Posts Tagged ‘Falcon 9’

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Falcon 9 scrubs Static Fire – SpaceX delay launch


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 – tasked lofting six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites into orbit – scrubbed her second attempt at a Static Fire test on Friday. Thursday’s Static Fire…

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Rockets that return home – SpaceX pushing the boundaries


SpaceX is continuing to advance the technology that is aimed at creating a fully – and rapidly – reusable launch system, with the recent addition of two key…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches CRS-3 Dragon


SpaceX successfully launched the latest Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. Following repairs to a a helium valve in the stage…

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SpaceX, NASA realign launch and EVA scenarios


SpaceX managers have confirmed a second attempt to launch their Falcon 9 v1.1 with the CRS-3 Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) will take place on…

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Range Realigns – SpaceX CRS-3 mission targets April 14


Thanks in part to the successful launch – at the first attempt – of the Atlas V with the DMSP-5D3 F-19 satellite on Thursday, teams have re-planned the next…

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Eastern Range Radar issue delays upcoming Cape launches


A fire that impacted a radar asset on Florida’s Eastern Range has resulted in the postponement of two launches from Cape Canaveral. United Launch Alliance’s upcoming Atlas V…

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Falcon 9 v1.1 conducts Static Fire ahead of CRS-3 mission


SpaceX have fired up their Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle during a Static Fire (Hot Fire) test on Saturday, allowing for a health check and countdown dress rehearsal…

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SpaceX and ULA go toe-to-toe over EELV contracts


In what was one of the most fascinating hearings in years, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and United Launch Alliance (ULA) boss Michael Gass faced off against each other…

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SpaceX outlines CRS-3 landing legs plan toward first stage recovery ambitions


SpaceX believes they have “all the necessary pieces” to achieve a full recovery of the booster stage, with the next launch of their Falcon 9 v1.1 set to test…

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CRS-3 Falcon 9 first stage to sport legs and attempt soft splashdown


SpaceX is expected to take another leap towards the full reusability of their Falcon 9 launch vehicle next month, when the rocket’s first stage will be commanded back…

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Falcon 9 preparing to stretch her legs via Grasshopper trials


The prospect of a Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage returning to terra firma following launch is continuing to advance along a path towards reality, as the SpaceX team…

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SpaceX win contract to loft JCSAT-14 via Falcon 9


Hot on the heels of their first two Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) missions, SpaceX have been awarded the launch contract for the mission to loft the JCSAT-14 communications satellite…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launches Thaicom-6 at first attempt


Following last month’s successful launch of SES-8, SpaceX launched their second geostationary mission Monday, with a Falcon 9 v1.1 deploy Thailand’s Thaicom 6 satellite on Monday. Launch occurred…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Thaicom-6 launch slips to January 6


Following the successful completion of the Static Fire test on their Falcon 9 v1.1 at Cape Canaveral on Saturday, SpaceX was preparing for a January 3 launch of…

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SES-8 success plots trajectory for future SpaceX possibilities


With the SES-8 satellite happily undergoing initial preparations for its life in geostationary orbit, SpaceX is already preparing for the next mission – and many other wide-ranging missions…

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Falcon 9 v1.1 successfully lofts SES-8 in milestone launch


SpaceX launched their Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket on Tuesday, ahead of successfully lofting the SES-8 satellite into its Geostationary Transfer Orbit. In what was the debut of SpaceX’s…

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Falcon 9 v1.1 aiming for Thanksgiving launch of SES-8


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v.1.1 rocket is currently being realigned for a Thanksgiving launch attempt on Thursday, following its scrub on Monday. Three attempts were made inside the 66…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 conducts first Hot Fire at SLC-40


SpaceX have conducted the first Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR) and Hot Fire (Static Fire) test of their upgraded Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle at their Florida launch site….

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SpaceX progress on Dragon abort test and Raptor engine


SpaceX provided another glimpse into their future ambitions by announcing they have completed a review of their 2014 abort test for their commercial crew program. The company also…

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SpaceX’s next Dragon mission moved to February 11


The next flight of SpaceX’s Dragon has been realigned to a February 11, 2014 NET (No Earlier Than) launch date. The launch will mark Dragon’s first ride on…