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  • India flight tests new reusable space plane

    India flight tests new reusable space plane

    India has successfully completed their first small step toward joining the other players in the market of reusable spacecraft. On Monday, the Indian Space Research Organization (India’s version of NASA) launched a 22-foot winged spacecraft to an altitude of 65 kilometers (about 40 miles) and navigated the vehicle back down into the Bay of Bengal, east of India. The entire mission… Read More

  • SpaceX successfully landed another rocket on a drone ship

    SpaceX successfully landed another rocket on a drone ship

    SpaceX successfully launched the Japanese communications satellite, JCSAT-14 on their Falcon 9 rocket at 1:22am EST today from Cape Canaveral, Florida. After the launch, the company soft-landed the first stage of the rocket on their drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” – the second time this has ever been done. Landing confirmed. Second stage continuing to carry JCSAT-14… Read More

  • SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

    SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

    The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX an $82.7 million contract to launch their GPS-3 satellite into orbit. This is the first National Security Space (NSS) contract for SpaceX, who won essentially by default since ULA, the only other viable competitor, declined to bid in the competition. “This GPS III Launch Services contract award achieves a balance between mission success, meeting… Read More

  • SpaceX’s next launch and the business of rocket recovery

    SpaceX’s next launch and the business of rocket recovery

    SpaceX confirmed to TechCrunch that their next launch is scheduled for May 4th at 1:22 am EST with a two-hour launch window. The company is expected to couple the launch with another rocket landing attempt on a drone ship out at sea. It was less than three weeks ago that SpaceX made their first successful rocket recovery on a drone ship. Landing from the chase plane… Read More

  • SpaceX just landed a rocket on a drone ship for the first time

    SpaceX just landed a rocket on a drone ship for the first time

    At 4:43 pm EST, SpaceX successfully launched their next resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). In addition to a seamless launch, SpaceX landed the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket on an autonomous drone ship for the very first time. Landing from the chase plane pic.twitter.com/2Q5qCaPq9P — SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 8, 2016 This was SpaceX’s fifth landing… Read More

  • SpaceX successfully launches SES-9 into GEO but crash lands rocket on drone ship

    SpaceX successfully launches SES-9 into GEO but crash lands rocket on drone ship

    Today at 6:35pm EST, SpaceX successfully launched the SES-9 communications satellite into Geostationary orbit (GEO). Launching the SES-9 payload was the primary goal of today’s mission, but many had their eyes back on the ground for what would have been the first successful landing of a rocket on a drone ship in the ocean. Unfortunately, however, the rocket landing was… Read More

  • SpaceX’s SES-9 Launch And Why They Land Rockets At Sea

    SpaceX’s SES-9 Launch And Why They Land Rockets At Sea

    This Wednesday at 6:46 pm EST, SpaceX is scheduled to launch the SES-9 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida with their Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The mission will mark the company’s second launch of the year. Wednesday’s mission will be coupled with a first stage landing attempt on SpaceX’s autonomous drone ship, “Of Course I Still Love You.”… Read More

  • SpaceX Tested Its Capsule That Will Send Humans To Space

    SpaceX Tested Its Capsule That Will Send Humans To Space

    Yesterday, SpaceX released a video showing a successful hover test of its human-rated spacecraft, Crew Dragon. If all goes according to plan, in 2017, Crew Dragon will be placed on top of a Falcon 9 and send astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The test, which was completed in McGregor, Texas, back in November, analyzed the spacecraft’s ability to fire its… Read More

  • SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite, Unsuccessfully Lands Rocket

    SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite, Unsuccessfully Lands Rocket

    Today, SpaceX was hoping to achieve the first-ever rocket recovery on a drone ship in the ocean. While the company successfully completed its primary mission of bringing the Jason-3 satellite into orbit, it was unable to safely recover the first stage of the rocket. Read More

  • Don’t Compare Blue Origin’s Success to SpaceX’s Failures Crunch Network

    Don’t Compare Blue Origin’s Success to SpaceX’s Failures

    The space industry is more diverse today than ever before and not all reusable rockets are created equal. After Blue Origin’s successful test many suggested that SpaceX, who is working on their own reusable orbital rocket, was falling behind. Read More

  • Try To Land The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Yourself

    Try To Land The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Yourself

    Elon Musk’s SpaceX is trying to launch a spacecraft and have the rockets return safely to Earth…specifically on a floating barge. As it turns out, it’s not that easy. And it costs a lot of money. There’s now a web game that lets you give it a try yourself. Read More