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Elon Musk’s SpaceX unveils Dragon V2 capsule to ferry astronauts to space

A sleek, white gumdrop-shaped space capsule that aims to carry up to seven astronauts to the International Space Station and return to land anywhere on Earth was unveiled by SpaceX. The Dragon V2, short for version two, is the first attempt by a private……

Splashdown confirmed: SpaceX’s Dragon lands in the Pacific Ocean after successful trip

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – A Dragon cargo ship owned by California-based Space Exploration Technologies ended a 28-day stay at the International Space Station on Sunday, parachuting into the Pacific Ocean. Space Station commander Steven Swanson used a robotic crane to release the Dragon capsule, built and…

SpaceX’s unmanned ‘Dragon’ supply capsule docks with International Space Station

SpaceX supply capsule berths at ISS (via AFP) The unmanned Dragon capsule from the private US firm SpaceX successfully berthed at the International Space Station Sunday on its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab. NASA television broadcast live images of the crew inside…  …

SpaceX cancels space station cargo run after discovering helium leak

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies canceled its planned cargo run to the International Space Station on Monday after a helium leak was found in its rocket’s first stage, NASA said. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule had been…

SpaceX’s next cargo mission to space station set for March 16

The next cargo supply mission to the International Space Station by the US company SpaceX has been set for March 16, NASA said Wednesday. SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon capsule will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 4:41 am (0941 GMT) on its third trip ferrying supplies and equipment to the…

SpaceX finally launches commercial satellite on third try

The private US company SpaceX said it successfully launched on Tuesday its first commercial satellite, designed to provide telecommunications services to China and other Asian countries. It said the launch came after two delays in recent days because of glitches with the company’s Falcon 9 rocket. On Tuesday it finally…

Launch of private SpaceX satellite delayed due to fuel system issues

The private US company SpaceX Monday postponed the launch of a rocket carrying a telecoms satellite. The launch with a Falcon 9 rocket had been scheduled for Monday from Florida. But the company said it has delayed it until Thursday because of unexpected readings in the fuel system. It was…

SpaceX to launch radar satellite network for Germany

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies won a two-flight contract to launch a radar satellite network for Germany, the company announced on Thursday. German satellite manufacturers OHB-System AG and Astrium GmbH selected the California-based firm, also known as SpaceX, to launch a trio…

SpaceX capsule leaves International Space Station after completing resupply mission

An unmanned, privately-owned US space capsule which had delivered supplies to the International Space Station undocked from the orbiting outpost on Tuesday to start heading home, NASA said. The manoeuvre with a robot arm handled by crew aboard the space station ended a mission of just over three weeks for…

SpaceX, NASA prepare for April 30 launch to space station

Preparations for the April 30 launch of the SpaceX’s Dragon commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) are underway without major problems, a top NASA official said Tuesday. “The simulations are taking place, I don’t know about big drivers right now, only of what they have to do between now and launch day,” said NASA Space Station…

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