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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


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


Watch Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launch a milestone Space Station resupply mission live

Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is launching a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIB rocket carrying the last of its H-II transfer vehicles. This cargo spaceship has enjoyed a long career of delivering supplies, payloads and experiments to the International Space Station, but MHI is working on a successor that will aim to begin flying in 2022, with advanced capabilities including automated docking. This vehicle will also be designed to make it all the way to NASA’s planned lunar...
Tags: TC, Space, Japan, Science, Tech, Nasa, Avatar, International Space Station, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Tanegashima Space Center, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, JAXA, MHI, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MHI


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


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


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


Elon Musk provides more details about SpaceX’s plan to reduce Starlink satellite visibility

During a virtual conference briefing this week, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk provided more details about a new plan that his company has to mitigate the impact of their Starlink satellite constellation on night sky observation. Musk first revealed the intent to build a “sun visor” to lower their visibility on Twitter, but we didn’t know much about how it would work or how it compared to the test dark paint job that SpaceX tried previously. As reported by Space News, SpaceX’s new “VisorSat...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Earth, Broadband, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Musk, StarLink


Elon Musk details some SpaceX efforts to reduce nighttime visibility of Starlink satellites

It’s launch day for yet another batch of Starlink satellites, which will bring the total launched by SpaceX to 422. With each launch, there’s renewed discussion around the impact the growing constellation of low Earth orbit small satellites has on night-sky visibility and scientific research, and SpaceX has said it’s making changes to attempt to address those concerns. Now, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has provided some more detail about some of the latest measures his company is taking to minimize Star...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Earth, Broadband, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Musk, StarLink


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


In-space satellite servicing proves successful in record-breaking orbital spacecraft operation

A demonstration mission of Northrop Grumman’s first-ever Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-1) has proven successful, extending the life of an Intelsat satellite by five years. The mission involved Northrop’s MEV docking with Intelsat’s IS-901 satellite in orbit on February 25, after which it altered the orbit of the Intelsat spacecraft to bury it more operating time. While the original docking occurred in late February, the MEV has spent the intervening time altering the orbit of IS-901, and ...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Private Equity, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Northrop Grumman, Northrop, Intelsat, Orbital


SpaceX’s latest Starship prototype fails under pressure testing

The process of designing, testing and building an entirely new spacecraft is definitely a difficult one, and bound to encounter some issues. SpaceX’s efforts to build Starship, its massive new fully reusable spaceship, is no exception. The most recent Starship prototype, designated “SN3,” failed catastrophically during cryogenic proof testing, which is designed to simulate pressures the spacecraft would encounter during a test flight. That might sound familiar: SpaceX’s first prototype, th...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, Youtube, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Prototype, Spacecraft, Outer Space, Boca Chica Texas, SpaceX Starship


NASA still tracking towards mid-to-late May SpaceX crew launch despite parachute mishap

NASA provided an official update about the status of its Commercial Crew program, the project it’s working on with partners SpaceX and Boeing to return astronaut launch capabilities to American soil via private launch partners. This week, SpaceX encountered an issue while testing the parachute system that will be used on its Crew Dragon spacecraft, but a new update from NASA indicates the the previously stated mid-to-late May window for its first ever launch with astronauts on board is ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Nasa, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Spacecraft, Falcon, Outer Space, StarLink, Drop Test


NASA confirms Commercial Crew still a priority, but James Webb Telescope testing and other activities paused

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has been sharing regular updates about how his agency is approaching the rapidly changing global coronavirus pandemic situation. This week, NASA escalated its response multiple times due to changing circumstances, including changing the state of working conditions at all of its facilities across the country, and on Friday the agency summarized the current status of each of its facilities and major projects in a comprehensive update. Work continues on a few m...
Tags: Food, TC, Space, Spacex, Science, California, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Orion, Lockheed Martin, Astronaut, Iss, Spaceflight, Boeing


SpaceX breaks a Falcon 9 rocket re-use record with successful Starlink launch

SpaceX has successfully launched and deployed its sixth batch of 60 Starlink satellites, further growing its constellation for the internet broadband system it plans to launch for customers starting later this year in the U.S. and Canada. This brings SpaceX’s total Starlink constellation size to 360 spacecraft, extending the company’s lead as the world’s largest private satellite operator. The launch this morning used a Falcon 9 first stage booster that flew for its fifth time, marking a reco...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Texas, Science, Tech, Earth, Canada, United States, North America, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Falcon


NASA, SpaceX Still Aiming to Launch Manned Crew Dragon Demo-2 Test as Early as May

NASA and SpaceX are still planning on conducting the first manned commercial crew program launch to space as early as May, indicating that the timetable for the mission has not shifted despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Technology, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Crew Dragon, Demo 2


NASA’s Orion spacecraft completes testing ahead of Artemis 1 Moon mission

NASA has completed the testing process meant to simulate performance in in-space conditions for its Orion crew spacecraft, developed by Lockheed Martin and designed to carry crew on the agency’s Artemis missions, which aim to return the next American man and deliver the first American woman to the surface of the Moon. It reportedly “aced” the tests according to NASA, which include thermal vacuum and electromagnetic interference performance checks. Obviously, it’s not business as usual at N...
Tags: TC, Space, Florida, Science, California, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Aircraft, Long Beach, Orion, Ohio, Lockheed Martin, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing


Rocket Lab will launch a satellite to the Moon for NASA to prepare for the Lunar Gateway

Launch startup Rocket Lab has been awarded a contract to launch a CubeSat on behalf of NASA for the agency’s CAPSTONE experiment, with the ultimate aim of putting the CAPSTONE CubeSat into cislunar (in the region in between Earth and the Moon) orbit – the same orbit that NASA will eventually use for its Gateway Moon-orbiting space station. The launch is scheduled to take place in 2021. The CAPSTONE launch will take place at Rocket Lab’s new Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) facility at Wallops Fligh...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Science, Virginia, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Satellite, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft, Spaceport, Outer Space


Blue Canyon Technologies chosen by Made in Space for orbital manufacturing demo mission

In-orbit manufacturing startup Made in Space has tapped Colorado’s Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) to help support its Archinaut One demonstration mission contracted by NASA, which is currently set to take place in 2022. The mission will see Made in Space show off the assembly of two ten-meter solar arrays on orbit, which will then be used to power an ESPA-class satellite, providing up to five times more power than is available via power sources used for those satellites not assembled in orbit. B...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Colorado, Tech, Nasa, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Solar Sail, Spacecraft, Additive Manufacturing, Northrop Grumman, Jpl, Cubesats, Crum


NASA and ESA’s Solar Orbiter begins its nearly two year journey to the Sun

After years of development, an exciting new scientific research spacecraft has launched on its journey to study our solar system’s central player: the Sun. The Solar Orbiter, developed jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) and built by Airbus, lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday night, launching as planned at 11:03 PM EST (8:03 PM PST). Solar Orbiter launched atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, feating a special, unique config...
Tags: TC, Space, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Esa, Sun, European Space Agency, Airbus, Aerospace, Venus, Spacecraft, Plasma Physics, European Space Agency ESA


Watch two rocket launches live, including a Space Station supply flight and a mission to study the Sun

There are two – that’s right two – launches happening this Sunday, and both are set to broadcast live on NASA’s official stream above. The first is a NASA International Space Station resupply mission, with a Norhtrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft launching aboard an Antares rocket from Wallops Island in Virginia at 5:39 PM EST (2:39 PM PST). The second is the launch of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, a joint scientific mission by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) that’s set to take off ab...
Tags: Travel, TC, Space, Florida, Science, Virginia, Nasa, Esa, Sun, European Space Agency, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Venus, Spacecraft, Space Station


NASA confirms two Boeing Starliner issues would’ve led to spacecraft loss without intervention

NASA and Boeing are sharing more details about the issues that were encountered during the Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew spacecraft uncrewed demo mission in December, and their progress on investigating the causes and implementing fixes. In a new , NASA lays out the three different specific issues that occurred, and notes that for two of them, the spacecraft would’ve been lost without direct intervention by the ground crew. The first issue identified is the mission timer issue that Boeing and N...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Spacecraft, Outer Space, NASA Boeing, Starliner, Boeing Starliner


NASA sets 2022 launch for air quality sensor that will provide hourly updates across North American

NASA is sending a payload that could help improve air quality forecasting to orbit aboard a Maxar 1300-class satellite whose primary mission is to provide commercial satellite communications for Intelsat customers, the agency announced today. NASA’s new air quality measurement tool is called ‘TEMPO,’ which stands for Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution, and it’ll provide hourly measurements of the levels of gases in the atmosphere over North America, including ozone, nitrogen dioxide...
Tags: TC, South Korea, Space, Science, La, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Palo Alto, European Space Agency, Private Equity, Epa, North America, Environmental Protection Agency, Spaceflight, Aerospace



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