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SpaceX successfully completes key test of its Crew Dragon human spacecraft

SpaceX successfully completes key test of its Crew Dragon human spacecraft

SpaceX completed a crucial test of a key safety system of its Crew Dragon spacecraft today. The test involved launching its Crew Dragon using a Falcon 9, though without any actual crew on board. The launch was then intentionally cut short, with the In-Flight Abort (IFA) system triggered to separate the Crew Dragon from the…
Watch SpaceX launch its Crew Dragon astronaut spacecraft for a key safety test

Watch SpaceX launch its Crew Dragon astronaut spacecraft for a key safety test

SpaceX is looking to launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft using a Falcon 9 rocket today, in a crucial test of the human-rated spacecraft’s In-Flight Abort (IFA) system. This safety feature will separate the Crew Dragon from the Falcon 9 rocket early, propelling the spacecraft (and any astronauts who would be on board, during a real…
Watch as SpaceX’s newest spacecraft attempts to escape a fake rocket emergency

Watch as SpaceX’s newest spacecraft attempts to escape a fake rocket emergency

On Sunday, SpaceX is launching one of its last big flight tests for NASA, one that could ultimately pave the way for the company to fly people to space later this year. For this flight, SpaceX will test out the emergency escape system on its new passenger spacecraft — and will probably destroy a Falcon…
SpaceX will shut down its rocket mid-flight to test Dragon’s escape system

SpaceX will shut down its rocket mid-flight to test Dragon’s escape system

Fly, Falcon, Fly! — "We’ve got work to do, but honestly getting this test behind us is a huge milestone." Eric Berger - Jan 17, 2020 7:16 pm UTC Enlarge / The Crew Dragon spacecraft sits atop a Falcon 9 rocket, with the crew access arm extended.SpaceXOfficials from NASA and SpaceX said final preparations were…
SpaceX Will Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It’s Safe for People

SpaceX Will Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It’s Safe for People

On Saturday morning, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to lift off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, the same launchpad where astronauts departed for the moon 50 years ago. A Crew Dragon capsule will be mounted atop the rocket, just as it will be later this year when SpaceX sends its…
SpaceX will destroy one of its rockets in the pursuit of safety this weekend

SpaceX will destroy one of its rockets in the pursuit of safety this weekend

Early Saturday morning, SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida that will most likely break apart in midair just a few minutes after takeoff. The rocket’s demise is part of a planned test flight that’s supposed to demonstrate SpaceX’s ability to handle a catastrophic failure of one of its vehicles. If the…
SpaceX continues to blast satellites into orbit as the space community worries

SpaceX continues to blast satellites into orbit as the space community worries

Early in 2020, SpaceX became the operator of the world’s largest active satellite constellation, with 180 satellites orbiting the planet. The milestone is a mere starting point for Starlink, SpaceX’s ambitious project to provide internet capabilities to every inch of the globe. To get that kind of connectivity, the company wants the option to launch…
SpaceX Starlink mega-constellation: ‘Limited time’ to fix brightness issue – BBC News

SpaceX Starlink mega-constellation: ‘Limited time’ to fix brightness issue – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA time-lapse of the Starlink satellites taken from the Peak DistrictCalifornia's SpaceX company says it will work constructively with the scientific community to fix the brightness of its satellites.The firm has come under fire for the brilliance of its Starlink spacecraft, which are being launched to deliver…
SpaceX tests black satellite to reduce ‘megaconstellation’ threat to astronomy – Nature.com

SpaceX tests black satellite to reduce ‘megaconstellation’ threat to astronomy – Nature.com

The diagonal lines in this image taken at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, show light reflected from Starlink satellites launched by SpaceX.Credit: Victoria Girgis/Lowell Observatory Honolulu, HawaiiThe aerospace company SpaceX launched 60 of its Starlink broadband-internet satellites into orbit on 6 January — including one, called DarkSat, that is partially painted black. The probe…
Covering a SpaceX rocket launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with the iPhone 11 Pro Max – 9to5Mac

Covering a SpaceX rocket launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with the iPhone 11...

I recently had the incredible experience of attending a SpaceX rocket launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA Social hosted the event that included close-up access to NASA’s massive Vehicle Assembly Building, the historic 39B launch pad, and an awesome view of a Falcon 9 rocket launch. Below are some of my favorite…

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Physics Explains Why You Can’t Open a Plane Door in the...

It’s the nightmare of travelers sitting near the emergency exit and the inevitable fate of bad guys tussling on a plane with James Bond—the door erupting open mid-flight, sucking them into the cold blue and white.This scenario was no doubt running through the minds of the passengers of a BA flight to Riyadh this week,…

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