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News Archive / Tagged: Falcon 9

  • GRACE-FO uses ‘Range Finder’ to see mountain effects

    Jim SharkeyJune 18th, 2018

    NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission has successfully completed its first mission phase and demonstrated the performance of the precise microwave ranging system that allows it to measure how mass migrates around the Earth. GRACE-FO is a successor to the original GRACE mission, which began orbiting the Earth on March 17, 2002.

  • SES-12 flies to orbit in early morning SpaceX launch

    Jim SiegelJune 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX carried out yet another successful launch, but it didn't retrieve the rocket's first stage, nor did it use the Block 5 version of the launch vehicle. The NewSpace company did, however, work to recover one element of the booster.

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with SES-12 slips to NET June 4

    Jason RhianMay 31st, 2018

    The launch of the SES-12 communications satellite has been pushed back at least three days as SpaceX reviews the condition of the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage.

  • SpaceX prepping Falcon 9 to launch SES-12 mission

    Jim SiegelMay 28th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Following the successful launch of a communications satellite on May 11, 2018, from Kennedy Space Center SLC-39A,  SpaceX is scheduled to launch another communications satellite from Florida on May 31, 2018, this time from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's SLC-40.  The customer is SES, a giant European communications conglomerate.  If everything goes as planned, this will be the sixth launch of an SES satellite by SpaceX.

  • SpaceX’s Block 5 Falcon 9 another space launch game-changer

    Jim SiegelMay 16th, 2018

    At a media teleconference before the first flight of the Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk outlined some of the various upgrades to the Falcon 9 on the Block 5 version and revealed that, sometime next year, the company plans to launch, recover, re-fuel and re-launch a rocket within 24 hours.

  • GALLERY: SpaceX launches Bangabandhu-1 atop Block 5 Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonMay 13th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With the Bangabandhu-1 satellite encapsulated on top, SpaceX launched its Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket into space. The company calls this the last major upgrade of the vehicle that first debuted in 2010.

  • Block 5 Falcon 9 roars spaceward with Bangabandhu-1 satellite

    Derek RichardsonMay 11th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In the sunny afternoon skies of Florida, SpaceX launched what it calls the final major upgrade of its Falcon 9—the Block 5. The rocket’s mission was to send the Bangabandhu-1 geostationary communications satellite into orbit for the country of Bangladesh.

  • Block 5 Falcon 9 debut launch set for May 10

    Derek RichardsonMay 9th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a successful static fire test last week, SpaceX has set May 10, 2018, for the first flight of the Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 rocket. The booster is scheduled to send the Bangabandhu-1 geostationary communications satellite into orbit.

  • VIDEO: SpaceX performs static fire test on Block 5 Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonMay 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX performed a static fire test on the Falcon 9 that will send the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite into space. This is also the first Block 5 version of the rocket.

  • Block 5 Falcon 9 rolled to launch pad for static fire test

    Derek RichardsonMay 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first Block 5 variant of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has been rolled up the ramp at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in preparation for a static fire test as part of the launch campaign for the Bangabandhu-1 mission.

  • It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s a payload fairing?

    Curt GodwinMay 3rd, 2018

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made it no secret that his goal is to reuse as much of a launch vehicle as possible in order to drastically reduce the cost of spaceflight. While the company has been recovering and reusing Falcon 9 first stages, recovering rocket's upstream components has been a more-challenging problem.

  • Gallery: TESS mission ascends atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Michael ColeApril 19th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Liftoff of NASA's TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, took place at 6:51 p.m. EDT (22:51 GMT) April 18, 2018. SpaceFlight Insider's Visual Team covered the flight from multiple angles with still and video cameras and captured the mission's start in extreme detail.

  • NASA’s planet-hunting TESS launched by SpaceX Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonApril 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On a mission to search for planets outside of the Solar System, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) was launched into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket on the first leg of the spacecraft's multi-month journey to its final orbit high above Earth.

  • SES-12 arrives at Cape Canaveral for launch

    Bart LeahyApril 17th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SES delivered its SES-12 communications satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on April 12. SpaceX's Falcon 9 is being prepped to launch the spacecraft to geosynchronous orbit.

  • Launch of exoplanet-hunting TESS satellite delayed to Wednesday

    Derek RichardsonApril 16th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Spacecraft (TESS) has been postponed by at least 48 hours, according to SpaceX. The satellite had been scheduled to launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 6:32 p.m. EDT (22:23 GMT) April 16, 2018.