See How SpaceX Astronauts Could Survive a Failed Launch

Two weeks ago, SpaceX successfully tested the launch abort system for its new commercial crew capsule, which is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The company has just released a first-person view video recorded by cameras mounted on the Dragon capsule, so you can take a virtual… » 5/22/15 4:41pm 5/22/15 4:41pm

Photo: New Dragon crew spaceship almost ready for test flight

From SpaceX: "America's next gen crewed spacecraft is almost ready for a test flight. Pad abort vehicle shipping to FL shortly." The pad and in-flight abort test were projected for January 2015 but it seems to be delayed. SpaceX says the first manned test will be on December 2017 at the latest. » 2/03/15 10:49pm 2/03/15 10:49pm

Dragon spacecraft quickly firing thrusters to adjust course

Astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this sequence of the Dragon spaceship "breathing fire as it rendezvoused with [the International Space Station] last week." The spacecraft was firing its thrusters to adjust its course. The original video was quite shaky, so I stabilized it for your GIFing pleasure. » 10/10/14 12:50am 10/10/14 12:50am

NASA must fast forward the manned use of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft

This new cool SpaceX photo popped in my Twitter feed right after reading how Putin is annexing Crimea to Russia in the same way Hitler annexed the Sudetenland to Germany back in 1938. I don't know what will happen next but this is yet one more reason why NASA should fast forward the manned use of SpaceX's Dragon… » 3/11/14 8:37pm 3/11/14 8:37pm

This NASA Simulator Fakes Space in the Middle of Texas

With modern space travel now the work of private industry operating under the guidance of NASA, how do you make sure that the custom hardware running on, say the Dragon Module interfaces with the custom hardware aboard the ISS? You bug-test the shit out of them beforehand in NASA's Systems Engineering Simulator. » 6/20/12 11:30am 6/20/12 11:30am