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SpaceX's Grasshopper rises 24 stories or 80.1 meters (262.8 feet), hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. Pic: SpaceX

SpaceX set to try HOVER LANDING for re-usable rockets on March ISS mission

In a potentially game-changing development for space travel, it has emerged that the booster rocket which will launch the next supply capsule to the International Space Station will attempt to make a soft hovering landing after it falls back to Earth. Mounting landing legs (~60 ft span) to Falcon 9 for next month's Space …
Lewis Page, 25 Feb 2014
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Musk's SpaceX gets foot in door of US secret 'black' space program

Internet space cowboy Elon Musk has scored two lucrative military contracts from the US Air Force, which could be stepping stones into the hugely lucrative 'black' spy-sat launch market. SpaceX will launch two science missions for the USAF in 2014 and 2015, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) and Space Test Program 2 ( …
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SpaceX satellite burns up on re-entry after Falcon FAIL

The satellite that made up the secondary cargo of SpaceX's latest orbital mission has burnt up in the Earth's atmosphere after failing to make it into the correct orbit. The OG2 satellite, a prototype communications platform built by Orbcomm, was carried by the Falcon rocket as a secondary payload and was due to be boosted up …
Iain Thomson, 13 Oct 2012

SpaceX Falcon 9 flameout leaves commercial satellite in wrong orbit

The Falcon 9 rocket from upstart rocket firm SpaceX, which lifted off yesterday with supplies for the International Space Station, will deliver those supplies successfully following loss of an engine during launch. However a commercial satellite which was also aboard the rocket has been placed into a lower orbit than planned as …
Lewis Page, 9 Oct 2012
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Elon Musk says he's planning a 'supersonic, electric hover jetplane'

Hecamillionaire space cowboy Elon Musk has revealed new and ambitious plans for the future - among them the idea of a "supersonic electric jet" able to make hovering landings and takeoffs. The one-time PayPal luminary and founder of both upstart rocket biz SpaceX and electrocar darling Tesla Motors is also pondering plans to …
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US space programme in shock metric conversion

We are sure our readers have been enjoying NASA's footage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch to the ISS earlier today, but amid the excitement, you may have missed another historic moment for the US space programme. Listen carefully... That's right, at around 1:10, a mission control operative explains: "Altitude 5.3 kilometres, …
Lester Haines, 22 May 2012
Dragon and Falcon 9 second stage separation

SpaceX Dragon chokes at the last second

The Falcon 9 rocket from private space company SpaceX, intended to launch this morning and send a Dragon capsule loaded with supplies to the International Space Station, has failed to take off. The rocket's computer aborted the launch automatically at almost the final possible moment, when its engines had already ignited but the …
Lewis Page, 19 May 2012
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Elon Musk's private Dragon ship to dock with ISS in Feb

NASA has announced that - all being well - the first mission to the International Space Station by a privately built and operated spacecraft will lift off on February 7. The craft will be a Dragon capsule launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket, both made and handled by techbiz visionary Elon Musk's new company SpaceX. The cheese sent …
Lewis Page, 12 Dec 2011
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Elon Musk's SpaceX seeks 'private sector Cape Canaveral'

Private rocket company SpaceX is looking around for new launch sites to take care of all the commercial customer demand it's getting. Space Exploration Technologies already has a launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida and is currently developing one at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but it says it needs more. "Our …
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First private-sector space station docking delayed

The first private-sector mission to carry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) has been delayed, according to reports. Meanwhile NASA funding for such contracted-out missions is to be cut back. The Dragon capsule and upper stage separate from the Falcon 9. Credit: NASA Not happening again until next year, it …
Lewis Page, 17 Nov 2011
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SpaceX goes to court as US rocket wars begin

Upstart startup SpaceX, which seems set to overturn every applecart in the space business with its cheap new launchers and capsules, has gone to court after an industry consultant allegedly spread rumours that its rockets were unsafe. According to SpaceX's filing with the Fairfax County circuit court in Virginia, Joseph …
Lewis Page, 20 Jun 2011
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NASA 'deep space' ship: Humans beyond orbit by 2020?

Analysis NASA has declared that its pork-tastic Orion moonship – whose primary mission disappeared with President Obama's decision that there will be no manned US return to the Moon – is now to be a "deep space transportation system", suggesting that the agency plans to send it on missions beyond Earth orbit. Concept pic showing Orion …
Lewis Page, 26 May 2011
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Multimillionaire hires ex-NASA 'naut to work on private spaceship

Upstart startup rocket company SpaceX, bossed by renowned geek idol and internet nerdwealth kingpin Elon Musk, has recruited a NASA astronaut to help make the company's spacecraft ready to carry people into space. Dr Garrett Reisman was a NASA astronaut from 1998 until this month, having previously worked in industry as an …
Lewis Page, 7 Mar 2011
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SpaceX's Dragon poised to go orbital

Elon Musk's SpaceX looks poised to send its Dragon capsule into orbit, following a successful static engine test of the Falcon 9 lifter. Static fire of the Falcon 9 engines. Pic: SpaceX After two aborted attempts, Saturday's two-second static fire of Falcon 9's nine liquid oxygen and kerosene-powered Merlin boosters …
Lester Haines, 6 Dec 2010
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Elon Musk's Falcon 9 suffers rocketus interruptus in pad test

The Falcon 9 rocket made by famed tech hecamillionaire Elon Musk's company SpaceX has suffered a test-firing failure on the pad in Florida. The Falcon 9 spits fire briefly during an aborted static test. Credit: SpaceX Bloody thing must be flooded. Flames and black smoke belched briefly from the bottom of the rocket as the …
Lewis Page, 12 Mar 2010
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SpaceX assembles Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX has announced that it's completed assembly of its first Falcon 9 rocket - destined to deliver cargo to the ISS following a recently inked supply deal with NASA. The Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral The 54.9m (180ft) beast now awaits raising into the vertical, once SpaceX has carried out "a tremendous amount of welding" to …
Lester Haines, 2 Jan 2009

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