The safe return to Earth of the SpaceX Dragon capsule was accompanied by live tweets of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who reported that a recovery ship in the Pacific Ocean had obtained the capsule after a three-week mission at the International Space Station.
The next generation of SpaceX's main rocket engine, Merlin 1D, is now qualified to be used in regular Falcon 9 launches after completing a 28 test qualification program, the company announced recently.
The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, March 3, with a one day delay caused by an intitial problem with engaging the on-board thrusters.
After initial problems with its thrusters caused a delay, ISS Program and SpaceX managers Saturday gave the go-ahead for the SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vehicle to rendezvous with the station on Sunday, March 3, one day later than originally planned.
Commercial space company SpaceX successfully launched its Dragon space freighter on a second resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, but the capsule experienced an issue with its thruster pods, NASA and SpaceX reported.
SpaceX is set to launch of Friday its second official cargo supply mission to the Space Station.
The House of Representatives today unanimously approved a bill that extends a risk-sharing and liability regime to support American commercial space transportation operators against catastrophic losses suffered by the uninvolved public.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that more and more complicated test flights are planned over the next months. The year 2013 will also be noteworthy for the first planned test of the Falcon Heavy, one of the largest rockets ever built.