Posts tagged with ‘spacex

The SpaceX Dragon V2 spaceship is here and boy is it amazing

Last night, SpaceX gave a long and detailed demonstration of the second version of its Dragon spacecraft, appropriately named the Dragon V2. The current Dragon is an unmanned supply ship that’s mainly been just used for testing and very limited use in resupplying the ISS, but the V2 is a human operated, human carrying little spaceship that can go into orbit, come back, land anywhere on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter, refuel and hop right back up into space. 

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Elon Musk calls out the US Defense Department for cronyism, the sky blue

Striking again at the way the US Defense Department awards its lucrative contracts, SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his company wasn’t selected to launch satellites into orbit because he refused to hire a public official. 

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Elon Musk suing the US government over no-bid space launch contracts

Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, announced Friday that SpaceX is filing suit against the Federal Government to protest and break the US Air Force’s awarding of lucrative launch contracts for high priority national security satellites to a sole rocket provider – United Launch Alliance (ULA) – on a non competitive basis.

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SpaceX Grasshopper makes another successful hop

SpaceX is really knocking these tests out of the park lately. This was filmed with a 6-bladed helicopter drone, like the last few launches. The drone gets a pretty closeup view of the rocket on its descent.

On June 14, SpaceX’s Grasshopper flew 325 m (1066 feet)–higher than Manhattan’s Chrysler Building–before smoothly landing back on the pad. For the first time in this test, Grasshopper made use of its full navigation sensor suite with the F9-R closed loop control flight algorithms to accomplish a precision landing. Most rockets are equipped with sensors to determine position, but these sensors are generally not accurate enough to accomplish the type of precision landing necessary with Grasshopper.

SpaceX’s Grasshopper reusable rocket makes its second test hop, doubling its previous height

SpaceX’s Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to date to rise 24 stories or 80.1 meters (262.8 feet), hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control.

SpaceX successfully tests its “Grasshopper” reusable rocket

The problem with modern space travel is that while rockets are good at getting us past the atmosphere, at best, only parts of the rocket can be reused. It’s sort of like if you had to buy a whole new engine for your car every time you went somewhere— it gets really expensive. People have tried in the past to make a reusable rocket, and this past week, SpaceX successfully launched its “Grasshopper” rocket 12 stories in the air. Not even close to orbit, but it’s something.

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The SpaceX Dragon capsule is now attached to the ISS, watch it live

The actual docking (spaceship sex) happened at around 930am EST this morning, but the UStream live feed is up, so you can see the Dragon capsule snugly attached to side of the ISS with the video link below. This is history being made, even if it looks kind of boring. Okay, so little is boring in space, but there isn’t much going on from the outside.

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SpaceX launch goes off smoothly, NASA calls it a “new era” in spaceflight

After a delay last week, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral early this morning with an unmanned ship bringing supplies to the International Space Station. NASA called the launch a “new era” in spaceflight, as it hopes to eventually outsource such missions to private companies.

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This morning’s SpaceX launch to the ISS scrapped at the last minute

Early this morning, SpaceX was supposed to launch an unmanned vehicle to hook up with the International Space Station, but due to minor technical problems, the launch was scrapped. The earliest SpaceX will be able to try again will be Tuesday.

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SpaceX claims that by 2040, it will be able to do a round trip to Mars for just $500,000

Traveling into outer space, whether on a manned or unmanned mission, is no small deal and it certainly isn’t cheap. When even a short trip to orbit or the International Space Station can cost hundreds of millions of dollars, the idea that in a few decades we could go to Mars and back on just half a mil seems insane. But SpaceX seems pretty confident they can do it.

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This is what the inside of SpaceX’s manned Dragon spacecraft might look like

While SpaceX’s manned Dragon spacecraft still has several years to go before it’s completely ready to go, when it is ready to go, this is what the stylish interior will probably look like. It’s a bit nicer looking than the old Apollo capsules, but it’s still cramped.

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SpaceX develops a fully reusable launch system, wants to put humans on Mars

At a speech at the National Press Club on Thursday, SpaceX founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk rolled out SpaceX’s latest leap into the future: Musk and his teams are developing a fully reusable space transportation system that will use a powered landing to come back to Earth after pushing the Dragon capsule into orbit.

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SpaceX to launch ISS-bound supply ship in November

Just because we don’t have a space shuttle anymore doesn’t mean that the human appetite for space travel is quelled in the least. Now begins the era of private commercial space flight, and SpaceX is spearheading that frontier. This November, SpaceX will be sending a test pod full of cargo to the ISS and bringing back home again.

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SpaceX unveils plans for the most powerful rocket ever

If anyone ever had any doubts that the private sector had what it takes to put out reliable, powerful and efficient space missions, SpaceX’s new rocket, the Falcon Heavy should cast all aspersions aside. The Falcon Heavy is more powerful than the Saturn rocket, or any other rocket invented by mankind and costs a third of what it takes to put a shuttle into orbit.

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