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News Archive / Tagged: Dragon 2

  • Elon Musk releases image of full SpaceX spacesuit

    Paul KnightlySeptember 11th, 2017

    On Sept. 8, 2017, SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk teased a full body image of the current SpaceX spacesuit concept next to a Crew Dragon capsule. It was the first official image showing the entire front side of the suit. A previous post showed just the helmet and torso, but not the bottom half.

  • Elon Musk teases SpaceX spacesuit concept

    Paul KnightlyAugust 25th, 2017

    On Aug. 23, 2017, Elon Musk released a photograph teasing the SpaceX spacesuit design that will be used on crewed flights of the Dragon 2 spacecraft. The post, which was made on both Twitter and Instagram, provided few details on the specifications of the suit beyond indicating the company has a functional design in place.

  • NASA engineers evaluate ECLSS for Commercial Crew missions

    Jose FloresMarch 23rd, 2017

    NASA engineers are hard at work performing evaluations on the life support systems vital to successful flight tests for the Commercial Crew missions as NASA prepares to return human spaceflight to the United States.

  • SpaceX’s 2018 Moon mission faces significant challenges

    Curt GodwinMarch 15th, 2017

    Last month's announcement that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the Moon in late 2018 – fresh on the heels of a similar announcement from NASA – has ignited considerable debate among industry insiders, pundits, and followers of the New Space company.

  • SpaceX to fly 2 people around Moon in 2018

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 27th, 2017

    SpaceX announced on Feb. 27, 2017, that it will be sending two people on a free-return trajectory around the Moon in late 2018 using the company’s yet-to-be-flown Crew Dragon spacecraft. The announcement came with less than 24 hours notice when NewSpace company CEO and founder tweeted about it.

  • SpaceX Crew Dragon test flights delayed

    Derek RichardsonDecember 13th, 2016

    In a revised schedule released by NASA on Dec. 12, 2016, it was revealed that SpaceX has delayed test flights for its Crew Dragon spacecraft by a number of months. According to Space News, this is, in part, due to the Sept. 1 Falcon 9 pad explosion.

  • NASA not planning to buy more Soyuz seats

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 15th, 2016

    NASA has no plans to sign another agreement with the Roscosmos State Corporation to continue astronaut transportation services to the International Space Station (ISS) via the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The last half-billion dollar deal for six Soyuz seats, which was signed last year, ends with the Soyuz MS-11 mission scheduled for launch in November 2018 and landing in early 2019.

  • OIG: Commercial Crew Program pushed to NET 2018

    Jason RhianSeptember 3rd, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's efforts to send crews to the International Space Station (ISS) via commercially-produced spacecraft and launch vehicles are facing an array of challenges. This is according to a report issued by NASA's Office of Inspector General (OIG).

  • Second SpaceX crew flight ordered by NASA

    Derek RichardsonJuly 30th, 2016

    NASA ordered from SpaceX a second post-certification mission to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). This was the fourth and final order the agency has guaranteed through the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract – NASA ordered the other two from Boeing.

  • First crewed Starliner flight delayed to 2018

    Derek RichardsonMay 13th, 2016

    It appears at this time that Boeing's CST-100 Starliner will not be able to carry out its first crewed flight until February 2018 at the earliest. This is according to Geekwire. Previously, the aerospace company was targeting a mid-2017 launch date for this important test flight.

  • SpaceX tests parachute system to be used on crew-rated Dragon

    Jason RhianJanuary 28th, 2016

    Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has successfully completed a parachute test of the firm's Crew Dragon spacecraft. The test took place near Coolidge, Arizona, and was conducted under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

  • Video: SpaceX conducts propulsive hover test of Dragon 2 spacecraft

    Jason RhianJanuary 21st, 2016

    On November 24, 2015, SpaceX's Dragon 2, powered by eight SuperDraco engines, carried out a propulsive hover test at the company’s rocket development facility located in McGregor, Texas.

  • NASA orders first crewed mission to ISS from SpaceX

    Jason RhianNovember 20th, 2015

    NASA placed its first mission order to SpaceX for the NewSpace firm to ferry crews to the International Space Station. This is the second in a series of four guaranteed orders the Space Agency plans on making under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract.

  • SpaceX’s SuperDraco engine: Abort capability all the way to orbit

    Rae Botsford EndMay 7th, 2015

    The SuperDraco engines developed by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully propelled a crew-rated version of the company’s Dragon capsule away from the pad during the company’s Pad Abort Test on Wednesday, May 6, just after 9 a.m. ET (13:00 GMT), in Cape Canaveral, Florida. These engines serve as the basis of the Dragon launch escape system, which […]

  • With Pad Abort Test, astronauts one step closer to riding SpaceX’s Dragon

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 6th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, SpaceX conducted their first Pad Abort Test with the crewed variant of the Dragon from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Using eight SuperDraco engines firing simultaneously, the test measured various parameters of the new escape system to collect data so that the […]