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  • Payload fairing issues resurface to delay Hispasat 30W-6 launch

    Jason RhianFebruary 24th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX's had hoped to conduct the fifth launch of 2018 on Feb. 25 with the launch of the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite - when it appears an old nemesis reared its head - the Falcon 9's Payload Fairing. Will this issue delay other SpaceX flights as well?

  • SpaceX launches PAZ radar imaging satellite into orbit

    Lloyd CampbellFebruary 22nd, 2018

    With three successful flights already under their belt already this year, SpaceX successfully launched Spain’s PAZ radar imaging satellite along with two secondary payloads, both of them being SpaceX’s own satellites named Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b which are believed to be technology demonstrators for the company’s Starlink satellite broadband service.

  • Arabsat’s latest communications satellite assembled in preparation for flight

    Jason RhianFebruary 20th, 2018

    The Arabsat-6A satellite has completed primary assembly and has been shipped to Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California facilities to begin testing in preparation for flight.

  • Fresh from successful Falcon Heavy launch, SpaceX prepares to fly Spain’s PAZ satellite

    Curt GodwinFebruary 16th, 2018

    Less than two weeks after the successful first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX looks to continue its string of successful flights with the delivery of Spain's PAZ radar imaging satellite to a Sun-synchronous orbit. The satellite, the first of its kind for the European nation,  is set to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at 6:16 a.m. PST (14:16 GMT) on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

  • What really happened to GovSat-1’s Falcon 9 first stage?

    Jason RhianFebruary 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A report stating that the Falcon 9 first stage used to launch the GovSat-1 satellite was destroyed by an airstrike has been categorically denied both by SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force.

  • Video: SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch highlights

    Jason RhianFebruary 10th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceFlight Insider had more than 20 cameras pointed at SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, Feb. 6 - and a number of those were video cameras placed at Launch Complex 39A. The following video package is made solely of video captured by SFI.

  • Gallery: Falcon Heavy Demonstration Flight

    Mike DeepFebruary 7th, 2018

    Check out the images our team captured of this historic launch and landing from a variety of locations, including remote cameras placed at the launch pad.

  • SpaceX does it for the first time again: Falcon Heavy sends a Tesla to deep space

    Bart LeahyFebruary 6th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — It isn't often a test flight goes almost flawlessly—what space people quietly call "nominal." Yet, SpaceX made history again Feb. 6, 2018, after successfully launching its super heavy-lift rocket, the Falcon Heavy, for the very first time.

  • SFI LIVE: Inaugural flight of SpaceX Falcon Heavy

    Jason RhianFebruary 6th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has the company's first Falcon Heavy launch vehicle poised for flight at Launch Complex 39A in Florida. The window for the flight is currently set to open at 1:30 p.m. EST (18:30 GMT). SFI will begin broadcasting our exclusive live webcast one hour prior to T-0.

  • SpaceX set to attempt history again with Falcon Heavy’s first flight

    Bart LeahyFebruary 5th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX is hoping to bring reusability to a whole new level with the launch of the company's Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6, 2018. If successful, the heavy-lift vehicle should greatly increase the available payload capability of a single commercial launch. First things first, however: it needs to leave the pad on its inaugural test flight.

  • Launch of GovSat-1 clears the way for first flight of Falcon Heavy

    Jason RhianJanuary 31st, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The tiny European nation of Luxembourg was able to honor some of its commitments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization by having the GovSat-1 communications satellite sent to orbit today. SpaceX successfully sent the spacecraft aloft via a ‘Full Thrust’ Falcon 9 rocket at 4:25 p.m. EST (21:25 GMT) on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The flight helped set the stage for one of the most anticipated missions of 2018.

  • SFI LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 with GovSat-1

    Jason RhianJanuary 31st, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX is preparing to launch its first Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's SLC 40 in Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The two-hour long launch window is set to open at 4:25 p.m. EST (21:25 GMT). SFI Live should begin its coverage at 4 p.m. EST (21:00 GMT). While other sites promise you "live" coverage they only share the work of others. Only SFI hosts its own Live Show from the launch site!

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with GovSat-1 delayed 24 hours

    Jim SiegelJanuary 30th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With about an hour to go before the launch window opened at 4:25 p.m. EST (21:25 GMT) on Jan. 30, SpaceX scrubbed its attempt to send aloft a Falcon 9 rocket with a communications satellite named GovSat-1, due to a second-stage sensor issue. 

  • Second Falcon 9 of 2018 readied to loft Luxembourg’s GovSat-1

    Jason RhianJanuary 29th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — While the world might be waiting with breathless anticipation for the first test flight of its Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX is pressing forward with its 2018 launch manifest. The next mission the Hawthorne, California-based company is working to send aloft is the GovSat-1 satellite for Luxembourg.

  • Launch dates of SpaceX and Boeing Commercial Crew Program spacecraft slip

    Collin SkocikJanuary 20th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Hopes NASA's private partners on the agency's Commercial Crew Program would launch crewed spacecraft by the end of this year (2018) have been dashed. Reports have come in that, at the earliest, these so-called "space taxis" won't be flying until 2019, with it more likely they'll fly sometime in the 2020 time frame.