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News Archive / Tagged: Kennedy Space Center

  • Gallery: Falcon Heavy Demonstration Flight

    Mike DeepFebruary 7th, 2018

    Check out the images our team captured of this historic launch and landing from a variety of locations, including remote cameras placed at the launch pad.

  • SpaceX does it for the first time again: Falcon Heavy sends a Tesla to deep space

    Bart LeahyFebruary 6th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — It isn't often a test flight goes almost flawlessly—what space people quietly call "nominal." Yet, SpaceX made history again Feb. 6, 2018, after successfully launching its super heavy-lift rocket, the Falcon Heavy, for the very first time.

  • SFI LIVE: Inaugural flight of SpaceX Falcon Heavy

    Jason RhianFebruary 6th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has the company's first Falcon Heavy launch vehicle poised for flight at Launch Complex 39A in Florida. The window for the flight is currently set to open at 1:30 p.m. EST (18:30 GMT). SFI will begin broadcasting our exclusive live webcast one hour prior to T-0.

  • SpaceX set to attempt history again with Falcon Heavy’s first flight

    Bart LeahyFebruary 5th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX is hoping to bring reusability to a whole new level with the launch of the company's Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6, 2018. If successful, the heavy-lift vehicle should greatly increase the available payload capability of a single commercial launch. First things first, however: it needs to leave the pad on its inaugural test flight.

  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy warms up LC-39A during static test fire

    Bart LeahyJanuary 24th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- This afternoon, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, SpaceX static-fired all 27 of the engines on its Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. Live video on NASASpaceflight.com shows that the rocket fired for at least 10 seconds. This test indicates SpaceX is moving closer to a launch date for its new heavy-lift vehicle.

  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy raised for 1st time at Kennedy Space Center

    Bart LeahyDecember 28th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For the first time, SpaceX used its “strongback” hydraulic mechanism to lift its three-core Falcon Heavy rocket into a vertical position at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. The vehicle will likely face more ground tests and preparations in advance of its liftoff, which is currently slated for no earlier than January 2018.

  • SLS launch pad undergoes water tests in preparation for EM-1

    Jason RhianDecember 21st, 2017

    NASA conducted a wet flow test at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39B on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. The test helped validate a system designed to protect NASA's new super-heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. It also served to confirm it is ready to support the launch vehicle's first flight, Exploration Mission 1, currently slated to take place in 2019.

  • First SLS hardware turned over to Ground Systems for EM-1 flight

    Bart LeahyNovember 22nd, 2017

    NASA reports that the rocket stage designated to accelerate the Orion spacecraft to the Moon in 2019 has been turned over to the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) team at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The flight stage – called the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) – is being processed for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first integrated flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion.

  • Skywalking: STS-80 Mission Highlights: Nov.–Dec. 1996

    NASANovember 19th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — An early morning landing on the Space Shuttle Columbia ended a more than 17-day mission to deploy and retrieve two science satellites, one that studied stars and another that made thin film wafers. Pilot Kent Rominger recounted how impressive it was to see the trailing satellites at sunrise. “It was incredible having two satellites out there at the same time. In the morning when the Sun would rise, they were just tremendously bright stars, trailing along behind us.”

  • What does the payload fairing issue mean for the remainder of SpaceX’s 2017 launch manifest?

    Jason RhianNovember 18th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The classified "Zuma" mission has been delayed, and a report from an unconfirmed source suggests that the reason for the delay could cause a premature close to most of the remainder of SpaceX's 2017 launch manifest.

  • Mobile Launcher work moves forward with installation of umbilicals and arrival of crew access arm

    Curt GodwinNovember 6th, 2017

    Though the maiden launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is still, at the earliest, more than two years away, work on the large rocket's Mobile Launcher (ML) moves forward in support of the first flight of the agency's next crew-rated launch vehicle.

  • Gallery: SpaceX sends KoreaSat 5A spaceward

    Derek RichardsonNovember 2nd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX launched KoreaSat 5A atop one of its Falcon 9 rockets at 3:34 p.m. EDT (19:34 GMT) Oct. 30, 2017. The mission was the 16th this year for the Hawthorne, California-based company.

  • KoreaSat 5A marks 16th successful flight of 2017 for SpaceX

    Paul KnightlyOctober 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — KoreaSat 5A was lofted into orbit at 3:34 p.m. EDT (19:34 GMT) Oct. 30, 2017, aboard a Falcon 9 rocket under clear skies from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A). This marked the third SpaceX launch this month (October) alone, continuing an ambitious 2017 launch schedule for the Hawthorne, California-based company.

  • SFI Live: Launch of KoreaSat 5A on SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianOctober 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX is preparing to launch the KoreaSat 5a telecommunications satellite from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch window will open at 3:34 p.m. EDT (19:34 GMT) and extend for about two hours and 24 minutes. The launch site will be KSC's historic Launch Complex 39A.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 to send Koreasat 5A to space Monday

    Derek RichardsonOctober 28th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX is getting ready to launch a South Korean communications satellite, Koreasat 5A, into orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The flight will be the 16th that the Hawthorne, California-based company has performed in 2017.