All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘spacex’

SpaceX Has Filed to Begin Testing Its Satellite Internet Project

Back in January, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced his intentions to build a satellite network that would provide high-speed internet from space. Now, he’s apparently making moves to begin testing said plans. The Washington Post reports that Musk has asked the US government for permission to begin testing his satellite internet venture. The request was made in a Federal Communications …

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Elon Musk Shares Gnarly SpaceX Rocket Crash Stills

Last week, Elon Musk’s SpaceX tried to land a rocket on a drone ship, floating in the Atlantic Ocean. They failed. Now, Musk has posted some images of the Falcon 9’s collision and the gnarly explosion that followed. According to Musk, the rocket’s fins lost power, causing the rocket to hit at a near 45 degree angle – smashing the …

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Elon Musk to Host Reddit AMA with Focus on Ocean Rocket Landing

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 6, Elon Musk’s SpaceX will attempt to land a rocket on a platform that floating in the Atlantic Ocean. No big deal. And if you want to ask Mr. Musk about that, or presumably anything else about which you’re curious (and there should be a lot), then you should head over to …

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SpaceX Rocket Launch Postponed Until July

The SpaceX launch that was planned for Sunday was postponed after a pre-flight check showed an area of concern. SpaceX said that they planned to try the launch again on Tuesday, as long as everything was working correctly, but they were not able to launch Falcon 9 that day either. “Today’s ORBCOMM launch attempt has been scrubbed to address a …

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Elon Musk Wants to Standardize Supercharger Market

Elon Musk, co-founder of companies such as PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX (and sometimes known as the modern-day Tony Stark, aka Iron Man), has has fulfilled his promise of “doing something fairly significant on this front which would be kind of controversial with respect to Tesla’s patents”. While he has not decided to release all the patents for his Tesla …

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SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship Returns To Earth

The commercial cargo ship Dragon returned to earth on Sunday after stopping by the International Space Station to pick up over two tons of science experiments and equipment. The cargo ship was loaded and prepped on Saturday and released by astronaut Steven Swanson on Sunday. Swanson used the space station’s giant robot arm to release the cargo ship and it …

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SpaceX Launch Delayed, Will Launch Friday At Earliest

A SpaceX launch was delayed earlier this week thanks to an apparent helium leak on board the vessel. While there has been no update, officials say we could see a launch by Friday. CBS News reports that SpaceX was preparing to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule on Monday until the aforementioned helium leak was detected. …

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NASA Declares Commercial Space Program a Success

Over one year on from the first successful commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA today declared its commercial space program a complete success. This comes as NASA is ending its Comercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) initiative, which has achieved its goal of creating reliable and cost-effective commercial transportation of materials to and from the ISS. “America’s …

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Space Tourism by Balloon Coming

World View Enterprises announced plans Tuesday to send people into the stratosphere using a hot air balloon, in place of any sort of rocket. Jane Poynter, CEO of the Tucson, Arizona-based firm says that the 4-hour trip 19 miles up costs $75,000. While actual space starts at roughly 62 miles up, Poynter’s balloon, which will use existing technology, still requires …

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SpaceX Launching Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket

Elon Musk’s privately-owned Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) plans to test an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday from California, as part of its push into the satellite launch market. The modified, 22-story Falcon 9 will carry Canada’s Cassiope science satellite, and will take off from a refurbished launch platform at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9 a.m. PDT. Earlier …

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Orbital Sciences Sends its First Commercial Cargo Ship to ISS

The AP reported yesterday that the Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched a rocket from the eastern shore of Virginia. The occasion was marked, as most occasions are, by a tweet: We have #Cygnus separation! Look out ISS, here we come. #COTSDemo — Orbital Sciences (@OrbitalSciences) September 18, 2013 OSC’s Cygnus capsule is bound for NASA’s International Space Station with 1300 …

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SpaceX’s Grasshopper Rocket Now Moves Sideways, and It’s Incredible [VIDEO]

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is doing some incredible things with its Falcon 9 test rig, codenamed “Grasshopper.” Last month, we saw it launch 325m into the air, stall and seemingly float in midair, and then land back on its launch pad. It was truly an amazing sight to see. Now, Grasshopper is hopping – to the side. SpaceX just posted a …

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Has Generated Massive Search Buzz, Yahoo Says

Elon Musk revealed plans for the Hyperloop transportation system on Monday. This, if built, will transport travelers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in about a half hour’s time. Naturally, the project – the brainchild of the man behind SpaceX, Tesla and PayPal (he co-founded those last two) – has drawn a great deal of attention from not only people …

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Sarah Palin, Tesla CEO Trade Social Media Jabs

Sarah Palin, the political pundit who gave up on governing the state of Alaska, this week issued yet another political rant through her Facebook page. In it, she excoriated President Obama for attempting to “pick ‘winners and losers’ in the free market.” She pointed out that Fisker Automotive, an electric car company that has “received nearly $200 million in taxpayer …

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SpaceX Problem Alters Dragon Capsule Schedule

The second SpaceX mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) began early this morning as a Falcon 9 rocket lifted the Dragon capsule into orbit. Though the launch was successful, a problem with three of the capsule’s four thruster pods delayed the opening of its solar arrays. SpaceX engineers had to wait until the capsule was over its Australia-based …

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NASA Issues Contracts For Future Manned Spaceflights

NASA today announced that it has awarded three different companies contracts to develop technology that will enable commercial manned spaceflight from U.S. soil. The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation Space System, and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) were all contracted for around $10 million. The companies will begin developing integrated crew transportation systems that will launch American astronauts to the International …

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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docks With the International Space Station

The Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) this morning. The docking represents another as-planned step in what is NASA’s first privatized cargo and resupply mission under its Commercial Resupply Services contract, after the launch of the spacecraft went perfectly on Sunday. Hours before docking, the Dragon was captured by the Canadian-made, 17.6-meter …

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SpaceX Launch a Success, to Dock With Space Station on Wednesday

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) yesterday evening launched its Dragon spacecraft into orbit from Cape Canaveral. The Dragon was lifted by a Falcon 9 rocket at 8:35 am, right on schedule. The vehicle carries cargo and supplies bound for the International Space Station (ISS). This SpaceX mission is NASA’s first privatized cargo and resupply mission under its Commercial Resupply Services contract. …

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NASA Preparing For Privatized ISS Resupply Launch Next Week

NASA this week is preparing for the first SpaceX launch under its Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract. NASA has not had the capability, on its own, to deliver and return cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS) since the space shuttle program was retired just over one year ago. The launch of the SpaceX CRS-1, or “Dragon”, spacecraft …

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Uwingu Looks To Crowdfunding For The Future Of Space Exploration

For years, we’ve entrusted the future of space exploration to public agencies and they have done a great job. NASA was able to land on the moon, send a rover to Mars, and make a satellite out of Android phone with public dollars. Unfortunately, governments aren’t as invested in space anymore. That’s where the private sector comes in. A new …

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NASA Enlists SpaceX To Send Americans Back To Space

SpaceX is doing it. The company created by PayPal/Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk, is going to send people into space. Follow @SpaceX SpaceX @SpaceX SpaceX Selected by @NASA to Return Americans to Space! http://t.co/1yvIHDqO  Reply  ·  Retweet  ·  Favorite1 hour ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto The company became the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space …

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SpaceX Tests Its New Rocket “Merlin 1D” [Video]

SpaceX continues to push its space dominating agenda forward with its newest test of the ‘Merlin 1D” rocket propulsion system. Building on the technology from its previous 3 launches, including the historic launch and recovery of the Dragon capsule, the Merlin 1D has achieved a full mission duration firing and multiple restarts at target thrust and specific impulse (Isp). In …

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Lunar Orbit Trip For You To Cost $100 Million

SInce the dawn of human space flight, I would highly doubt that there is a single human that hasn’t at least once in their life looked at the moon and thought, “I’d love to go there.” With new advances in technology and the recent bonanza of private companies either launching stuff into space or planning permanent trips to Mars, it …

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SpaceX’s Success May Lead To Military Contracts

SpaceX made history 2 weeks ago becoming the very first private company to launch a capsule into space and have it dock with the International Space Station. Now that the Dragon has successfully returned to earth, SpaceX can start working on it’s contract through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The resupply contract for the International Space Station has …

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Mars One To Put Man Permanently On Mars In 2023

Mars One has a goal. That goal is to put 4 humans on a one way trip to Mars. Thats right, one way, as in no one is coming back home. The idea is from Holland, isn’t that weird? The company has letters of interest from companies like SpaceX who want to help put these living capsules on the surface …

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SpaceX Valuation Doubles After Successful Mission

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) made history on May 25 by flying a successful mission that docked with the International Space Station and successfully landed back on Earth. It is the first privately owned spaceship to reach the ISS. According to VentureBeat and the financial data company Privco, that successful mission has skyrocketed the value of the company, doubling it from …

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SpaceX Dragon Space Capsule To Return Home

Earlier today the Dragon space capsule departed from the International Space Station and began its trip back down from the heavens. The Dragon capsule spent 5 days connected to the ISS and it was able to deliver supplies and is returning nearly 1,400 pounds of old space station equipment and some science samples, a little more than it took up. …

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SpaceX Signs Deal To Launch Satellites

On the heels of what could be a turning point in the history of space flight for humans, SpaceX has signed a deal with Intelsat to launch a satellite once their new Falcon Heavy rocket is complete. The Falcon Heavy will be responsible for taking Intelsat’s satellite up to a into geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). “SpaceX is very proud to …

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SpaceX Dragon Capsule From ISS [Photos]

Last week SpaceX did what had never been done before. They managed to become the very first private company to dock with the International Space Station. The momentous feat was part of an effort to shift some of responsibilities of cargo shipments to and from the ISS away from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and give it to SpaceX …

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SpaceX’s Dragon Docks With ISS [Live Feed]

So the time is finally here for the SpaceX capsule titled “Dragon” to dock with the ISS. After several tests yesterday NASA deemed that it was indeed ready to go ahead and start docking procedures. Part of these was matching speed with the ISS and moving it closer so it could be grasped with the robotic arm. They will then …

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