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News Archive / Tagged: Falcon 9

  • Block 5 Falcon 9 debut launch set for May 10

    Derek RichardsonMay 9th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a successful static fire test last week, SpaceX has set May 10, 2018, for the first flight of the Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 rocket. The booster is scheduled to send the Bangabandhu-1 geostationary communications satellite into orbit.

  • VIDEO: SpaceX performs static fire test on Block 5 Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonMay 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX performed a static fire test on the Falcon 9 that will send the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite into space. This is also the first Block 5 version of the rocket.

  • Block 5 Falcon 9 rolled to launch pad for static fire test

    Derek RichardsonMay 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first Block 5 variant of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has been rolled up the ramp at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in preparation for a static fire test as part of the launch campaign for the Bangabandhu-1 mission.

  • It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s a payload fairing?

    Curt GodwinMay 3rd, 2018

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made it no secret that his goal is to reuse as much of a launch vehicle as possible in order to drastically reduce the cost of spaceflight. While the company has been recovering and reusing Falcon 9 first stages, recovering rocket's upstream components has been a more-challenging problem.

  • Gallery: TESS mission ascends atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Michael ColeApril 19th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Liftoff of NASA's TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, took place at 6:51 p.m. EDT (22:51 GMT) April 18, 2018. SpaceFlight Insider's Visual Team covered the flight from multiple angles with still and video cameras and captured the mission's start in extreme detail.

  • NASA’s planet-hunting TESS launched by SpaceX Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonApril 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On a mission to search for planets outside of the Solar System, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) was launched into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket on the first leg of the spacecraft's multi-month journey to its final orbit high above Earth.

  • SES-12 arrives at Cape Canaveral for launch

    Bart LeahyApril 17th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SES delivered its SES-12 communications satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on April 12. SpaceX's Falcon 9 is being prepped to launch the spacecraft to geosynchronous orbit.

  • Launch of exoplanet-hunting TESS satellite delayed to Wednesday

    Derek RichardsonApril 16th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Spacecraft (TESS) has been postponed by at least 48 hours, according to SpaceX. The satellite had been scheduled to launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 6:32 p.m. EDT (22:23 GMT) April 16, 2018.

  • Exoplanet-hunting TESS spacecraft ready for launch

    Michael ColeApril 15th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX are set to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). If everything goes according to plan, the observatory will conduct a two-year mission to survey more than 85 percent of the sky, searching for exoplanets around bright stars in the 300-light-year distance range.

  • Video: CRS-14 launches to International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonApril 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lifting off at 4:30 p.m. EDT (20:30 GMT) April 2, 2018, a SpaceX Falcon 9 sent the CRS-14 Dragon capsule on its way toward the International Space Station. The following video was captured and put together by the SpaceFlight Insider visual team.

  • Gallery: Used CRS-14 Dragon capsule flies atop used Falcon 9 rocket

    Derek RichardsonApril 3rd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lifting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40, a SpaceX Falcon 9 sent the CRS-14 Dragon capsule on its way toward the International Space Station. SpaceFlight Insider's visual team was there to capture the event.

  • SpaceX CRS-14 Dragon heading toward ISS after successful Falcon 9 launch

    Derek RichardsonApril 2nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched its sixth Falcon 9 of 2018, this time to send the unpiloted CRS-14 Dragon cargo ship on its way toward the International Space Station with several thousand pounds of food, experiments and hardware for the six-person Expedition 55 crew.

  • Opinion: Mutants, airstrikes and more: Space ‘fake news’ on the rise

    Jason RhianApril 1st, 2018

    Fake news, a relatively new term that has entered the public lexicon. Stories regarding space flight have recently seen an uptick in incorrect information being reported and given the complexity of the subject matter, it might be understandable—but it is also preventable.

  • SpaceX CRS-14 mission all set for science

    Bart LeahyMarch 31st, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX is set to send its next Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies and science. The CRS-14 mission will include materials to help the Expeditions 55 and 56 crews conduct and monitor more than 200 science and technology investigations.

  • SpaceX readies Falcon 9 for launch with 10 Iridium NEXT satellites

    Lloyd CampbellMarch 29th, 2018

    The next 10 satellites that will form the Iridium NEXT constellation of communication satellites are slated to launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 7:14 a.m. PDT (10:14 a.m. EDT / 14:14 GMT) March 30, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California.