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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 stands down Falcon launch of clandestine Zuma satellite


Just one month after the mission became public – and just seven months after its needed launch date was communicated to SpaceX – the commercial space juggernaut will…

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SpaceX static fires Zuma Falcon 9; engine test anomaly no issue for manifest


SpaceX has conducted the important static fire of the Falcon 9 rocket that will be tasked with lofting the secretive Zuma payload to Low Earth Orbit next Wednesday….

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SpaceX aims for late-December launch of Falcon Heavy


A major question for SpaceX’s end of year manifest appears to be gaining some answers as the company aims to debut its Falcon Heavy rocket in the late-December…

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SpaceX Static Fires Falcon 9 for Koreasat 5A mission


SpaceX is in the business end of the processing flow for its next mission with the launch of the Koreasat 5A satellite. The launch is scheduled to take…

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SpaceX static fires Falcon 9 for Iridium 3, Vandenberg manifest realigns


SpaceX completed a Static Fire test at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday.  The test, a pivotal pre-launch requirement of the fully integrated Falcon 9, comes close on…

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SpaceX conducts static fire on Falcon 9 preparing for SES-11 flight


Following the cheers and gasps of Elon Musk’s latest BFR update in Australia, SpaceX is preparing to return to the bread and butter of its Falcon 9 manifest,…

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SpaceX in final preps for Falcon 9’s first mission with X-37B


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday, a key milestone ahead of the rocket’s first launch of a U.S. Air Force X-37B spaceplane…

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SpaceX static fire Formosat-5 Falcon 9, aims for another ASDS landing


Gearing up for their second Vandenberg flight in as many months, SpaceX has static fired the Falcon 9 that will lift an extremely light-weight Taiwanese satellite to orbit…

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Falcon 9 Block 4 debut a success, Dragon arrives for Station berthing


After launching right on time in a rare single day launch window on Monday afternoon, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule for the SpX-12/CRS-12 mission arrived at the International Space Station…

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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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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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Commercial Crew providers making “significant progress” toward first flights


As the mid-way point of 2017 arrives, both of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program service providers are making significant progress toward the first uncrewed test flights of their Dragon…

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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 fire next Falcon 9 – another flight proven booster


SpaceX has conducted a static fire test on the next Falcon 9 to launch from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), a launch that will mark the second time…

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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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SpaceX improving launch cadence, testing new goals


Following the launch of the NROL-76 spacecraft on Monday – which also included a successful Second Stage extended coast test – SpaceX is already deep into preparations to…