Search Results for: "Merlin 1D"

no alt

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…

no alt

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…

no alt

SpaceX Static Fire spy sat rocket and prepare to test Falcon Heavy core


SpaceX is Static Fire testing in two regions of the United States this week, both of which will advance the company’s profile in the launch industry. A Falcon…

no alt

Commercial Crew on tight but achievable timeline for crewed flights in 2018


The long and arduous process of achieving commercial crew transportation services to space is closing in on an important milestone.  At a recent update to the NASA Advisory…

no alt

SpaceX opens new era for spaceflight with successful core stage reuse


For SpaceX and its founder Elon Musk, it was a day 15 years in the making.  The accomplishment Thursday evening of launching a flight-proven Falcon 9 core stage…

no alt

SpaceX conducts historic Falcon 9 re-flight with SES-10 – Lands booster again


SpaceX took a step into the future Thursday as it reused – for the first time – a recovered first stage of a previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket. Thursday’s…

no alt

SES-10 F9 static fire – SpaceX for history books & first core stage re-flight


In what is anticipated to be the first of many such occasions, SpaceX has conducted the all-important static fire on Monday of the first stage of the Falcon…

no alt

SpaceX launches expendable Falcon 9 with EchoStar 23


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has conducted its third flight of the year on Thursday, following a scrub due to high winds on Tuesday. The launch carried a commercial…

no alt

SpaceX Static Fires Falcon 9 for EchoStar 23 launch as SLC-40 targets return


SpaceX is preparing to launch its second mission from KSC’s Pad 39A, with the expendable Falcon 9 tasked with the EchoStar 23 mission conducting a Static Fire test…

no alt

Falcon 9 conducts static fire test on 39A ahead of CRS-10 launch


A moment nearly six years in the making.  Fire and flame returned to the historic LC-39A launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center as SpaceX conducted the static…

no alt

SpaceX set to return to action with RTF Falcon 9 launch of Iridium spacecraft


SpaceX is set to Return To Flight (RTF) no sooner than January 14, with the Falcon 9 launch of the first Iridium NEXT mission from Vandenberg Air Force…

no alt

SpaceX conducts Falcon 9 test; AMOS-6 investigation narrows


As SpaceX narrows on a second stage COPV (Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel) as the cause of the AMOS-6 static fire pad failure on 1 September, the company is…

no alt

ITS Propulsion – The evolution of the SpaceX Raptor engine


With the spaceflight community still in awe at the unveiling of the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), SpaceX has set itself some lofty long-term goals. However, while the realization…

no alt

Falcon 9 explodes during AMOS-6 static fire test


SpaceX has suffered a failure during the static test fire of the Falcon 9 rocket that was to help haul the AMOS-6 satellite to geostationary orbit later this…

no alt

By sea, land and space – Busy week for SpaceX hardware


As the landed booster from the JCSAT-16 mission sailed into Port Canaveral on Wednesday, the next first stage – set to launch September’s Amos-6 mission – is expected…

no alt

SpaceX conducts static fire test on JCSAT-16’s Falcon 9


Preparations for SpaceX’s next launch completed a major milestone late on Wednesday, via the Static Fire test of the Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 pad. This latest…

no alt

SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets preparing for JCSAT-16 and Amos-6 launches


SpaceX is lining up its next two missions, with Falcon 9 hardware currently in pre-launch preparations for launch. In Florida, the Falcon 9 tasked with the JCSAT-16 launch…

no alt

SpaceX test fires returned Falcon 9 booster at McGregor


A returned Falcon 9 first stage has been test fired at SpaceX’s McGregor test center, in what is the start of a series of firings. As of late…

no alt

SpaceX conducts static fire Falcon 9 rocket ahead of CRS-9 launch


SpaceX has conducted a critical test firing of all nine core stage engines of its Falcon 9 rocket ahead of an early-Monday/late-Sunday scheduled launch of the CRS-9 cargo…

no alt

SpaceX readies another Falcon 9, close in on reuse testing


SpaceX’s next mission is moving into the business end of its pre-launch flow with the next Falcon 9 conducting a Static Fire test at Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 on…