Category Archives: Commercial Spaceflight

Elon Musk Wins National Space Society Robert A. Heinlein Award

The National Space Society takes great pleasure in announcing that its 2014 Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award has been won by acclaimed space entrepreneur Elon Musk, the Chief Designer and CEO of SpaceX. In the last decade, SpaceX, under the … Continue reading

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Elon Musk’s Plans for Mars

From CBS This Morning: 2-minute video after 30-second advertisement. Transcript after about 40 seconds: “We’ve got to restore American ability to transport astronauts with domestic vehicles, and that’s what we hope to do in about two years. “The next step … Continue reading

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Video of Virgin Galactic’s Third Powered Flight

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National Space Society Congratulates SpaceX on First Successful GEO Transfer Mission

The Washington DC-based National Space Society (NSS) congratulates Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) on the successful launch of the SES-8 telecommunications satellite. It was launched Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force … Continue reading

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SpaceX Successfully Completes First Mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully completed its first geostationary transfer mission, delivering an SES-8 satellite to its targeted 295 x 80,000 km orbit.  Falcon 9 executed a picture-perfect flight, meeting 100% of mission objectives. Falcon 9 lifted off from … Continue reading

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Clues to the SpaceX “Big Rocket”

NSS Board of Directors member John K. Strickland reports: A major clue to the “Big Rocket” from SpaceX (bigger than the Falcon Heavy) was recently revealed when an agreement with the Stennis Space Center to test the Raptor engine showed … Continue reading

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Grasshopper Takes Final Leap

From SpaceX: On Monday, October 7th, Grasshopper completed its highest leap to date, rising to 744m altitude. The view above is taken from a single camera hexacopter, getting closer to the stage than in any previous flight. Grasshopper is a … Continue reading

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Cygnus spacecraft docks with ISS

The Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft was grappled by the International Space Station’s robotic arm at 7:01 (EDT) this morning after a flawless approach and in-orbit demonstration sequence. Cygnus will now be guided to the berthing port on the nadir side … Continue reading

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SpaceX Grasshopper Successfully Completes 100m Lateral Divert Test

On August 13th, the Falcon 9 test rig (code name Grasshopper) completed a divert test, flying to a 250m altitude with a 100m lateral maneuver before returning to the center of the pad. The test demonstrated the vehicle’s ability to … Continue reading

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Boeing Unveils CST-100 Spacecraft Interior

And Space Adventures plans to sell flights on the CST-100, having recently signed a contract with Boeing to that effect. No word yet on cost and availability. Article below by Rebecca Regan, NASA Kennedy Space Center Two NASA astronauts conducted … Continue reading

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