Posts Tagged ‘SpaceX’

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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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KSC Pads continue preparations for future vehicles


Both of the iconic pads at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) are being revamped for their roles with new launch vehicles. Pad 39B is set to receive additional Catacomb…

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Spaceport America set for SpaceX reusability testing


SpaceX’s reusability aspirations will receive further testing at Spaceport America, in the shape of the first successfully recovered Falcon 9 first stage. The New Mexico spaceport will host…

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Commercial crew demo missions manifested for Dragon 2 and CST-100


Mission planners at NASA have installed four Commercial Crew demonstration missions into the International Space Station (ISS) manifest. Both SpaceX’s Dragon 2 (V2) and Boeing’s CST-100 will conduct…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches debut dual satellite mission


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket made its sixteenth launch Sunday, carrying a pair of commercial communications satellites in the company’s first dual launch to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The…

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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 Falcon 9 successfully launches the DSCOVR spacecraft


Nearly fifteen years after its originally planned launch date, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission has set sail atop a SpaceX…

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SpaceX CRS-5 Dragon returns home via Pacific splashdown


SpaceX’s CRS-5 Dragon spacecraft departed the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of a return to Earth on Tuesday. The EOM (End Of Mission) events climaxed with a parachute-assisted…

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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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SpaceX preparing for the crewed Dragon abort tests


SpaceX has revealed more details into its upcoming drive to bring the crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft on line, in its bid to return a domestic crew…

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CRS-5: Dextre grabs CATS from the belly of a Dragon


Canada’s multi-tasking robot, Dextre, successfully removed the CATS (Cloud-Aerosol Transport System) payload from the unpressurised trunk of the CRS-5/SpX-5 Dragon on Thursday morning. The payload was handed over to…

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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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ISS berths SpaceX’s Dragon following speedy arrival


SpaceX’s CRS-5/SpX-5 Dragon has been captured and berthed by the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday morning, earlier than planned. While a large amount of attention has been…

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CRS-5 Dragon successfully launched – Core ASDS landing attempted


SpaceX successfully conducted a second attempt to launch its Falcon 9 rocket, tasked with sending the CRS-5/SpX-5 Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Launch took place on…

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NASA approves SpaceX path towards crewed Dragon debut


NASA has approved SpaceX’s first Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) milestone. Known as the Certification Baseline Review, the milestone covers SpaceX’s plans for the design, manufacture, integration, launch…

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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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CRS-5 Dragon ISS mission aiming for December 16 target


NASA has confirmed a December 16 placeholder for the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch of the CRS-5/SpX-5 Dragon mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This latest mission will…

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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…