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News Archive / Tagged: Falcon 9

  • Launch of BulgariaSat-1 kicks off busy weekend for SpaceX

    Jason RhianJune 23rd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Perhaps the best word to use to describe the launch tempo for Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) would be: relentless. With a mission launching about every two or three weeks from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, the flight of the Bulgariasat-1 mission on Friday, June 23, only served to underscore that theme.

  • SFI Live: Launch of Bulgariasat-1 on SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJune 23rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX is set to launch Bulgaria's first satellite atop one of their Falcon 9 rockets from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Bulgarisat-1 is poised to liftoff at 2:10 p.m. EDT (18:10 GMT) from Launch Complex 39A. SpaceFlight Insider's exclusive live webcast will begin at 12:45 p.m. EDT (16:45 GMT).

  • SpaceX to launch, land 2 Falcon 9 rockets just days apart

    Lloyd CampbellJune 21st, 2017

    Due to an adjustment in its mission manifest, SpaceX will attempt to fly two Falcon 9 rockets a little more than 50 hours apart – from opposite sides of the United States. Using two different launch teams, it would set a new record for successive launches by the company.

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with Bulgariasat-1 delayed to NET Friday, June 23

    Jason RhianJune 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of Bulgaria's first satellite has been delayed to no-earlier-than Friday, June 23, due to the need by SpaceX to replace a fairing valve on the rocket. The mission was set to launch on June 19 from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in Florida.

  • SpaceX to loft first Bulgarian geostationary satellite

    Derek RichardsonJune 18th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — When SpaceX launches its second “flight-proven” Falcon 9 rocket, it will be sending Bulgaria’s first geostationary communications satellite into space. Liftoff is currently slated for the beginning of a two-hour launch window opening at 2:10 p.m. EDT (18:10 GMT) on June 19 from Launch Complex 39A.

  • Hotfire test performed on next ‘flight-proven’ Falcon 9 booster

    Derek RichardsonJune 15th, 2017

    White plumes and a brief flash of flame from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket announced another static fire test in advance of another upcoming launch by the NewSpace company, a mission that will send the BulgariaSat-1 communications satellite into space.

  • ‘Flight-proven’ Falcon 9 to launch BulgariaSat-1 June 17

    Derek RichardsonJune 8th, 2017

    Keeping up with its current launch pace of once every two weeks or so, SpaceX announced it was targeting June 17, 2017, for the launch of BulgariaSat-1. Liftoff is slated for the beginning of a two-hour window opening at 2:20 p.m. EDT (18:10 GMT) at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) in Florida.

  • USAF to swap ULA Atlas V for SpaceX Falcon 9 as X-37B launcher

    Jason RhianJune 6th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A report, written by Reuters' Irene Klotz and appearing on U.S. News, has stated that Space Exploration Technologies – more commonly known as SpaceX – has won the contract to launch the U.S. Air Force's X-37B. 

  • Photo gallery: Falcon 9 launches used Dragon capsule

    Derek RichardsonJune 5th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — First seeing the flame of the Saturn V, then the Space Shuttle, Launch Complex 39A saw its sixth Falcon 9 take to the skies on a journey to orbit. The CRS-11 mission was the 100th launch from that historic pad.

  • SFI Live: Second launch attempt for CRS-11

    Derek RichardsonJune 3rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX are preparing to launch the 11th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station atop one of the company’s “Full Thrust” Falcon 9 rockets. This will be the second launch attempt as the June 1, 2017, attempt was called off due to lightning in the area. SFI's show will begin at 4:30 p.m. EDT (20:30 GMT).

  • Dragon to deliver essential science research to ISS

    Jerome StrachJune 2nd, 2017

    SpaceX is tasked to provide a cargo filled Dragon capsule secured to their Falcon 9 rocket, destined for the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has requested the cargo and supply shipment via their Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract, this being the 11th of 12 such planned transport missions, with an expected launch date on June 3, 2017.

  • Lightning strike scrubs June 1 launch attempt for CRS-11 mission

    Jason RhianJune 1st, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX attempted to launch the 11th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-11) mission to the International Space Station today, June 1. However, Mother Nature dashed hopes the Falcon 9 would launch in the "instantaneous" one-second window.

  • SFI Live: Launch of CRS-11 on SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJune 1st, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX is preparing to launch the CRS-11 mission to the International Space Station atop one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets. Liftoff is slated to take place from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 5:55 p.m. EDT (21:55 GMT). SFI's show will begin at 5:25 p.m. EDT (21:25 GMT).

  • More science, reused Dragon capsule featured on CRS-11

    Bart LeahyMay 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX is continuing its effort to increase its operational tempo and demonstrate spacecraft reusability. While delivering supplies and multiple experiments, the CRS-11 cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will also feature the first reuse of a Dragon pressure vessel as well as the return of a Falcon 9 first stage to Landing Zone 1 at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

  • Falcon 9 engines ignite briefly in hotfire test days before CRS-11 mission

    Derek RichardsonMay 28th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Just a day before Memorial Day, SpaceX performed its customary static fire test on a Falcon 9 slated to send the CRS-11 Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. The test took place at noon EDT (16:00 GMT) May 28, 2017, at Launch Complex 39A.