SpaceX and NASA have successfully brought two astronauts back to Earth from the International Space Station, signalling the completion of the mission that took off on May 30, 2020.
Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was the first splashdown by U.S. astronauts in 45 years, with the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to carry people to and from orbit. The return clears the way for another SpaceX crew launch as early as next month and possible tourist flights next year.SpaceX brings NASA astronauts home safe in milestone mission, makes splashdown in Gulf of Mexico
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.- The first astronauts to ride a SpaceX capsule into orbit headed toward a retro-style splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday afternoon to close out a two-month test flight.
SpaceX launched the military's newest, most accurate GPS satellite Tuesday after a two-month delay due to the pandemic. A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying the GPS satellite to orbit.Watch: SpaceX launches US military's newest GPS satellite
SpaceX successfully launched 58 Starlink internet satellites along with three small Earth-observation satellites, SkySats on Tuesday. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.Watch: SpaceX launches 58 Starlink satellites
Developers of automated flying technology envision everything from small drones delivering packages to air taxis ferrying human passengers across cities. While the visions are bold, the ones that pan out will take years to materialize.
A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying two NASA astronauts docked Sunday with the International Space Station. "Soft capture," the moment when the spacecraft makes first contact and latching with the target vehicle, occurred at 10:16 am Eastern Time (1422 GMT). Watch now. (Text: AFP)SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with International Space Station
Two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station after Elon Musk's SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in space travel.
SpaceX became the first private company to launch people into orbit, a feat achieved by US, Russia & China.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. -- you may know it as SpaceX -- is slated to send two astronauts into space on Wednesday. This will mark the first attempt by a private company to send astronauts into orbit. Only governments - Russia, the US, and China - have done that. NASA and SpaceX on Friday gave a "go" for the Demo-2 mission and on Saturday the crewmates -- Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken -- took part in a dress rehearsal of pre-launch events.
A ham radio enthusiast from Ahmedabad on Wednesday got a response from SpaceX Crew Dragon's astronauts while trying to connect with International Space Station.Adhir Saiyadh, a computer engineer, told that he was trying to connect with ISS when he suddenly received a response from Dragon capsule which docked with the orbital outpost on Sunday.Gujarat: Adhir Saiyadh got a response from SpaceX Crew Dragon's astronauts
US billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX company built the Dragon module that lifted off from the Florida spaceport on May 30, after days of delay. This was the first launch from US soil since NASA retired its space shuttle programme in 2011.
The launch of next batch of satellites of SpaceX's Starlink project was postponed on Saturday due to inclement weather during pre-flight operations. According to SpaceX, the next launch could take place on Tuesday, September 1 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Starlink is the next-generation satellite network capable of providing Earth's inhabitants with broadband internet access, Sputnik reported. SpaceX postpones launch of satellites from Starlink project due to inclement weather
Two U.S. astronauts based on the International Space Station on Saturday gave their farewells as they planned to return to Earth. SpaceX and NASA plan to bring Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken back Sunday afternoon in the company's Dragon capsule, aiming for the Gulf of Mexico just off the Florida Panhandle. Flight controllers are keeping close watch on Hurricane Isaias, expected to stick to Florida’s east coast.Watch: SpaceX crew say goodbye before returning to Earth
Two U.S. astronauts about to make the first splashdown return in 45 years said Friday they'll have seasick bags ready to use if needed. SpaceX and NASA plan to bring Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken back Sunday afternoon in the company's Dragon capsule, aiming for the Gulf of Mexico just off the Florida Panhandle.NASA astronauts get ready for a rare splashdown in SpaceX capsule
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, who in February floated the idea of spinning Starlink off for an IPO in the coming years, has said the Starlink constellation will cost the company roughly $10 billion.
SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket with a payload of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network. The launch took place in Brevard County, Florida.Watch: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket with 60-satellite payload
In March, Musk's Crew Dragon capsule made a round trip to the ISS, which is in orbit more than 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth, with a mannequin on board, before returning to the Atlantic after six days in space. Since the last US space shuttle mission in 2011, after 30 years of service, only the Russians have been going back and forth to the ISS.
The contracts are for launch service orders beginning in 2022 and allocate $337 million to ULA, a joint venture between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, and $316 million to SpaceX for the first missions of roughly 34 total that the two rocket firms will support through 2027.
The successful mission, carried out jointly by SpaceX and NASA, demonstrated that the United States has the capacity once more to send its astronauts to space and bring them back.
The 10-day long space voyage would take place sometime around the end of 2021, reported The Verge. The tourists will be shot into orbit in a Crew Dragon space capsule sitting atop a Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Although private tourists have already spent time aboard the ISS, this would be the first time that such a trip is being fully organised by private companies.
Hurley and Bob Behnken blasted off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon, and are supposed to splash down off the coast of Florida on Sunday. The mission marked the first time a crewed spaceship had launched into orbit from American soil since 2011 when the space shuttle program ended.
The liftoff will take place on Saturday at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
A prototype for SpaceX's Starship super-rocket appeared to burst during a pressure test on its pad at the companys South Texas facility.As per report, Starship SN1 is a test article for SpaceX's planned Starship and Super Heavy megarocket, designed to fly deep-space missions to the moon, Mars and beyond.
On May 31, SpaceX became the first private company to send astronauts into space and also marked the first time an American spacecraft went up in nine years.
A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying two NASA astronauts docked Sunday with the International Space Station, the first time a crewed US spacecraft has performed the feat in nearly a decade.
NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken reported that the capsule was performing beautifully, as they closed in for the docking. The gleaming white capsule was easily visible from the station, its nose cone open exposing its docking hook, as the two spacecraft zoomed a few miles apart above the Atlantic, then Africa, then Asia.
A rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company has lifted off with two Americans, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, on a history-making flight to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. This mission marks the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from U.S. soil. The mission's first launch attempt on Wednesday, May 27 was scrubbed due to weather conditions.Watch: SpaceX rocket ship lifts off with 2 Astronauts
With the flight already delayed three days by bad weather, forecasters put the odds of acceptable conditions at 50-50 for the 3:22 p.m. liftoff of the 270-foot Falcon 9 in what would be the first launch of astronauts into orbit by a private company.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to launch two American astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending the US space agency’s nine-year hiatus in human spaceflight.Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to launch two American astronauts
Stormy weather is threatening to delay SpaceX's first astronaut launch. A SpaceX rocket is scheduled to blast off Wednesday afternoon from Kennedy Space Center, carrying a Dragon capsule with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station. It will be the first time astronauts launch from Florida in nine years and a first for a private company.
For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running the show. Elon Musk's SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station. The curtain rises next Wednesday with the scheduled liftoff of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule with two NASA astronauts, a test flight years in the making.
For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. (AP)SpaceX reignites US with 1st crew launch in decade
US astronauts have been flying to the International Space Station (ISS) on Russian Soyuz rockets since the shuttle program ended in 2011 -- a dependence they are keen to break.
India now has a chance to become a leading nation in space economy, and the potential benefits are manifold.
Florida (USA): While addressing the nation from NASA’s , the United States President Donald Trump on May 31 said that new age of American ambition begun after SpaceX Dragon Capsule successfully reached low Earth orbit. “I am thrilled to announce that SpaceX Dragon Capsule has successfully reached low Earth orbit, & our astronauts are safe and sound. With this launch, the decades of lost years and little action are officially over. A new age of American ambition has begun. (ANI)New age of American ambition has begun: Trump after SpaceX Dragon Capsule reached low Earth orbit
The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit has been called off with less than 17 minutes to go in the countdown because of the danger of lightning. Liftoff is rescheduled for Saturday, 30th May.SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather, rescheduled for 30th May
The flight would have marked the first time a private company sent humans into orbit.
A SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft left the International Space Station Tuesday. It carries more than 4,000 pounds of scientific experiments and other cargo. (AP)SpaceX’s first operational version of Dragon successfully ends its final mission
The two astronauts who will test drive SpaceX's brand new rocket ship are set to end a nine-year drought for NASA when they blast into orbit next week from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. NASA and SpaceX administrators said at a briefing Friday that the launch is good to go as planned after a clean review. "There's quite a bit of it between now and launch, but we are ready to launch on Wednesday, May 27th at 4:33 p.m." said NASA Associate Administrator Steve Jurczyk.NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27
India to provide level playing field to private space players; Isro to focus on building technologies
Indian Space Research Organisation will focus more on building new technologies, human spaceflight programmes and deep space missions. New Space India Ltd, the commercial arm of Isro, will engage with startups and private companies for new applications and use the space infrastructure to build them.
ISRO, Nair said, is the best performing government organisation which has not only mastered most sophisticated space technologies totally indigenously, but also provided space missions in a timely manner meeting common mans requirements as well as security needs.
The two US test pilots onboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule entered the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday. The capsule carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken pulled up to the station hours earlier and docked automatically. (AP)Watch: Dragon capsule crew members enter space station
The company plans to raise the amount at a price of $220 per share and the latest funding round is not expected to close until the second week of March, according to the report.
The Crew Dragon capsule was designed to take astronauts from the surface to the ISS.
Elon Musk's Mars vision, morphed into a shake-up of the old space industry, and a fleet of new private rockets. Now, those rockets will launch NASA astronauts from Florida to the International Space Station -- the first time a for-profit company will carry astronauts into the cosmos.
Customers willing to pay for extra-terrestrial journeys in the future will benefit both space companies.
Yusaku Maezawa is accepting applications from "single women aged 20 or over."
SpaceX launches third batch of 60 mini Starlink satellites to build a giant constellation of spacecraft
The satellites were set to release about one hour after takeoff.
He says it's essential for the viability of space travel to be able to reuse spacecraft and that it's important to take steps to extend consciousness beyond our planet.
"We fully expect our commercial partners to meet all workplace safety requirements in the execution of our missions," said NASA in a statement.
Dr D has a thing or two to say about the billionaire's offer.
Washington, Aug 3 (IANS) After delivering more than 5,900 pounds of science and supplies, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to depart the International Space Station (ISS) to Earth on Friday.
Los Angeles, Sep 14 (AFP) SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is being designed to carry people into deep space.
India’s plan to work on human moon mission comes at a time when there is revival of interest globally for a return landing of a human on earth’s satellite. US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration expects to return to the moon with a man-woman team in 2024.
"We are working on a reusable launch technology in order to recover the first and second stages of a rocket so that we can reuse them to cut cost and carry heavier payloads," said ISRO chairman K Sivan.
NASA astronauts who will be riding the SpaceX Dragon discussed the challenges they've faced and what they're looking forward to while speaking at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California on Monday ahead of the Crew Dragon mission.Watch: NASA astronauts, SpaceX COO talk 'Crew Dragon'
Washington, Aug 3 (IANS) NASA has confirmed a delay in the first piloted flights of Boeing and SpaceX, part of NASA's Commercial Crew programme to send humans to the International Space Station (ISS) on private US spacecraft.
Washington, July 26 (IANS) NASA is set to announce the names of the astronauts assigned to the new commercial crew capsules from Boeing and SpaceX, early next month.
San Francisco, April 22 (IANS) The Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which will be used to explore Mars -- a goal that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hopes to accomplish by 2022 -- will be built in the Port of Los Angeles, media reports said.
Washington, June 29 (IANS) A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft loaded with about 2,600 kgs of research and supplies, including experiments investigating cellular biology, Earth science and Artificial Intelligence (AI), lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Washington, April 3 (IANS) The US space agency NASA's cargo provider SpaceX has launched a Dragon spacecraft, starting its resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Washington, June 23 (IANS) NASA's commercial cargo provider SpaceX is set to launch its 15th re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 29, the US space agency said.
Indian Space Research Organisation’s PSLV has turned into a money-spinner for the space agency as forex brought by the country’s mainstay rocket increased by Rs 90 crore from Rs 232.56 crore in 2017-18 to Rs 324 crore in 2018-19 fiscal year.
SpaceX will not send tourists around the Moon this year as previously announced, and will delay the project until the middle of next year, US media reported on Monday. "A new timetable for the flight -- now postponed until at least mid-2019 and likely longer -- hasn't been released" by the California-based company, said the report in The Wall Street Journal.
Miami, March 6 (IANS) SpaceX on Tuesday put Spanish satellite Hispasat 30W-6 into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the company announced.
San Francisco, May 13 (IANS) After an updated version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral carrying Bangladesh's first communications satellite into orbit, its Founder and CEO Elon Musk on Sunday said his company is set for over 300 missions in five years.
SpaceX launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit for Starlink internet service.
The Falcon Heavy, a reusable super heavy-lift launch vehicle, is seen as the world's most powerful rocket since NASA's Saturn V moon rocket in the 1960s.
With Indian Space Research Organisation's (Isro's) newly formed commercial arm NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL) taking over the satellite launch contract business, the space agency's old commercial wing Antrix Corporation has now changed its priorities and is now focusing on manufacturing space systems and promoting industry's role in the sector.
Washington, April 19 (IANS) NASA's next planet-hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess) successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
New York, Jan 8 (IANS) SpaceX began the new year with a mystery-shrouded mission to deliver a government spacecraft, called Zuma, into orbit, the media reported.
Washington, April 2 (IANS) SpaceX is targeting Monday for the launch of its 14th resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) which will deliver science that studies thunderstorms on Earth, space gardening, potential pathogens in space, new ways to patch up wounds, among others.
Washington, March 31 (IANS) SpaceX has confirmed successful deployment of all 10 communications satellites to low-Earth orbit after their launch aboard a a Falcon 9 on Friday, but the company reported a glitch in landing the $6 million nose cone into a giant seaborne net.
Los Angeles, Feb 23 (IANS) SpaceX has completed another launch of its Falcon 9 rocket with first two prototype satellites of its global broadband internet-in-space project, Starlink, successfully deployed in orbit.
Los Angeles, Feb 23 (IANS) US private flight company SpaceX on Thursday launched its first two test satellites for its global broadband internet in space project.
The prototype spacecraft, known as Microsat 2a and 2b, are reportedly to be included as secondary payloads on a Falcon 9 rocket from an Air Force Base in California.
Unlike the Chandrayaan-1 programme in 2008 that involved only orbiting around the moon, Chandrayaan-2 is a much complicated mission as it involves an orbiter, a lander and a rover.
The Falcon Heavy briefly roared to life for the first time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. All three boosters _ 27 engines in all _ were tested.
The rocket's first stage for the mission previously supported previously supported SpaceX's 10th resupply mission to the International Space Station in February of this year.
Washington, Jan 13 (IANS) Carrying approximately 4,100 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft was set to splash down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday.
SpaceX's new, powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, is at its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, awaiting an engine test-firing .The California-based company aims to launch the Heavy by month's end.
Adelaide, Sep 29 (IANS) SpaceX on Friday unveiled its plans to put humans on Mars as early as 2024.
Washington, Jan 5 (IANS) US space agency NASA said on Thursday its industry partners, Boeing and SpaceX, are targeting the return of human spaceflight from Florida's Space Coast in 2018.
To make the Falcon 9 rocket even more powerful, SpaceX came up with the idea of keeping the propellant at super-cold temperatures to shrink its size, allowing them to pack more of it into the tanks.
Washington, May 7 (IANS) An approach used by SpaceX to make its Falcon 9 rocket more powerful could put the lives of astronauts at risk, NASA's safety experts have warned.
SpaceX racked up another first, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA. Image: www.nasa.gov
Astronomers now worry that the vast number of communications craft planned, including nearly 12,000 of Musk’s Starlink fleet, will shine so brightly that they’ll interfere with research.
The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday with a just-in-time-for-Christmas delivery for the International Space Station.
Washington, Aug 15 (IANS) A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida on Monday, sending the US space firm's last new first-generation Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station.
The satellite is designed to replace an earlier version, called Koreasat 5, which launched in 2006. The satellite was successfully deployed, SpaceX confirmed about 45 minutes after launch.
India did not get to land on the moon but ISRO is on mission mode. There are some big plans for the future.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever private commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey "to inspire the dreamer in all of us." (AP)SpaceX announces first private moon passenger
Washington, June 4 (IANS) US space firm SpaceX on Saturday launched supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), including an experiment from a Chinese university that will test the effects of space environments on DNA.
Two of the boosters_ both recycled from previous launches _ returned minutes later for simultaneous, side-by-side touchdowns on land at Cape Canaveral.
Propelled by 27 rocket engines, the Falcon Heavy packs more than 5 million pounds of thrust at launch, roughly three times the force of the Falcon 9 booster that until now has been the workhorse of the SpaceX fleet. The new heavy-lift rocket is essentially constructed from three Falcon 9s harnessed together side-by-side, and Musk has said that one of the most critical points of the flight will come as the two side boosters separate from the central rocket in the first few minutes after blastoff.