Parting is such sweet, spacey sorrow.
SpaceX's Dragon capsule has had a great time chillin' at the ISS since Easter, but all good things must come to an end. Tomorrow morning, you can watch the robotic capsule detach from the International Space Station, and head for splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.Read More
This is inarguably the world's best toy.
SpaceX has been working on a reusable rocket since 2011, and things have been going pretty well for them. A few days ago, the company ran a successful test run of its Falcon9R rocket, and it looks like the future. Check out the video to watch it take off, hover at 3,280 feet, and softly touch back down to Earth. Whoa.Read More
Well that's not very nice at all.
Things between Russia and the United States are a little... complicated at the moment due to tensions over the Ukraine/Crimea situation. NASA relies on the Russians to get American astronauts to and from the ISS, but a Russian Deputy Prime Minister has suggested maybe we should be using a trampoline instead. Wait. That won't work, will it?Read More
And on the third day, Robonaut rose again.
Robotnaut may have left the Earth Friday, but fear not, mortals; the beings in the sky have heard your pleas. On the morning of Easter Sunday, after three days in space, your Robo-lord and savior shall rise again! You know, when SpaceX's cargo ship connects to the ISS, delivering Robonaut's legs, among other things. Why, what did you think I meant?Read More
After 3 days in orbit, Robonaut's legs will rise again.
Robonaut's transformation to Doctor Octonaut was delayed on Monday when a helium leak forced SpaceX to scrub their ISS cargo launch. Fortunately, they're going to get another shot today, and you can watch the live coverage from NASA and SpaceX starting at 2:15PM ET. The launch is scheduled for 3:25PM ET.Read More
Let's build a robot Doctor Octopus and put him in charge of a space station. What could go wrong?
NASA's Robonaut 2 has been patiently awaiting the arrival of his robotic Doc Ock legs as he sits completely immobile on a support post. Today, his lower half is launching to the ISS aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 4:58PM ET, and then he'll be able to move freely about the space station and free up human astronauts for more complex tasks.Read More
Third time's the charm?
Last week, we watched SpaceX try to launch their first satellite into geostationary orbit, and it was disappointing when the launch was called off due to technical concerns. They failed again in their second attempt on Thanksgiving, so we'll have the live stream again today at 5:25PM EST to see if their third attempt is successful.Read More
We'd be really excited that we might some day get to go to space, but space is terrifying.
SpaceX, the first commercial spaceflight company to visit the International Space Station, is entering new territory tonight as it uses its Falcon 9 rocket to transport its first satellite into geostationary orbit. This will mark the maiden voyage of an upgraded Flacon 9 with engines that are about 50% more powerful than before.Read More
THE FUTURE IS NOW.
It's a space-a-licious day! After a few failed attempts, Orbital Science's unmanned cargo craft Cygnus has successfully docked with the International Space Station (hooray!). Not wanting to be left out of the spotlight, SpaceX has also launched their next-gen rocket Falcon 9. The future is now!Read More
This puts my 6th grade soda bottle experiment to shame.
On August 13th, SpaceX performed, filmed, and uploaded another test of their Falcon 9 test rig (which they call the Grasshopper). This time the rocket flew to a 250m altitude with a 100m lateral maneuver before returning to the center of the pad. And oh. Man. You guys, it's SO COOL. I'm going to watch it eight more times.Read More
And what do you do with a statue of Nikola Tesla that's also a Wi-Fi hotspot and a time capsule? Send it to Mars, of course.
In spite of being dead, Nikola Tesla is having a pretty good year. His New York lab was just purchased by a group of admirers looking to turn it into a museum, he could be getting his own cartoon, and now there will be a statue built in his honor in Silicon Valley. And not just any statue -- this one will double as a Wi-Fi hotspot, triple as a time capsule, and it could even be going to Mars in 2043.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More