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  • Elon Musk says 1st flight of SpaceX’s Mars spaceship may happen in 2019

    Derek RichardsonMarch 12th, 2018

    While at South by Southwest, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he believes the first test flights of SpaceX's "Big Falcon Rocket" (BFR) spaceship could happen in the first half of 2019, although he admits to having optimistic timelines.

  • SpaceX CEO Elon Musk highlights importance of space exploration at SXSW

    Ryan ChylinskiMarch 11th, 2018

    AUSTIN, Texas — Elon Musk gave a brief inspirational speech at South by Southwest on March 10, 2018. He spoke in a surprise appearance after a featured session on the HBO series Westworld with co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy along with other members of the show's cast.

  • SpaceX launches 50th Falcon 9, orbits bus-sized Hispasat 30W-6

    Derek RichardsonMarch 6th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In the early-morning hours of March 6, 2018, SpaceX launched its 50th Falcon 9 rocket since it debuted in 2010. This flight saw the delivery of the Spanish Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit.

  • What was a SpaceX Crew Dragon doing in Port Canaveral?

    Jason RhianFebruary 25th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- It appears a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft had come to Port Canaveral. Affixed to the back of Go Searcher vessel that had arrived in port on Saturday, Feb. 24. The "capsule" appeared to sport the side-mounted SuperDraco thrusters - but what was it really?

  • 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.