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  • One step closer: SpaceX installs crew access arm in lead up to first crewed flights

    Lloyd CampbellAugust 25th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Workers at Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) installed a crew access arm that will allow astronauts to board SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. The arm was installed on Aug. 20, 2018.

  • U.S. Air Force’s X-37B space plane nears one year on orbit

    Curt GodwinAugust 20th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The fifth, and latest, mission for the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) X-37B uncrewed space plane nears a milestone that all but one of its predecessors met (and exceeded): one year on orbit.

  • Gallery: Under the Dragon’s wings – astronauts promote SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

    Matthew KuhnsAugust 14th, 2018

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- SpaceX provided an update on the status of the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft on Monday, Aug. 12. The event heralded the start of flights to and from the International Space Station. The first crews tapped to fly Crew Dragon's first flights, Robert Behnken, Doug Hurley, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins helped mark the occasion.

  • NASA astronauts stand behind SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft

    Matthew KuhnsAugust 14th, 2018

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- SpaceX has made strides in having their Crew Dragon spacecraft transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). One of the crown jewels in the NewSpace firm's efforts was highlighted on Monday Aug. 13. However, the company was not alone in marking the progress SpaceX has made toward sending crews to low-Earth orbit.

  • Video: The hits keep coming from SpaceX

    Jason RhianAugust 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Another week, another launch. That is what it is getting to be like for SpaceX. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 the NewSpace company once more carried out a flight of its highly-successful Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Gallery: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 with Merah Putih

    Jason RhianAugust 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At 1:18 a.m. EDT (5:18 GMT) on August 7, 2018 SpaceX carried out its fifteenth launch of of the year. The payload on this flight was the Merah Putih telecommunications satellite which was sent to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) via a Falcon 9 rocket. The flight was carried out from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 located in Florida. 

  • 1st reflown Block 5 Falcon 9 sends ‘Merah Putih’ into orbit

    Jason RhianAugust 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With five months still left in 2018, SpaceX is continuing its rapid-fire launch rate. The flight of the Merah Putih satellite, using a previously-flown Block 5 Falcon 9, means the company is one step closer to redefining the notion of how frequently flights to space can be carried out.

  • Merah Putih poised to bring SpaceX’s launch tempo to almost two per month

    Jason RhianAugust 5th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --  SpaceX is planning to launch its fifteenth mission of the year on Tuesday, Aug. 7. As has been the case with several of the flights successfully carried out in 2018, this week's planned launch is set to send a communications satellite to orbit.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon splashes down in Pacific

    Derek RichardsonAugust 4th, 2018

    SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon returned to Earth on Aug. 3, 2018, after a month-long stay at the International Space Station. The capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean with cargo and research samples that were returned for further analysis.

  • Gallery: NASA Announces astronauts who will fly first Commercial Crew missions

    Jason RhianAugust 3rd, 2018

    HOUSTON, Texas -- On Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 NASA announced the astronauts who would fly the first flights of the capsules developed under the space agency's Commercial Crew Program. It was a pomp-filled event that could herald a new era in NASA's history.

  • And the winners are… NASA announces first astronauts to fly under Commercial Crew Program

    Joe LatrellAugust 3rd, 2018

    HOUSTON — The race to develop new U.S. spacecraft to ferry astronauts to space reached another milestone with the announcement of the first crews that will fly on commercially-produced spacecraft. On Aug. 3, 2018, NASA selected the astronauts who will fly on the first Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Crewed Dragon capsules.

  • Is SpaceX’s Elon Musk conducting a Twitter ‘war?’

    Jason RhianJuly 27th, 2018

    When the first Falcon 9 rocket took to the skies in 2010, it reignited interest in space exploration and saw a legion of fans form behind SpaceX, the rocket's manufacturer. The founder of the company has made recent statements, however, that have created less than positive press.

  • Iridium-7 mission takes to California’s skies atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJuly 25th, 2018

    Wasting no time after its launch several days ago in Florida, SpaceX sent another Falcon 9 aloft, this time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the latest wave of Iridium NEXT satellites on their way to space. 

  • GALLERY: Block 5 Falcon 9 sends Telstar 19V into space

    Derek RichardsonJuly 23rd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Launching in the early-morning hours of July 22, 2018, SpaceX's Block 5 Falcon 9 sent the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite into space. This was the second flight of the latest version of the company's rocket.

  • Telstar 19V communications satellite orbited by SpaceX Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonJuly 22nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — SpaceX's rapid-fire launch cadence continued July 22, 2018, with the early-morning launch of the company's second Block 5 Falcon 9. The rocket placed the Telesat-owned Telstar 19 VANTAGE communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit.