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NASA approves first SpaceX milestone for Crew Dragon spacecraft

At the moment, if you want to fly to the International Space Station, you're only option is to hitch a lift on one of Russia's 1970s-vintage Soyuz space capsules. That may not be the case for too much longer, with NASA announcing that it has approved the first milestone for the manned version of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft... Show More Summary

SpaceX Will Try Landing On Barge After Friday's Cargo Flight

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Friday's SpaceX cargo run to the International Space Station will make the astronauts happy, but the really exciting part comes after the Dragon is set free. The Falcon 9 rocket will attempt a soft touchdown landing on a barge for the first time, a massive step towards reusable rocketry. Read more...

SpaceX to attempt Falcon 9 platform landing on Friday

On Friday, the Dragon CRS-5 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop a Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket. If the launch is successful, the unmanned Dragon spacecraft will carry supplies and experiments to the ISS, but that part is almost routine. Show More Summary

The Big Picture: A Dragon heads to the International Space Station

The last time SpaceX's Dragon visited the International Space Station, they brought along some nifty presents that included the first zero-g 3D printer. SpaceX captured this photo of Dragon lifting off from Cape Canaveral in September on its fourth c...

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft returns to Earth loaded with lab results

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday carrying a heavy load of NASA cargo and scientific samples from the International Space Station that experts hope could yield significant results. A boat was ferrying the spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles,...

SpaceX's Dragon Splash Lands in Pacific

A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth. The unmanned Dragon capsule parachuted yesterday into the Pacific, west of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. It departed the International Space Station earlier in the day with 3,300 pounds of gear for NASA, including valuable science samples.

The SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down With Moustronauts And Arugula

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The Dragon capsule detached from the International Space Station, carrying 1,486 kilograms of cargo safely back to Earth. This fourth cargo mission by SpaceX carried a wide variety of science samples, including the first live mammals transported by the commercial company. Read more...

SpaceX Falcon returns to Earth after International Space Station cargo run

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon spacecraft left the International Space Station and returned to Earth on Saturday after a month in orbit, NASA said. Astronauts at the orbiting lab manipulated the space station’s robotic arm to detach the Dragon on time, at 9:57 am (1357 GMT), in what the US...

SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth

2 months agoTechnology : Tech Talk

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship, wrapping up the company's fourth operational mission to deliver supplies to the space station, returned to Earth

Space will go fully commercial with 2015 launch from Bigelow, SpaceX

The International Space Station will continue its home improvement project next year, this time by adding a large, inflatable workroom from Bigelow Aerospace that will be put into orbit by the SpaceX Dragon rocket.

Sore Loser Puts SpaceX And Boeing Spaceship Development On Hold

3 months agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

In September, NASA announced it would be funding two private spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to and from Earth orbit: Boeing's CST-100 and the SpaceX Dragon V2. A third competitor, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser, wasn't picked, and as a result, Sierra Nevada is challenging the decision, placing all projects on hold. Read more...

Sierra Nevada Challenges NASA's Crew Transport Contracts

3 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

When NASA awarded crew transport contracts to Boeing CST-100 and the SpaceX Dragon v2, a lot of you asked, "What about Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser?" Sierra Nevada is asking the same question, filing a legal challenge claiming their craft was ranked equally proficient and a hefty $900 million cheaper than Boeing. Read more...

In Pictures: A Busy Week at the International Space Station

This week, the International Space Station received a new crew and a welcomed a SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicle. Here are a few photo highlights.

First ‘off-world” 3D printer a giant leap to Mars

A t this exact moment a 3D printer manufactured by Made In Space is careening towards the International Space Station, and its place in history. When the SpaceX Dragon Capsule carrying the printer docks sometime tomorrow, it will become...Show More Summary

Elon Musk Just Got $2.6 Billion To Build His Amazing 'Space Taxi' — Here's How It Works

This week, NASA announced that Elon Musk's SpaceX will receive a $2.6 billion contract to develop the manned iteration of its Dragon capsule, the first version of which is already being used to resupply the International Space Station. Show More Summary

A Dragon Chases The Space Station In Orbit

3 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

After a day-long weather delay, the SpaceX Falcon 9 blasted off early this morning, carrying cargo to our astronauts in orbit. The Dragon capsule will arrive at the International Space Station just after 7 am EDT on Tuesday, when it will be snagged and brought in by the Canadarm. Read more...

SpaceX's CRS-4 mission blasts off for space station

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

SpaceX has launched its fourth commercial mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The CRS-4 Dragon spacecraft lifted off atop a Falcon 9 booster early Sunday morning from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 1:52 am EDT. Show More Summary

Watch SpaceX's Early Morning Dragon Spacecraft Launch to the ISS

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

After a 24-hour delay due to rain, NASA and SpaceX finally launched the Dragon spacecraft at 1:52 am ET at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on its three-day journey to the International Space Station. Now, you can watch the 15-minute spectacle thanks to NASA. Read more...

SpaceX launches space station cargo ship

3 months agoTechnology : Tech Talk

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo ship loaded with more than 5,100 pounds of equipment and supplies bound for the International Space Station blasted off early Sunday from Cape Canaveral.

NASA Is Blasting The First 3D Printer Into Space Today

A few minutes after 2am EST (4pm AEST), a SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft will lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying something that’s never been taken into space: Aa3D printer. When it docks with the ISS, it will deliver the first machine capable of making things in orbit — a huge step forward for exploration. More »      

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