The Emergency Escape Rockets For The Crew Dragon Are Surprisingly Quiet

A pair of SuperDraco engines firing at the same time is far quieter than I thought it would be. The dual firing is part of SpaceX pad abort testing for the rocket engines, ensuring both engines can simultaneously ignite and throttle if they need to carry the Crew Dragon to safety. » 3/26/15 1:00am Thursday 1:00am

Watching Water Burst This Stressed Rocket Part Is Strangely Satisfying

Sometimes, all a day really needs is a nice video of rocket components exploding during stress-testing. Why, hello there Space Launch System! Did your booster composite case get over-pressurized with water to test how the materials would withstand launch-strain? Perfect! » 2/18/15 1:31am 2/18/15 1:31am

Orion Spacecraft In Photos: Assembly, Flight, Splashdown, And Recovery

This December, Orion left for a 60,000 mile journey through space, to land at sea to be carried 600 miles back to shore, and finally went on a 2,500-mile road trip home. Here's the whole journey from construction through the flight and back home, in pictures. » 12/26/14 1:13pm 12/26/14 1:13pm

Follow Every Step Of Orion's First Test Flight [LIVE COVERAGE]

After a one-day delay, Orion blasted off early this morning for its first-ever test flight. Follow the live-stream here along with our updates of photographs, videos, flight details, and tips on when to tune in to catch the most dramatic moments of this historic flight. » 12/05/14 5:16am 12/05/14 5:16am

Here's What Happened With The Scrubbed Orion Launch Attempt

The Orion spacecraft toyed with our hearts this morning, three times reaching the terminal countdown before the launch attempt was ultimately scrubbed. Twice, gusts of wind were to blame; the third time, a sticky valve refused to close. Here's what went down and what needs to happen before the next attempt. » 12/04/14 5:16pm 12/04/14 5:16pm

Join Us For Orion's First Test Flight! [LIVE COVERAGE] [UPDATED]

It's almost time for the first-ever test flight of the Orion spacecraft, NASA's human deep space exploration vehicle. Watch the live feed and follow along with us as we work through the countdown, launch, test flight, and landing! Update: The launch is scrubbed; next attempt Friday 7:05 am EST. » 12/04/14 7:06am 12/04/14 7:06am

Here's What To Expect During The First Orion Test Flight

The very first test flight for NASA's Orion spacecraft is Thursday December 4th. Here's the nitty-gritty details of how the 4.5 hour test flight will put the service module, launch abort system, heat shield, and parachutes through their paces as the craft launches, completes two orbits, and returns to Earth. » 12/01/14 7:19pm 12/01/14 7:19pm

The Orion Spacecraft Is Almost Ready For Testing!

Today the prototype Orion spacecraft made its final move before heading to the launch pad for testing in December. The monster machine was carefully shuffled around the Kennedy Space Center, leaving its fuelling station and heading to the installation of the Launch Abort System. » 9/29/14 1:36am 9/29/14 1:36am