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News Archive / Tagged: Falcon 9

  • Elysium Space extending memorial frontiers aboard SpaceX Falcon 9

    Bart LeahyMay 18th, 2017

    SpaceX has launched communications and reconnaissance satellites into Earth orbit and cargo to the International Space Station, but it'll be lofting something new on an upcoming flight. Elysium Space, a company specializing in “memorial spaceflights”, will be placing a satellite with the cremated remains of 100 people aboard a Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

  • Photo Gallery: SpaceX ramps up launch rate with Inmarsat-5 F4 mission

    Derek RichardsonMay 17th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On May 15, 2017, SpaceX launched an expendable Falcon 9 rocket with the Inmarsat-5 F4 communications satellite. SpaceFlight Insider was there to capture the event.

  • Expendable Falcon 9 launches Inmarsat-5 F4

    Curt GodwinMay 15th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Clear skies and a setting sun provided a stunning backdrop as SpaceX launched an expendable Falcon 9 with the last of four Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress (GX) telecommunications satellites.

  • SFI LIVE: SpaceX launching Inmarsat-5 F4 communications satellite

    Derek RichardsonMay 15th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has an expendable Falcon 9 rocket ready to launch the Inmarsat-5 Flight 4 communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit.

  • SpaceX set to launch rare Falcon 9 for Inmarsat-5 F4 mission

    Curt GodwinMay 13th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — With the static fire successfully concluded, SpaceX is clear to begin final launch preparations of the rarest variant of the company's active Falcon 9 launch fleet as it readies to loft the fourth of the Inmarsat-5 series of communications satellites. The company is targeting a 50-minute launch window opening at 7:20 p.m. EDT (23:20 GMT) May 15, 2017, at Launch Complex 39A.

  • SpaceX tests Falcon 9 rocket ahead of Inmarsat-5 F4 mission

    Derek RichardsonMay 11th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX has performed its customary static fire test on its latest Falcon 9 rocket, which is slated to launch the Inmarsat-5 Flight 4 satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit during a 50-minute window opening at 7:20 p.m. EDT (23:20 GMT) May 15, 2017.

  • 1st Iridium NEXT satellites put into production

    Lloyd CampbellMay 6th, 2017

    Iridium Communications announced that it has completed integrating its first next generation communication spacecraft, called Iridium NEXT, into its constellation of satellites.

  • Photo Gallery: SpaceX launches classified NROL-76 payload

    Derek RichardsonMay 2nd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. — SpaceX sent its first dedicated payload for the National Reconnaissance Office into space May 1, 2017. While the nature of the payload was classified, the launch itself provided some of the clearest views of a returning Falcon 9 first stage yet.

  • SpaceX ventures ‘into the black’ with classified NROL-76 mission

    Bart LeahyMay 1st, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — While most of the details of the National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-76 payload are a mystery, it’s still hard to hide a rocket launch taking to the skies off the coast of Florida.

  • Sensor issue prompts 24-hour delay for classified Falcon 9 mission

    Derek RichardsonApril 30th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A hold was called by the launch director some 52 seconds before the expected launch of the classified Falcon 9 mission carrying the NROL-76 payload. Liftoff was planned for 7:15 a.m. EDT (11:15 GMT) April 30, 2017, from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch of classified NROL-76 mission on SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianApril 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has a 'Full Thrust' Falcon 9 rocket primed to launch its first mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The NROL-76 mission has a two-hour long launch window in which to get off the pad, tune into SFI LIVE for the only on-site webcast to be held from this important mission.

  • SpaceX ready to launch its first dedicated NRO mission

    Bart LeahyApril 28th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two days before SpaceX is scheduled to launch its first dedicated National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) mission, all appears to be go for NROL-76. The Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch sometime between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. EDT (11:00 and 13:00 GMT) April 30, 2017.

  • 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.