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News Archive / Tagged: Dragon 2

  • 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 […]

  • SpaceX pad abort test slips to no-earlier-than May 6

    Jason RhianApril 30th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The pad abort test for Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX ) Dragon V2 spacecraft has slipped to no-earlier-than Wednesday, May 6, with the test window opening at 7 a.m. EDT (11:00 am GMT). According to SpaceX, this delay has less to do with any issue and more to do with needing more time to prepare […]

  • What makes a Dragon: A quick guide to SpaceX’s capsule

    Rae Botsford EndApril 9th, 2015

    The Dragon spacecraft developed by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) has proven itself useful as a delivery vehicle for supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), and the sixth such operational mission is currently scheduled for Monday, April 13. A crewed variant of the capsule is now under development and testing to carry astronauts to the orbiting lab. In […]

  • Pad abort test nears For SpaceX

    Joe LatrellFebruary 20th, 2015

    Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) continues operations at a very rapid pace in the month of February. After completing two launches this month, SpaceX will complete the final milestone of a NASA contract by performing a pad abort test of their new Dragon V2 capsule.

  • Insider Interview: Recent AHoF inductee Jerry Ross talks NASA and Commercial Crew

    Jason RhianJuly 5th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — During a recent interview that SpaceFlight Insider conducted with this year’s U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Ross, the seven-time space flight veteran and former Chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Ross recently penned his autobiography dubbed Spacewalker: My […]

  • SpaceX reveals new human-rated Dragon V2 capsule

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 30th, 2014

    HAWTHORNE, Calif., — Last night, at 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT), Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) CEO Elon Musk revealed the new Dragon V2 spacecraft. Bearing partial resemblance to its unmanned predecessor, Dragon V1, this new version is described as being fully reusable and is capable of carrying up to seven astronauts to and from the […]