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News Archive / Tagged: Falcon Heavy

  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy raised for 1st time at Kennedy Space Center

    Bart LeahyDecember 28th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For the first time, SpaceX used its “strongback” hydraulic mechanism to lift its three-core Falcon Heavy rocket into a vertical position at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. The vehicle will likely face more ground tests and preparations in advance of its liftoff, which is currently slated for no earlier than January 2018.

  • Elon Musk trolls the Internet with Falcon Heavy tweets

    Curt GodwinDecember 3rd, 2017

    It has been long-known that SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has a sense of humor. Indeed, Mr. Musk once quipped that the company would fund their Mars ambitions by selling underwear. Therefore, it is usually fairly easy to know when Musk is messing around.

  • NASA green lights SpaceX use of pre-flown Falcon 9 first stages on CRS missions

    Jason RhianNovember 19th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Nineteen. It only took nineteen successful landings either on one of the company's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ships (ASDS) or at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's "Landing Zone 1" (formerly Space Launch Complex 13) before NASA agreed to allow SpaceX to use its pre-flown boosters for cargo resupply runs to the International Space Station.

  • Fact Check: Has NASA asked SpaceX to not launch Falcon Heavy from LC-39A?

    Jason RhianOctober 2nd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — A recent post on Reddit has suggested that SpaceX had been asked by NASA to not launch its Falcon Heavy rocket from the historic Launch Complex 39A at the space agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. As is so often the case on the Internet, unconfirmed rumors can often spread misinformation that is then taken as fact. Is there any credibility to this rumor?

  • SpaceX gears up for a busy autumn

    Bart LeahySeptember 25th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — October and November are lining up to be busy months for SpaceX. If everything goes according to plan, the NewSpace firm is poised to launch (and land) three Falcon 9 rockets, and it also hopes to carry out the first launch of a “Falcon Heavy” in November. These efforts promise a challenging autumn for Elon Musk’s entrepreneurial space company.

  • Musk: Falcon Heavy could fly as early as this fall

    Jason RhianJuly 30th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On an Instagram post, SpaceX's CEO and Founder has expressed less optimism than his company's fans about the success of the "Heavy" version of the first flight of his company's Falcon Heavy rocket. Elon Musk's comments highlight his knowledge concerning the success rates that most launch vehicles encounter on their maiden flight.

  • Musk: Launch of Falcon Heavy could take place as soon as September

    Jason RhianJune 8th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — In a response to a question on the social media platform Twitter, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) founder and CEO Elon Musk stated that, if everything goes according to plan, the first flight of the Falcon Heavy could take place as early as this fall.

  • SpaceX’s 2018 Moon mission faces significant challenges

    Curt GodwinMarch 15th, 2017

    Last month's announcement that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the Moon in late 2018 – fresh on the heels of a similar announcement from NASA – has ignited considerable debate among industry insiders, pundits, and followers of the New Space company.

  • SpaceX to fly 2 people around Moon in 2018

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 27th, 2017

    SpaceX announced on Feb. 27, 2017, that it will be sending two people on a free-return trajectory around the Moon in late 2018 using the company’s yet-to-be-flown Crew Dragon spacecraft. The announcement came with less than 24 hours notice when NewSpace company CEO and founder tweeted about it.

  • SpaceX teases with Falcon Heavy interstage photo

    Derek RichardsonDecember 29th, 2016

    SpaceX teased a photo of its Falcon Heavy rocket by posting a picture of the interstage of the heavy-lift booster. In addition to its backlogged manifest, the Hawthorne, California-based company hopes to launch the vehicle sometime in 2017.

  • SpaceX still eyeing fall launch for maiden flight of Falcon Heavy

    Jason RhianAugust 31st, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Recent reports that SpaceX's inaugural flight of the Falcon Heavy would take place in the spring of next year (2017) don't gel with what representatives at SpaceX have told SpaceFlight Insider. According to SpaceX, the NewSpace firm is still planning on launching the first of these powerful new rockets "... later this fall."

  • SpaceX pursuing additional landing pads in Florida

    Bart LeahyJuly 19th, 2016

    A July 18 Orlando Sentinel article reported SpaceX is seeking U.S. government approval to access two new landing areas at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to support returning stages for the future Falcon Heavy launch vehicle.

  • Red Dragon: SpaceX planning to send spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018

    Jason RhianApril 27th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is planning on sending one of its crew-rated Dragon spacecraft to the planet Mars as early as 2018. The aptly named "Red Dragon" could be sent to the Red Planet in order to further develop the architecture the NewSpace firm needs in place to enable its planetary ambitions.

  • NASA: Commercial Crew firms ready to fly next year

    Jason RhianMarch 21st, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA provided an update to the media regarding NASA and SpaceX's progress toward sending crews to the International Space Station during a brief meeting across from Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 41. Misty Snopkowsky, Launch Site Integration, NASA Commercial Crew ‎Program, noted that efforts to send crews to the ISS via private spacecraft are poised to come to fruition.

  • First flight of SpaceX Falcon Heavy moves to NET November 2016

    Jason RhianMarch 13th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The first flight of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been moved to NET November 2016. The company's newest rocket is slated to launch from historic Launch Complex 39A located at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.