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News Archive / Tagged: Kennedy Space Center

  • SFI Live: Launch of Bulgariasat-1 on SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJune 23rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX is set to launch Bulgaria's first satellite atop one of their Falcon 9 rockets from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Bulgarisat-1 is poised to liftoff at 2:10 p.m. EDT (18:10 GMT) from Launch Complex 39A. SpaceFlight Insider's exclusive live webcast will begin at 12:45 p.m. EDT (16:45 GMT).

  • SpaceX to launch, land 2 Falcon 9 rockets just days apart

    Lloyd CampbellJune 21st, 2017

    Due to an adjustment in its mission manifest, SpaceX will attempt to fly two Falcon 9 rockets a little more than 50 hours apart – from opposite sides of the United States. Using two different launch teams, it would set a new record for successive launches by the company.

  • Full-scale Crew Dragon recovery trainer being built at KSC

    Jerome StrachJune 19th, 2017

    Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is continuing with their development of the Crew Dragon capsule, which is being built for NASA per the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) agreements. The evolution in Dragon design has been shaped by the CRS contract drawing a line between a cargo version and a crew version.

  • SpaceX to loft first Bulgarian geostationary satellite

    Derek RichardsonJune 18th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — When SpaceX launches its second “flight-proven” Falcon 9 rocket, it will be sending Bulgaria’s first geostationary communications satellite into space. Liftoff is currently slated for the beginning of a two-hour launch window opening at 2:10 p.m. EDT (18:10 GMT) on June 19 from Launch Complex 39A.

  • Hotfire test performed on next ‘flight-proven’ Falcon 9 booster

    Derek RichardsonJune 15th, 2017

    White plumes and a brief flash of flame from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket announced another static fire test in advance of another upcoming launch by the NewSpace company, a mission that will send the BulgariaSat-1 communications satellite into space.

  • Insider Q & A: From concept to reality – KSC as a Multi-User Spaceport

    Jason RhianJune 11th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Anyone who spends time in or around Florida's Space Coast has heard one phrase repeatedly used in the past few years: Multi-User Spaceport. What does that mean? To find out, SFI spoke with two NASA representatives intimately aware of the agency's efforts to expand the diverse array of organizations operating out of the center.

  • ‘Flight-proven’ Falcon 9 to launch BulgariaSat-1 June 17

    Derek RichardsonJune 8th, 2017

    Keeping up with its current launch pace of once every two weeks or so, SpaceX announced it was targeting June 17, 2017, for the launch of BulgariaSat-1. Liftoff is slated for the beginning of a two-hour window opening at 2:20 p.m. EDT (18:10 GMT) at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) in Florida.

  • USAF to swap ULA Atlas V for SpaceX Falcon 9 as X-37B launcher

    Jason RhianJune 6th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A report, written by Reuters' Irene Klotz and appearing on U.S. News, has stated that Space Exploration Technologies – more commonly known as SpaceX – has won the contract to launch the U.S. Air Force's X-37B. 

  • Photo gallery: Falcon 9 launches used Dragon capsule

    Derek RichardsonJune 5th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — First seeing the flame of the Saturn V, then the Space Shuttle, Launch Complex 39A saw its sixth Falcon 9 take to the skies on a journey to orbit. The CRS-11 mission was the 100th launch from that historic pad.

  • SFI Live: Second launch attempt for CRS-11

    Derek RichardsonJune 3rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX are preparing to launch the 11th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station atop one of the company’s “Full Thrust” Falcon 9 rockets. This will be the second launch attempt as the June 1, 2017, attempt was called off due to lightning in the area. SFI's show will begin at 4:30 p.m. EDT (20:30 GMT).

  • Lightning strike scrubs June 1 launch attempt for CRS-11 mission

    Jason RhianJune 1st, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX attempted to launch the 11th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-11) mission to the International Space Station today, June 1. However, Mother Nature dashed hopes the Falcon 9 would launch in the "instantaneous" one-second window.

  • More science, reused Dragon capsule featured on CRS-11

    Bart LeahyMay 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX is continuing its effort to increase its operational tempo and demonstrate spacecraft reusability. While delivering supplies and multiple experiments, the CRS-11 cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will also feature the first reuse of a Dragon pressure vessel as well as the return of a Falcon 9 first stage to Landing Zone 1 at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

  • Falcon 9 engines ignite briefly in hotfire test days before CRS-11 mission

    Derek RichardsonMay 28th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Just a day before Memorial Day, SpaceX performed its customary static fire test on a Falcon 9 slated to send the CRS-11 Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. The test took place at noon EDT (16:00 GMT) May 28, 2017, at Launch Complex 39A.

  • University students innovate at NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition

    Michael McCabeMay 26th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Students from dozens of universities across the United States gathered at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for NASA's 2017 Robotic Mining Competition (NRMC). Students showcased and competed with their robotic concepts, which could potentially be used by NASA on actual future off-Earth mining.

  • 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.