparing for a busy season of missions and test milestones


SpaceX is set for a salvo of events over the coming months, ranging from resupply runs to the International Space Station, to abort test objectives for its Dragon…

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SpaceX CRS-5 Dragon returns home via Pacific splashdown


SpaceX’s CRS-5 Dragon spacecraft departed the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of a return to Earth on Tuesday. The EOM (End Of Mission) events climaxed with a parachute-assisted…

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CRS-5: Dextre grabs CATS from the belly of a Dragon


Canada’s multi-tasking robot, Dextre, successfully removed the CATS (Cloud-Aerosol Transport System) payload from the unpressurised trunk of the CRS-5/SpX-5 Dragon on Thursday morning. The payload was handed over to…