A wheel of LeBrouere carried by the Dragon spacecraft was a toast to a Monty Python skit.In the historic launch of its Dragon space capsule Wednesday, Hawthorne-based rocket venture SpaceX didn't carry astronauts or cargo into orbit.
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, the Hawthorne-based rocket venture, has successfully reached orbit with its Dragon spacecraft, the company said.
The company's massive Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Caneveral, Fla. on Wednesday at 7:43 a.m. Approximatley 10 minutes later, the Apollo-like Dragon space capsule appeared to reach low Earth orbit.
The California company called SpaceX this week became the first private business to launch a spacecraft into orbit and safely guide it back to earth. There were no humans onboard but there was a secret payload: a wheel of cheese. It was a tribute to a sketch by the British comedy group Monty Python.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.
The futuristic, cone-headed craft dubbed Dragon V2 featured landing legs that pop out and a propulsion system designed to land almost anywhere “with the accuracy of a helicopter,” Musk said Thursday at the Southern California rocket builder’s headquarters near Los Angeles International Airport.
In a battle of billionaires, space ventures owned by Internet pioneers Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are relying on prominent former lawmakers as they jockey for control over a historic launch pad at Kennedy Space Center.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A private rocket blasted off Friday on a supply run to the International Space Station.
The unmanned Falcon rocket is owned by the SpaceX company. The Dragon capsule on board is filled with more than a ton of space station supplies and experiments.
NASA is paying SpaceX to deliver cargo to the space station, and bring back science samples and other goods. This will be the company’s third delivery mission.
Mission calls for SpaceX's Dragon capsule to take cargo to the International Space Station, as part of a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.Hawthorne-based rocket venture Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, is planning to send a rocket to deliver cargo to the International Space Station later this year — a mission that takes the company one step closer to cashing in on a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.