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Falcon 9 boost as Merlin 1D engine achieves major milestone


SpaceX’s Merlin 1D engine has achieved flight qualification status during its test program at the company’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. An enhanced design to the engines…

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SpaceX joy at Merlin 1D test – Orbital fire up their AJ-26 engine


Two loud rumbles in the south of the United States marked two milestones for the country’s drive to regain its space flight independence, as SpaceX and Orbital both fired…

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SpaceX ready for another launch and key Commercial Crew test


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on the next Falcon 9 rocket set to launch out of Florida, tasked with the lofting of the TurkmenistanSat spacecraft on…

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Fine-tuning Falcon 9 landing focuses on throttle valve response


SpaceX is getting ever closer to successfully returning the first stage of its Falcon 9 v1.1, with the latest attempt showing the effort is now focused on fine-tuning. The…

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SpaceX conducts tanking test on In-Flight Abort Falcon 9


As preparations continue for next week’s Falcon 9 launch of the CRS-6 Dragon spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, SpaceX’s Vandenberg team has put the In-Flight abort booster through a…

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SpaceX preparing for a busy season of missions and test milestones


SpaceX is set for a salvo of events over the coming months, ranging from resupply runs to the International Space Station, to abort test objectives for its Dragon…

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Legless Falcon 9 conducts Static Fire test ahead of Sunday launch


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 has conducted a Static Fire – or Hot Fire – test at Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 ahead of Sunday’s mission to loft the ABS-3A and Eutelsat…

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Falcon Heavy into production as Pad 39A HIF rises out of the ground


SpaceX’s new rocket system, the Falcon Heavy, is continuing preparations for her 2015 debut, with work taking place around the country. Modifications to Pad 39A at Kennedy Space…

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SpaceX conducts Static Fire test ahead of DSCOVR mission


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on its latest Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket Saturday, paving the way for a February 8 launch attempt to loft the DSCOVR…

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DSCOVR and Recover: SpaceX chase the cigar with next Falcon 9 mission


SpaceX will conduct a second attempt at landing a Falcon 9 v1.1 core stage on to its Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) next month, during its primary mission of…

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SpaceX confirms CRS-5 launch slip to January 6


The next Falcon 9 v1.1 set to launch out of Florida’s Cape Canaveral has been rescheduled for January 6. The original plan was to launch the rocket on Friday,…

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SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship ready for action


The mystery behind the “floating platform” – set to welcome home a returning Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage – has been solved via a series of fascinating comments…

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Pad 39A – SpaceX laying the groundwork for Falcon Heavy debut


SpaceX has confirmed it is now into the construction phase of converting Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A for its Falcon Heavy debut, with a large amount of work…

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Falcon 9 v1.1 conducts Static Fire ahead of CRS-4 launch


SpaceX is on track to launch another Falcon 9 v1.1, just 13 days after the ASIASAT-6 mission lifted off from SLC-40. The next launch – tasked with lofting…

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Eventful Friday for SpaceX amid Static Fire and Test Failure


SpaceX has had a dramatic end to the week, with a successful Static Fire test of their Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at Cape Canaveral, concluded just hours after…

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Falcon 9 conducts Static Fire test ahead of ASIASAT-8 mission


SpaceX conducted a Static Fire test on its Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket late on Thursday. The test – once reviewed – will pave the way for what is…

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SpaceX conducts another Static Fire on next Falcon 9 v1.1


SpaceX has conducted what is hopefully the final major milestone ahead of their ORBCOMM OG2 mission from Cape Canaveral. The Static Fire test, conducted at 3pm local time…

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SpaceX completes Falcon 9 v1.1 Static Fire, delays launch


SpaceX has completed a key pre-launch objective with the Static Fire of their Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40. However, the vehicle’s mission has been delayed…

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Commercial duo refine upcoming launch dates


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 launch of six ORBCOMM OG-2 satellites has seen its launch date tweaked to No Earlier Than (NET) launch date to June 15, pending its…

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SpaceX targets June 11 for Falcon 9 ORBCOMM OG2 mission


SpaceX has realigned its next Falcon 9 v1.1 launch to NET (No Earlier Than) June 11. The rocket, tasked with lofting six ORBCOMM satellites into orbit, was scheduled…