Category: Commercial

  • SpaceX completes Crewed Dragon mission

    This morning the first Crewed Dragon mission came to an end with a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft which was launched last Saturday spent five days docked to the International Space Station during which time the crew spent time unloading and loading cargo and performing tests and inspections. The hatches between the…

  • Hatches Open on Crew Dragon

    In another critical milestone the hatches between the International Space Station and Crewed Dragon were opened at 8:07 am EST today. We were also treated to amazing views from inside the Dragon vehicle as the hatches were opened, the first time for a capsule docked to the station. Over the next few days the crew…

  • Crewed Dragon successfully Docks to ISS

    Following a 27 hour journey to the International Space Station to crewed Dragon spacecraft has successfully docked to the International Docking Adapter on the station. During the docking, a number of tests were performed to ensure the system was working as needed and once those were complete the vehicle completed the automated docking at 6:03…

  • SpaceX Launches Crewed Dragon

    At 2:49 am EST today SpaceX launched the first of their Crewed Dragon spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station. As this was the first launch of the spacecraft there were no crew members onboard however the vehicle is heavily instrumented and does carry a dummy called Ripley which will allow SpaceX and…

  • Virgin Galactic carries first passenger

    Virgin Galactic hit a new milestone this week when they reached a height of 89.9 km and also carried a third crew member. The flight of Virgin SpaceShipTwo (VSS) Unity occurred on 2/22 and carried pilots Mackay and Masucci as well as passenger Moses. VSS Unity was dropped from the carrier plane WhiteKnightOne and a…

  • SpaceX launches Nusantara Satu and SpaceIL Lunar Lander

    This evening SpaceX completed their second launch of the year with the successful delivery of the SSL built the Nusantara Satu satellite for PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), the SpaceIL’s lunar spacecraft Beresheet (Hebrew for “in the beginning”) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) S5 experimental small spacecraft. This was the third flight for…

  • SpaceX begins 2019 with successful Iridium Next launch

    SpaceX completed the last of there contracted launches for Iridium Next with the successfully delivery of 10 satellites to orbit this morning. The launch which had been delayed several times due to satellite and vehicle technical issues successfully lifted off at 10:31 AM EST. This was the 2nd flight of the booster 1049 which again…

  • Week in Space 12/31-1/5

    As we start 2019 we are launching a new weekly summary of the activities that happened or relate to space. New Horizons flies by Ultima Thule On New Years eve the New Horizons spacecraft flew past the asteroid 2014-MU69 which is being referred to as Ultima Thule. The asteroid which is 4+ billion miles away…

  • SpaceX completes 2018 with successful deployed of GPS III satellite

    SpaceX completed its busiest year so far with the successful deployment of the first GPS III satellite, named Vespucci, today.  This was SpaceX’s 21st launch of the year and 72nd overall. The launch was delayed due to a sensor issue and then weather but was able to get off the ground today. This was the…

  • SpaceX launches Dragon for CRS-16 mission

    At 1:16 pm EST today a Falcon 9 lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 40 carrying a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station for there CRS-16 mission.  The Dragon capsule used for this launch was previously flown on the CRS-10 mission. 10 minutes later the Dragon capsule was delivered to…