Posts Tagged ‘Dragon’

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SpaceX realign Dragon’s CRS-3 launch to March 16


Dragon’s next trip to the International Space Station (ISS) is now targeting a launch date of NET (No Earlier Than) March 16, following consultation between SpaceX and NASA….

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SpaceX test parachute system for Commercial Crew Dragon


NASA confirmed on Friday that SpaceX’s Commercial Crew Dragon program successfully conducted a parachute test – as part of the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) contract with NASA - in…

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SES-8 success plots trajectory for future SpaceX possibilities


With the SES-8 satellite happily undergoing initial preparations for its life in geostationary orbit, SpaceX is already preparing for the next mission – and many other wide-ranging missions…

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SpaceX’s CRS-3 Dragon recruited for ISS spacesuit relay


SpaceX’s next Dragon mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will involve the delivery of a replacement Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), allowing for the return of a faulty suit on the…

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SpaceX progress on Dragon abort test and Raptor engine


SpaceX provided another glimpse into their future ambitions by announcing they have completed a review of their 2014 abort test for their commercial crew program. The company also…

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SpaceX’s next Dragon mission moved to February 11


The next flight of SpaceX’s Dragon has been realigned to a February 11, 2014 NET (No Earlier Than) launch date. The launch will mark Dragon’s first ride on…

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SpaceX show off their Falcon and Dragon nurseries


SpaceX have published a series of photographs showing an array of launch vehicles and spacecraft currently in production for upcoming missions. The images – showing what is the…

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Countdowns and Testing – Commercial Space steps up a gear


Several commercial space companies are in the midst of critical testing and launch preparations. While the increase in activity is aimed at successfully achieving differing mission objectives, the…

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SpaceX: From Bothering Bovines to Revolutionizing Rockets


SpaceX are continuing to make progress on several key projects as they head into a busy period of launches. With the debut launch of their Falcon 9 v1.1…

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NASA planners switch next SpaceX Dragon mission to 2014


Planners within the ISS program have manifested the next two Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions. Both Orbital’s CRS-1 (ORB-1) and SpaceX’s CRS-3 (SpX-3) missions were initially provided with…

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NASA Outlines its Plans for Commercial Crew Certification


In a recent conference with its industry partners, NASA outlined the next phase of its strategy to enable the certification of commercial crew transportation systems to and from…

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NASA planning ISS module relocations to support future crew vehicles


International Space Station (ISS) program managers and engineers are working on long-term plans to support future crew and cargo vehicles, including the installation of a new docking system…

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Dragon Roadmap: From domestic crew independence to humans on Mars


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is continuing to make solid progress during the early years of its incremental roadmap, a path that has a firm focus on sending humans to…

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McAlister Discusses Commercial Crew Certification


In a recent presentation to the human exploration and operations committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), Phil McAlister, Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Development discussed the next…

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USCV-1: NASA planners slip first ISS commercial crew mission to late 2017


The first NASA crew to ride to the International Space Station on a commercial spacecraft may have to wait until at least the end of 2017, after NASA’s…

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Dragon Splashdown concludes SpaceX’s CRS-2 mission


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, following its departure from the International Space Station (ISS). Known as End Of Mission (EOM)…

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CRS-2 Dragon homecoming delayed due to high seas in the splashdown zone


The planned unberthing and return of SpaceX’s CRS-2 Dragon (SpX-2) was delayed by one day due to the forecast of high seas in the splashdown zone. Dragon was scheduled to…

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SSRMS removes payload from Dragon trunk to mark new milestone


SpaceX’s CRS-2 (SpX-2) Dragon achieved another milestone on Wednesday, as the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) carefully removed a pair of grapple bars from the spacecraft’s trunk….

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Resilient CRS-2 Dragon successfully berthed on the ISS


Back to full health, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft was captured and then berthed by the Canadarm 2 on the International Space Station (ISS) Sunday morning. Arriving just one day…

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CRS-2: Dragon’s tantrum subdued following Falcon 9 launch


SpaceX conducted its tenth launch on Friday, sending the fourth Dragon spacecraft on a mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). The launch of CRS-2 (SpX-2) –…