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Jul 21, 2015 12:00 AM ET // Irene Klotz
A steel strut holding a bottle of helium likely gave way, causing the liquid oxygen tank in the upper-stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to over-pressurize, triggering an explosion minutes after launch last month, company chief executive Elon Musk said Monday.
Jun 30, 2015 05:30 PM ET // Irene Klotz
Like many rocket launch companies, SpaceX learned some its most valuable lessons from the school of hard knocks before nailing an impressive string of 18 successful Falcon 9 missions.
Jun 29, 2015 11:35 AM ET // Irene Klotz
SpaceX has been testing a launch abort system that would save the lives of the crew on board a manned version of its Dragon capsule in the event of a launch failure.
Jun 28, 2015 02:00 PM ET // AFP
An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded less than three minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, in the first major disaster for the fast-charging company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk.
Jun 27, 2015 09:00 PM ET // Irene Klotz
On Sunday, SpaceX hopes to land a Falcon 9 rocket after delivering its payload to space -- but this isn't the only rocket return game in town.
May 27, 2015 04:30 PM ET // Irene Klotz
A heated battle that spread to federal courtrooms and the U.S. Congress ended on Tuesday with the U.S. Air Force clearing Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX to fly military and national security satellites.
May 7, 2015 10:15 AM ET // Mike Wall, Space.com
Six months after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight, a new version of the suborbital space plane is coming together in a hangar in the California desert.
May 6, 2015 10:09 AM ET // Irene Klotz
No people were aboard during Wednesday’s two-minute launch test. Continue reading →
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