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  • San Pedro welcomes SpaceX’s Falcon 9 first stage

    Jason RhianJanuary 18th, 2017

    After a triumphant return-to-flight conducted on Jan. 14, the first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 (1029) rocket began its journey home with its entry into the port at San Pedro, California, on Tuesday, January 17.

  • SpaceX’s Falcon 9 soars skyward with 10 Iridium NEXT satellites

    Curt GodwinJanuary 14th, 2017

    After a nearly week-long delay due to weather and range conflicts, SpaceX successfully launched 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), marking the Falcon 9's first flight since the Sept. 1, 2016, AMOS-6 pad incident. As an added bonus, the first stage of the rocket successfully landed downrange on a drone ship.

  • SpaceX poised to return Falcon 9 to flight Saturday

    Curt GodwinJanuary 12th, 2017

    With FAA approval secured and a hold-down firing of the first stage conducted, SpaceX is continuing to move forward with preparations for the return to flight of its Falcon 9 rocket. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 10:22 a.m. PST (1:22 p.m. EST / 18:22 GMT) Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at SLC-4E on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 RTF postponed to Jan. 14

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 8th, 2017

    The return to flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will have to wait another week. According to a report appearing in NoozHawk, industry sources say the company is now working toward a launch at 9:54 a.m. PST (12:54 p.m. EST / 17:54 GMT) Jan. 14, 2017. This has been confirmed by the customer, Iridium Communications, on Twitter.

  • NASA awards four more Commercial Crew missions

    Heather SmithJanuary 6th, 2017

    NASA has awarded four rotation missions to Boeing and SpaceX, allowing the partners to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The contracts are currently under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contracts which bring the number of missions awarded to each provider to six.

  • Source: RTF for Falcon 9 slips to Monday Jan. 9

    Jason RhianJanuary 5th, 2017

    The return to flight for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has slipped to no-earlier-than Monday, Jan. 9. This is according to a report appearing on NoozHawk. The report also revealed that while the NewSpace firm might be considering the date for launch, it has not received approval to do so from the FAA.

  • SpaceX eyeing Jan. 8 for Falcon 9 return-to-flight

    Bart LeahyJanuary 2nd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX announced on their blog that they could return the Falcon 9 rocket to service as early as Jan. 8, 2017. This would be the first flight of a Falcon 9 since another F9 exploded on Sept. 1, 2016. The upcoming flight will send the Iridium Communications NEXT 1-10 satellite constellation to orbit and launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base's SLC-4E.

  • Success, setbacks and silence: 2016 in review

    Jason RhianDecember 31st, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The past 12 months, for good or ill, have redefined space exploration. In 2016, efforts to expand the space frontier both resumed and retracted, visionaries made bold claims, while legends fell silent forever.

  • SpaceX teases with Falcon Heavy interstage photo

    Derek RichardsonDecember 29th, 2016

    SpaceX teased a photo of its Falcon Heavy rocket by posting a picture of the interstage of the heavy-lift booster. In addition to its backlogged manifest, the Hawthorne, California-based company hopes to launch the vehicle sometime in 2017.

  • SpaceX Crew Dragon test flights delayed

    Derek RichardsonDecember 13th, 2016

    In a revised schedule released by NASA on Dec. 12, 2016, it was revealed that SpaceX has delayed test flights for its Crew Dragon spacecraft by a number of months. According to Space News, this is, in part, due to the Sept. 1 Falcon 9 pad explosion.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 return to flight pushed into 2017

    Derek RichardsonDecember 7th, 2016

    The return-to-flight launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has been delayed to early January. The NewSpace firm said it needs more time to finalize the investigation into the Sept. 1, 2016, pad explosion, which caused the loss of the rocket and its $195 million Amos-6 payload.

  • December shaping up to be a busy month for rocket flights

    Joe LatrellDecember 2nd, 2016

    December is shaping up to be a very busy launch month for the U.S. On the East Coast, three different satellites are expected to take to the skies, providing improved services and weather monitoring. Additionally, on the West Coast, SpaceX hopes to fly their Falcon 9 after being grounded for over three months.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 launch date with Iridium NEXT announced

    Jason RhianDecember 2nd, 2016

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — SpaceX and the 30th Space Wing are eyeing Dec. 16, 2016, as the launch date for a "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 with 10 NEXT satellites to be sent into orbit on behalf of Iridium. If it flies on this date, it will mark the first time one of the launch vehicles has been sent aloft since the Sept. 1, 2016, explosion of another F9.

  • SpaceX tapped to launch NASA’s surface water survey satellite

    Jason RhianNovember 23rd, 2016

    NASA's confidence in Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX was reinforced recently by the announcement that the NewSpace firm had been chosen to provide launch services for the U.S. space agency's Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission.

  • Explosion rattles windows during SpaceX test in Texas

    Bart LeahyNovember 21st, 2016

    The Waco Tribune (TX) reported an explosion at SpaceX’s facility in McGregor, Texas, on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The explosion, which occurred during a pressurization test at the company’s research and development facility, caused no injuries or damage and the local fire department did not take action after the incident.