Miami (AFP) - SpaceX's Dragon capsule sailed through the first flight test of its emergency astronaut escape feature Wednesday, a critical step toward launching people into space from US soil in the next two years.
Washington (AFP) - SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday carrying a heavy load of NASA cargo and scientific samples from the International Space Station that experts hope could yield significant results.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts.
No humans were on board for this brief, first-of-its-kind flight and the whole thing lasted barely 1 1/2 minutes. A dummy was the only passenger.
The Dragon capsule shot off a test stand, not a rocket, and flew up and then out over the Atlantic. Rocket engines on the capsule provided the thrust. Red and white parachutes popped open and lowered the capsule into the ocean, just offshore.
After several delays and reschedulings, SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon spacecraft full of cargo destined for the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, January 10, at 4:47 a.m. EST.
SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft has successfully delivered cargo to the International Space Station three times since 2012. Now the private spaceflight company is about to unveil the next version of the Dragon ship, designed to ferry NASA astronauts to and from the space station.
SpaceX will make its second attempt on Friday, April 18, to send the Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station on its third resupply mission. The launch is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live from the SpaceX website starting at 2:45 p.m. You can watch here. A livestream is also embedded below.