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  1. SpaceX Confirms Dragon II Explosion

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    The Dragon II capsule that carried out a non-piloted test flight to the ISS in March has exploded during a later test on the ground, as confirmed by the SpaceX vice president, Hans Koenigsmann. The explosive event was already apparent from a video that leaked late last month, but the level of the vessel’s destruction was unknown until now. Koenigsmann stated that it’s too early to determine the exact cause of the incident, but provided a couple of crucial details that point to the thruster system.

    More specifically, the “SuperDraco” unit, which is Dragon’s thruster was just being fired up when the anomaly occurred. This came only after the smaller thrusters were successfully activated and fired for five seconds each, and only after the preliminary powering tests had been concluded. As the particular capsule is meant to carry a human crew, and since SpaceX has invested a lot in the specific thruster unit and hypergolic liquid fuel, this is complicating the current schedule of development. The Dragon II capsule was planned to take its first crewed flight to the ISS in July 2019, and unless a really speedy and absolutely conclusive investigation takes place, this is not going to happen this summer.

    Hopefully, the particular Dragon II vessel sustained damage from its sea landing and recovery operation after coming back from its low-orbit trip, so a brand new Dragon II wouldn’t have a problem carrying out the scheduled mission. In the worst case, this incident has to do with an undiscovered flaw in the design. This new capsule is incorporating some innovative novel elements in its design like the use of 3D printing for the combustion chamber, and the use of liquid-fueled launch abort system. That said, NASA and SpaceX may have a lot of investigation work to do and the fact that the Dragon II blew to pieces isn’t very helpful in that regards. Possibly, we may not see Dragon II carrying astronauts before 2020 after all.

  2. SpaceX Makes History By Landing a Used Rocket For The First Time Ever

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    SpaceX continues to do the unthinkable.

    Last week, the private space giant successfully landed a used Falcon 9 rocket on one the company’s drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean.

    The endeavor marks a historic mark in space transport, representing the first time ever SpaceX reused and landed one of its rockets.

    The Instagram video below shows the Falcon 9 touching down like a feather on the floating barge, constituting the sixth successful attempt overall and first time SpaceX landed a rocket which had already been to space.

    There is no doubt that the future of space travel is bright!

    Falcon 9 landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship after delivering SES-10 into orbit.

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  3. SpaceX Plans To Send Two Private Citizens Around The Moon In Late 2018

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    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced the private space company will be involved in an unprecedented mission set to take place very soon.

    In Late 2018, SpaceX will launch two private citizens around the moon aboard a spaceship which is set to carry out its first unmanned test flight later this year.

    The tourists “have already paid a significant deposit,” Musk said.

    He added, “This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years”.

    SpaceX is collaborating with NASA in order to make the groundbreaking mission possible.

    Musk said the two passengers “will travel faster and further into the solar system than any before them”.

    He continued “Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year.”

    The space tourists are expected to make a loop around the Moon, skim the lunar surface and then go well beyond.

    Of course, Musk said the first passengers “are entering this with their eyes open, knowing that there is some risk here. They’re certainly not naive, and we’ll do everything we can to minimise that risk, but it’s not zero.”

  4. SpaceX Lands Rocket at Cape Canaveral After NASA-Contracted ISS Delivery

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    This past weekend, not only did SpaceX successfully send a payload up to the International Space Station, the company also successfully landed the first stage segment of the Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral.

    While this may not sound like a big deal seeing as how SpaceX has successfully landed rockets in the past, this marked the first time one landed while carrying out a NASA-contracted ISS delivery.

    What once seemed nearly impossible has now become commonplace, representing an exciting future for SpaceX and the space exploration industry as a whole.

    Watch the entire mission unfold:

  5. SpaceX’s Next Rocket Landing Attempt Will Be June 28th, Elon Musk’s Birthday

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    SpaceX has moved the scheduled Falcon 9 launch from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28, which happens to be Elon Musk’s birthday.

    Musk could potentially receive an incredible 44th birthday gift if the rocket can finally land on the floating barge after its resupply mission to the International Space Station.

    Check out how close the rocket came to landing during the last attempt from SpaceX: