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News Archive / Tagged: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

  • Launch of GovSat-1 clears the way for first flight of Falcon Heavy

    Jason RhianJanuary 31st, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The tiny European nation of Luxembourg was able to honor some of its commitments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization by having the GovSat-1 communications satellite sent to orbit today. SpaceX successfully sent the spacecraft aloft via a ‘Full Thrust’ Falcon 9 rocket at 4:25 p.m. EST (21:25 GMT) on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The flight helped set the stage for one of the most anticipated missions of 2018.

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with GovSat-1 delayed 24 hours

    Jim SiegelJanuary 30th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With about an hour to go before the launch window opened at 4:25 p.m. EST (21:25 GMT) on Jan. 30, SpaceX scrubbed its attempt to send aloft a Falcon 9 rocket with a communications satellite named GovSat-1, due to a second-stage sensor issue. 

  • Second Falcon 9 of 2018 readied to loft Luxembourg’s GovSat-1

    Jason RhianJanuary 29th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — While the world might be waiting with breathless anticipation for the first test flight of its Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX is pressing forward with its 2018 launch manifest. The next mission the Hawthorne, California-based company is working to send aloft is the GovSat-1 satellite for Luxembourg.

  • Launch of SBIRS GEO 4 scrubbed

    Jason RhianJanuary 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The planned flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket has been scrubbed by at least 24 hours due to unspecified reasons. The mission was set to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida with the fourth Space Based Infrared System GEO (SBIRS GEO 4) satellite with the window scheduled to open at 7:52 p.m. EST (00:52 GMT on Friday, Jan. 19).

  • SFI LIVE: ULA launch of SBIRS GEO 4

    Jason RhianJanuary 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- ULA is planning on sending the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 4 mission for the U.S. Air Force to orbit. The flight is currently scheduled to begin as early as 7:48 p.m. EST (00:48 GMT on Friday, Jan. 20) atop an Atlas V 411 rocket from Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. SpaceFlight Insider's Live Show is slated to begin at 7:20 p.m. EST.

  • SpaceX launches secretive ‘Zuma’ mission

    Jason RhianJanuary 7th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) launched a "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rocket with the "Zuma" payload on January 7, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. EST (01:00 GMT Jan. 8).  This evening's launch was a long time in the making and signaled the start of a busy year of firsts for the NewSpace firm.

  • SFI LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 with ‘Zuma’

    Jason RhianJanuary 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX is set to launch its first Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40 on Sunday, Jan. 7. The two-hour long launch window is slated to open at 8 p.m. EST (00:00 GMT on Monday, Jan. 8). Little is known about the 'Zuma' mission and SFI Live should begin its coverage from Exploration Tower at 7:30 p.m. EST (00:30 GMT). While other sites promise you "live" coverage - only SFI hosts its own Live Show from the launch site!

  • SpaceX conducts rehearsal for classified Zuma launch

    Bart LeahyJanuary 3rd, 2018

    After being rescheduled twice, once in late 2017 due to an issue with the Falcon 9 fairing, and once this month due to cold weather in Florida—SpaceX conducted a “wet” dress rehearsal (WDR) for the Zuma mission today (Wednesday Jan. 3), according to a report on NASASpaceflight.com.

  • Area 51? Forget it! In terms of SpaceX Crew Dragon – it’s all Area 59

    Jason RhianJanuary 2nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With 2018 just taking its initial steps SpaceX is already moving forward with plans for the new year. The company's COO, Gwynne Shotwell, noted during a 2016 press conference, the "hell" they won't launch crew in 2018. That year has come and, according to Florida Today's James Dean, Crew Dragon is being readied for this mission via a recent agreement signed between SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force.

  • Gallery: SpaceX CRS-13

    Mike DeepDecember 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX resumed launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 with the flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket and CRS-13 Dragon spacecraft. The launch took place at 10:35 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch of CRS-13 Dragon on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

    Jason RhianDecember 15th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX has rescheduled its launch of a "flight proven" Falcon 9 rocket with its payload of the CRS-13 Dragon spacecraft to liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40. This will mark the first flight from the historic launch site since the Sept. 1, 2016 explosion of another Falcon 9 rocket. SFI LIVE will begin at 10 a.m. EST (14:00 GMT).

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with CRS-13 Dragon slips 24 hours

    Jason RhianDecember 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has slipped an additional 24 hours to "allow for additional time for pre-launch ground checks." This information is per a post made on Twitter by SpaceX at 6:50 p.m. EST (10:50 GMT) on Monday, Dec. 11. 

  • Muratore: Safety and efficiency went hand-in-hand in rebuild of SLC-40

    Bart LeahyDecember 10th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX hosted a briefing to members of the media on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, to provide an overview of work that has been done to return to service Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) after the Sept. 1, 2016, explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket caused severe damage to the site.

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with CRS-13 slips again

    Jason RhianDecember 6th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the CRS-13 Dragon spacecraft has slipped again, with NASA stating that the new launch time is now Dec. 12, with the "instantaneous" launch window opening at 11:46 a.m. EST (16:46 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida.

  • GOES-S spacecraft delivered to Astrotech Space Operations in preparation for March flight

    Jason RhianDecember 5th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — A U.S. Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy cargo transport aircraft has delivered the Geostationary Operation Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) spacecraft to Florida's Space Coast in preparation for a planned March 1, 2018, flight atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket.