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SpaceX’s first crewed spacecraft successfully docks with the International Space Station

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ‘Endeavor’ successfully docked with the International Space Station as planned on Sunday morning, marking another key milestone during this historic Commercial Crew demonstration mission it’s conducting with NASA. On board Crew Dragon were NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, the test pilots selected to be the first ever humans to fly on board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, and the first people ever to make the trip to orbit aboard a spacecraft built by a private company. ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Dragon, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Space Station, Cape Canaveral, Hurley


Watch live as SpaceX’s first astronaut-carrying spacecraft docks with the International Space Station

Today at around 10:30 AM EDT (7:30 AM PDT), SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will dock with the International Space Station, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board. The two have been in flight on orbit since launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida yesterday at 3:22 PM EDT, a historic launch that made SpaceX the first private space company to fly people to orbit. You can watch the livestream above to see the approach and docking maneuver, as well as the transfer proces...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Dragon, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Space Station, Hurley, Outer Space


NASA astronauts successfully pilot SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft manually for the first time

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley took over manual control of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on Saturday, shortly after the vehicle’s historic first launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Crew Dragon is designed to fly entirely autonomous throughout the full duration of its missions, including automated docking, de-orbit and landing procedures, but it has manual control systems in case anything should go wrong and the astronauts have to take over. This test is the first time the manual controls ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Dragon, Astronaut, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Cape Canaveral


SpaceX’s astronaut launch marks the dawn of the commercial human spaceflight industry

SpaceX on Saturday launched two NASA astronauts aboard its Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the accomplishment is a tremendous one for both the company and the U.S. space agency. At a fundamental level, it means that the U.S. will have continued access to the International Space Station, without having to rely on continuing to buy tickets aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to do so. But it also means the beginning of a new era for the commercial space industry – one in which private companies and i...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, United States, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Iss, Tom Cruise


SpaceX makes history with successful first human space launch

SpaceX made history today, flying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to space aboard its Crew Dragon spacecraft using a Falcon 9 rocket. The launch, titled ‘Demo-2’, is for the final demonstration mission in the human rating process of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Falcon 9, meaning that once this mission is complete, the launch vehicle will finally be certified for operational use for regular transportation of people to space. This was the second attempt, after an initial launch try last...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Russia, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Watch continuing coverage of SpaceX crewed launch to the International Space Station

SpaceX is once again preparing to make history – the private spaceflight company is set to launch its Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission in collaboration with NASA today. This is the second time they’ve prepared to launch this mission, after an attempt on Wednesday last week was scrubbed due to bad weather. Today’s attempt is set for 3:22 PM EDT (12:22 PM PDT) and preparations, along with the launch itself, will be streamed above starting at 11 AM EDT (8 AM PDT). The launch will take off from Cape...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Falcon 9, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Watch live as SpaceX launches its first ever spacecraft with people on board

SpaceX is once again preparing to make history – the private spaceflight company is set to launch its Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission in collaboration with NASA today. This is the second time they’ve prepared to launch this mission, after an attempt on Wednesday last week was scrubbed due to bad weather. Today’s attempt is set for 3:22 PM EDT (12:22 PM PDT) and preparations, along with the launch itself, will be streamed above starting at 11 AM EDT (8 AM PDT). The launch will take off from Cape...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Falcon 9, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace


SpaceX gets FAA permission to fly its Starship spacecraft prototype

SpaceX has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly suborbital missions with its Starship prototype spacecraft, paving the way for test flights at its Boca Chica, Texas site. SpaceX has been hard at work readying its latest Starship prototype for low-altitude, short duration controlled flight tests, and conducted another static engine fire test of the fourth iteration of its in-development spacecraft earlier today. Officially, the FAA has granted SpaceX ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, Tech, Nasa, Faa, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft, Federal Aviation Administration, Outer Space, Federal Aviation Administration FAA


SpaceX’s first astronaut launch is scrubbed due to weather – next attempt set for Saturday

UPDATE: SpaceX and NASA made the call to scrub the launch today since there were a couple of weather issues that prevented the attempt from taking place. The next window for the launch is Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 PM EDT (12:22 PM PDT). SpaceX is set to mark a huge milestone in its own company history, with a first-ever crewed spaceflight set to take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida later today. The mission is Commercial Crew Demo-2, the culmination of its Crew Dragon human spacecraft ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Russia, Tech, Nasa, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Dragon, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing


Virgin Orbit provides more details about what went right with its first launch demo

Virgin Orbit performed a demonstration of its full launch system on Monday, and while it didn’t go quite as planned, with the mission cut short just a few seconds after Virgin’s LauncherOne separated from its Cosmic Girl carrier aircraft, the company says it still learned a lot – and a lot went right, too. Spaceflight is tough stuff, and it’s actually pretty common for a new spacecraft to not quite get everything right on its first time out. SpaceX took four tries with its original Falcon ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, United States, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Aircraft, Virgin, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Operating System, Falcon, Outer Space, Virgin Orbit


Watch SpaceX launch people to space for the first time live

SpaceX is set to mark a huge milestone in its own company history, with a first-ever crewed spaceflight set to take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida later today. The mission is Commercial Crew Demo-2, the culmination of its Crew Dragon human spacecraft development program, which will carry NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station. The launch is currently set to take off from Kennedy Space Center at 4:33 PM EDT (1:33 PM PDT), though that’ll depend on ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Russia, Tech, Nasa, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Dragon, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing


NASA and SpaceX confirm SpaceX’s first ever astronaut launch is a ‘go’

NASA and SpaceX are closer than ever to a moment both have been preparing for since the beginning of the Commercial Crew program in 2010. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft are now set to fly with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken onboard, making a trip to the International Space Station, and both the agency and SpaceX announced today that they have officially passed the final flight readiness review, meaning everything is now a ‘go’ for launch. According to NASA Commer...
Tags: TC, Post, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Atlantic, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Iss, Spaceflight


Virgin Orbit’s first orbital test flight cut short after rocket released from carrier aircraft

On Monday, Virgin Orbit attempted the first full flight of its orbital payload launch system, which includes a modified Boeing 747 called ‘Cosmic Girl’ that acts as a carrier aircraft for its air-launched rocket LauncherOne. While Virgin Orbit has flown Cosmic Girl and LauncherOne previously for different tests and demonstrations, this was the first end-to-end system test. Unfortunately, that test ended much earlier than planned – just shortly after the LauncherOne rocket was released from Co...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, California, Tech, Ceo, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Virgin Group, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Virgin Atlantic, Spaceport, Outer Space, Kelly Latimer


China set to launch Mars probe and rover mission in July

China’s space program will launch a Mars mission in July, according to its current plans. This will include deploying an orbital probe to study the red planet, and a robotic, remotely-controlled rover for surface exploration. The U.S. has also been planning another robotic rover mission for Mars, and it’s set to take off this summer, too – peak time for an optimal transit from Earth to Mars thanks to their relative orbits around the Sun. This will be the first rover mission to Mars for China’...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, China, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Space Exploration, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Mars Mission, Mars Rover


SpaceX’s first crewed spacecraft launch is officially cleared to proceed on May 27

SpaceX has received approval on its mission to launch NASA astronauts for the first time ever on May 27, having passed the final Flight Readiness Review (FRR) conduced by the agency to ensure everything is go for launch. This final check, conducted over the past few days after the Crew Dragon spacecraft was mounted on top of the Falcon 9 rocket that will take it to the International Space Station (ISS), has officially concluded and the result is that everything is cleared to go forward wit...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Falcon, Hurley, Outer Space


SpaceX’s first crewed spacecraft launch is officially cleared to proceed for May 27 target

SpaceX has received approval on its mission to launch NASA astronauts for the first time ever on May 27, having passed a key Flight Readiness Review (FRR) conducted by the agency to ensure everything is go for launch. This final stretch check, conducted over the past few days after the Crew Dragon spacecraft was mounted on top of the Falcon 9 rocket that will take it to the International Space Station (ISS), has officially concluded and the result is that everything is cleared to go forwar...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Falcon, Hurley, Outer Space


Watch live as ULA launches a U.S. military spaceplane for its first Space Force mission

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) is targeting a liftoff time of 9:14 AM EDT (6:14 AM PDT) today for an Atlas V rockets carrying the Boeing-built X-37B orbital test vehicle on behalf of the U.S. space force, which is an autonomous winged spaceplane that looks a little like a scaled down version of the Space Shuttle . This is the sixth mission for the X-37B, though it’s the first flown under the U.S. Space Force’s supervision, since the space plane was previously operated by the Air Force ...
Tags: TC, Space, Florida, Science, Tech, Earth, United States, Air Force, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Space Shuttle, Kennedy, Spacecraft, Outer Space


Here’s what SpaceX and NASA’s crucial Crew Dragon mission should look like on May 27

SpaceX and NASA are planning a triumphant return to American human spaceflight on May 27, with the SpaceX Demo-2 mission for its Crew Dragon spacecraft. This is the final step required for Crew Dragon to become certified for human flight, after which it’ll enter into regular operational service ferrying people (and some cargo) to the International Space Station on behalf of the U.S. and some of its allies. The animation above shows how SpaceX and NASA envision the mission going, from th...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Animation, International Space Station, Dragon, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon


Momentus set to deploy satellites for a free 4K space-based Earth live-streaming service

Space bus company Momentus has signed a new contract that will see it provide in-space transportation and deployment for Sen, the UK company that’s building a 4K real-time video streaming service providing live, high-quality views of Earth, both free for individuals and via an ope source data platform for developers and service creators. Santa Clara-based Momentus is an in-space transportation startup that provides services to satellite companies looking to move payloads after launch. They can d...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Science, Tech, Smartphone, Earth, United Kingdom, Satellite, Falcon 9, Santa Clara, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop


RocketLab tests new hyperCurie engine that will power its deep space delivery vehicle

Rocket Lab is already in the testing phase for a new engine it’s building to propel its forthcoming Photon Lunar spacecraft, according to CEO and founder Peter Beck . Beck shared an image of the engine, called hyperCurie, undergoing tests conducted by the company’s propellant team. HyperCurie, as its name implies, is an evolution of the Curie engine that currently powers the third stage of the Electron rocket that Rocket Lab uses for its missions, as well as the Photon satellite bus. The...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Beck, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Moon Landing, Outer Space, Curie, Electron, Rocket Lab


China launches next-gen crew capsule for demo flight via new Long March 5B rocket

China has launched a demonstration mission of its next-generation crew spacecraft, using the Long March 5B rocket. This is the first launch for that new rocket, an iteration of China’s Long March launcher that will also be used to take up the sections and components of the country’s forthcoming national orbital space station. This launch flew the crew spacecraft without anyone on board, taking off from Wengchang in China, which is the country’s newest spacecraft launch site. The Long March 5B is...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, China, Tech, Nasa, Dragon, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Space Station, Outer Space, Shenzhou, Wengchang


Max Q: Countdown to a return to US astronaut launches

Last week was a fairly busy week in space news, but the dominating story was preparation for the first-ever Commercial Crew launch that will actually carry human astronauts to space. This is, in many ways, the culmination of years of work and billions of dollars spent by partners NASA and SpaceX on their part of the Commercial Crew Program. On May 27, SpaceX will launch two NASA astronauts on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station, and this week saw a flurry of activity to...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, US, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Space Tourism, Animation, International Space Station, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Iss


SpaceX and NASA break down what their historic first astronaut mission will look like

NASA and SpaceX’s most defining moment of our current space era is coming up at the end of this month, with its Demo-2 mission on May 27. The mission will be the first ever launch for SpaceX with humans on board, and for NASA, it’ll mark the first return to U.S.-based astronaut launches since the Shuttle program flew its last flight in 2011. On Friday, representatives from both SpaceX and NASA briefed the media on the mission and the specifics of what it will involve when astronauts Bob...
Tags: TC, Space, Japan, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Iss, Demo


Here’s how Blue Origin’s human lander system will carry astronauts to the lunar surface

Blue Origin was among the companies selected by NASA to develop and build a human lander system for its Artemis missions, which include delivering the next man and first woman to the surface of the Moon in 2024. The Jeff Bezos -founded space company chose to deliver a bid that included a space industry “dream team” of subcontractors, including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper, and its Artemis Human Landing System will use the expertise of all three. The Blue Origin bid was on...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Animation, Orion, IAC, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Aerospace, United Launch Alliance


SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics will build human lunar landers for NASA’s next trip back to the Moon

NASA has selected the companies that will provide them with the human landing system for their Artemis Moon missions, including a lander vehicle which will carry astronauts from space to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972. Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics were picked from a larger field of competitors to develop and build human landing systems (HLS) to carry the first woman and the next man to the Moon, a goal which NASA still hopes to accomplish by 2024. SpaceX’s Starship was...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Congress, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Moon, Orion, Mars, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Here’s what NASA’s Mars helicopter will look like when it makes history with the first extraterrestrial powered flight

NASA is getting ready to send its next Mars rover to the red planet later this year, and that mission will also carry Ingenuity, a brand new helicopter robot that will attempt to make history by becoming the first vehicle to perform a powered atmospheric flight on another planet. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) created a trailer of sorts to show you approximately what that flight will look like, when it takes place sometime after the targeted February 18, 2021 arrival date for the M...
Tags: Travel, TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Jpl, Outer Space, Jim Bridenstine


NASA will test a new spacecraft solar sail using a NanoAvionics satellite

NASA is going to test a new solar sail system to determine if it’s a viable alternative to propellant-based thrusters for maneuvering small satellites, and potentially for low-cost transportation of spacecraft set on deep-space missions. The agency has selected Illinois-based NanoAvionics to provide the spacecraft that will be used to test the solar sail system, the company announced today. The mission, called NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System or ACS3, is headed by NASA’s Ames Research...
Tags: Energy, TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Illinois, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Solar Sail, Spacecraft, Emerging-technologies, Outer Space, LightSail, Planetary Society, Cubesats


SpaceX engine issue on last Starlink mission caused by cleaning fluid according to Elon Musk

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said on Twitter on Wednesday that the cause of the failure of a single Merlin engine during the most recent Starlink launch (which didn’t prevent the launch from ultimately succeeding at its mission) was the result of an undetected, “small amount” of a learning fluid that ignited during the flight. The SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle uses nine Merlin engines on its first-stage, and can still operate successfully in case one stops working. One did stop working durin...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Merlin, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Musk, Falcon, Outer Space


Watch SpaceX launch its next batch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites live

SpaceX is launching another batch of 60 of its broadband internet satellites today – its fourth Starlink launch of 2020, and its seventh launch of a large batch of the satellites in total. This will put its total operational constellation size at 418, extending its lead as the world’s largest private satellite operator. The launch is set to take place at 3:37 PM EDT (12:37 PM PDT) from Cape Canaveral in Florida, and the live stream above should kick off at around 15 minutes prior to that t...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Fcc, Tech, Broadband, Atlantic, United States, International Space Station, Federal Communications Commission, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Max Q: SpaceX sets a date with history in May

This week in space was pretty active, with some startup news – including timing for a historic first – as well as scientific discoveries and innovation in the time of lockdown. Who better than NASA to demonstrate how science can get done remotely, since the agency is used to conducting experiments from millions of miles away. SpaceX will launch its historic first astronaut mission on May 27 SpaceX and NASA are now targeting a specific date and time for their first ever astronaut launch, the...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Rover, Mars, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Kepler, Curiosity, Northrop Grumman, Outer Space



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