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News Archive / Tagged: Falcon 9

  • Arabsat’s latest communications satellite assembled in preparation for flight

    Jason RhianFebruary 20th, 2018

    The Arabsat-6A satellite has completed primary assembly and has been shipped to Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California facilities to begin testing in preparation for flight.

  • Fresh from successful Falcon Heavy launch, SpaceX prepares to fly Spain’s PAZ satellite

    Curt GodwinFebruary 16th, 2018

    Less than two weeks after the successful first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX looks to continue its string of successful flights with the delivery of Spain's PAZ radar imaging satellite to a Sun-synchronous orbit. The satellite, the first of its kind for the European nation,  is set to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at 6:16 a.m. PST (14:16 GMT) on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

  • What really happened to GovSat-1’s Falcon 9 first stage?

    Jason RhianFebruary 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A report stating that the Falcon 9 first stage used to launch the GovSat-1 satellite was destroyed by an airstrike has been categorically denied both by SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force.

  • Launch of GovSat-1 clears the way for first flight of Falcon Heavy

    Jason RhianJanuary 31st, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The tiny European nation of Luxembourg was able to honor some of its commitments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization by having the GovSat-1 communications satellite sent to orbit today. SpaceX successfully sent the spacecraft aloft via a ‘Full Thrust’ Falcon 9 rocket at 4:25 p.m. EST (21:25 GMT) on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The flight helped set the stage for one of the most anticipated missions of 2018.

  • SFI LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 with GovSat-1

    Jason RhianJanuary 31st, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX is preparing to launch its first Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's SLC 40 in Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The two-hour long launch window is set to open at 4:25 p.m. EST (21:25 GMT). SFI Live should begin its coverage at 4 p.m. EST (21:00 GMT). While other sites promise you "live" coverage they only share the work of others. Only SFI hosts its own Live Show from the launch site!

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with GovSat-1 delayed 24 hours

    Jim SiegelJanuary 30th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With about an hour to go before the launch window opened at 4:25 p.m. EST (21:25 GMT) on Jan. 30, SpaceX scrubbed its attempt to send aloft a Falcon 9 rocket with a communications satellite named GovSat-1, due to a second-stage sensor issue. 

  • Second Falcon 9 of 2018 readied to loft Luxembourg’s GovSat-1

    Jason RhianJanuary 29th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — While the world might be waiting with breathless anticipation for the first test flight of its Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX is pressing forward with its 2018 launch manifest. The next mission the Hawthorne, California-based company is working to send aloft is the GovSat-1 satellite for Luxembourg.

  • Was secret Zuma mission lost? – UPDATE

    Jason RhianJanuary 8th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A report drafted by Ars Technica's Eric Berger has stated that sources have suggested that the classified Zuma mission launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket - may have been lost. 

  • SpaceX launches secretive ‘Zuma’ mission

    Jason RhianJanuary 7th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) launched a "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rocket with the "Zuma" payload on January 7, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. EST (01:00 GMT Jan. 8).  This evening's launch was a long time in the making and signaled the start of a busy year of firsts for the NewSpace firm.

  • SFI LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 with ‘Zuma’

    Jason RhianJanuary 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX is set to launch its first Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40 on Sunday, Jan. 7. The two-hour long launch window is slated to open at 8 p.m. EST (00:00 GMT on Monday, Jan. 8). Little is known about the 'Zuma' mission and SFI Live should begin its coverage from Exploration Tower at 7:30 p.m. EST (00:30 GMT). While other sites promise you "live" coverage - only SFI hosts its own Live Show from the launch site!

  • Launch of Zuma now TBD or is it Jan. 6? – UPDATE

    Jason RhianJanuary 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX's planned launch of the classified "Zuma" mission has slipped from 2017 to Thursday Jan. 4, to Friday Jan. 5 and now is listed as "To Be Determined." The announcement of the latest delay was made by the 45th Space Wing on their website. Some sources, meanwhile, are stating the secretive launch will take place on Saturday, Jan. 6. So which is it?

  • SpaceX conducts rehearsal for classified Zuma launch

    Bart LeahyJanuary 3rd, 2018

    After being rescheduled twice, once in late 2017 due to an issue with the Falcon 9 fairing, and once this month due to cold weather in Florida—SpaceX conducted a “wet” dress rehearsal (WDR) for the Zuma mission today (Wednesday Jan. 3), according to a report on NASASpaceflight.com.

  • Gallery: SpaceX CRS-13

    Mike DeepDecember 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX resumed launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 with the flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket and CRS-13 Dragon spacecraft. The launch took place at 10:35 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

  • Return, return, return: CRS-13 mission marks triple-play in terms of SpaceX reuse

    Paul KnightlyDecember 15th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The 13th SpaceX Commercial Resupply Service (CRS-13) mission roared into the Florida sky aboard a 'Full Thrust' Falcon 9 launch vehicle Friday morning. The flight-proven spacecraft and Falcon 9 first stage launched at 10:35 a.m. (15:35 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch of CRS-13 Dragon on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

    Jason RhianDecember 15th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX has rescheduled its launch of a "flight proven" Falcon 9 rocket with its payload of the CRS-13 Dragon spacecraft to liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40. This will mark the first flight from the historic launch site since the Sept. 1, 2016 explosion of another Falcon 9 rocket. SFI LIVE will begin at 10 a.m. EST (14:00 GMT).