Posts Tagged ‘SpaceX’

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Landed Falcon 9 booster sails into Los Angeles


For the first time on the West Coast, a recovered Falcon 9 first stage has made it back to port, intact. Following its role with the successful launch…

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SpaceX Returns To Flight with Iridium NEXT launch – and landing


SpaceX returned its Falcon 9 rocket to flight Saturday with a mission that delivered ten Iridium NEXT communications satellites into low Earth orbit. Liftoff was on time at…

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SpaceX, Air Force assess more landing pads, Dragon processing at LZ-1


As SpaceX continues its efforts to press forward with Return To Flight later this month, a draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment report for Launch Complex 13 at the Cape…

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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…

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Busy December to mark end of year global launch salvo


Up to 15 orbital launches are set to take place during a very busy December, not counting the opening mission of the month that resulted in the loss…

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SpaceX prime Falcon 9 rockets for December return


In preparation for a December return to launch operations, SpaceX has delivered one Falcon 9 rocket to its Vandenberg launch site, while another undergoes testing at the company’s…

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SpaceX external cargo manifest through 20th resupply mission revealed


As SpaceX nears completion of its investigation into the AMOS-6 pad conflagration on 1 September 2016, the company is firmly looking toward Return To Flight (RTF) of its…

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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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SpaceX reveals ITS Mars game changer via colonization plan


SpaceX’s Elon Musk has made his landmark speech, finally revealing details of his plans to make humanity a multiplanetary¬†species. In a keynote speech at the¬†International Astronautical Congress in…

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SpaceX continuing to press toward Amos-6 failure root cause


SpaceX is still working towards a root cause into the failure of its Falcon 9 during a Static Fire test. The failure, which resulted in the destruction of…

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SpaceX looks to historic Pad 39A for Falcon 9 flight operations


Following the loss of its Falcon 9 rocket during a static fire test, SpaceX is deep into a failure investigation process, which includes an assessment of the damage…

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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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CRS-9 Dragon completes homecoming, concludes successful mission


SpaceX’s CRS-9 Dragon spacecraft departed from the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, following a highly successful Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the orbital outpost. Known as…

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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 launches second JCSAT mission via Falcon 9


SpaceX launched Japan’s JCSAT-16 communications satellite in the early hours of Sunday via a Falcon 9 rocket, with lift off occurring from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral at the…

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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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CRS-9 Dragon completes journey to the Space Station


After just over two days of orbital rendezvous activities, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule has completed rendezvous and proximity operations with the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of being grappled…