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Elon Musk Q and A – Updates SpaceX status on Falcon and Dragon


Elon Musk, CEO of Space Exploration Technologies – commonly known as SpaceX – has given NASASpaceflight.com an exclusive interview, in which he updates the status of their Falcon…

Elon Musk/SpaceX interview part 1


Elon Musk, CEO of Space Exploration Technologies – commonly known as SpaceX – gave NASASpaceflight.com an exclusive interview, in which he reflects on the findings of the joint…

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SpaceX and Boeing in home stretch for Commercial Crew readiness


With just one year to go until the scheduled completion of all uncrewed and crewed test flights for SpaceX and Boeing’s commercial crew transportation services, the NASA Advisory…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 conducts static fire as Falcon Heavy waits in the wings


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on the Falcon 9 set to launch the CRS-12 Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS). A successful test on Thursday…

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Eastern Range ready to return with two key launches after stand down


With a busy year already in the books, the Eastern and Western Ranges in the United States are readying for the next salvo of missions from SpaceX and…

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Installation of new flame deflector for SLS begins on 39B


Engineers have begun to install the new Flame Deflector into the Flame Trench of Pad 39B. Following the demolition of the legacy deflector that catered for the Space…

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On Atlantis’ anniversary, USA’s future space fleet closing in on maiden flights


The long-awaited return of American astronauts launching on US spacecraft, a capability last seen when Atlantis closed out the Shuttle Program in 2011, is set to return next…

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Falcon Heavy prepares for debut flight as Musk urges caution on expectations


Developing rockets is difficult – even when those rockets use existing rocket boosters.  Such is the case for SpaceX and the development of the Falcon Heavy.  Once operational,…

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SpaceX returns two boosters, fires up a third for Static Fire test


In what is another glimpse into what could become SpaceX’s regular launch cadence, another Falcon 9 is deep into preparations for launch. Aiming to be the third Falcon…

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SpaceX Doubleheader Part 2 – Falcon 9 conducts Iridium NEXT-2 launch


Just over two days after its successful launch of BulgariaSat-1, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket conducted another launch on Sunday, carrying ten Iridium-NeXT communications satellites into orbit. Falcon lifted…

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SpaceX tests Vandenberg Falcon 9 amid schedule realignment


SpaceX has static fired a Falcon 9 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a mission to launch the next set of Iridium NEXT satellites. The test…

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SpaceX static fires CRS-11 Falcon 9 Sunday ahead of ISS mission


SpaceX has static fired their Falcon 9 rocket tasked with lofting the CRS-11/SPX-11 Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station on Sunday ahead of a planned launch…

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Falcon 9 conducts Static Fire test ahead of Inmarsat 5 F4 mission


SpaceX has demonstrated for a second time just how short a turnaround it can accomplish at LC-39A with Thursday’s static fire of the Falcon 9 that is set…

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Vector Space completes first test flight, aims for small sat market expansion


Vector Space has conducted a crucial test of their Vector-R rocket that the company hopes will expand the small satellite launch market via small-scale launchers.  As SpaceX has…

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SLS Core Stage team recovering from consequences of weld pin change


NASA and Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage prime contractor Boeing recently resumed welding elements for the launch vehicle’s first flight after a technical issue suspended welding last…

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Falcon Heavy build up begins; SLC-40 pad rebuild progressing well


As SpaceX continues to make excellent progress on rebuilding SLC-40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the company has achieved a major milestone toward the debut of…

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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…

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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…

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SpaceX to fly two private individuals on a Dragon 2 lunar mission


In a hastily arranged announcement, Elon Musk has revealed a plan to launch a Dragon 2 spacecraft on a circumlunar mission, with two paying customers. The launch, which will…

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Airbus Safran promotes launch record ahead of Ariane 6 entering production


Airbus Safran Launchers, which now owns the majority stake in Arianespace, has issued a statement of intent, promoting Ariane 5’s track record as it prepares to enter the…