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SpaceX

  1. SpaceX’s Latest Grasshopper Test Flight Shatters Its Own Record, Hovers in the Air to Johnny Cash

    SpaceX's Grasshopper is a great example of a simple idea with awesome execution. The Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) craft goes up, and it goes down. That's about all it does, but when you consider the fact that it goes up over 800 feet in the air, hangs out for a little while, and then gently sets itself back down on the landing pad like nothing ever happened...well, we're pretty impressed, anyway.

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  2. After Some Trouble, SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docks Successfully With ISS

    Just minutes after its Friday morning launch, the SpaceX Dragon craft ran into some trouble. Shortly after separation from the Falcon 9 rocket, three out of four of the Dragon's thruster pods failed. Engineers on the ground worked quickly to fix the situation, and this morning the Dragon capsule is safely docked with the International Space Station. So what went wrong?

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  3. Watch SpaceX’s Dragon Launch Live Stream Right Here

    Tomorrow's looking like a perfect day for a rocket launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX's second NASA-commissioned flight to the International Space Station is scheduled to take off in the morning. The mission will deliver a Dragon spacecraft with 1,200 lbs of supplies to the ISS, and will return to Earth loaded up with 2,300 lbs of things taken from the space station. We're looking forward to seeing the launch, and you can watch it right here.

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  4. SpaceX Insists Engine “Anomaly” Was Not Explosion, Rocket Performed as Intended

    As we reported yesterday, SpaceX had a somewhat rocky launch of their Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday. During the ascent, one of the nine Merlin engines experienced an "anomaly" that resulted in the loss of pressure in Engine 1, which then caused the issuing of an engine shutdown command. This command then caused the rocket to jettison panels that would have usually relieved pressure from the engine bay in order to protect the rest of the engines. So, really, it all went like it was supposed to go, according to SpaceX, except for that part where the engine lost pressure. Yes.

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  5. SpaceX Launch Has Engine Explode During Ascent, Proves Importance of Redundancy

    For those not aware, SpaceX had a mostly smooth launch of their Falcon 9 rocket yesterday. The Dragon capsule is on its way to the International Space Station. We say "mostly smooth" because, as it turns out, the Falcon 9 actually lost an engine as it was climbing toward orbit. Engine 1, seen in the upper right corner in the image above, disappeared in a fiery explosion before bits of debris could be seen falling away. Always a confidence booster to see one of our only ways to space blow up on video.

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  6. NASA Invests Over $1.1 Billion in Commercial Space Flight

    The last shuttle launch drew more than its fair share of tears. For many Americans, the shuttle program was essentially what defined "space" in their minds. With that part of the nation's history over, NASA is looking at the commercial space industry for development. Between the Sierra Nevada Corporation, Boeing, and SpaceX, NASA has awarded over $1.1 billion to further explore commercial spaceflight.

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  7. Dragon Splashes Down Safely in Pacific Ocean Ending Historic Mission

    At 11:42 AM EDT today,  SpaceX's commercial spaceship Dragon splashed down in the Pacific ocean 500 miles off the coast of southern California. It's safe arrival puts an end to the historic mission that saw the first commercial company fly to and berth with the International Space Station, perhaps beginning what some are calling a new era in American spaceflight.

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  8. Amazing Photos of the SpaceX Dragon Docking With the Space Station

    The hatch has been opened and history made as SpaceX's Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to dock and resupply the International Space Station. During this historic mission, Dutch astronaut André Kuipers took some spectacular images from last week's approach and berthing maneuvers several hundred miles above the surface of the Earth. See his amazing pictures, after the break.

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  9. Watch as the SpaceX Dragon Docks With the International Space Station

    Yesterday it was only a tiny dot in the distance, but now SpaceX's Dragon has moved inside the 200 meter wide "keep out sphere" around the International Space Station and is preparing to make history. In just a short while, it's expected to move closer to the ISS, be plucked by the Canada arm, and become the first commercial spacecraft to berth with the station. Watch the livestream, right here.

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  10. SpaceX Dragon Successfully Completes Space Station Maneuvers, On Course for Docking Tomorrow

    In the wee hours of the morning, SpaceX's commercial Dragon spacecraft approached the International Space Station for a series of maneuvering and communication tests. The goal was to see how the spacecraft would perform in relatively close proximity to the space station. NASA is now saying that the Dragon has passed with flying colors, and the mission is good to continue.

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