Posts Tagged ‘SpaceX’

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Falcon 9 scrubs Static Fire – SpaceX delay launch


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 – tasked lofting six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites into orbit – scrubbed her second attempt at a Static Fire test on Friday. Thursday’s Static Fire…

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Canada’s Dextre completes payload removals from CRS-3 Dragon


Canada’s SPDM (Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator), or Dextre as it’s commonly known, has completed the removal of payloads from the Trunk of the SpaceX CRS-3 Dragon spacecraft, which…

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Russian Progress M-21M re-tests new Kurs-NA system


A Russian Progress went on a short excursion this week, resulting in a redocking to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. The two day free-flying trip for Progress…

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Rockets that return home – SpaceX pushing the boundaries


SpaceX is continuing to advance the technology that is aimed at creating a fully – and rapidly – reusable launch system, with the recent addition of two key…

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SpaceX CRS-3 Dragon completes Easter arrival at the ISS


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft was captured by the International Space Station (ISS) and successfully berthed, following her Easter Sunday arrival. After only a slight hiccup with her quad thrusters,…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches CRS-3 Dragon


SpaceX successfully launched the latest Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. Following repairs to a a helium valve in the stage…

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SpaceX, NASA realign launch and EVA scenarios


SpaceX managers have confirmed a second attempt to launch their Falcon 9 v1.1 with the CRS-3 Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) will take place on…

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Spacewalk set to fix external MDM failure on ISS


The International Space Station (ISS) suffered a failure of an external computer known as a Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) on Friday night (11 April), which will require a spacewalk on…

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Range Realigns – SpaceX CRS-3 mission targets April 14


Thanks in part to the successful launch – at the first attempt – of the Atlas V with the DMSP-5D3 F-19 satellite on Thursday, teams have re-planned the next…

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Eastern Range Radar issue delays upcoming Cape launches


A fire that impacted a radar asset on Florida’s Eastern Range has resulted in the postponement of two launches from Cape Canaveral. United Launch Alliance’s upcoming Atlas V…

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SpaceX’s CRS-3 Dragon contamination concern cleared


A sewing machine, used to stitch the cloth shields that are used to protect payloads in Dragon’s trunk, is understood to have been a potential cause of the…

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SpaceX delays Dragon’s CRS-3 mission by two weeks


SpaceX made a late postponement to the CRS-3/SpX-3 mission to the International Space Station on Thursday, citing “open items” that require additional time to remedy. The launch –…

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Falcon 9 v1.1 conducts Static Fire ahead of CRS-3 mission


SpaceX have fired up their Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle during a Static Fire (Hot Fire) test on Saturday, allowing for a health check and countdown dress rehearsal…

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SpaceX advances drive for Mars rocket via Raptor power


SpaceX Co-Founder and Vice President of Propulsion Development Tom Mueller has revealed the company is deep into the development of the first “full flow methane-liquid oxygen” rocket engine….

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SpaceX and ULA go toe-to-toe over EELV contracts


In what was one of the most fascinating hearings in years, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and United Launch Alliance (ULA) boss Michael Gass faced off against each other…

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Soyuz independence drive continues as CCP companies progress


All three of the main contenders competing to return domestic crew launch capability to the United States are making good progress via the latest progress reports to the…

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SpaceX outlines CRS-3 landing legs plan toward first stage recovery ambitions


SpaceX believes they have “all the necessary pieces” to achieve a full recovery of the booster stage, with the next launch of their Falcon 9 v1.1 set to test…

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NASA to evaluate ISS resupply options through 2024


With the lifespan of the International Space Station (ISS) extended to at least 2024, NASA officials have begun evaluating options for the next phase of Commercial Resupply Services…

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CRS-3 Falcon 9 first stage to sport legs and attempt soft splashdown


SpaceX is expected to take another leap towards the full reusability of their Falcon 9 launch vehicle next month, when the rocket’s first stage will be commanded back…

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Affordable habitats means more Buck Rogers for less money says Bigelow


Robert Bigelow, founder and President of Bigelow Aerospace, believes that cost effective habitats and transportation systems are key to America’s space explorations ambitions throughout the solar system. In…