Tag: SpaceXPage 2 of 108

SpaceX, NASA Agree to Delay Dragon In-Flight Abort Test

17 Comments
Dragon pad abort test. (Credit: NASA)

Dragon pad abort test. (Credit: NASA)

By Stephanie Martin,
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Following the successful pad abort test in May, SpaceX began developing a plan that would move its in-flight abort test to provide higher fidelity data and reduce risk to future crews launched to the International Space Station in the Crew Dragon spacecraft. NASA and SpaceX agreed to consider this proposed change prior to the mishap of SpaceX’s seventh commercial resupply services mission.

Continue reading ‘SpaceX, NASA Agree to Delay Dragon In-Flight Abort Test’

Falcon 9 Launch Failure Scrambles Schedule

32 Comments
Dragon capsule separated from Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

Dragon capsule separated from Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

By Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

With the failure of the Falcon 9 on Sunday, SpaceX’s only launch vehicle will be grounded for an unknown number of months while engineers identify the cause of the crash and make necessary changes to ensure that failure won’t happen again.

Continue reading ‘Falcon 9 Launch Failure Scrambles Schedule’

NASA Says ISS Supply Situation Good, Crew in No Danger

28 Comments

Some notes from the NASA press conference covering the loss of Falcon 9 and the Dragon resupply ship on Sunday morning.

Cause of the Accident & Investigation

The cause is as yet undetermined. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who was not at the press conference, Tweeted that there was an overpressure event in the second stage liquid oxygen (LOX) tank prior to the launch vehicle breaking up. “Data suggests counterintuitive cause,” he wrote. Video of the accident appears to show the breakup of the vehicle beginning there.

Continue reading ‘NASA Says ISS Supply Situation Good, Crew in No Danger’

ESA, CSF Weigh in on Failed Falcon 9 launch

22 Comments
Dragon capsule separated from Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

Dragon capsule separated from Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain

Hearing the news of today’s loss of SpaceX CRS-7 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain stated: “We at the European Space Agency deeply regret this failure that shows that sending launchers into space is a very hard job. However a failure does not undermine all the previous successes. We wish our colleagues on the other side of the ocean all our best in fixing the problem and getting back into flight again soon”.

Continue reading ‘ESA, CSF Weigh in on Failed Falcon 9 launch’

Possible Image of Dragon Separated From Falcon 9

25 Comments
Dragon capsule apparently separated from Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

Dragon capsule separated from Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

What appears to be Dragon capsule was thrown clear of the Falcon 9 rocket as it broke up.

Bolden Weighs in on Falcon 9 Failure

39 Comments
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the loss Sunday of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services 7 (CRS-7) mission.

“We are disappointed in the loss of the latest SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. However, the astronauts are safe aboard the station and have sufficient supplies for the next several months. We will work closely with SpaceX to understand what happened, fix the problem and return to flight. The commercial cargo program was designed to accommodate loss of cargo vehicles. We will continue operation of the station in a safe and effective way as we continue to use it as our test bed for preparing for longer duration missions farther into the solar system.

“A Progress vehicle is ready to launch July 3, followed in August by a Japanese HTV flight. Orbital ATK, our other commercial cargo partner, is moving ahead with plans for its next launch later this year.

“SpaceX has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first six cargo resupply missions to the station, and we know they can replicate that success. We will work with and support SpaceX to assess what happened, understand the specifics of the failure and correct it to move forward. This is a reminder that spaceflight is an incredible challenge, but we learn from each success and each setback. Today’s launch attempt will not deter us from our ambitious human spaceflight program.”

Falcon 9 Failure in Slow Motion Video

14 Comments

This slow motion video appears to show the failure beginning in the second stage. Elon Musk as Tweeted that there was a overpressure event in the second stage liquid oxygen tank.

Full Video of Falcon 9 Failure

13 Comments

A Look at What Was Lost in Falcon 9 Failure

10 Comments
International Docking Adapter. (Credit: NASA)

International Docking Adapter. (Credit: NASA)

A description of what was on board the Dragon supply ship from the CRS-7 Mission Press Kit.

Cargo

The Dragon spacecraft will be filled with more than 4,000 pounds of supplies and payloads, including critical materials to support more than 30 student research investigations and more than 35 of approximately 250 science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 44 and 45. Science payloads will offer new insight to combustion in microgravity, perform the first space-based observations of meteors entering Earth’s atmosphere, continue solving potential crew health risks, and make new strides toward being able to grow food in space.

Continue reading ‘A Look at What Was Lost in Falcon 9 Failure’

Video of SpaceX Falcon 9 Failure

Comment