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SpaceX escape engines were test fired before mishap: panel

By Joey Roulette ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A NASA safety panel said on Thursday that Saturday's accident on a SpaceX astronaut capsule happened after eight engines were test fired, but offered scant details on what caused the mishap or the extent of the damage. NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel told reporters Elon Musk's rocket company continues to investigate the cause of the 'anomaly' during a test of engines designed to propel the crew to safety at Cape Canaveral Air ...


China Plans to Build a Base near the Moon's South Pole

China plans to build a scientific research station on the moon in "about 10 years," according to the state news agency Xinhua.The China National Space Administration (CSNA) intends to build the research station in the region of the moon's south pole, Zhang Kejian, head of CSNA, said in a public statement, Xinhua reported. That's a bit of a departure from the six successful NASA Apollo moon landings, which took place closer to the moon's equator between 1969 and 1972.Details of China&...


SpaceX blew up a Dragon spacecraft over the weekend

A stumble in Elon Musk's race to fly astronauts into space.
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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon appears to have self-destructed during engine testing

SpaceX has had a really fantastic 2019 thus far, with its crowning achievement being the successful launch, docking, and reentry of its Crew Dragon capsule that is expected to be delivered to NASA for crewed missions sooner rather than later. Everything -- well, almost everything -- appeared to be going SpaceX's way this year... until Saturday, that is.According to NASA and multiple eyewitness reports something went very, very wrong with the Crew Dragon vehicle during an abort engine test at...
Tags: Twitter, Spacex, Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Boeing, Los Angeles Times, Cape Canaveral, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine


SpaceX suffers serious setback with crew capsule accident

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has suffered a serious setback in its effort to launch NASA astronauts into orbit this year. Over the weekend, the Dragon crew capsule that flew to the International Space Station last month was engulfed in smoke and flames on an engine test stand. SpaceX says it was testing the […]
Tags: Spacex, Science, News, Ap, Nasa, Nation, International Space Station, CAPE CANAVERAL Fla


After SpaceX Crew Dragon accident, timeline for domestic astronaut launches is murky

SpaceX had hoped to launch astronauts as soon as July. That schedule will likely be delayed after an accident Saturday during tests at Cape Canaveral.
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SpaceX's Crew Dragon Suffers 'Anomaly' During Testing at Cape Canaveral

One of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon crew capsules suffered an “anomaly” on the launch pad at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while testing its engines on Saturday, with Florida Today posting an image of “orange plumes” rising from the launchpad and noting “unconfirmed reports” that the capsule was destroyed.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Technology, Nasa, Rockets, Cape Canaveral, Commercial Crew Program, Crew Dragon, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station


Incident on SpaceX pad could delay its first manned flight

A mysterious but apparently serious incident occurred Saturday in Cape Canaveral, Florida involving the SpaceX capsule intended to carry American astronauts into space late this year, the private company and NASA announced. “Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida," a SpaceX spokesman said in a statement.
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Cape Canaveral Florida, Landing Zone


SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly during engine test; no injuries reported

SpaceX suffered a setback in preparations for its first crewed launch to the International Space Station today when one of its Crew Dragon spacecraft experienced an anomaly during an engine test firing in Florida. No injuries were reported, but the anomaly threw up a huge pillar of smoke from SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 during testing of the Dragon’s Super Draco thrusters. The static-fire test was being conducted in preparation for an in-flight abort test. The in-flight abort test is meant to demons...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, International Space Station


Elon Musk's SpaceX suffers capsule anomaly during Florida tests

Elon Musk's SpaceX suffered an anomaly in one of its Crew Dragon capsules while conducting engine tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, the company said. "The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand," the company said in a statement. The issue was earlier reported by Florida Today, which said orange smoke was seen rising above SpaceX's facilities, and that the anomaly was contained with no injuries.
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station


The private frontier: corporate space explorers stand by for a $1tn lift-off

Trump’s ambitions for US lunar exploration will be a further boost to the billionaires building a new generation of rocketsPresident Donald Trump has struggled with some of his signature policy promises, but now he has set his sights higher: a return to the moon, five decades after humans last set foot there.The White House has spoken of landing the first woman on the moon within five years and Trump’s vice-president, Mike Pence, has made it clear that the private sector – much of it backed by a...
Tags: Business, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, White House, US, Technology sector, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence


U.S. advances review of Musk's Baltimore-Washington tunnel project

Musk's Boring Co has proposed a privately funded 35.3-mile "loop project" that would include twin underground tunnels transporting passengers at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. The company says passengers would be able to travel from downtown Washington to Baltimore in as little as 15 minutes. Musk, who also leads electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc and rocket company SpaceX, is seeking to revolutionize transportation by digging tunnels, including one that would connect downtown Chicago and t...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Washington, Chicago, Baltimore, Musk, Baltimore Washington, Tesla Inc, Musk s Boring Co


SpaceX’s recovered core booster damaged in rough seas

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket booster that landed on an ocean platform after last week’s launch has been damaged in rough seas. For the first time, all three first-stage boosters landed upright following Thursday’s launch of the company’s Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket in use. Both side boosters returned to Cape […]
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SpaceX's recovered core booster damaged in rough seas

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket booster that landed on an ocean platform after last week's launch has been damaged in rough seas.
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SpaceX booster accidentally falls into ocean after rough conditions

On Thursday, SpaceX landed three of its booster rockets in one very impressive feat.While the two side boosters landed safely on the ground at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the center core landed out in the Atlantic Ocean on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship.SEE ALSO: SpaceX landed three of its boosters for the first time, and yep, it was impressiveThat meant SpaceX had to go and retrieve the booster, but sadly, rough conditions on the seas resulted in the booster accidentally f...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Falcon Heavy, Atlantic Ocean, Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station


SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy center core booster falls over on ship amid heavy seas

Mother Nature has splashed cold water over SpaceX’s triumphant triple booster landing in the wake of last week’s Falcon Heavy rocket launch. Literally. After sending the Arabsat-6 telecommunications satellite on the first leg of its journey to geostationary orbit on Thursday, the three first-stage rocket cores went their separate ways. Two side boosters touched down safely at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, not far from their launch pad. The center core landed...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Falcon Heavy, Atlantic Ocean, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Arabsat


Falcon Heavy's first commercial flight is 'huge' as 'an inflection point' for SpaceX, banker says

It wasn't the rocket's debut but "there's been a lot of anticipation" for the massive Falcon Heavy rocket's first commercial launch.
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SpaceX successfully recovered Falcon Heavy’s nosecone, and it’s going to space again

After many delays, SpaceX was finally able to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket this week, for just the second time ever. The company also made history by successfully recovering both of its side boosters and the central core booster, which it had never done before.Believe it or not, the trio of boosters aren't the only things that SpaceX managed to recover. SpaceX boss Elon Musk revealed on Twitter that both halves of the spacecraft's nosecone were also picked up, and they're going to ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Musk, Falcon Heavy, StarLink, Falcon Heavy SpaceX


SpaceX carries out first commercial launch

SpaceX carried out its first commercial launch on Thursday with its Falcon Heavy rocket easing a Saudi telecoms satellite into orbit. The bright white rocket rose with a roar and spewed thick gray smoke on the ground as it made its way up into clear blue skies over Cape Canaveral, Florida, trailing a long plume of orange fire. About 34 minutes after liftoff, the shiny silver satellite was successfully deployed.
Tags: Spacex, Science, Falcon Heavy, Cape Canaveral Florida


SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launches its first commercial payload — then aces a triple landing

More than a year after SpaceX sent its Falcon Heavy rocket on a majestic test launch, the second Falcon Heavy put a satellite in orbit today for its first customer. Then, for the first time, all three of the rocket's reusable booster cores landed safely and successfully. SpaceX also recovered both halves of the rocket's nose cone and intends to reuse those components as well. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk celebrated the day's successes with a string of exuberant tweets, punctuated with hearts...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Falcon Heavy, Falcons


SpaceX nails triple booster landing after satellite delivery

Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy launched a satellite into orbit for a Saudi Arabian company.
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SpaceX landed three of its boosters for the first time, and yep, it was impressive

Three is certainly a magic number.SpaceX landed three of its Falcon Heavy rocket boosters for the first time on Thursday, as part of a mission which was delayed from the day before due to bad weather.SEE ALSO: The black hole photo you've seen everywhere is thanks to this MIT grad's algorithmThe Falcon Heavy launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 6:35 p.m. EDT, carrying the Arabsat-6A communications satellite in its payload.Eight minutes after takeoff, the spaceflight company la...
Tags: Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Nasa, Falcon Heavy, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, Falcons, Middle East Africa, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Alexandra Smith, Engin Bozkurt, Caley Burke


SpaceX's Falcon Heavy conducts first commercial flight 

The 23-story-tall Heavy, which previously launched Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster to space in a 2018 debut test flight, blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center carrying its first customer payload. "T plus 33 seconds into flight, under the power of 5.1 million pounds of thrust, Falcon Heavy is headed to space," SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said on a livestream. Roughly three minutes after clearing the pad, Heavy’s two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a syn...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Falcon Heavy, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force, John Insprucker


Elon Musk's SpaceX sends world's most powerful rocket on first commercial flight

The 23-story-tall Heavy, which previously launched Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster to space in a 2018 debut test flight, blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center carrying its first customer payload. "T plus 33 seconds into flight, under the power of 5.1 million pounds of thrust, Falcon Heavy is headed to space," SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said on a livestream. Roughly three minutes after clearing the pad, Heavy’s two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a syn...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Falcon Heavy, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Hawthorne California, John Insprucker


SpaceX is going to try to launch its Falcon Heavy yet again – watch it live here

It's been a rough week for the folks at SpaceX. The second-ever launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket was supposed to happen on Sunday, and then again on Tuesday, and yet again on Wednesday. Needless to say, none of those dates fit the bill, with most of the delays related to poor weather conditions.Now, SpaceX is hoping that the fourth time is the charm, and it has another launch window scheduled for today at 6:35 p.m. EST. As before, the launch could take place at any time over a window of abo...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tesla, Earth, Falcon Heavy, Arabsat, Arabsat 6A


SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launches Arabsat-6A as its first commercial payload

More than a year after SpaceX sent its Falcon Heavy rocket on a majestic test launch, the second Falcon Heavy put a satellite in orbit today for its first customer. Back in February 2018, the test payload was SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster with a mannequin nicknamed Starman in the driver’s seat. This time around, the payload was the 13,200-pound Arabsat-6A satellite, which is destined to go into geostationary orbit to provide telecommunications services to the Middle East, Africa and Euro...
Tags: Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Falcon Heavy, Tesla Roadster, Middle East Africa, Arabsat


SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its second supersized rocket and for the first time landed all three boosters Thursday, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight. The new and improved Falcon Heavy thundered into the early evening sky with a communication satellite called Arabsat, the rocket’s first […]
Tags: Spacex, Science, News, Ap, Nation, Falcon Heavy, CAPE CANAVERAL Fla


SpaceX carries out first commercial launch

SpaceX carried out its first commercial launch on Thursday with its Falcon Heavy rocket tasked with placing a Saudi satellite in orbit. The bright white rocket rose with a mighty roar and spewed thick gray smoke on the ground as it made its way up into clear blue skies over Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket exerts 5.1 million pounds of thrust -- that of more than a dozen jetliners, SpaceX said.
Tags: Spacex, Science, Falcon Heavy, Cape Canaveral Florida


Trifecta! SpaceX launches first mission on Falcon Heavy and lands all three boosters

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle successfully undertook its first commercial mission today, taking a communications satellite to orbit and proving the viability of its heavy-lift rocket platform. And as a piece de resistance, all three rocket cores autonomously landed themselves back on Earth and will soon be ready to fly again. The mission is still underway, but the most dangerous moments are over with, and the system passed with flying colors. It’ll be some time before the next second s...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Earth, Falcon Heavy, Cape Canaveral, Arabsat


SpaceX launches mega rocket year after debut with sports car

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has launched its second supersized rocket from Florida, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight. The new and improved Falcon Heavy blasted off Thursday evening with a communication satellite called Arabsat — the rocket’s first paying customer. The Falcon Heavy is the most […]
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