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Video of SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage Landing on Drone Ship

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SpaceX CRS-8 Mission to Deliver New Module, Rodents to ISS

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Bigelow BEAM module ready for shipping. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Bigelow BEAM module ready for shipping. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — The SpaceX Dragon CRS-8 mission will deliver 6,900 pounds/3,130 kilograms of science, crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station. Payloads aboard Dragon will include rodents for a medical study and an expandable module that will be installed after Dragon completes its two-day trip to the station.

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Three Cargo Ships Due at ISS in Quick Succession

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Progress 60P on approach to ISS. (Ctedit: NASA TV)

Progress 60P on approach to ISS. (Ctedit: NASA TV)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — It will be rush hour at the International Space Station for the next two weeks as a pair of spaceships gets ready to launch new science, hardware and crew supplies to the Expedition 47 crew. As the crew prepares for the new shipments, they are already working on the latest research delivered Saturday on the newest Cygnus space freighter from Orbital ATK.

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Broadcom Sues SpaceX for Allegedly Poaching Employees

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SpacX Founder Elon Musk

SpacX Founder Elon Musk

In a lawsuit, Broadcom has accused Elon Musk’s SpaceX of using an agreement under which the companies explored a cooperative deal to supply microchips to poach its top engineers.

The company says SpaceX violated nondisclosure agreements and poached its top engineers “to procure a family of sophisticated, customized computer chips without bearing all of the research and development costs inevitably involved in creating such chips,” according to the complaint filed March 23….

Broadcom’s co-founder and chief technology officer Henry Samueli met with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in October 2015 in attempts to solidify an agreement, at which time Musk insisted Broadcom keep its “A-team” on the project, according to the complaint.
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Dragon to Carry Bigelow Module, Experiments on April 8 Flight

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The BEAM module docked at the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

The BEAM module docked at the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — SpaceX plans to launch its Dragon spacecraft into orbit in early April, the company’s eighth mission under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract, CRS-8. The flight will deliver research experiments to the International Space Station that will help investigators test the use of an expandable space habitat in microgravity, assess the impact of antibodies on muscle wasting in a microgravity environment, use microgravity to seek insight into the interactions of particle flows at the nanoscale level and use protein crystal growth in microgravity to help in the design of new drugs to fight disease. Investigations like these demonstrate how the orbiting laboratory helps advance NASA’s journey to Mars while making discoveries off the Earth that can benefit life on Earth.

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DOD to Investigate Remarks by Former ULA Executive

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ULA_logoFormer United Launch Allaicne Vice President Brett Tobey’s recent remarks about competition with SpaceX not only cost him his job, but they have now led to a federal investigation. The Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector posted the following statement on its website:

At the request of the Secretary of Defense, the OIG DoD has opened an investigation regarding assertions made by United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) former Vice-President of Engineering relating to competition for national security space launch and whether contracts to ULA were awarded in accordance with DoD and Federal regulations.

This investigation will include, but is not limited to, site visits, interviews, and documentation review with DoD and ULA personnel.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who has been a fierce critic of ULA, called for the investigation after Tobey’s commented that “bent over backwards” to help ULA compete for launch contracts against rival SpaceX.

ULA has said Tobey’s comments were inaccurate.

SpaceX, Blue Origin Boost Lobbying Efforts; Witt Snags 2 Contracts

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Mojave Air and Space Port CEO Stu Witt (Credit: Bill Deaver)

Mojave Air and Space Port CEO Stu Witt (Credit: Bill Deaver)

The Hill reports that SpaceX and Blue Origin have boosted their lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.

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SpaceX Dragon Resupply Flight Scheduled for April 8

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SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft is targeted for launch at 4:43 p.m. EDT Friday, April 8.

The Dragon capsule will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida, carrying science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the Expedition 47 and 48 crews.

The flight also includes the Bigelow Aerospace expandable habitat module that will be attached to the space station for testing.

In its scheduled return to Earth in May, the Dragon capsule will bring back biological samples from astronauts, including those collected during NASA’s one-year mission.

This launch is the eighth contracted mission by SpaceX under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.

For launch countdown coverage, NASA’s launch blog, and more information about commercial cargo resupply missions, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/commercialresupply

ULA VP Resigns After Controversial Comments Surface

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ULA_logoUnited Launch Alliance (ULA) Vice President of Engineering Brett Tobey has abruptly resigned after an audio recording of a candid talk he gave on Tuesday about the launch market and SpaceX surfaced.

Tobey dissed Aerojet Rocketdyne, indicating the company is fighting a losing battle against Blue Origin in its effort to supply a first-stage engine to ULA’s Vulcan launch vehicle.

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Shotwell: SpaceX Could Reduce Launch Costs By 30 Percent by Reusing First Stage

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Gwynne Shotwell

Gwynne Shotwell

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said earlier this week the company could reduce launch costs substantially by reusing the first stage of its Falcon 9 booster.

SES of Luxembourg, SpaceX’s biggest backer among the large commercial satellite fleet operators, has said it wants to be the first customer to fly with a reused stage. But SES Chief Executive Karim Michel Sabbagh said here March 8 that SES wanted a 50 percent price cut, to around $30 million, in return for pioneering the reusable version.

Shotwell said it was too early to set precise prices for a reused Falcon 9, but that if the fuel on the first stage costs $1 million or less, and a reused first stage could be prepared for reflight for $3 million or so, a price reduction of 30 percent – to around $40 million – should be possible.

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Shotwell: SpaceX to Launch 18 Times This Year

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Artist's conception of a Falcon Heavy launch. (Credit: SpaceX)

Artist’s conception of a Falcon Heavy launch. (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said earlier this week that the company is planning to launch 18 times this year, with an increase to at least 24 flights possible for 2017. The company has successfully launched two Falcon 9 rockets this year.

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Air Force, NASA Prepare for America’s Return to Human Spaceflight

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Master Sgt. Chris Seinkner, 308th Rescue Squadron, Patrick AFB, Fla., teams up with Staff Sgt. Eli Reynolds, of the 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev., to install the stabilization collar on the Orion Capsule during a recent exercise at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas. (Credit; NASA)

Master Sgt. Chris Seinkner, 308th Rescue Squadron, Patrick AFB, Fla., teams up with Staff Sgt. Eli Reynolds, of the 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev., to install the stabilization collar on the Orion Capsule during a recent exercise at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas. (Credit; NASA)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (USAF PR) — Air Force pararescue teams and astronauts practiced aspects of safe rescue operations recently when they completed rehearsals at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas, and at Langley Research Center, Virginia.

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Commercial Crew: Building in Safety from the Ground Up

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Astronaut Suni Williams jumps into the Hydro Impact Basin at NASA's Langley Research Center after completing a practice session with an Air Force pararescue team with a mock-up of a Boeing CST-100 Starliner. (Credit: NASA/ Langley Research Center)

Astronaut Suni Williams jumps into the Hydro Impact Basin at NASA’s Langley Research Center after completing a practice session with an Air Force pararescue team with a mock-up of a Boeing CST-100 Starliner. (Credit: NASA/ Langley Research Center)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is set to return human spaceflight launches to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. We share accountability with our commercial providers, Boeing and SpaceX, to implement a robust process for the development of safe, reliable and cost effective commercial crew transportation systems. NASA’s critical obligation is to ensure crew safety and success for NASA missions, and the providers are each responsible for safe operations of commercial crew transportation systems.

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McCain Wants Russian Engine Restrictions USAF Says Would Be Costly

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John McCain

John McCain

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) continued to push for a ban on the use of Russian-made rocket engines on United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V booster at a hearing on Thursday, saying that their use allowed President Vladimir Putin to hold U.S. national security launch capability ” in the palm of his hand.”

“This is a national security threat, in addition to a moral outrage, at a time when Russian forces continue to destabilize Ukraine – including nearly 500 attacks in the past week, as General Breedlove, the Commander of European Command, testified on Tuesday,” McCain said in a prepared statement.

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SpaceX to Try Launching Falcon 9 Again on Friday Night

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Falcon 9 launch (Credit: SpaceX)

Falcon 9 launch (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX will make another attempt to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with the SES-9 satellite aboard on Friday evening from Cape Canaveral. The 91-minute launch window opens at 6:35 p.m. EDT. SpaceX will webcast the launch on its website at www.spacex.com.