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Congratulations to SpaceX

Posted by Bill Nye on 2012/05/24 07:57 CDT | 1 comments

On May 22, the Space-X Falcon rocket with its cargo capsule on top launched from Cape Canaveral and reached orbit ready to dock with the International Space Station. So far everything is going perfectly. It’s a huge step. Congratulations to Space-X, Elon Musk and his team.

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Dragon completes initial ISS fly-under

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/05/24 02:25 CDT

SpaceX's Dragon capsule performed a successful fly-under of the International Space Station last night, at a distance of 2.5 kilometers.

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Customary International Law: Herding Cats in Zero Gravity

Posted by Andrew Rush on 2012/05/24 11:14 CDT | 1 comments

When it comes to emerging industries like extraterrestrial resource mining, customary international law can seem like attempting to herd cats in zero gravity. Pinning down what is “fair” and “customary” in areas where no man has gone before can seem daunting but it also presents the unique opportunity to shape international custom by establishing them.

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SpaceX successfully launches Dragon into orbit

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/05/22 03:24 CDT | 7 comments

SpaceX moved closer to spaceflight history last night as their Falcon 9 rocket rose from its launch pad, sending the Dragon capsule on a journey to berth with the International Space Station.

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 aborts liftoff due to abnormal engine reading

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/05/19 10:51 CDT | 2 comments

The launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule was aborted last night a half-second before liftoff, due to abnormally high pressure readings in engine number five.

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SpaceX set to launch COTS 2 flight this Saturday

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/05/18 09:45 CDT | 1 comments

This Saturday, SpaceX will attempt to make history by launching the first commercial spacecraft to berth with the International Space Station.

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SpaceX Dragon flight to ISS draws near

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/04/16 09:45 CDT | 1 comments

SpaceX and NASA have completed a successful flight readiness review (FRR) for the Dragon's upcoming visit to the International Space Station.

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NASA collects round three of CCDev proposals

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/04/13 08:15 CDT

NASA is soliciting a third round of proposals from private spaceflight companies looking to send astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Where is space?

Posted by Andrew Rush on 2012/04/06 11:25 CDT

Obviously the Earth ends and space begins somewhere, but today, as it has been for the entirety of humanity's manned and unmanned exploration of "up there", there is no international legal definition of space, no clear indication of where space law applies! This ambiguity is a potential source of confusion and unease for aerospace companies.

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Visiting a Solar Sail in the OC

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2012/03/16 06:33 CDT

The city of Tustin is about an hour's drive from Planetary Society HQ in Pasadena. That's when the freeway gods are kind, which they never are. The trip I made there yesterday was well worth the trouble.

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Cool stuff brewing at Honeybee Robotics

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/03/15 03:05 CDT

Yesterday I was treated to a little tour (little, because it's a little building) of Honeybee Robotics' office here in Pasadena. Honeybee is developing some great technology for future space missions for Earth, Mars, and beyond.

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Expedition 30, SpaceX and Stratolaunch

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/12/16 10:25 CST

An update on upcoming missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

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Checking in with NASA's Commercial Partners

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/11/11 02:59 CST

Checking in with SpaceX's launch abort system progress, Boeing's CST-100 drop tests, and a recent Space, Science and Technology Committee meeting on Capitol Hill.

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Decoding SpaceX's re-usable spacecraft concept

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/10/07 10:45 CDT

Breaking down the futuristic technologies for SpaceX's reusable Grasshopper spacecraft, as shown in a recent promotional video.

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Express Mail to Low Earth Orbit

Posted by Pablo Gutierrez-Marques on 2011/09/06 12:38 CDT

Concern about the supply chain for the ISS has been growing steeply over the last months. The final flight of Atlantis turned the ominous shadow of a future without the shuttle into a glum reality. And only a few weeks later, we have witnessed, with some degree of a shock, the first failure of a Progress mission in many years.

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What's up in human spaceflight: a Dragon approaches

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/07/29 11:58 CDT

Private spaceflight company SpaceX has secured tentative approval with NASA to combine its next test flight with an actual ISS docking.

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SpaceX announces new Falcon Heavy

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2011/04/05 04:30 CDT

Today, Elon Musk, CEO and chief rocket designer of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) -- as well as member of the Planetary Society Board of Directors -- unveiled plans and price points for their new Falcon Heavy.

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SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9; orbits, returns Dragon capsule

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/08 12:07 CST

"Falcon 9 nailed it!" said Bill Nye said this morning, congratulating SpaceX on what has looked like a flawless launch, orbit, and return of the Dragon capsule aboard its Falcon 9 rocket.

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Two signs we're living in the 21st century: SpaceX and Stardust

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/22 04:18 CST

Two brief but significant news items today made me stop and think about how far we've come in space travel.

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Planetary Society Hails Falcon 9 Test as Great Achievement

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/04 02:37 CDT

The Planetary Society today issued this statement congratulating SpaceX on the test flight of Falcon 9.

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