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News Archive / Tagged: Kennedy Space Center

  • SpaceX beats odds, Hurricane Irma to launch Falcon 9 with X-37B

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 7th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — With weather iffy at best and Hurricane Irma on the approach, SpaceX managed to launch its 13th Falcon 9 rocket this year. The flight sent the U.S. Air Force’s secretive robotic X-37B spaceplane into orbit.

  • Cape Canaveral prepares for Hurricane Irma

    Paul KnightlySeptember 7th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — While Hurricane Irma continues to aim at Florida, it is not expected to have any significant impact on the Sept. 7, 2017, launch attempt of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the U.S. military's reusable X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. However, it will eventually affect operations on the Space Coast regardless of whether the OTV-5 mission gets underway on time.

  • As Hurricane Irma looms, X-37B poised for first flight atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 6th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Continuing its breakneck launch pace, SpaceX is preparing to fly its 13th Falcon 9 rocket in the 2017 calendar year. The booster is scheduled to loft one of the U.S. Air Force's two reusable robotic X-37B spaceplanes.

  • NASA F-18 chase plane tests ways to soften sonic booms

    Ocean McIntyreAugust 24th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA's decades-long aeronautics research continues in Florida throughout this week as Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence, or SonicBAT, advances its research to better understand sonic booms and the effects they produce in the atmosphere.

  • NASA’s EM-1 Orion powers up for the first time

    Bart LeahyAugust 24th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA and Lockheed Martin powered up the computer systems of the Orion spacecraft for the first time last week at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at the Kennedy Space Center. The uncrewed spacecraft will fly atop the Space Launch System (SLS) on Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) in 2019.

  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to host Solar Eclipse Day 2017

    Press ReleaseAugust 19th, 2017

    For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will be visible through the United States. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, located in the partial eclipse zone, is commemorating this historic event by hosting a viewing opportunity right at America’s spaceport. On August 21, visitors will be able to sit in the Rocket Garden and watch the moon begin to cover the sun.

  • SFI Video: Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with CRS-12 Dragon

    Jason RhianAugust 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets with the CRS-12 Dragon spacecraft on behalf of NASA at 12:31 p.m. EDT (16:31 GMT) from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. SpaceFlight Insider captured the event live and, with the help of NASA, produced this stunning video of the important resupply flight.

  • Gallery: SpaceX launches CRS-12 into space, lands Falcon 9 first stage

    Derek RichardsonAugust 16th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- On Aug. 14, 2017, SpaceX sent its last new first-generation Dragon capsule into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The CRS-12 mission carried more than 6,400 pounds (2,900 kilograms) of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-12 mission sends experiments, crew supplies to space station

    Bart LeahyAugust 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Without so much as a flinch, SpaceX sent the CRS-12 Dragon cargo spacecraft off to the International Space Station. Liftoff took place at 12:31 p.m. EDT (16:31 GMT) Aug. 14, 2017, within its one-second "instantaneous" launch window. This flight is poised to deliver more than 6,400 pounds (2,900 kilograms) of equipment and supplies to the orbiting outpost in the next 36 hours.

  • Live Coverage: Launch of NASA’s CRS-12 on SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianAugust 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX are preparing to launch the 12th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station atop one of the company's "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rockets. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 12:31 p.m. EDT (16:31 GMT) from historic Launch Complex 39A. Tune in here for SpaceX's Live Webcast.

  • 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.

  • Gallery: Falcon 9 sends Intelsat 35e skyward

    Derek RichardsonJuly 9th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On July 5, 2017, SpaceX sent its 10th Falcon 9 into space in 2017. The Intelsat 35e launch was also the third launch in only 12 days for the NewSpace company. Even though the pace of launches for SpaceX and the Space Coast has been increasing, SpaceFlight Insider has been there to provide the best possible coverage of each event.

  • VP Pence promises return to the Moon, boots on Mars during KSC speech

    Bart LeahyJuly 6th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Less than a week after being designated head of the newly revived National Space Council, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In keeping with the Trump administration’s theme of reasserting U.S. leadership worldwide, he declared: “We will return to the Moon and we will put American boots on the face of Mars.”

  • 7 months, 10 launches: SpaceX racks up another win with Intelsat 35e flight

    Jason RhianJuly 5th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched the Intelsat 35e communications satellite on its way to orbit. Liftoff took place at 7:38 p.m. EDT (23:38 GMT) on July 5, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A.

  • SpaceX scrubs Falcon 9 launch 2nd day in a row

    Derek RichardsonJuly 3rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — For the second day in a row, SpaceX has scrubbed the planned liftoff of its Falcon 9 rocket with the Intelsat 35e communications satellite. Like the July 2 attempt, this scrub was also for technical reasons.