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  • Gallery: NASA Announces astronauts who will fly first Commercial Crew missions

    Jason RhianAugust 3rd, 2018

    HOUSTON, Texas -- On Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 NASA announced the astronauts who would fly the first flights of the capsules developed under the space agency's Commercial Crew Program. It was a pomp-filled event that could herald a new era in NASA's history.

  • And the winners are… NASA announces first astronauts to fly under Commercial Crew Program

    Joe LatrellAugust 3rd, 2018

    HOUSTON — The race to develop new U.S. spacecraft to ferry astronauts to space reached another milestone with the announcement of the first crews that will fly on commercially-produced spacecraft. On Aug. 3, 2018, NASA selected the astronauts who will fly on the first Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Crewed Dragon capsules.

  • Iridium-7 mission takes to California’s skies atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJuly 25th, 2018

    Wasting no time after its launch several days ago in Florida, SpaceX sent another Falcon 9 aloft, this time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the latest wave of Iridium NEXT satellites on their way to space. 

  • GALLERY: Block 5 Falcon 9 sends Telstar 19V into space

    Derek RichardsonJuly 23rd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Launching in the early-morning hours of July 22, 2018, SpaceX's Block 5 Falcon 9 sent the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite into space. This was the second flight of the latest version of the company's rocket.

  • Telstar 19V communications satellite orbited by SpaceX Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonJuly 22nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — SpaceX's rapid-fire launch cadence continued July 22, 2018, with the early-morning launch of the company's second Block 5 Falcon 9. The rocket placed the Telesat-owned Telstar 19 VANTAGE communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit.

  • Wish upon a Telstar: SpaceX poised to loft 1st of 3 rockets in 11 days

    Jason RhianJuly 20th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Working to maintain an average flight tempo of once every two weeks, SpaceX is preparing to send another of its Falcon 9 rockets aloft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's SLC-40. The upcoming Telstar 19 VANTAGE flight marks a critical milestone in terms of the company's 2018 flight manifest.

  • Iridium NEXT Flight 7 being readied for launch atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJuly 18th, 2018

    SpaceX is working to rack up yet another successful launch for its 2018 manifest in the next several days. As is often the case with the NewSpace firm, this mission will be a commercial flight meant to further a long-standing collaboration with one of the company’s most loyal customers.

  • Video Feature: SpaceX Falcon 9 creates thunder and light on CRS-15 mission

    Jason RhianJune 30th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX launched the final Block 4 Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 on Friday, June 29, 2018. The fifteenth Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-15) mission, conducted on behalf of NASA, lifted off at 5:42 EDT (09:42 GMT). SpaceFlight Insider set several video recorders captured the early-morning flight in spectacular detail.

  • Gallery: Final Block 4 Falcon 9 Launches CRS-15

    Mike DeepJune 30th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the final Block 4 version of the launch vehicle to be launched, lifted of from the Cape's Space Launch Complex 40 on a mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, June 29, 2018.

  • Swan song: Final SpaceX Block 4 Falcon 9 launches CRS-15 cargo mission

    Curt GodwinJune 29th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla -- Clear weather and a Moonlit pre-dawn sky provided perfect conditions as SpaceX launched its final Block 4 Falcon 9 on its fifteenth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket lifted off at 5:42 a.m. EDT (9:42 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40).

  • SFI Live: Launch of CRS-15 atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJune 29th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX is set to launch its last Block 4 Falcon 9 rocket on June 29, 2018. Join Jim Siegel as he hosts SpaceFlight Insider's live webcast leading up to the opening of the launch window at 5:41 a.m. EDT (09:41 GMT). The mission is poised to get under way from Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida, SpaceFlight Insider's live coverage is slated to open at 5:11 a.m. EDT.

  • CRS-15 resupply mission sending artificial intelligence, diverse science to ISS

    Curt GodwinJune 27th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With the booster's static fire successfully concluded, SpaceX appears to be on track for an early-morning launch of the company's 15th operational mission to resupply the International Space Station—CRS-15.

  • GRACE-FO uses ‘Range Finder’ to see mountain effects

    Jim SharkeyJune 18th, 2018

    NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission has successfully completed its first mission phase and demonstrated the performance of the precise microwave ranging system that allows it to measure how mass migrates around the Earth. GRACE-FO is a successor to the original GRACE mission, which began orbiting the Earth on March 17, 2002.

  • SES-12 flies to orbit in early morning SpaceX launch

    Jim SiegelJune 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX carried out yet another successful launch, but it didn't retrieve the rocket's first stage, nor did it use the Block 5 version of the launch vehicle. The NewSpace company did, however, work to recover one element of the booster.

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with SES-12 slips to NET June 4

    Jason RhianMay 31st, 2018

    The launch of the SES-12 communications satellite has been pushed back at least three days as SpaceX reviews the condition of the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage.