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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…

Private company to send unmanned capsule to space station

WASHINGTON — SpaceX will fly its Dragon capsule on an unmanned mission to the International Space Station in February, marking the first-ever bid by a private company to dock at the orbiting lab, NASA said Friday. The fly-by and berthing mission are scheduled for February 7, 2012, the US space…

SpaceX says ‘reusable rocket’ could help colonize Mars

WASHINGTON — The US company SpaceX is working on the first-ever reusable rocket to launch to space and back, with the goal of one day helping humans colonize Mars, founder Elon Musk said Thursday. The vehicle would be a reusable version of the Falcon 9 rocket which SpaceX used to…

Private space race heats up as U.S. shuttle retires

Private companies, aided by NASA’s cash and expertise in human space flight, are rushing to be the first to build a space capsule to replace the retiring US shuttle in the next few years. With Atlantis wrapping up its final mission and the end of the 30-year US program just…

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