Monthly Archives: May 2012

SpaceX Completes Successful COTS 2,3 Mission

The Dragon Spacecraft Floating in the Pacific Ocean Image Credit: Michael Altenhofen / SpaceX The Dragon spacecraft successfully completed all mission objectives and floats quietly in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico following reentry and splashdown. SpaceX announced: … Continue reading

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Intelsat Signs First Commercial Falcon Heavy Launch Agreement

Intelsat, the world’s leading provider of satellite services, has announced the first commercial contract for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. “SpaceX is very proud to have the confidence of Intelsat, a leader in the satellite communication services industry,” said Elon … Continue reading

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NASA Administrator Places Call to ISS Following SpaceX Historic Feat

25 May 2012 WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden offered his congratulations to the International Space Station Expedition 31 crew and mission flight control teams at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., following Friday’s … Continue reading

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Dragon "Smells Like a New Car" and is "The Equivalent of the Golden Spike"

At 0953 UTC on Saturday morning, 26 May 2012, the hatch on Dragon was opened by Don Petitt aboard the International Space Station. The ISS was 253 miles above the Earth, near Auckland New Zealand. The crew installed the air … Continue reading

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NSS Congratulates SpaceX on a Magnificent First Docking of Dragon Capsule and Successful Launch of NSS "Special Payload"

The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) on a successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and first docking of their Dragon space capsule with the International Space Station (ISS). “SpaceX has achieved a milestone in commercial … Continue reading

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"We've Got a Dragon by the Tail"

At 9:56 AM EDT (1356 UTC), the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) successfully grappled the Dragon spacecraft. This is the first commercial spacecraft to reach the International Space Station. Additional manipulations are required to berth the Dragon to a … Continue reading

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SpaceX Commentary on Dragon's Flight Day 3 and the Challenges Ahead

Hawthorne, CA – Today, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft completed key on-orbit tests as part of a historic attempt to be the first commercial company in history to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. In the days … Continue reading

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Dragon Flies Under the International Space Station

Dragon Solar Panels Visible Image Credit: NASA TV This image was captured moments before ISS contact was lost. Several minutes later, Dragon crossed directly under the International Space Station and disappeared into the shadow of the Earth. All tests so … Continue reading

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SpaceX Comments on Successful SpaceX Launch

At a press conference held after the May 22 Falcon 9 launch of the Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk began, “I would like to start off by saying what a tremendous honor it has been to … Continue reading

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White House Comments on Successful SpaceX Launch

The White House has issued a statement from John Holdren, assistant to the president for science and technology. Congratulations to the teams at SpaceX and NASA for this morning’s successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air … Continue reading

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