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SpaceX CRS-20 Dragon capsule arrives to the International Space Station

After a beautiful and successful late night launch on Friday, the SpaceX Dragon 1 cargo capsule arrived to the International Space Station on Monday, March 9, 2020 after performing on orbit maneuvers to catch up to the station over the course of two days.

By |2020-04-04T08:53:54-04:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

SpaceX CRS-20 launches final Dragon v1 to the Space Station

SpaceX launched their Dragon 1 cargo capsule full of supplies and bound for the International Space Station for the final time on March 6, 2020 at approximately 11:50pm EST from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as part of their CRS-20 mission supporting NASA's Commercial Resupply Services Phase 1 contract.

By |2020-04-04T08:50:10-04:00March 6th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

SpaceX is planning historic SAOCOM-1B satellite launch

As early as March 2020, SpaceX is planning to launch SAOCOM-1B on one of their Falcon 9 rockets while doing something that nobody has done in over 50 years!

By |2020-04-04T08:49:53-04:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

SpaceX Launches their 4th batch of operational Starlink satellites

SpaceX successfully launched another set of 60 of their version 1.0 operational Starlink Satellites into low earth orbit on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 10:05am EST (15:05 UTC). The primary mission appears to have been another major success for SpaceX's Starlink program, however, their secondary experimental recovery missions suffered some unfortunate failures for both the Falcon 9's first stage booster landing attempt at sea on their autonomous spaceport droneship, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY); as well as for their attempts to recover both halves of their protective payload fairings which they attempted to gently land under parachute at sea, aboard their support vessels GO Ms. Tree and GO Ms. Chief.

By |2020-03-21T15:30:01-04:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

SpaceX’s third operational Starlink mission successful

SpaceX launched another set of 60 version 1.0 operational Starlink Satellites into low earth orbit on January 29, 2020 at 9:06am EST (14:06 UTC). The first stage booster for this mission previously supported and launched their first Crew Dragon demonstration flight, DM-1, into orbit along with the RADARSAT mission in June 2019. The first stage booster was successfully recovered 630 kilometers downrange on their autonomous spaceport droneship, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY).

By |2020-03-21T15:31:25-04:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

What to expect for the SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test

SpaceX is ready for a major demonstration with their Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test, a major milestone before SpaceX begins flying astronauts.

By |2020-03-21T15:33:41-04:00January 16th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Boeing CST-100 Starliner Pad Abort Test Results

At first glance the test seemed pretty successful but it didn't quite go exactly to plan. The camerawork here was enough to make you want to bang your head against the wall but aside from that you may have noticed that I said three main parachutes and clearly the Starliner Descended under only two main parachutes. This was in fact an anomaly and was not supposed to happen.

By |2020-03-21T15:34:30-04:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Bigelow Aerospace wants the B330 to be part of NASA’s Lunar Gateway

The Bigelow Aerospace B330 is an inflatable habitat that Bigelow wants to send to outer space to make it easier to build structures as fast as possible.

By |2020-03-21T15:35:29-04:00October 13th, 2019|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , |

OLHZN-22: Using circular polarized antennas on a weather balloon

OLHZN-22 is the twenty second high altitude weather balloon flight planned for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight is scheduled to launch in Spring 2020 from the Canandaigua, NY. This flight will be the third flight attempt for our new live video transmission system to obtain and view live video from an on-board camera while the balloon and payload is in-flight.

OLHZN-21: NHL Vegas Golden Knights Highest Puck Drop Record

OLHZN-21 was the twenty-first high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on September 23, 2019 at 2:51:40pm PDT (21:51:40 UTC) from Las Vegas, NV. This flight was a top-secret collaboration project with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights to honor the “opening knight” of their third hockey season on October 2, 2019 against the San Jose Sharks and set a new VGK Worldwide Record for the Highest Altitude Puck Drop.