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News Archive / Tagged: SpaceX

  • Dragon rendezvous aborted, next attempt in 24 hours

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 22nd, 2017

    SpaceX's CRS-10 Dragon capsule will try again tomorrow as its planned Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, rendezvous and berthing attempt with the International Space Station was called off. An onboard computer triggered the abort when it saw an incorrect value in the data about the location of the outpost.

  • Photo Gallery: CRS-10 launch and landing

    Mike DeepFebruary 20th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Leaving Terra firma on its first flight from historic Launch Complex 39A, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent the 10th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-10) Dragon capsule into orbit. SpaceFlight Insider was there to capture the event.

  • Technical issues delay historic LC-39A SpaceX launch

    Bart LeahyFebruary 18th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The launch of SpaceX’s CRS-10 Dragon capsule from the historic Launch Complex 39A has been scrubbed due to an issue with Falcon 9's upper stage thrust vector control system.

  • Shotwell, Cabana discuss SpaceX’s future

    Bart LeahyFebruary 18th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — In front of Launch Complex 39A, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell, along with space center Director Bob Cabana, answered questions from a mixed crowd of journalists and invited social media enthusiasts.

  • NASA studying farming in space to support trips to Mars

    Bart LeahyFebruary 17th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Children might not want to hear this, but, if they want to be the first astronaut on Mars, they’ll need to eat their vegetables. To account for that painful truth, NASA has several space farming projects to ensure people living and working in space get fresh green stuff as part of their diet.

  • SpaceX Dragon delivering the science on CRS-10

    Bart LeahyFebruary 16th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — For the first time since 2011, a rocket will be sending supplies and a collection of science experiments for the International Space Station (ISS) from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A). However, the Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) 10 mission, scheduled for Feb. 18, 2017, is not being flown by a NASA launch vehicle, but SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Falcon 9 static fire test performed at LC-39A

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 12th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Launch Complex 39A roared to life for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle era, albeit for only a few seconds, as SpaceX conducted a static test fire of its Falcon 9 rocket.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 vertical at historic Launch Complex 39A

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 10th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — In a sign that SpaceX is finally ready to launch from Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the company rolled its Falcon 9, mounted atop a brand-new transporter erector, up the incline to the top of the pad.

  • First SpaceX flight from Launch Complex 39A slated for Feb. 18

    Bart LeahyFebruary 8th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with NASA's CRS-10 is targeted for Feb. 18 and will herald the rebirth of one of Kennedy Space Center's most iconic launch sites.

  • First SpaceX Falcon 9 scheduled to be re-flown tested at McGregor

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 6th, 2017

    SpaceX recently tested the previously-flown Falcon 9 first stage assigned to send the SES-10 communications satellite into space. That mission will mark the first time the company has re-flown one of its recovered boosters.

  • Preliminary GAO report calls commercial crew vehicles into question

    Bart LeahyFebruary 6th, 2017

    The Wall Street Journal stated in a recent report that the GAO has expressed new concerns about the safety of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in a preliminary report to Congress. The early version of the document, which has not yet been posted online, reported cracks in the turbopump blades of the Merlin engine, among other faults.

  • Iridium contracts 8th SpaceX launch, shares ride with NASA satellites

    Curt GodwinFebruary 2nd, 2017

    With the successful launch of its first set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, Iridium Communications has contracted with the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences to share a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for an early 2018 launch.

  • SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule to launch before EchoStar 23

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 30th, 2017

    SpaceX has decided to switch the order of its next two Falcon 9 launches. The CRS-10 Dragon cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will now launch ahead of the EchoStar 23 satellite.

  • Next SpaceX launch may be one of the last expendable F9 boosters

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 28th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — When SpaceX launches the EchoStar 23 satellite on Falcon 9 rocket, the company won't attempt to land the booster's first stage. The stage will consume too much fuel lifting the 12,125-pound (5,500-kilogram) satellite toward orbit to have enough in reserve for even an at-sea landing. Elon Musk stated as much in a tweet on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

  • 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.