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News Archive / Tagged: Space Launch Complex 40

  • Gallery: SpaceX lights up night sky with PSN 6 launch

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 22nd, 2019

    SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket propelled three passengers toward geostationary transfer orbit, including a private lunar lander.

  • SpaceX completes 2nd mission of 2019 with launch of GTO rideshare

    Curt GodwinFebruary 21st, 2019

    SpaceX launched the Indonesian Nusantara Satu (also known as PSN 6) telecommunications satellite along with SpaceIL's private Beresheet lunar lander.

  • Finally! GPS III mission caps busy year for SpaceX

    Jason RhianDecember 23rd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has completed 21 missions in 2018, a rate of launch that has surpassed what some state-run agencies have accomplished this year. The last on its 2018 manifest was a payload for the United States Air Force, one that had weathered numerous delays this past week.

  • A day of scrubs: No flights today for SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace or ULA – UPDATE

    Jason RhianDecember 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Today wasn't the most productive for Arianespace, SpaceX, Blue Origin or ULA. Attempts to launch four missions all ended with the rockets and their payloads safe - but on the ground.

  • Navigating politics, SpaceX’s successes attract executive-level attention

    Jason RhianDecember 17th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- It looks like SpaceX will have its latest scheduled launch, that of the GPS III navigational satellite, attended by a politician who has shown great interest in U.S. space efforts.

  • Gallery: Delayed by mice chow, CRS-16 lifts off

    Jason RhianDecember 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX launched the 16th mission it has under the $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA at 1:16 p.m. EST (18:16 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC 40) on Dec. 5, 2018. The CRS-16 Dragon spacecraft was loaded with 5,673 pounds (2,573 kg) of supplies, equipment, and experiments for the Expedition 57 and 58 crews aboard the ISS. The mission had been scheduled to launch the day prior but moldy mice food caused the flight's delay. After it had completed its part of the flight the Falcon 9's first stage attempted to land at Canaveral's Landing Zone 1 - but failed and ended up in the Atlantic Ocean instead.

  • Rats! SpaceX CRS-16 mission slips again!

    Michael ColeDecember 4th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- SpaceX has encountered more than its fair share of scrubs, but the one that pushed the planned flight of the CRS-16 mission back 24 hours - is a doozy.

  • Gallery: Telstar 18v Falcon 9 leaves Canaveral through skies, returns via the sea

    Jason RhianSeptember 12th, 2018

    Another day another launch - and landing. SpaceFlight Insider's team of photographers captured exclusive imagery of the first stage of the Falcon 9's journey.

  • SpaceX’s impressive launch rate continues with Telstar 18 VANTAGE flight

    Steve HammerSeptember 10th, 2018

    Another day, another launch. The Telstar 18 VANTAGE has been successfully placed into orbit by one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets.

  • Telestar 18V set for Sunday night liftoff atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9

    Jim SiegelSeptember 8th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Sunday night sky over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 is scheduled to erupt briefly in a blaze of light as a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts the Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite into orbit for the Canadian satellite services provider Telesat.

  • Falcon 9 launch with Telstar 18 VANTAGE postponed 24 hours

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The weekend flight of a Falcon 9 with Telstar 18 VANTAGE has slipped 24 hours. The commercial communications satellite is ultimately bound for a geostationary orbit to serve markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • 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.

  • 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.