Posts Tagged ‘Falcon 9’

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SES-8 heads to Florida for next Falcon 9 v1.1 launch


The Orbital-built SES-8 telecommunications satellite has begun its road journey to Florida ahead of its November 1 (NET) launch atop of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle. The…

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SpaceX successfully launches debut Falcon 9 v1.1


SpaceX have enjoyed a huge success via the launch the first flight of its new Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket on Sunday, carrying an array of payloads including Canada’s…

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Falcon 9 v1.1 successfully conducts second Hot Fire


SpaceX’s newly upgraded Falcon 9 v.1.1 has successfully completed a second Hot Fire test – also known as a Static Fire – ahead of its debut mission to…

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SpaceX: From Bothering Bovines to Revolutionizing Rockets


SpaceX are continuing to make progress on several key projects as they head into a busy period of launches. With the debut launch of their Falcon 9 v1.1…

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SpaceX awarded first European government contract via SARah missions


In a milestone launch contract award for SpaceX, the Californian company will use of its two Falcon 9 v1.1 rockets to loft Germany’s second-generation radar reconnaissance satellite system…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 lined up to launch RADARSAT Constellation


SpaceX have announced the award of a reservation contract that lines them up as the launch service provider for three satellites that will make up the RADARSAT Constellation…

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SpaceX's new Falcon 9 v1.1 begins to arrive in California


Following the successful conclusion to acceptance testing in Texas, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 – an upgraded version of the Falcon 9, which also aims to become fully reusable…

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Dragon Roadmap: From domestic crew independence to humans on Mars


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is continuing to make solid progress during the early years of its incremental roadmap, a path that has a firm focus on sending humans to…

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Reducing risk via ground testing is a recipe for SpaceX success


SpaceX have noted they are happy with the technical progress being made on their new Falcon 9 v.1.1 (F 9-R) launch vehicle, as they prepare their next generation…

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Testing times for SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 v.1.1


Engineers at SpaceX’s Rocket Development and Test Facility in McGregor, Texas are continuing to conduct a series of firings of the company’s upgraded Falcon 9 v.1.1 launch vehicle…

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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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Resilient CRS-2 Dragon successfully berthed on the ISS


Back to full health, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft was captured and then berthed by the Canadarm 2 on the International Space Station (ISS) Sunday morning. Arriving just one day…

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CRS-2: Dragon’s tantrum subdued following Falcon 9 launch


SpaceX conducted its tenth launch on Friday, sending the fourth Dragon spacecraft on a mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). The launch of CRS-2 (SpX-2) –…

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SpaceX win another contract ahead of CRS-2 mission


As SpaceX prepare for their next Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission, the company is continuing to fill its order book for their Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy fleet….

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SpaceX Crewed Dragon: Pressing home the advantage


With all three Commercial Crew partners providing a status update at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) this week, SpaceX have outlined their path towards launching a crew on…

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SpaceX’s Grasshopper successfully conducts a 40 meter leap


SpaceX’s ambitions of creating a full reusable launch vehicle have taken another step forward via the third – and most ambitious to date – test of their Grasshopper…

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SpaceX get their foot in the EELV door with double launch contract win


The United States Air Force (USAF) have awarded SpaceX with two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)-class missions to ride on their Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets in…

ULA: Launch services customers class reliability as their main consideration


The ever-competitive launch services market has once again been thrown into the spotlight, with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk promoting the low cost of his vehicles, claiming Arianespace’s Ariane…

SpaceX’s Dragon returns to Earth with precious cargo from ISS


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has completed its trip back to Earth, carrying with it a valuable load of cargo from its host since October 10, the International Space Station….

Dragon enjoying ISS stay, despite minor issues – Falcon 9 investigation begins


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is behaving well – bar a couple of minor issues – during its berthed phase of the CRS-1 (SpX-1) mission, as it closes in on…