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News Archive / Tagged: Falcon 9

  • Gallery: SpaceX creates nebula, makes history

    Jason RhianOctober 8th, 2018

    SpaceX created its own nebula in the skies above California - as the company successfully achieved yet another milestone.

  • SpaceX expands range of landing sites with SAOCOM-1 flight

    Patrick AttwellOctober 8th, 2018

    SpaceX has just demonstrated its ability to land Falcon 9 first stages from each U.S. coast.

  • Warning issued about sonic booms during SpaceX’s first West Coast landing attempt

    Jason RhianOctober 3rd, 2018

    SpaceX has announced a 24 hour delay for the launch of the SAOCOM-1 - something that will also delay a historic milestone for the company's Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Gallery: Telstar 18v Falcon 9 leaves Canaveral through skies, returns via the sea

    Jason RhianSeptember 12th, 2018

    Another day another launch - and landing. SpaceFlight Insider's team of photographers captured exclusive imagery of the first stage of the Falcon 9's journey.

  • SpaceX’s impressive launch rate continues with Telstar 18 VANTAGE flight

    Steve HammerSeptember 10th, 2018

    Another day, another launch. The Telstar 18 VANTAGE has been successfully placed into orbit by one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets.

  • Opinion: Musk marijuana story much ado about nothing

    Jason RhianSeptember 9th, 2018

    Elon Musk smoked pot and drank whiskey in California. The story was painted as if the event was some bizarre Matthew McConaughey moment where Musk was banging on a bongo drum and smoking weed. After watching the 2.5-hour Joe Rogan interview, one is left with the impression that some in the media must be in desperate need of views.

  • Telestar 18V set for Sunday night liftoff atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9

    Jim SiegelSeptember 8th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Sunday night sky over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 is scheduled to erupt briefly in a blaze of light as a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts the Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite into orbit for the Canadian satellite services provider Telesat.

  • Falcon 9 launch with Telstar 18 VANTAGE postponed 24 hours

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The weekend flight of a Falcon 9 with Telstar 18 VANTAGE has slipped 24 hours. The commercial communications satellite is ultimately bound for a geostationary orbit to serve markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • SpaceX failures small in comparison to its successes

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 6th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- 2018 is turning out to be the biggest year in SpaceX’s history. However, this success wasn’t always guaranteed as the company has had two high-profile failures between 2015 and 2016, costing customers and U.S. taxpayers millions. However, the losses should be weighed with the innovations and launch tempo that have become a hallmark of the company's activities.

  • SpaceX 7 months away from 1st crewed test flight

    Jason RhianSeptember 2nd, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX continues to take breathtaking leaps in terms of returning the United States' ability to launch astronauts from American soil. Plans to finalize launch day operations are underway and the NewSpace company is working with NASA to ensure key launch systems are ready to support flight.

  • GPS III Satellite shipped to the Cape in preparation for flight

    Jason RhianAugust 28th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lockheed Martin has shipped the first GPS III satellite, touted as being harder-to-jam, to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station located in Florida in preparation for flight. 

  • Video: The hits keep coming from SpaceX

    Jason RhianAugust 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Another week, another launch. That is what it is getting to be like for SpaceX. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 the NewSpace company once more carried out a flight of its highly-successful Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Gallery: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 with Merah Putih

    Jason RhianAugust 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At 1:18 a.m. EDT (5:18 GMT) on August 7, 2018 SpaceX carried out its fifteenth launch of of the year. The payload on this flight was the Merah Putih telecommunications satellite which was sent to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) via a Falcon 9 rocket. The flight was carried out from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 located in Florida. 

  • 1st reflown Block 5 Falcon 9 sends ‘Merah Putih’ into orbit

    Jason RhianAugust 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With five months still left in 2018, SpaceX is continuing its rapid-fire launch rate. The flight of the Merah Putih satellite, using a previously-flown Block 5 Falcon 9, means the company is one step closer to redefining the notion of how frequently flights to space can be carried out.

  • Merah Putih poised to bring SpaceX’s launch tempo to almost two per month

    Jason RhianAugust 5th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --  SpaceX is planning to launch its fifteenth mission of the year on Tuesday, Aug. 7. As has been the case with several of the flights successfully carried out in 2018, this week's planned launch is set to send a communications satellite to orbit.