Well, this is no good: testing has revealed cracks in the Soyuz landing capsule that Russia was supposed to launch to the ISS, rendering it decidedly un-spaceworthy. The launch date has been rescheduled until April or May, meaning that SpaceX's Dragon capsule might be the next arrival at the ISS.
The man who almost single-handedly made the environmentally-conscious electric vehicle sexy with the Tesla, is now hoping to do the same for space flight, but with a twist, reusable launch vehicles.
In a report estimating the hypothetical cost of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle for a government agency, NASA looked at it from two angles: the agency's traditional approach, and a "more commercial" one. Guess what won?
That Russian resupply capsule crash from last week is causing more problems than just a lack of Tang for the astronauts on the ISS. If Russia doesn't figure out the problem and fix it faster than you can say "что идет вверх, должно снизиться," the station may get mothballed this winter.
For the first time, a private, commercial spacecraft will launch into Earth orbit and autonomously dock with the International Space Station. Lumbering governments beware: private industry is taking over your space turf.
SpaceX, the private company behind the Falcon 9 rocket launched successfully just last year, has revealed plans to build a massive follow up called the Falcon Heavy.
Private rocket company SpaceX is about to attempt a launch of its next spacecraft, the new Falcon 9. One of the private rocketeers that might soon supplant or even replace the U.S. manned space program, SpaceX wants to use the Falcon 9 to eventually launch humans into space. For now, weather permitting, the company needs to get Falcon 9 through its first unmanned test flight.
For the privately-developed SpaceX rocket project, apparently the fourth time is the charm. After three dismal failures, the fourth launch attempt resulted in the two-stage Falcon 1 streaking into orbit last night after a flawless liftoff at 7:15pm EDT....