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News Archive / Tagged: Launch Complex 39A

  • How tall do you have to be to take SpaceX’s Commercial Crew ‘ride?’

    Jason RhianJanuary 9th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has come to be known for its irreverent streak when it comes to its spacecraft and rockets. A recent tweet made by Elon Musk suggests this behavior is likely to continue.

  • Crew Dragon flight ‘about a month away’ – UPDATE

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 8th, 2019

    According to a tweet from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the company’s first Crew Dragon flight is “about a month away,” likely pushing the flight into February.

  • Falcon 9 with Crew Dragon vertical at Launch Complex 39A

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 5th, 2019

    After years of development, SpaceX's Crew Dragon is almost ready for its first flight to the International Space Station. However, unknowns still remain.

  • SpaceX Demo Flight 1 ‘adjusts’ 10 days

    Jason RhianDecember 11th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- As is to be expected with critical missions meant to demonstrate transportation systems for astronauts, things tend to change in the lead up to the big day. Perhaps the most frequent of these - is time.

  • Gallery: Falcon 9 sends Qatari satellite into orbit

    Derek RichardsonNovember 18th, 2018

    Once again from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, SpaceX sent a satellite into orbit. A Falcon 9 lofted Es'hail 2 for the Qatari company Es'hailSat.

  • SpaceX returns to LC-39A with stunning launch of Es’Hail 2

    Curt GodwinNovember 15th, 2018

    SpaceX just keeps pumping out launches with the latest seeing a Qatari satellite delivered into a geostationary transfer orbit.

  • Falcon Heavy attracts customers looking to capitalize on rocket’s capabilities

    Curt GodwinOctober 31st, 2018

    The iconic quote attributed to 1989's Field of Dreams can also be applied to SpaceX and their Falcon Heavy rocket as well. While the company has yet to follow-up on the vehicle's maiden flight on February 6, 2018, it seems the success of that mission has attracted customers to the new rocket.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.