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News Archive / Tagged: Kennedy Space Center

  • Photo Gallery: SpaceX ramps up launch rate with Inmarsat-5 F4 mission

    Derek RichardsonMay 17th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On May 15, 2017, SpaceX launched an expendable Falcon 9 rocket with the Inmarsat-5 F4 communications satellite. SpaceFlight Insider was there to capture the event.

  • Expendable Falcon 9 launches Inmarsat-5 F4

    Curt GodwinMay 15th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Clear skies and a setting sun provided a stunning backdrop as SpaceX launched an expendable Falcon 9 with the last of four Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress (GX) telecommunications satellites.

  • SFI LIVE: SpaceX launching Inmarsat-5 F4 communications satellite

    Derek RichardsonMay 15th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has an expendable Falcon 9 rocket ready to launch the Inmarsat-5 Flight 4 communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit.

  • SpaceX set to launch rare Falcon 9 for Inmarsat-5 F4 mission

    Curt GodwinMay 13th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — With the static fire successfully concluded, SpaceX is clear to begin final launch preparations of the rarest variant of the company's active Falcon 9 launch fleet as it readies to loft the fourth of the Inmarsat-5 series of communications satellites. The company is targeting a 50-minute launch window opening at 7:20 p.m. EDT (23:20 GMT) May 15, 2017, at Launch Complex 39A.

  • SpaceX tests Falcon 9 rocket ahead of Inmarsat-5 F4 mission

    Derek RichardsonMay 11th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX has performed its customary static fire test on its latest Falcon 9 rocket, which is slated to launch the Inmarsat-5 Flight 4 satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit during a 50-minute window opening at 7:20 p.m. EDT (23:20 GMT) May 15, 2017.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: One-on-One with NASA’s George Diller

    Jason RhianMay 7th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Those who watched NASA's shuttles and planetary missions leave Earth for distant destinations and thrilled as the countdown reach zero are familiar with the voice of George Diller. Diller, in his role as a public affairs officer, has been the voice that announced the start of many missions – but that time is now drawing to a close.

  • Photo Gallery: SpaceX launches classified NROL-76 payload

    Derek RichardsonMay 2nd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. — SpaceX sent its first dedicated payload for the National Reconnaissance Office into space May 1, 2017. While the nature of the payload was classified, the launch itself provided some of the clearest views of a returning Falcon 9 first stage yet.

  • SpaceX ventures ‘into the black’ with classified NROL-76 mission

    Bart LeahyMay 1st, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — While most of the details of the National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-76 payload are a mystery, it’s still hard to hide a rocket launch taking to the skies off the coast of Florida.

  • Sensor issue prompts 24-hour delay for classified Falcon 9 mission

    Derek RichardsonApril 30th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A hold was called by the launch director some 52 seconds before the expected launch of the classified Falcon 9 mission carrying the NROL-76 payload. Liftoff was planned for 7:15 a.m. EDT (11:15 GMT) April 30, 2017, from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.

  • SpaceX ready to launch its first dedicated NRO mission

    Bart LeahyApril 28th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two days before SpaceX is scheduled to launch its first dedicated National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) mission, all appears to be go for NROL-76. The Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch sometime between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. EDT (11:00 and 13:00 GMT) April 30, 2017.

  • Falcon 9 hotfire test blazes way for classified NROL-76 mission

    Derek RichardsonApril 25th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — A month after flying its first used Falcon 9 booster, SpaceX placed another rocket on historic Launch Complex 39A to perform a static fire test in advance of its upcoming flight for the National Reconnaissance Office: the classified NROL-76 mission.

  • 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.