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The first Crew Dragon mission finally returns home

May 3rd, 2021

The four-person crew of the first formal Crew Dragon mission finally returned home in the early hours of Sunday morning, marking an end to an incredibly important journey. The crew was part of the first scientific mission for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon after it was tested and delivered to NASA. The mission was a huge success, …

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NASA can’t let the Crew Dragon crew come home

April 30th, 2021

The first formal crewed mission to the International Space Station using a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket was a historic achievement for both NASA and SpaceX. The four-astronaut roster that made the trip from Earth to the orbiting laboratory arrived on November 16th of 2020, which means that as it’s the end …

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The SpaceX Crew Dragon had a near-miss with space junk

April 26th, 2021

Space junk is a serious problem. I’ve written about this topic at length, and it’s only getting worse with time. Every satellite that dies in orbit, rocket component that is jettisoned, and wrench that is dropped during a spacewalk adds to the cloud of trash orbiting Earth. This debris poses a serious threat to all …

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NASA forced to delay SpaceX crew launch until Friday

April 21st, 2021

NASA and SpaceX are teaming up for another launch to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Crew Dragon was scheduled to ferry a team of four astronauts from Earth to the ISS on Thursday, but a statement from NASA reveals that things have been put on hold for a least a day. The culprit? Weather, …

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The next SpaceX NASA launch is going to be one for the record books

April 16th, 2021

SpaceX is already the clear winner of the Commercial Crew Program race, having delivered its Crew Dragon spacecraft to NASA well ahead of its competitor, Boeing, which has yet to even complete an uncrewed mission to the ISS. Now, with a couple of crewed launches already under its belt, the company is poised to do …

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This might be the wildest thing SpaceX has ever done

March 31st, 2021

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon has already proven itself as a safe and capable spacecraft when it lived up to NASA’s standards and ferried crewed missions from Earth to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was developed with the help of NASA as part of the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program which sought to produce not one …

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SpaceX just scored a historic first from NASA

November 11th, 2020

NASA has officially certified SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for future use in crewed missions to space.  Crew Dragon becomes the first spacecraft from the Commercial Crew Progam to receive the distinction, well ahead of Boeing’s Starliner. The first official Crew Dragon mission with a crew of four astronauts is expected to commence soon. It was several …

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The first official Crew Dragon mission gets a launch date

October 28th, 2020

NASA and SpaceX seem to have finally figured out all the issues preventing them from launching the first official Crew Dragon science mission to the ISS.  The launch is currently scheduled for November 14th. The launch had previously been delayed due to unexpected issues with SpaceX boosters during a separate launch. SpaceX has had a …

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NASA’s first real Crew Dragon mission has been delayed

October 12th, 2020

SpaceX and NASA have announced that the next crewed mission in Crew Dragon (the first non-test flight of the spacecraft) will be delayed by a week or two. The delay comes as SpaceX wishes to investigate some bizarre data regarding a recent Falcon 9 launch. The mission is now scheduled to take place by mid-November. …

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NASA’s first true SpaceX Crew Dragon mission has a date

September 29th, 2020

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft will finally be used on an official NASA science mission to the International Space Station. The launch of four astronauts is now planned for October 31st, which happens to be Halloween. The mission will be the first after NASA certifies Crew Dragon for continued use, and it’ll be a big milestone …