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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 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Latest recovered Falcon 9 first stage welcomed into 39A HIF


The recently recovered Falcon 9 first stage (F9-0024-S1) has arrived inside SpaceX’s Pad 39A Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) following its recovery after the JCSAT-14 launch. The stage is…

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Falcon 9 launches with JCSAT-14 – lands another stage


Making its fourth flight of the year, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has deployed the JCSAT-14 communications satellite Friday. The mission, which included another – and successful – experimental…

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Falcon 9 booster preparing for reuse testing at KSC


The first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9, that successfully helped launch the CRS-8 Dragon to the ISS prior to landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic,…

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ISS welcomes CRS-8 Dragon after flawless launch


For the first time in a year, the International Space Station has welcomed the arrival of a Dragon spacecraft from SpaceX following a flawless launch Friday afternoon from…

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SpaceX prepares for next two missions via McGregor testing


SpaceX’s rocket stages are deep into their test and processing flows, ahead of two missions currently set to take place in April. Both missions are at opposite ends…

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SpaceX finally launches Falcon 9 with SES-9


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket – forced to delay its opening attempts to launch the SES-9 communications satellite – finally launched on Friday evening. The mission, which also involved…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 conducts Static Fire ahead of SES-9 launch


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has conducted her Static Fire test on Monday, a dress rehearsal milestone ahead of Wednesday’s launch of the SES-9 satellite. The test took place at…

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SpaceX fire up returned Falcon 9 first stage at SLC-40


SpaceX achieved another milestone on Friday when it conducted a Static Fire test on the Falcon 9 first stage that recently launched and returned during its role with…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 conducts static fire test ahead of Jason-3 mission


SpaceX rolled out its Falcon 9 rocket for a static fire that was conducted on Monday at the company’s west coast launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base,…