SpaceX rocket breaks apart after launch; ISS-bound cargo lost

Jun 29, 2015

SpaceX rocket breaks apart after launch; ISS-bound cargo lost

An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies and a first-of-its-kind docking port to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, still reeling from previous failed shipments. The accident happened about 2½ minutes into the flight ...

Airbus developing reusable space rocket launcher

Jun 7, 2015

Airbus developing reusable space rocket launcher

European aircraft and aerospace giant Airbus has unveiled plans for a reusable space rocket launcher that should be ready in 2025, which the firm says will be radically different from the concept of rival U.S. firm SpaceX. Airbus must overcome significant technical and financial ...

SpaceX cleared for U.S. military launches

May 28, 2015

SpaceX cleared for U.S. military launches

Billionaire Elon Musk’s firm SpaceX has won long-waited approval from the U.S. Air Force to launch military satellites, opening the way to a lucrative market that has been a virtual monopoly for a Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture. With the certification, California-based SpaceX ...

SpaceX fails again to nail rocket landing on ocean barge

Apr 15, 2015

SpaceX fails again to nail rocket landing on ocean barge

SpaceX launched a shipment of groceries to the International Space Station on Tuesday, including the first espresso maker bound for orbit. But the company’s third attempt to land the leftover booster on an ocean platform failed. SpaceX chief Elon Musk wrote via Twitter that ...

Weather forecloses on SpaceX rocket launch, landing test

Apr 14, 2015

Weather forecloses on SpaceX rocket launch, landing test

The launch of an unmanned SpaceX rocket — and an innovative attempt to land it on an ocean barge — were postponed on Monday due to poor weather at the Florida launch site, officials said. The rocket, carrying a Dragon cargo ship bound for ...