SpaceX test fires Falcon 9 engines in prelude to May 7 station flight | Space News, Commercial Space, International Space Station

By WILLIAM HARWOOD CBS News KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL–Working by remote control, Space Exploration Technologies engineers briefly test fired the nine first stage engines powering the company’s Falcon 9 rocket Monday, a key milestone before launch May 7 on the first commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station.

The two-second test firing at launch […]

Dragon Expected to Set Historic Course

The Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with about 1,200 pounds of cargo for its upcoming mission that is expected to dock with the International Space Station. Image credit: SpaceX

SpaceX crossed another milestone this week as company and NASA officials met for a thorough Flight Readiness Review ahead of the launch of the Dragon […]

SpaceX to launch two AsiaSat satellites via Falcon 9 in 2014 | NASASpaceFlight.com

by Chris Bergin

SpaceX have announced a contract to launch two Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) satellites. AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 will be launched via SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle, after the previous two AsiaSats were launched via the Russian Proton rocket, under the control of International Launch Services (ILS).

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Paul Allen, Supersizing Space Flight

By ANDY PASZTOR And DIONNE SEARCEY

 

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he will build the world's largest airplane as a mobile platform for launching satellites at low cost, which he believes could transform the space industry. Andy Pasztor has details on The News Hub.

Billionaire’s Novel Vision Has Wingspan Wider Than a Football Field, Weighs 1.2 […]

Former Senators Sign on as Lobbyists for Space Company

Former U.S. senators Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and John Breaux (D-La.) are part of a team of Patton Boggs lobbyists advocating for a commercial space transportation company, according to paperwork filed with Congress on Thursday.

The former senators and three of their Patton colleagues represent Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX. They […]

SpaceX to get lobbying help from former U.S. Senators Trent Lott and John Breaux

By Brian Lawson, The Huntsville Times  – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former U.S. Senators Trent Lott, R-Miss. and U.S. Sen. John Breaux, D-La. have signed on to lobby on behalf of commercial space transportation company SpaceX, the Legal Times is reporting.

The pair are part of the Patton Boggs lobbying firm hired to assist the company.

The story also notes […]

SpaceX poised to make history with space station docking

 

Hawthorne-based commercial space venture SpaceX is set to send its Dragon space capsule to dock with the $100-billion International Space Station — a feat that’s been accomplished only by the world’s wealthiest nations.

NASA announced Friday that the private company, formally named Space Exploration Technologies Corp., will aim to launch its 18-story Falcon 9 rocket Feb. […]

NASA Sets Feb. 7 Target for SpaceX To Launch to Station

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is scheduled to launch its Dragon space capsule to the international space station Feb. 7 in a flight demonstration that would clear the way for the Hawthorne, Calif.-based company to begin regular cargo runs to the orbital outpost.

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver announced the launch target Dec. […]

SPACEX TO BUILD ‘GRASSHOPPER’ ROCKET

The rocket is likely a test to chase the elusive holy grail for rocket scientists — reusable launchers.

Reusability is key to the dramatic cost savings that will enable advancements in human exploration of space. The Dragon spacecraft is fully reusable and SpaceX is working toward the goal of delivering the world's first fully […]