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News Archive / Tagged: SpaceX

  • SpaceX’s Crew Dragon edging closer to flight

    Curt GodwinMay 27th, 2018

    To test a spacecraft for electromagnetic interference (EMI), it is placed in a special room designed for the task. SpaceX has done just that. Recently, company founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted a picture of the Crew Dragon capsule being prepared for testing in an anechoic chamber.

  • NASA may be warming to the idea of SpaceX’s “load-and-go” fueling procedure

    Curt GodwinMay 25th, 2018

    NASA appears to be considering SpaceX's "load and go" process of fueling the company's Falcon 9 rocket. However, could it still cause it issues with NASA's Commercial Crew Program?

  • SpaceX launches 5 Iridium NEXT, 2 GRACE-FO satellites on Falcon 9 ride-share mission

    Derek RichardsonMay 22nd, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — Sending the quintuple-satellite Iridium-6 mission into space for Iridium Communications along with NASA’s twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) spacecraft as part of a ride-share agreement, SpaceX launched its ninth Falcon 9 of 2018.

  • SpaceX set to send Iridium-6/GRACE-FO missions spaceward

    Derek RichardsonMay 21st, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — SpaceX is gearing up to launch another Falcon 9 rocket, this time with another set of Iridium NEXT communications satellites as well as NASA’s two Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) spacecraft.

  • SpaceX’s Block 5 Falcon 9 another space launch game-changer

    Jim SiegelMay 16th, 2018

    At a media teleconference before the first flight of the Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk outlined some of the various upgrades to the Falcon 9 on the Block 5 version and revealed that, sometime next year, the company plans to launch, recover, re-fuel and re-launch a rocket within 24 hours.

  • GALLERY: SpaceX launches Bangabandhu-1 atop Block 5 Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonMay 13th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With the Bangabandhu-1 satellite encapsulated on top, SpaceX launched its Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket into space. The company calls this the last major upgrade of the vehicle that first debuted in 2010.

  • Block 5 Falcon 9 roars spaceward with Bangabandhu-1 satellite

    Derek RichardsonMay 11th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In the sunny afternoon skies of Florida, SpaceX launched what it calls the final major upgrade of its Falcon 9—the Block 5. The rocket’s mission was to send the Bangabandhu-1 geostationary communications satellite into orbit for the country of Bangladesh.

  • SFI Live: Launch of Bangabandhu-1 on SpaceX’s Block 5 Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonMay 11th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX is set to launch the Block 5 version of its Falcon 9 rocket today, May 11, 2018. Join Jim Siegel as he hosts SpaceFlight Insider's LIVE COVERAGE webcast leading up to the launch window, which opens at 4:14 p.m. EDT (20:14 GMT). This is the company's second attempt to get the vehicle off the ground and into space.

  • Block 5 Falcon 9 debut launch set for May 10

    Derek RichardsonMay 9th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a successful static fire test last week, SpaceX has set May 10, 2018, for the first flight of the Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 rocket. The booster is scheduled to send the Bangabandhu-1 geostationary communications satellite into orbit.

  • CRS-14 Dragon returns experiments, hardware to Earth

    Derek RichardsonMay 5th, 2018

    Wrapping up a one-month stay at the International Space Station, SpaceX’s CRS-14 Dragon cargo ship returned to Earth with several thousand pounds of equipment for repair and experiments for further analysis.

  • VIDEO: SpaceX performs static fire test on Block 5 Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonMay 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX performed a static fire test on the Falcon 9 that will send the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite into space. This is also the first Block 5 version of the rocket.

  • Block 5 Falcon 9 rolled to launch pad for static fire test

    Derek RichardsonMay 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first Block 5 variant of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has been rolled up the ramp at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in preparation for a static fire test as part of the launch campaign for the Bangabandhu-1 mission.

  • It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s a payload fairing?

    Curt GodwinMay 3rd, 2018

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made it no secret that his goal is to reuse as much of a launch vehicle as possible in order to drastically reduce the cost of spaceflight. While the company has been recovering and reusing Falcon 9 first stages, recovering rocket's upstream components has been a more-challenging problem.

  • High seas force postponement of CRS-14 Dragon departure from ISS

    Derek RichardsonMay 2nd, 2018

    Originally scheduled for May 2, 2018, SpaceX’s CRS-14 Dragon cargo ship, which is currently attached to the International Space Station, is now expected to return to Earth May 5, according to NASA.

  • SpaceX building BFR at Port of Los Angeles

    Joe LatrellMay 1st, 2018

    The location where SpaceX intends to build its next rocket, code-named Big Falcon Rocket or BFR, has been revealed. On April 19, 2018, the Los Angeles board of harbor commissioners unanimously approved the Hawthorne, California-based company's use of the Port of Los Angeles for building the super-heavy-lift vehicle.