One Year, Ten Reflown Boosters: Iridium NEXT-5 Hitches Ride to Orbit on Used Falcon 9

Atop the noticeably charred first stage of its Upgraded Falcon 9, Iridium NEXT-5 takes flight on Friday, 30 March. This was SpaceX’s tenth flight out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., since September 2013. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

Today (Friday 30 March), SpaceX marks one year since it became the first launch provider to deliver […]

SpaceX Launches Fourth Iridium NEXT Batch, Completes Half of Satellite Constellation

SpaceX Iridium-4 launch from Vandenberg AFB, Ca this evening atop a Falcon-9 rocket. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX has closed out 2017 with a personal-best-beating 18th launch, more than twice as many as it has ever previously achieved in a single calendar year. Its 230-foot-tall (70-meter) Upgraded Falcon 9 booster rose majestically from Space Launch Complex […]

SpaceX Launches Third Batch of Iridium NEXT Satellites from Vandenberg, Returns First Stage to Drone Ship

Following today’s launch, 40 percent of the Iridium NEXT constellation are now safely in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO). Photo Credit: Iridium/SpaceX/Twitter

After a year of records and “personal bests”, SpaceX aims to launch a pair of Upgraded Falcon 9 boosters within two days of each other this week, delivering a ten-strong batch of Iridium NEXT […]

SpaceX Targeting Sep 30 and Nov for Third and Fourth Iridium NEXT Launches

File photo of the Falcon 9 for the first Iridium NEXT mission in January 2017, being prepared to launch the first wave of Iridium NEXT satellites. The second wave launched in June, and the third and fourth wave have just been scheduled to launch September 30 and November 2017 from Vandenberg AFB, CA. Photo […]

SpaceX Launches Iridium NEXT-2, Lands Offshore and Pulls Off 'Double-Header' Weekend

The Upgraded Falcon 9 thunders downrange in the first minutes of Sunday afternoon’s flight. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

With Sunday’s spectacular launch-and-landing of an Upgraded Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., almost a quarter of all of SpaceX’s missions have flown in 2017 alone. Nine launches in the first six months of the […]

PHOTOS: SpaceX Launches and Lands Second Reused Falcon with BulgariaSat-1 Mission

Bulgaria’s first national communications satellite launches atop the eighth Upgraded Falcon 9 of 2017. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Yesterday, SpaceX launched their 8th mission of the year to deliver Bulgaria’s first national communications satellite to orbit, and in doing so tied their own personal record for number of launches flown in a […]

SpaceX Successfully Launches First of Seven Iridium NEXT Multi-Satellite Missions

As well as returning SpaceX to flight, today’s mission marked the first successful drone ship landing for Just Read the Instructions. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

SpaceX has returned to flight operations, with the successful delivery of ten Iridium NEXT global mobile telecommunications satellites to low-Earth orbit. Launch of the Upgraded Falcon 9 took place during […]

SpaceX Ready for Return-to-Flight Mission, Launching 10-Strong Iridium NEXT Payload

The Upgraded Falcon 9 vehicle for the first Iridium NEXT mission is prepared for launch. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Matt Desch/Twitter

Four months after an Upgraded Falcon 9 booster catastrophically exploded on Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.—destroying both the vehicle and its payload, the Amos-6 communications satellite—SpaceX is ready for […]

SpaceX Closes AMOS-6 Investigation, Aims to Launch 10 Satellites Next Sunday

The first ten IridiumNEXT satellites are stacked and encapsulated in the Falcon 9 fairing for a Jan. 8 launch attempt from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Photo Credit: Iridium

SpaceX is aiming to return their workhorse Falcon-9 rocket to flight next Sunday with a fleet of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites (launch is still pending FAA approval). […]

SpaceX Pushes Return to Flight to January with Iridium NEXT Satellites

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching 11 satellites for ORBCOMM Dec. 21, 2015. Their next scheduled launch will be the first following the loss of AMOS-6 last September, flying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., as soon as early January 2017. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

SpaceX is […]