Blue Origin has successful New Shepard launch after a month delay

This morning at 10:05am EST, Blue Origin's suborbital New Shepard rocket launched from West Texas after being delayed last month due to a ground system issue. The capsule reached an apogee of 350,000ft and both the booster and the capsule safely landed back on Earth. New Shepard flew 8 onboard payloads on this mission. The Modal Propellant Gauging experiment to see how to measure fuel levels in microgravity by using sound waves. The Vibration Isolation Platform, which will be used to test separating the payload from the vibrations caused by the rocket during launch. The EM Field Experiment, observe and collect data on natural occurring electromagnetic fields on the inside and outside of New

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft is getting ready to launch astronauts to the ISS this year

Earlier this month, SpaceX rolled out their Crew Dragon spacecraft on top of their Falcon 9 rocket for fit checks at the launchpad for the spacecraft and the Crew Access Arm. As of now there is no firm launch date since they cannot launch until the Government is no longer shutdown, causing some major delays. Crew Dragon is SpaceX's first ever spacecraft that will carry Astronauts from US soil to the International Space Station for the first time since 2011, when the Space Shuttle retired. SpaceX is flying these astronauts under NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which also has Boeing developing their CST-100 Starliner spacecraft for the same purposes. Crew Dragon is able to carry 7 Astronauts a

SpaceX's Cargo Dragon spacecraft returns from the International Space Station

Sunday afternoon SpaceX's Cargo Dragon spacecraft was released from the International Space Station's manipulator arm and started on its way to return back to Earth after a five-week long stay at the station. Dragon was released around 3:37pm EST and began performing automated maneuvers to move away from the Space Station to get out of the safety bubble that surrounds the station. These operations were previously delayed from Thursday, January 10th because of poor weather conditions at the splashdown site that's roughly 400 miles off the coast of Long Beach, California. Dragon performed a nearly 13 minute burn of its Draco engines to deorbit and bring its trajectory to splashdown in the Paci

SpaceX kicks off the year with the final Iridium launch

This morning at 10:31am EDT (7:31am PST), SpaceX launched their Falcon 9 rocket for the first time this year from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, carrying the final batch of Iridium satellites into orbit around the Earth. This brought the total of the next generation of Iridium satellites in orbit to 75, completing the constellation. This launch featured a flight-proven first stage which previously supported the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission that launched from Cape Canaveral back in September. After launch, this first stage came back down and landed on the West Coast drone ship "Just Read The Instructions" successfully. #SpaceX #Falcon9 #Block5

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