SpaceX Dragon capsule makes historic space station arrival

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is in free drift above the International Space Station as the Canadarm 2 robotic arm reaches out in preparation to grab it.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) – The privately bankrolled Dragon capsule made a historic arrival at the International Space Station on Friday, triumphantly captured by astronauts wielding […]

Astronaut Gordon Cooper’s remains makes trip to final frontier aboard SpaceX Rocket

Gordon Cooper, who rocketed into space in his Faith 7 capsule on May 15, 1963 (above, right). Cooper, the youngest of the Original Seven Mercury astronauts, died at his California home October 4, 2004 at the age of 77. Cooper's Mercury flight set a U.S. endurance record at the time, and he became the […]

The Secret Celebrities Launched on SpaceX Falcon Rocket

CBS via Getty Images James Doohan, right, played Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on "Star Trek." William Shatner was Capt. Kirk.


JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Houston, May 18, 2012

When SpaceX launches its Falcon 9 rocket it will secretly be carrying celebrities. Actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on the original “Star Trek” series, died in 2005. […]

SpaceX cargo ship takes off on commercial flight to station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket climbs toward space to kick off the first commercial flight to the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA TV)

Three days after a last-second launch abort, a commercially developed rocket and cargo ship blasted off on NASA’s first commercial flight to the International Space Station.

by William Harwood  May 22, 2012 1:05 […]

Beyond SpaceX: Five companies seeking to change space travel – Sierra Nevada Corporation –

On May 19, SpaceX will attempt to become the first private company to dock a capsule with the space station. Since the space shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, Presidents Bush and Obama have directed NASA to turn the job of transporting cargo and crew to the station over to private firms.

NASA already has $3.5 billion in cargo contracts with two rocket makers – […]

Commercial US spacecraft heads to space station


A new era of private companies ferrying supplies to the International Space Station is set to begin with the launch of Dragon capsule. It’s not run by NASA, but by private enterprise SpaceX.

The US space agency NASA has had one big problem to deal with since it stopped its shuttle flights in […]

United Launch Alliance Recognizes Centaur – Pioneering Space Launch for 50 years

Atlas LV-3C Centaur-A (Credit NASA)

Centennial, Colo., (May 9, 2012) – United Launch Alliance (ULA) recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Centaur upper stage, which flew its first test flight on May 8, 1962.

Although this video is of the Atlas, the Centaur is part of the Atlas Rocket System.

The Centaur rocket […]


Analysis by Irene Klotz

Thu May 10, 2012 12:42 AM ET

Take a space shuttle booster rocket and make it bigger. Add a capsule NASA originally developed as a potential alternative to its deep-space Orion spaceship. What do you have?

Well, ATK, the company that built the space shuttles’ solid rocket boosters, calls it Liberty and has offered […]

Alliant Techsystems surprises with a manned rocket | Ars Technica

Commercial rocket and crew capsule will be made of pieces from other programs.  by Dave Klingler – May 9 2012, 11:24pm EDT

While it’s widely known that Utah-based Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has been working on a new rocket, they managed to keep their spacecraft a secret until today. With their entry, there now are five companies competing to […]

United Launch Alliance Successful Flight of AV-031 AEHF-2 for the US Military


Liftoff of the United Launch Alliance Atlas-V-531 Rocket with the USAF’s AEHF-2 Spacecraft was at 2:42pm EDT local, SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Successful spacecraft separation occurredat T+51 minutes and 18 seconds.

United Launch Alliance Press Release:

United Launch Alliance Marks 60th Successful Launch by Delivering the Advanced Extremely High Frequency-2 Satellite to […]