Falcon 9 launches Dragon; promising news from reusability experiment [Updated]

A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 carrying a Dragon cargo spacecraft lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday, April 18. It successfully placed a Dragon cargo spacecraft into orbit. (credit: NASA/KSC)

Despite a foreboding weather forecast, conditions were good enough at the right time Friday afternoon for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket to lift [...]

SpaceX launch to be watched from the air—and perhaps also from the sea

The Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the next Dragon spacecraft is shown in its hangar in a photo released by SpaceX last month. This is the first Falcon 9 to feature landing legs on its first stage. (credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX is set to make another attempt to launch its Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket [...]

SpaceX resets for Friday, but further delays could mean losing its place in line

As expected, SpaceX and NASA announced Wednesday that they have rescheduled Monday’s scrubbed launch of a Falcon 9 v1.1 carrying a Dragon cargo spacecraft to Friday, with the launch scheduled for 3:25 pm EDT (1925 GMT). A backup launch date is Saturday at 3:02 pm EDT (1902 GMT). As of Wednesday, forecasts still called for [...]

Houston finds a potential user of its proposed spaceport

Illustration of a Dream Chaser vehicle landing at Ellington Airport in Houston. Sierra Nevada Corporation and the Houston Airport System agreed April 10 to study the feasibility of using Ellington as a landing site for the vehicle. (credit: SNC)

Ellington Airport in Houston is a former military base best known as being the airfield [...]

Helium leak postpones Falcon 9 launch

A Falcon 9 v1.1 stands on the pad earlier Monday. The launch of the Dragon spacecraft on the third Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission has been postponed until at least Friday due to a helium leak in the rocket’s first stage. (credit: SpaceX)

A failed computer on the ISS didn’t delay SpaceX, but a [...]

ISS glitch won’t delay SpaceX launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 carrying a Dragon spacecraft on the pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday. NASA cleared the launch of the Dragon spacecraft, scheduled for Monday afternoon, despite the failure of a backup computer on the ISS. (credit: NASA)

The failure of a backup computer on the International Space Station (ISS) [...]

Google reportedly interested in acquiring Skybox

An image of the Crown Perth entertainment complex in Perth, Australia, taken by the SkySat-1 spacecraft shortly after its launch last year. Google is reportedly interested in buying the company. (credit: Skybox Imaging)

Skybox Imaging has blazed a number of paths in the commercial space industry, announcing plans a few years ago for a [...]

SpaceX preps Falcon 9R for flight

Late last week, SpaceX released video of a static fire test of its Falcon 9R (F9R) test vehicle, the successor to its Grasshopper vehicle used to test technologies for reusable launch vehicles. The static fire lasted about five second seconds, with the vehicle remaining on the pad at the company’s McGregor, Texas, test site. [...]

Music publications get rolled and spun by one musician’s satellite claims

Interorbital System’s Common Propulsion Module Test Vehicle (CPM TV) lifts off from the Mojave Desert on March 29. The rocket’s payload included one for musician John Frusciante, but that satellite is not in orbit today. (credit: IOS)

If you read music publications, you might be forgiven in believing there’s been a major milestone in [...]

NASA to extend ISS commercial cargo contracts

An Orbital Sciences Corporation Cygnus spacecraft departs from the ISS in February at the end of the first of that company’s eight CRS cargo missions to the station. (credit: NASA)

As NASA begins to plan for a follow-on contract to transport cargo to the ISS, the agency announced plans Monday to extend its current [...]