Tag: Dragon

  • My first live launch – SpaceX CRS-15

    Today my family and I were able to see our first live rocket launch with the successful liftoff of the Falcon 9 carrying the Dragon Spacecraft to orbit for SpaceX’s CRS-15 mission to the International Space Station. Originally the plan was to get up a 2 in the morning and drive from Davenport, FL to…

  • SpaceX Dragon completes CRS-14 mission

    SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule completed its CRS-14 mission today with the successful splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The capsule which was launched on April 2nd and spent 31 days attached to the International Space Station before being loaded with critical experiments and cargo that will now be processed by NASA. Good splashdown of Dragon confirmed, completing…

  • SpaceX launches Dragon on 14th CRS mission

    This afternoon SpaceX launched their 14th Dragon mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 40. Following a smooth countdown, the nine Merlin 1D engines powered the rocket and its payload to orbit. This was the 7th launch for SpaceX in 2018, the 52nd Falcon 9 launch and 11th…

  • SpaceX’s Dragon successfully completes CRS-13 mission

    The Dragon capsule that was launched late last year completed it’s mission to the International Space Station with a successful splashdown in the Pacific Ocean today. In another first, this time for NASA and the Canadian Space Agency the Dragon capsule was released by the robotics engineers on the ground instead of using the Astronauts aboard…

  • SpaceX Dragon completes visit to ISS

    In what looks to become another busy day for SpaceX the Dragon cargo vehicle that spent a month at the station following its successful launch last month was released by the station this morning and completed a successful splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at 8:12 EDT. This was the second mission for this vehicle and…

  • SpaceX vs NASA progress since 2010

    In 2010 Senator Richard Shelby made the following statement “This request represents nothing more than a commercially-led, faith-based space program.  Today, the commercial providers that NASA has contracted with cannot even carry the trash back from the space station much less carry humans to or from space safely. “These providers have yet to live up…

  • Now comes SpaceX’s true test

    This morning SpaceX suffered the first failure of their Falcon 9 rocket as it explode two minutes into the CRS-7 mission. Initial data from Elon Musk indicates that an over-pressure event happened on the second stage. There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. Data suggests counterintuitive cause. — Elon Musk…

  • SpaceX loses CRS-7 mission to ISS

    This morning SpaceX launched their latest mission to the International Space Station, unfortunately during the first stage flight the rocket exploded causing lost of Falcon, Dragon and the cargo it was carrying   Among the cargo that Dragon was carrying was the first of two International Docking Adapters for the station which will be used…

  • Dragon Berthed to ISS

    The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft successfully arrived at the International Space Station this morning completing a two day journey which started with the picture perfect launch on Tuesday. ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti controlled the ISS robotic arm and captured of Dragon at 6:55 am EDT. Mission control then manoveured the spacecraft to the Berthing which was…

  • Dragon at the International Space Station

    Following Saturday’s beautiful launch of the Falcon 9 and two days of rendezvous maneuvers the SpaceX Dragon vehicle arrived at the ISS early this morning. This is the sixth time that Dragon has visited the station, once under the COTS development program and five times under the cargo resupply contract (CRS) awarded to SpaceX. The…