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  • Global-IP Cayman secures launch slot with SpaceX

    Lloyd CampbellApril 5th, 2017

    SpaceX, on the heels of its successful launch of the SES-10 communications satellite using a previously flown Falcon 9 first stage, will add Global-IP Cayman to its list of customers needing a satellite launched.

  • Twice-launched Falcon 9 first stage returned to Port Canaveral

    Bart LeahyApril 4th, 2017

    PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — Just before 7 a.m. EDT (11:00 GMT) Tuesday, April 4, 2017, SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship "Of Course I Still Love You" entered the port carrying the first successfully reflown first stage of an orbital-class rocket, the Falcon 9.

  • Photo Gallery: SpaceX launches SES-10 on previously flown Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonApril 2nd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On March 30, 2017, SpaceX once again made history. From Launch Complex 39A, the 15-year-old NewSpace company accomplished what many in the space industry thought was impossible, flying a previously flown orbital-class rocket.

  • The game has changed! SES-10 mission redefines space flight

    Jason RhianMarch 30th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Up until now, Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has only recovered first stages from missions it has sent aloft. That all changed at 6:27 p.m. EDT (22:27 GMT) March 30, 2017, when the company reused a first stage that had been used to fly a previous mission.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with SES-10

    Jason RhianMarch 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has a pre-flown Falcon 9 (FT) rocket poised for launch from KSC's Launch Complex 39A in Florida. This evening's launch window is currently slated to open at 6:27 p.m. ET (22:27 GMT) and extend some two and a half hours. SFI LIVE, the only space news outlet to provide you with hosted live coverage from the launch site will begin at 6 p.m.

  • ‘Flight-proven’ Falcon 9 set to launch SES-10 satellite

    Derek RichardsonMarch 28th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is about to fly a milestone mission with the first launch of a “flight-proven” Falcon 9 rocket. After a successful static fire test, the company is targeting a liftoff at the opening of a 2.5-hour window at 6 p.m. EDT (22:00 GMT) Thursday, March 30, 2017.

  • Pre-flight static fire test performed on flight-proven Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonMarch 27th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX performed its customary pre-flight static fire test on the Falcon 9 rocket intended to send the SES-10 satellite to space. The mid-afternoon evaluation took place at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.

  • SpaceX expands Space Coast footprint with long-term lease at Port Canaveral

    Curt GodwinMarch 24th, 2017

    After occupying a 52,000-square-foot (4,831-square-meter) facility on a month-to-month lease since August 2016, SpaceX has made a long-term commitment to the former SpaceHab property at Port Canaveral.

  • NASA engineers evaluate ECLSS for Commercial Crew missions

    Jose FloresMarch 23rd, 2017

    NASA engineers are hard at work performing evaluations on the life support systems vital to successful flight tests for the Commercial Crew missions as NASA prepares to return human spaceflight to the United States.

  • Flight-proven Falcon 9 with SES-10 scheduled for NET March 29

    Derek RichardsonMarch 21st, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s first launch using a recovered Falcon 9 first stage will now take place no earlier than March 29, 2017. The two-day postponement of the SES-10 mission was due to range availability.

  • CRS-10 Dragon unberthed, recovered in Pacific Ocean

    Derek RichardsonMarch 19th, 2017

    The 10th SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to visit the International Space Station (ISS) left the outpost on March 19, 2017, and fell back to Earth. The capsule was recovered off the coast of Baja California.

  • U.S Air Force awards SpaceX $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

    Bart LeahyMarch 16th, 2017

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. — For the second time in two years, Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has been awarded a contract to launch a payload for the U.S. Department of Defense. This award is a vote of confidence in SpaceX’s ongoing launch operations.

  • Expendable Falcon 9 launches indispensable EchoStar 23

    Derek RichardsonMarch 16th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Lighting up the Florida night skies, an expendable SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soared toward space with the EchoStar 23 satellite after lifting off from historic Launch Complex 39A. Liftoff took place at 2 a.m. EDT (06:00 GMT) March 16, 2017, some 25 minutes into a 2.5-hour long window.

  • SpaceX’s 2018 Moon mission faces significant challenges

    Curt GodwinMarch 15th, 2017

    Last month's announcement that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the Moon in late 2018 – fresh on the heels of a similar announcement from NASA – has ignited considerable debate among industry insiders, pundits, and followers of the New Space company.

  • Weather wins as SpaceX scrubs launch of Falcon 9 with EchoStar 23

    Derek RichardsonMarch 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket remained firmly attached to the launch mount as the weather did not want to cooperate. Liftoff was targeted for the beginning of a 2.5-hour long launch window that opened at 1:34 a.m. EDT (05:34 GMT) March 14.