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News Archive / Tagged: Crew Dragon

  • Launch date for SpaceX’s Demo-1 flight announced

    Jason RhianNovember 21st, 2018

    A launch date for the first test flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft has been announced and the company's BFR rocket has gained a new name.

  • Falcon 9 and evacuation procedures mark the latest steps for Commercial Crew Program

    Jason RhianOctober 30th, 2018

    Both SpaceX and those involved with evacuation procedures have been testing key elements of the company's efforts to send astronauts to the International Space Station.

  • Why are SpaceX and Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program spacesuit designs different?

    Derek RichardsonOctober 23rd, 2018

    Boeing and SpaceX could be just months away from the first flights of their crew-rated spacecraft. In the past NASA has had a uniform standard for their spacesuits. Why has this changed on their Commercial Crew Program?

  • SpaceX failures small in comparison to its successes

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 6th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- 2018 is turning out to be the biggest year in SpaceX’s history. However, this success wasn’t always guaranteed as the company has had two high-profile failures between 2015 and 2016, costing customers and U.S. taxpayers millions. However, the losses should be weighed with the innovations and launch tempo that have become a hallmark of the company's activities.

  • SpaceX 7 months away from 1st crewed test flight

    Jason RhianSeptember 2nd, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX continues to take breathtaking leaps in terms of returning the United States' ability to launch astronauts from American soil. Plans to finalize launch day operations are underway and the NewSpace company is working with NASA to ensure key launch systems are ready to support flight.

  • One step closer: SpaceX installs crew access arm in lead up to first crewed flights

    Lloyd CampbellAugust 25th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Workers at Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) installed a crew access arm that will allow astronauts to board SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. The arm was installed on Aug. 20, 2018.

  • Gallery: Under the Dragon’s wings – astronauts promote SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

    Matthew KuhnsAugust 14th, 2018

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- SpaceX provided an update on the status of the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft on Monday, Aug. 12. The event heralded the start of flights to and from the International Space Station. The first crews tapped to fly Crew Dragon's first flights, Robert Behnken, Doug Hurley, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins helped mark the occasion.

  • NASA astronauts stand behind SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft

    Matthew KuhnsAugust 14th, 2018

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- SpaceX has made strides in having their Crew Dragon spacecraft transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). One of the crown jewels in the NewSpace firm's efforts was highlighted on Monday Aug. 13. However, the company was not alone in marking the progress SpaceX has made toward sending crews to low-Earth orbit.

  • Crew Dragon undergoes more tests as it progresses to operational readiness

    Curt GodwinJuly 3rd, 2018

    After recently being subjected to electromagnetic interference (EMI) testing, SpaceX's Crew Dragon inches closer to operational readiness with the completion of two key tests.

  • SpaceX’s Crew Dragon edging closer to flight

    Curt GodwinMay 27th, 2018

    To test a spacecraft for electromagnetic interference (EMI), it is placed in a special room designed for the task. SpaceX has done just that. Recently, company founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted a picture of the Crew Dragon capsule being prepared for testing in an anechoic chamber.

  • Companies test spacecraft parachutes as first Commercial Crew flights near

    Collin SkocikApril 5th, 2018

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working to enable private contractors to transport astronauts to the International Space Station, has taken a step closer to crewed flights. The two prime contractors have conducted the latest round of tests of their spacecraft parachute systems.

  • What was a SpaceX Crew Dragon doing in Port Canaveral?

    Jason RhianFebruary 25th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- It appears a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft had come to Port Canaveral. Affixed to the back of Go Searcher vessel that had arrived in port on Saturday, Feb. 24. The "capsule" appeared to sport the side-mounted SuperDraco thrusters - but what was it really?

  • Launch dates of SpaceX and Boeing Commercial Crew Program spacecraft slip

    Collin SkocikJanuary 20th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Hopes NASA's private partners on the agency's Commercial Crew Program would launch crewed spacecraft by the end of this year (2018) have been dashed. Reports have come in that, at the earliest, these so-called "space taxis" won't be flying until 2019, with it more likely they'll fly sometime in the 2020 time frame.

  • Area 51? Forget it! In terms of SpaceX Crew Dragon – it’s all Area 59

    Jason RhianJanuary 2nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With 2018 just taking its initial steps SpaceX is already moving forward with plans for the new year. The company's COO, Gwynne Shotwell, noted during a 2016 press conference, the "hell" they won't launch crew in 2018. That year has come and, according to Florida Today's James Dean, Crew Dragon is being readied for this mission via a recent agreement signed between SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force.