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News Archive / Tagged: SpaceX

  • Iridium-4 mission slips to December, taps ‘flight-proven’ Falcon 9 for launch

    Curt GodwinOctober 20th, 2017

    Though Iridium Communications is now targeting a launch date near the end of the year for the Iridium-4 mission, the company demonstrated its faith in the quality of SpaceX's hardware and refurbishing regime by opting to fly on a "flight-proven" Falcon 9 first stage.

  • Musk provides more insight on SpaceX’s Mars ambitions

    Curt GodwinOctober 20th, 2017

    Less than a month after Elon Musk revealed SpaceX's updated Mars mission architecture at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress, the billionaire CEO made himself available to the public to answer further questions about the company's ambitious undertaking. In a surprise tweet on Oct. 14, 2017, the SpaceX founder gave short notice to taking part in an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) on the popular website, Reddit.

  • SpaceX mum about November ‘mystery’ launch

    Jason RhianOctober 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Much like the tile-matching video game of the same name, what the payload could be for a suggested Nov. 10, 2017, SpaceX "mystery" launch remains a puzzle. As was reported on SpaceFlight Now, regulatory findings suggest the company could attempt a launch 11 days after the planned Oct. 30 flight of Koreasat 5A.

  • SpaceX notches 15th Falcon 9 launch in 2017 with SES-11 mission

    Paul KnightlyOctober 11th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Hot on the heels of a Falcon 9 launch on the West Coast, SpaceX sent its 15th rocket into space in 2017. The SES-11/EchoStar-105 mission came less than 60 hours after the NewSpace company sent 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit. Liftoff occurred at 6:53 p.m. EDT (22:53 GMT) Oct. 11, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with SES-11

    Jason RhianOctober 11th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has a Falcon 9 rocket - primed and ready to launch the SES-11 / Echostar 105 satellites this evening (Wednesday Oct. 11). SpaceX has a two-hour long launch window which is slated to open at 6:53 p.m. EDT (22:53 GMT). SpaceFlight Insider is the only space news outlet to have an actual live show from the launch site and we're currently scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT (22:30 p.m. GMT).

  • SpaceX launches 10 Iridium NEXT satellites on Iridium-3 mission

    Derek RichardsonOctober 9th, 2017

    VANDENBERG, Calif. — SpaceX flew the first Falcon 9 rocket in what could be a launch doubleheader for the NewSpace company. The Iridium-3 mission lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base and saw the third set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites placed into space.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 set to fly Iridium-3 mission

    Derek RichardsonOctober 8th, 2017

    VANDENBERG, Calif. — Working to continue its breakneck launch pace, SpaceX is set to launch two Falcon 9 rockets in two days. First up is the Iridium-3 mission, which will launch on Oct. 9, 2017, from the company’s West Coast launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • SpaceX realigns next Falcon 9 missions

    Derek RichardsonOctober 5th, 2017

    SpaceX has completed a static fire test on a Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The rocket will send the Iridium-3 mission into space. Meanwhile, on the East Coast, the launch of a flight-proven Falcon 9 with the SES-11 satellite has been postponed by several days.

  • Fact Check: Has NASA asked SpaceX to not launch Falcon Heavy from LC-39A?

    Jason RhianOctober 2nd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — A recent post on Reddit has suggested that SpaceX had been asked by NASA to not launch its Falcon Heavy rocket from the historic Launch Complex 39A at the space agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. As is so often the case on the Internet, unconfirmed rumors can often spread misinformation that is then taken as fact. Is there any credibility to this rumor?

  • Elon Musk hopes to make SpaceX’s Falcon, Dragon fleet obsolete with Mars rocket

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 29th, 2017

    Just a year after unveiling a design for a mega-booster four times the size of the Saturn V, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk presented an updated version of the Mars rocket his company hopes will enable colonization of the Red Planet. The Sept. 29, 2017, presentation occurred during the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

  • In the footsteps of SpaceX: Chinese company eyes development of reusable rocket

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 19th, 2017

    A Chinese startup company appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has recently laid out its own project of a reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country’s first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (also known as Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in the future.

  • SpaceX CRS-12 mission comes to a close with Dragon’s splashdown

    Curt GodwinSeptember 18th, 2017

    After spending a month berthed to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft marked the end of its CRS-12 mission with a successful splashdown at 10:14 a.m. EDT (14:14 GMT) on Sept. 17, 2017. The spacecraft returned with an estimated 3,800 pounds (1,724 kg) of cargo and was secured and taken aboard a waiting recovery ship.

  • Video: SpaceX shows ‘how not to land an orbital rocket booster’

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 14th, 2017

    SpaceX has landed a Falcon 9 first stage successfully 16 times since December 2015. Seven of those have been at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while the rest have been on ocean-going platforms in either the Pacific or Atlantic. But that was after years of tests and multiple "rapid unscheduled disassembly" events – otherwise known as explosions.

  • Launch facilities spared major damage from Hurricane Irma

    Curt GodwinSeptember 14th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Though damage assessments are still underway, it would appear that facilities at both Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) escaped Hurricane Irma with minimal damage. Both were subjected to winds varying from 67–94 mph (108–151 km/h) at 54 feet (16.5 meters) above sea level to 90–116 mph (145–187 km/h) at 458 feet (139.6 meters) as the storm moved through the area on Sept. 10, 2017.

  • Elon Musk releases image of full SpaceX spacesuit

    Paul KnightlySeptember 11th, 2017

    On Sept. 8, 2017, SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk teased a full body image of the current SpaceX spacesuit concept next to a Crew Dragon capsule. It was the first official image showing the entire front side of the suit. A previous post showed just the helmet and torso, but not the bottom half.