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News Archive / Tagged: Launch Complex 39A

  • Falcon 9 for Intelsat 35e tested; flown boosters return to ports

    Derek RichardsonJune 29th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Hot off the heels of its weekend launch doubleheader, SpaceX performed a static fire test for another Falcon 9 rocket. Just three days from now, the rocket will deliver the Intelsat 35e telecommunications satellite into space.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • 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.