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  • Video: SFI launch highlights for SpaceX Falcon 9 with SES-9

    Jason RhianMarch 5th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla -- SpaceX successfully launched the SES-9 communications satellite on one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets on March 4, 2016. Liftoff occurred at 6:35 p.m. EST (23:35 GMT) from the Cape's Launch Complex 40.

  • SES-9 communications satellite launched atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Joe LatrellMarch 4th, 2016

    The fifth time was the charm for SpaceX. The company launched the SES-9 communications satellite into orbit at 6:35 p.m. EST (23:35 GMT) on Friday, March 4. This launch was the 22nd flight of a Falcon 9 and the first from Florida since the Orbcomm OG2 mission on Dec. 22, 2015.

  • Upper-level winds push Falcon 9 launch to Friday

    Derek RichardsonMarch 1st, 2016

    After scrubbing three times last week, SpaceX once again called off their Falcon 9 launch attempt on March 1 due to extreme upper-level winds. The company's founder, Elon Musk, tweeted over two and a half hours before the planned liftoff time of 6:35 p.m. EST (23:35 GMT) that they would try again on Friday, although the no official time has been set.

  • Third time no charm for SpaceX

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 28th, 2016

    SpaceX attempted to launch its Falcon 9 rocket tonight, Feb. 28. However, an automatic abort was triggered due to a "low thrust" alarm moments after the nine Merlin engines began firing. The company said the booster and rocket are safe and healthy.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 launch called off a second time

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 25th, 2016

    SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket remained firmly on the ground Thursday, Feb. 25, due to an issue with the loading of the cryogenic liquid oxygen into the booster, according to the companies webcast. The hold was called at T-minus one minute, 41 seconds before the scheduled launch time of 6:46 p.m. EST (23:46 GMT).

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with SES-9 postponed 24 hours

    Jason RhianFebruary 24th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and its payload, the SES-9 communications satellite, was postponed 24 hours due to an issue with the temperature of the booster's liquid oxygen, according to a statement from the company.

  • SpaceX to attempt ASDS first stage recovery for SES-9

    Jason RhianFebruary 23rd, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is planning on attempting a first stage recovery during the scheduled Feb. 24 launch of the SES-9 communications satellite. Due to the velocity required to send the spacecraft into the proper orbit, a ground landing at the Cape's Landing Zone 1 is not possible – but a landing on a platform positioned out in the Atlantic is.

  • SpaceX hopes to return Falcon 9 to service with Orbcomm mission

    Jason RhianOctober 19th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla -- SpaceX is working toward returning the firm's Falcon 9 launch vehicle to service within the next few weeks. SpaceX announced on Oct. 16 it would return the Falcon 9 to service on the upcoming flight of 11 Orbcomm satellites. If successful, it will mark a rapid turnaround from a recent setback that the company encountered.