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News Archive / Tagged: Falcon 9

  • Global-IP Cayman secures launch slot with SpaceX

    Lloyd CampbellApril 5th, 2017

    SpaceX, on the heels of its successful launch of the SES-10 communications satellite using a previously flown Falcon 9 first stage, will add Global-IP Cayman to its list of customers needing a satellite launched.

  • Twice-launched Falcon 9 first stage returned to Port Canaveral

    Bart LeahyApril 4th, 2017

    PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — Just before 7 a.m. EDT (11:00 GMT) Tuesday, April 4, 2017, SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship "Of Course I Still Love You" entered the port carrying the first successfully reflown first stage of an orbital-class rocket, the Falcon 9.

  • Photo Gallery: SpaceX launches SES-10 on previously flown Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonApril 2nd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On March 30, 2017, SpaceX once again made history. From Launch Complex 39A, the 15-year-old NewSpace company accomplished what many in the space industry thought was impossible, flying a previously flown orbital-class rocket.

  • The game has changed! SES-10 mission redefines space flight

    Jason RhianMarch 30th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Up until now, Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has only recovered first stages from missions it has sent aloft. That all changed at 6:27 p.m. EDT (22:27 GMT) March 30, 2017, when the company reused a first stage that had been used to fly a previous mission.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with SES-10

    Jason RhianMarch 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has a pre-flown Falcon 9 (FT) rocket poised for launch from KSC's Launch Complex 39A in Florida. This evening's launch window is currently slated to open at 6:27 p.m. ET (22:27 GMT) and extend some two and a half hours. SFI LIVE, the only space news outlet to provide you with hosted live coverage from the launch site will begin at 6 p.m.

  • ‘Flight-proven’ Falcon 9 set to launch SES-10 satellite

    Derek RichardsonMarch 28th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is about to fly a milestone mission with the first launch of a “flight-proven” Falcon 9 rocket. After a successful static fire test, the company is targeting a liftoff at the opening of a 2.5-hour window at 6 p.m. EDT (22:00 GMT) Thursday, March 30, 2017.

  • Pre-flight static fire test performed on flight-proven Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonMarch 27th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX performed its customary pre-flight static fire test on the Falcon 9 rocket intended to send the SES-10 satellite to space. The mid-afternoon evaluation took place at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.

  • Expendable Falcon 9 launches indispensable EchoStar 23

    Derek RichardsonMarch 16th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Lighting up the Florida night skies, an expendable SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soared toward space with the EchoStar 23 satellite after lifting off from historic Launch Complex 39A. Liftoff took place at 2 a.m. EDT (06:00 GMT) March 16, 2017, some 25 minutes into a 2.5-hour long window.

  • Weather wins as SpaceX scrubs launch of Falcon 9 with EchoStar 23

    Derek RichardsonMarch 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket remained firmly attached to the launch mount as the weather did not want to cooperate. Liftoff was targeted for the beginning of a 2.5-hour long launch window that opened at 1:34 a.m. EDT (05:34 GMT) March 14.

  • Live Show: Launch of Echostar XXIII on SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianMarch 14th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is set to launch the Echostar XXIII satellite from KSC's Launch Complex 39A – the first commercial payload to fly from the historic pad via the NewSpace firm's Falcon 9 rocket. The roughly two-and-a-half hour long launch window opens at 1:34 a.m. EDT (05:34 GMT). SFI Live will be broadcast from the SFI's headquarters at 1 a.m. EDT (05:00 GMT).

  • Traffic Jam: Space Coast could see 3 launches in 8 days

    Bart LeahyMarch 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Three different rockets are expected to take to the skies from the Space Coast in as little as eight days. March 2017 is expected to be a busy month in a year that could see as many as 30 rockets lift off from one of the busiest spaceports in the world.

  • EchoStar 23 set for launch atop SpaceX Falcon 9 at KSC

    Derek RichardsonMarch 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is set to launch its second Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. Liftoff is targeted for the beginning of a 2.5-hour long window that opens at 1:34 a.m. EDT (05:34 GMT) March 14, 2017.

  • Falcon 9 for Echostar 23 conducts static fire test

    Jason RhianMarch 10th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On March 9, 2017, SpaceX successfully conducted a static fire test of the Hawthorne, California-based company's "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rocket. This is the final milestone in advance of a planned launch set to take place Tuesday, March 14.

  • EchoStar 23 launch postponed to NET March 14

    Bart LeahyMarch 8th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX’s second Falcon 9 to fly out of Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) will likely lift off no earlier than March 14, 2017. This postponement could be the result of delays with the static fire test.

  • Automated flight safety improving space access

    Bart LeahyMarch 2nd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After supporting over 3,500 launches in the past 70 years, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) faces a busy 2017. With a scheduled flight manifest of some 30 launches, the Eastern Range is changing the way it handles flight safety to satisfy a wider array of customers.