Submitted by Luis Georg on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 15:55
U.S. government investigators are reportedly worried about a potentially dangerous flaw in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, which are supposed to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as soon as next year.
According to a report published in the WSJ, investigators have detected a pattern of cracking in the Falcon 9 rockets’ turbine blades that drive the turbopumps which quickly funnel propellant into the rocket engines.
Investigators believe that the flaw could compromise the safety of astronauts who are supposed use the vehicle starting sometime in 2018.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 06:02
During the tightly-fought 2016 presidential election, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did not think that Donald Trump was the right person for the job. However, the billionaire innovator has now shifted his views about the Republican leader.
While Trump has long been a vocal opponent of the notion of man-made global warning, Musk has been an ardent supporter of the idea that man-made global warming is a real threat to humanity. Nevertheless, Musk has endorsed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a global warming skeptic, as Secretary of State.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 01/15/2017 - 19:51
SpaceX is all set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base this Saturday, marking the booster’s return to flight for the first time since early September.
The launch is scheduled to take place at 09:54 p.m. local time (17:54 GMT). The private-sector space firm had planned to get its first Falcon of 2017 up and away around a week ago, but adverse weather conditions made that impossible. According to the NWS, Saturday’s forecast appears far more favorable.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 11:11
SpaceX has postponed a planned Falcon 9 rocket’s liftoff by several days because the launch site in California is expected to experience unfavorable weather conditions, including heavy winds and downpour, over the next few days.
The Elon Musk-led space firm and its launch partner Iridium confirmed on Sunday, Jan. 8, that launch scheduled for Jan. 9th had been pushed back to Jan. 14th due to bad weather.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 15:51
Despite gaining the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s approval for resuming Falcon 9 flights, SpaceX has decided to wait for several more days before launching a Falcon 9 rocket carrying Iridium satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
In addition to gaining the federal regulator’s approval, SpaceX has also successfully completed an on-pad test. But, it decided until Jan. 14th to launch the Falcon 9 cargo flight. Before the new notice, the company was expected to launch the flight on coming Monday.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 01/01/2017 - 13:51
Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has released an image of its Falcon Heavy rocket, which is expected to be used for carrying a manned Red Dragon capsule to Mars sometime in the future.
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket has been anticipated for several years now. Originally, its launch was planned for 2013, but design changes and upgrades to the Falcon 9 v1.1 vehicle and the Falcon 9 Full Thrust variant forced the company to postpone the expected launch year to 2015.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 11:11
Elon Musk-led SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, which has been grounded since Sept. 1, is expected to return to flight by the mid of this month, company officials indicated.
Company officials said a Falcon 9 rocket could lift off with 10 satellites on December 16th, provided that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gives the green signal for the rocket’s return to flight.
Satellite communications company Iridium, a SpaceX customer, also confirmed that Iridium NEXT is scheduled to be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 16the at 12:36 p.m. PST [2036 GMT].
Submitted by Luis Georg on Tue, 10/25/2016 - 06:02
The Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship that recently arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) will remain tethered to the orbiting lab for weeks to allow space station crew to unload the vessel and then reload it with trash and release it to burn up in the atmosphere.
Around a week after its launch, the Cygnus cargo ship loaded with equipment and supplies docked with the ISS at 7:28 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) on Sunday. It was pulled up grabbed by the space station’s robotic arm operated by Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi and NASA crewmate Kate Rubins.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 09/25/2016 - 11:11
Finally SpaceX has come to know what resulted into its Falcon 9 rocket explosion. During the investigation, the company has found a ‘large violation’ in the launcher’s upper stage helium pressurization system.
The breach resulted into destruction of the booster as well as its $200 million satellite payload.SpaceX has been carrying out the investigation with the help from government and industry experts. Now, their next step is to know what resulted into the breach.