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News Archive / Tagged: Falcon Heavy

  • 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.

  • SpaceX’s Mars Colonial Transporter: Rumors and Realities

    Nelson BridwellJanuary 18th, 2016

    For more than a decade, SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk has been hinting at the eventual development of a super-heavy lift launch vehicle and accompanying spacecraft that can economically transport 100 metric tons (220,462 lbs) of cargo or 100 people to the surface of Mars.

  • SpaceX making progress on Crewed Dragon and Falcon Heavy

    Joe LatrellNovember 12th, 2015

    SpaceX continues to make progress on various fronts as it develops a set of flight capabilities which could enable a return to flight for U.S. astronauts – from their home soil. LC 39A is one of two launch sites used for the space shuttle that sat idle until NASA put the site up for lease – with SpaceX being approved to utilize the iconic site.

  • SpaceX expands McGregor test facility

    Scott JohnsonMarch 10th, 2015

    We recently reported on a rather loud engine test by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) at its McGregor, TX, facility. The test was a full-up test of a Falcon 9 first stage and its nine Merlin 1D engines. Atmospheric conditions may have contributed to the noise carrying farther than usual – as far as Rogers, some […]

  • SpaceX Merlin 1D engine test rattles Central Texas

    Collin SkocikFebruary 27th, 2015

    On Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX ) conducted the latest test of the Falcon 9’s Merlin 1D rocket engine, and it made noise — a lot of noise. It was a full nine-engine test of SpaceX’s rocket engines, and cool weather that evening meant the noise traveled far. To residents of the […]

  • In lead up to first flight of Falcon Heavy, SpaceX continues conversion of LC-39A

    Scott JohnsonFebruary 23rd, 2015

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla – In April 2014, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) signed a 20-year lease with NASA for the use of its historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) located at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. SpaceX president and chief operating officer (COO), Gwynne Shotwell, was on hand and made known that the company intended to […]

  • SpaceX releases animation of Falcon Heavy launching from LC-39A

    Jason RhianJanuary 28th, 2015

    Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) has released animation of the upcoming launch of one of the company’s Falcon Heavy rockets lifting off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida. SpaceX and other aerospace firms have released a lot of animation, however; at about 41 seconds in, this latest video begins to go […]

  • SpaceX: Falcon Heavy poised to fly this year

    Jason RhianJanuary 13th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — One of the most anticipated flights of 2015 is still on track according to representatives from Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ). The first flight of the company’s Falcon Heavy booster, is on track for a third quarter launch. SpaceFlight Insider spoke with SpaceX’s John Taylor to find out a bit more […]