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The Return of the Dragon

NASA press release about the successful completion of the first commercial resupply mission the the International Space Station: RELEASE: 12-381 SPACEX DRAGON RETURNS FROM SPACE STATION WITH NASA CARGO HOUSTON — A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft splashed down … Continue reading

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Dragon – "The Ice Cream Truck Has Arrived"

At 3:56 AM Pacific Daylight time, Wednesday 10 October, the SpaceX Dragon space craft was successfully grappled by the Canadarm on the International Space Station (ISS). Referring to the fact that Dragon is capable of carrying powered equipment to and … Continue reading

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NASA Gains Breathing Room On Commercial Crew Program

NASA has negotiated a continuation of its successful Space Acts Agreements (SAA) procedures for contracting and funding of the next phase of its Commercial Crew Program (CCP). The SAA has also been the process for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services … Continue reading

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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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"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 Launches Dragon Toward ISS

Falcon 9 Ignition Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon 9 Liftoff Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon 9 Ascent Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon 9 Downrange Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon 9 Separation of the Second Stage Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon … Continue reading

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SpaceX Slips Dragon Mission to ISS

SpaceX announced that it will slip the launch of the Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 from the original 7 February 2012 date. The specific reason for the delay was not specified, but was related to a “sense of responsibility … Continue reading

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CCDev2 – SpaceX

Cady Coleman and Scott Kelley in the Dragon Image Credit: SpaceX This is the final entry concerning the second round of funding in the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. NASA awarded $75 million to spaceX to develop a revolutionary launch … Continue reading

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