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News Archive / Tagged: Kennedy Space Center

  • Where’s the Beef? NASA OA-7 mission takes a look at astronauts’ menu

    Jim SiegelApril 21st, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — One of many challenges of long-duration space travel is storing the necessary food and other supplies. Without a way to replenish supplies, a mission to Mars would have to be self-sustaining. One way of reducing the very large amount of food required for such a trip would be to grow some of that food on the way.

  • Aldrin, Thunderbirds buzz Kennedy Space Center

    Víctor AmayaApril 5th, 2017

    MELBOURNE, Fla. — Just months after his trip to the South Pole, 87-year-old Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, participated in a flight with the Thunderbirds, the air demonstration squadron of the United States Air Force.

  • Photo Gallery: SpaceX launches SES-10 on previously flown Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonApril 2nd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On March 30, 2017, SpaceX once again made history. From Launch Complex 39A, the 15-year-old NewSpace company accomplished what many in the space industry thought was impossible, flying a previously flown orbital-class rocket.

  • The game has changed! SES-10 mission redefines space flight

    Jason RhianMarch 30th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Up until now, Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has only recovered first stages from missions it has sent aloft. That all changed at 6:27 p.m. EDT (22:27 GMT) March 30, 2017, when the company reused a first stage that had been used to fly a previous mission.

  • ‘Flight-proven’ Falcon 9 set to launch SES-10 satellite

    Derek RichardsonMarch 28th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is about to fly a milestone mission with the first launch of a “flight-proven” Falcon 9 rocket. After a successful static fire test, the company is targeting a liftoff at the opening of a 2.5-hour window at 6 p.m. EDT (22:00 GMT) Thursday, March 30, 2017.

  • Pre-flight static fire test performed on flight-proven Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonMarch 27th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX performed its customary pre-flight static fire test on the Falcon 9 rocket intended to send the SES-10 satellite to space. The mid-afternoon evaluation took place at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.

  • Flight-proven Falcon 9 with SES-10 scheduled for NET March 29

    Derek RichardsonMarch 21st, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s first launch using a recovered Falcon 9 first stage will now take place no earlier than March 29, 2017. The two-day postponement of the SES-10 mission was due to range availability.

  • Expendable Falcon 9 launches indispensable EchoStar 23

    Derek RichardsonMarch 16th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Lighting up the Florida night skies, an expendable SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soared toward space with the EchoStar 23 satellite after lifting off from historic Launch Complex 39A. Liftoff took place at 2 a.m. EDT (06:00 GMT) March 16, 2017, some 25 minutes into a 2.5-hour long window.

  • ULA: OA-7 confirmed for launch on March 24, WGS-9 set for March 18

    Jason RhianMarch 16th, 2017

    ULA and NASA noted on March 15 that the seventh flight of Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft was now confirmed for March 24. Interestingly, ULA has requested the option to launch the day prior on March 23, pending Eastern Range availability. The move of the launch date for OA-7 as well as WGS-9 denotes the packed launch schedule at Florida's Space Coast.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Apollo 11’s Columbia CM preparing for 4 city tour

    Lloyd CampbellMarch 15th, 2017

    The Apollo 11 Command Module, Columbia, is currently being prepared for its first trip in more than 40 years. Having completed its first major trip, a journey to the Moon in 1969, the spacecraft toured the country before being turned over to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in 1971.

  • Weather wins as SpaceX scrubs launch of Falcon 9 with EchoStar 23

    Derek RichardsonMarch 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket remained firmly attached to the launch mount as the weather did not want to cooperate. Liftoff was targeted for the beginning of a 2.5-hour long launch window that opened at 1:34 a.m. EDT (05:34 GMT) March 14.

  • Live Show: Launch of Echostar XXIII on SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianMarch 14th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is set to launch the Echostar XXIII satellite from KSC's Launch Complex 39A – the first commercial payload to fly from the historic pad via the NewSpace firm's Falcon 9 rocket. The roughly two-and-a-half hour long launch window opens at 1:34 a.m. EDT (05:34 GMT). SFI Live will be broadcast from the SFI's headquarters at 1 a.m. EDT (05:00 GMT).

  • Orion update: progress and setbacks in February 2017

    Mackenzie KaneMarch 13th, 2017

    NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Hensel Phelps Construction Co. successfully completed the modifications to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in early February, making room for the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

  • Traffic Jam: Space Coast could see 3 launches in 8 days

    Bart LeahyMarch 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Three different rockets are expected to take to the skies from the Space Coast in as little as eight days. March 2017 is expected to be a busy month in a year that could see as many as 30 rockets lift off from one of the busiest spaceports in the world.

  • EchoStar 23 set for launch atop SpaceX Falcon 9 at KSC

    Derek RichardsonMarch 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is set to launch its second Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. Liftoff is targeted for the beginning of a 2.5-hour long window that opens at 1:34 a.m. EDT (05:34 GMT) March 14, 2017.