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  • 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.

  • Live Show: Launch of Echostar XXIII on SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianMarch 14th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is set to launch the Echostar XXIII satellite from KSC's Launch Complex 39A – the first commercial payload to fly from the historic pad via the NewSpace firm's Falcon 9 rocket. The roughly two-and-a-half hour long launch window opens at 1:34 a.m. EDT (05:34 GMT). SFI Live will be broadcast from the SFI's headquarters at 1 a.m. EDT (05:00 GMT).

  • EchoStar 23 set for launch atop SpaceX Falcon 9 at KSC

    Derek RichardsonMarch 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is set to launch its second Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. Liftoff is targeted for the beginning of a 2.5-hour long window that opens at 1:34 a.m. EDT (05:34 GMT) March 14, 2017.

  • Falcon 9 for Echostar 23 conducts static fire test

    Jason RhianMarch 10th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On March 9, 2017, SpaceX successfully conducted a static fire test of the Hawthorne, California-based company's "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rocket. This is the final milestone in advance of a planned launch set to take place Tuesday, March 14.

  • EchoStar 23 launch postponed to NET March 14

    Bart LeahyMarch 8th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX’s second Falcon 9 to fly out of Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) will likely lift off no earlier than March 14, 2017. This postponement could be the result of delays with the static fire test.

  • Automated flight safety improving space access

    Bart LeahyMarch 2nd, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After supporting over 3,500 launches in the past 70 years, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) faces a busy 2017. With a scheduled flight manifest of some 30 launches, the Eastern Range is changing the way it handles flight safety to satisfy a wider array of customers.

  • SpaceX to fly 2 people around Moon in 2018

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 27th, 2017

    SpaceX announced on Feb. 27, 2017, that it will be sending two people on a free-return trajectory around the Moon in late 2018 using the company’s yet-to-be-flown Crew Dragon spacecraft. The announcement came with less than 24 hours notice when NewSpace company CEO and founder tweeted about it.

  • 10th Dragon captured at International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 23rd, 2017

    Twenty-four hours after an aborted rendezvous attempt, SpaceX’s CRS-10 Dragon capsule was captured by the International Space Station’s robotic arm. This second approach to the outpost went by the book.