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News Archive / Tagged: Falcon 9

  • In the footsteps of SpaceX: Chinese company eyes development of reusable rocket

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 19th, 2017

    A Chinese startup company appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has recently laid out its own project of a reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country’s first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (also known as Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in the future.

  • Video: SpaceX shows ‘how not to land an orbital rocket booster’

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 14th, 2017

    SpaceX has landed a Falcon 9 first stage successfully 16 times since December 2015. Seven of those have been at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while the rest have been on ocean-going platforms in either the Pacific or Atlantic. But that was after years of tests and multiple "rapid unscheduled disassembly" events – otherwise known as explosions.

  • Kacific contracts with SpaceX to orbit Kacific-1 satellite

    Curt GodwinSeptember 11th, 2017

    Kacific Broadband Satellites Group has selected SpaceX to launch the company's Kacific-1 broadband satellite. Tentatively scheduled for launch in 2019, the Boeing-built telecommunications spacecraft will provide services to users in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • SpaceX beats odds, Hurricane Irma to launch Falcon 9 with X-37B

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 7th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — With weather iffy at best and Hurricane Irma on the approach, SpaceX managed to launch its 13th Falcon 9 rocket this year. The flight sent the U.S. Air Force’s secretive robotic X-37B spaceplane into orbit.

  • 1 year after Falcon 9 explosion, SpaceX makes 2017 its banner year

    Collin SkocikSeptember 1st, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- One year ago, on Sept. 1, 2016, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Florida during a seemingly routine static fire test. The fireball destroyed not only the rocket and a large portion of the launch pad but also a satellite belonging to the Israeli company Spacecom, which was scheduled to launch just three days later. The company has come a long way since then.

  • Falcon 9 launches all-Taiwanese Formosat-5 into orbit

    Derek RichardsonAugust 24th, 2017

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Lifting off on its 40th flight, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket soared skyward to send into space Taiwan’s first domestically designed and built satellite: Formosat-5. The launch took place at 11:51 a.m. PDT (18:51 GMT) on Aug. 24, 2017, from Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) in California.

  • Falcon 9 set to launch Taiwanese Formosat-5 from California

    Bart LeahyAugust 23rd, 2017

    As SpaceX prepares for its third Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in 2017, its customer looks forward to a payload “first”. The Formosat-5 spacecraft that will be launched on this mission is the first satellite designed and built entirely in Taiwan.

  • SFI Video: Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with CRS-12 Dragon

    Jason RhianAugust 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets with the CRS-12 Dragon spacecraft on behalf of NASA at 12:31 p.m. EDT (16:31 GMT) from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. SpaceFlight Insider captured the event live and, with the help of NASA, produced this stunning video of the important resupply flight.

  • Gallery: SpaceX launches CRS-12 into space, lands Falcon 9 first stage

    Derek RichardsonAugust 16th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- On Aug. 14, 2017, SpaceX sent its last new first-generation Dragon capsule into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The CRS-12 mission carried more than 6,400 pounds (2,900 kilograms) of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.

  • Flight proven Falcon 9 booster may launch the SES-11 satellite into orbit

    Lloyd CampbellAugust 15th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — If rumors that have been circulating prove to be true, the SES-11 satellite launch, currently scheduled for no earlier than September 27, 2017, may fly on a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 booster.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-12 mission sends experiments, crew supplies to space station

    Bart LeahyAugust 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Without so much as a flinch, SpaceX sent the CRS-12 Dragon cargo spacecraft off to the International Space Station. Liftoff took place at 12:31 p.m. EDT (16:31 GMT) Aug. 14, 2017, within its one-second "instantaneous" launch window. This flight is poised to deliver more than 6,400 pounds (2,900 kilograms) of equipment and supplies to the orbiting outpost in the next 36 hours.

  • Live Coverage: Launch of NASA’s CRS-12 on SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianAugust 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX are preparing to launch the 12th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station atop one of the company's "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rockets. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 12:31 p.m. EDT (16:31 GMT) from historic Launch Complex 39A. Tune in here for SpaceX's Live Webcast.

  • Iridium NEXT flight 3 gets launch date

    Collin SkocikAugust 7th, 2017

    SpaceX is targeting Sept. 30, 2017, for the liftoff of the third set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites for Iridium Communications. The launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket is targeted for 9:30 a.m. EDT (13:30 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • Gallery: Falcon 9 sends Intelsat 35e skyward

    Derek RichardsonJuly 9th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On July 5, 2017, SpaceX sent its 10th Falcon 9 into space in 2017. The Intelsat 35e launch was also the third launch in only 12 days for the NewSpace company. Even though the pace of launches for SpaceX and the Space Coast has been increasing, SpaceFlight Insider has been there to provide the best possible coverage of each event.

  • 7 months, 10 launches: SpaceX racks up another win with Intelsat 35e flight

    Jason RhianJuly 5th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched the Intelsat 35e communications satellite on its way to orbit. Liftoff took place at 7:38 p.m. EDT (23:38 GMT) on July 5, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A.