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Elon Musk at SXSW: ‘I’d like to die on Mars, just not on impact’

March 9th, 2013
During a keynote address in which the SpaceX and Tesla founder talked about both his companies, the highlight was probably a video showing a Grasshopper rocket landing like a helicopter. [Read more]



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Cargo ship attached to station after smooth rendezvous

March 3rd, 2013
A commercial cargo ship built by SpaceX successfully attaches to the International Space Station today, two days after thruster problems threatened to derail the resupply mission. [Read more]



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SpaceX cargo ship cleared for Sunday station capture

March 3rd, 2013
After assessing the health of a SpaceX cargo ship in the wake of thruster problems Friday, NASA managers cleared the craft for a Sunday linkup with the International Space Station. [Read more]



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SpaceX overcomes thruster problems with cargo ship

March 2nd, 2013
After more than six hours of suspense, engineers are optimistic they've resolved trouble with thrusters on the Dragon cargo ship, clearing the way for a rendezvous with the International Space Station. [Read more]



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Thruster Problem Pushes SpaceX Capsule Off Schedule

March 1st, 2013
Private spaceflight company SpaceX's Friday launch of a Dragon capsule ran into problems shortly after it separated from its Falcon 9 rocket, and the resulting delays could move a planned docking with the International Space Station from Saturday to Sunday. "Issue with Dragon thruster pods," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted shortly after the morning launch. "System inhibiting three of four from initializing. About to command inhibit override."



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SpaceX supply ship prepped for Friday launch to station

February 28th, 2013
Loaded with more than 2,300 pounds of equipment, spare parts, and crew supplies, an unmanned SpaceX cargo ship is prepped for blastoff on a space station resupply mission. [Read more]



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SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth after station visit

October 28th, 2012
In the final phase of its first operational flight, the commercial cargo ship returns safely to Earth, carrying nearly a ton of supplies and experiment samples. [Read more]



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SpaceX’s Dragon capsule prepares to head home

October 27th, 2012
The commercial craft will undock from the International Space Station tomorrow morning, as it looks to complete the first of at least 12 regularly scheduled supply missions. [Read more]



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SpaceX Dragon capsule delivers first shipment to space station

October 10th, 2012

SpaceX, a private company, successfully delivered half a ton of supplies to the International Space Station Wednesday, the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with NASA.



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Blown SpaceX Engine May Have Been Best of Bad Things

October 9th, 2012
One of the nine Merlin engines of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket suffered what the company called "an anomaly" after the vessel's launch on Sunday. The "anomaly" looks a lot like one of the rocket's nine engines failing in mid-launch, as can be seen in the video below Initial data suggest that Engine 1 lost pressure suddenly and an engine shutdown command was issued. Although the video shows debris being flung out, SpaceX contends that the engine didn't explode, and what the video shows is the rupture of the fairing that protects the engine from aerodynamic loads.




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