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Third Time Lucky for SpaceX as Falcon 9 Completes First GEO Transfer Mission

The second Falcon 9 v1.1, and SpaceX’s first mission to geostationary transfer orbit, launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday, 3 December. Photo Credit: SpaceX, via Mike Barrett

After two false starts, it was third time lucky for SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services organization, headed by entrepreneur Elon Musk—as the second Falcon [...]

SpaceX Gives Thanks as Falcon 9 Safety System Cuts In to Halt Problematic Countdown

 

After two eventful countdowns on Monday and tonight, the Falcon 9 v1.1 has demonstrated the efficacy of its safety systems and remains primed to fly another day. Photo Credit: SpaceX

For only the second time in spaceflight history, Cape Canaveral was rocked by the roar of rocket engines on Thanksgiving, as SpaceX’s Falcon [...]

SpaceX's First GEO Transfer Mission Scrubbed by Technical Issues

The Falcon 9 v1.1 is powered by SpaceX’s upgraded Merlin-1D powerplant and on the company’s “First GEO Transfer Mission” will deliver the SES-8 communications satellite into orbit. Photo Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX’s second Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket—and the first from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s storied Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40—must wait a little longer to [...]

SpaceX Prepares for High-Jump Falcon 9 Mission to Geostationary Orbit

The SES-8 communications satellite will be SpaceX’s first payload destined for geostationary transfer orbit. Photo Credit: SES

With a launch record that has so far carried it no higher than low-Earth orbit, SpaceX plans a figurative and literal leap in altitude this week with Monday night’s liftoff of its two-stage Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, [...]

SpaceX Launch Success Trials New Rocket, New Engine, New-Look Falcon 9

Powered uphill by the new Merlin 1D engines, SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 carried Canada’s CASSIOPE communications satellite into orbit. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher/AmericaSpace

For most of us, Sunday is generally recognized as a day of rest, relaxation, and recharging of the batteries for the week ahead. Not so Sunday, 29 September 2013. With [...]

Dragon Spacecraft Passes Another Milestone Toward Crewed Flight

An unmanned Dragon spacecraft conducting the Commercial Resupply Services mission is seen here (CRS-2) grappled by the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has just passed the seventh of 15 development milestones set by NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative. Along with Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corporation, [...]

Falcon Heavy: Uncertain Case for Lunar Exploration

Illustration of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. Image Credit: SpaceX

There have been occasional suggestions that NASA should scrap its Space Launch System (SLS) in favor of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy for fulfilling its beyond low-Earth orbit needs [1]. The claim forwarded by some is that the as-yet-untested-and-unflown 53 mt low-Earth orbit (LEO) (200 km @ [...]

SpaceX's Musk Talks Preparing to Recover Falcon 9 First Stage, Crewed Efforts, and More

During a recent teleconference, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that his company will try to recover the first stage from the ocean and then will attempt to have the first stage return to the landing site under its own power. Photo Credit: SpaceX

During a teleconference detailing the return of Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) [...]

NASA, SpaceX Hail Latest Cargo Mission to ISS

Photo Credit: SpaceX

NASA and SpaceX hosted a teleconference today, Thursday, March 28, detailing the return of the company’s Dragon spacecraft from a resupply flight to the International Space Station (Dragon safely splashed down Tuesday, March 26).

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SpaceX's Merlin 1D Reaches Crucial Milestone

SpaceX’s Merlin 1D has completed the critical flight qualification phase and is now ready to be used on missions. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has accomplished a major milestone toward having the Hawthorne, Calif.-based company’s Merlin 1D engine used on upcoming missions—flight qualification. During this program the Merlin 1D racked up a [...]