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SpaceX Starship wins NASA lunar lander contract for crewed missions

By |2020-05-01T17:10:14-04:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

NASA is still on a big Moon 2024 push and they want to get astronauts on the surface of the Moon. On April 30, 2020 they announced three big lunar lander contracts for their upcoming Moon 2024 crewed missions. See details about the contracts here!

Two more astronauts added to SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission to the ISS

By |2020-04-02T22:58:22-04:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

NASA and SpaceX are under two months away from their currently scheduled launch date for the first crewed missions of American astronauts, on American rockets, from American soil; but that doesn't mean it's too early to plan for what's coming after that.

SpaceX to launch Dragon XL cargo capsule for NASA’s Lunar Gateway

By |2020-04-02T22:59:27-04:00March 31st, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Since 2012, Elon Musk's company, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. otherwise known as SpaceX, has been providing cargo delivery services for NASA as part of their Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contracts to the International Space Station after the end of the Space Shuttle era.  However, the bar has been raised and SpaceX is now contracted to fly similar missions with critical pressurized & unpressurized cargo to NASA's planned lunar orbiting space station called Gateway under their new Gateway Logistics Services (GLS) contract.

SpaceX loses Crew Dragon mockup capsule during parachute test

By |2020-04-02T23:00:39-04:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

SpaceX announced that one of their final preparation tests with their Crew Dragon capsule's parachute systems did not go as planned. The company and their test operators were forced to drop their Crew Dragon mockup capsule early during the test to protect the safety of the helicopter crew.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

SpaceX is preparing for the Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test

By |2020-03-21T15:37:48-04:00September 21st, 2019|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

SpaceX is in a little bit of a lull right now and it's actually it's not really a bad thing for SpaceX. They're actually in the unusual situation where they are ready before their customers are actually ready with their payloads. Still on track for 2019 we've got a couple of communication satellites that are still going to launch, we've got another resupply mission to the International Space Station that's scheduled for December, we've got a whole bunch of Starship and Super Heavy developments that are happening as well as potential Starship flights as early as next month and then we also have the In-Flight abort test and DM-2 missions for Crew Dragon that they're still trying to fit in for this year.

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