SpaceX Launches Fifth Batch of 60 Starlink Satellites

Starlink-5 mission launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from KSC pad 39A. Photo: Jeff Seibert / AmericaSpace.com

This morning, SpaceX’s rocket ‘B1048’ flew its fifth and final mission, deploying the company’s fifth batch of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. And while the primary mission went well, the […]

Watch SpaceX Launch Starlink-5 from Florida

Sunday’s launch will mark the fifth flight of this particular booster. Photo: SpaceX

UPDATE – Launch was aborted just before liftoff. No word yet on a new date for the next launch attempt.

For the first time on Sunday, a five-times-used Falcon 9 booster will spear aloft from historic Pad 39A at the […]

SpaceX Launches 80th Successful Falcon-9 Mission with 60 More Starlinks

Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX successfully delivered another large batch of Starlink internet communications satellites to low-Earth orbit earlier today (Monday, 17 February) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Liftoff of the fourth Falcon 9 of 2020—and the fourth booster core to fly a record-tying fourth mission—took place on time at 10:05 a.m. EST. However, it […]

SpaceX to Launch Next Set of Starlinks from Florida on Sunday

This weekend’s Starlink-4 launch marks its fourth flight in under a year and promises to set a new record for the shortest interval between two missions by a single Falcon 9 core. Photo Credit: SpaceX

With three launches already under its belt from January, SpaceX has had no time for “rookie” Falcon 9 cores […]

SpaceX Launches Starlink-3, Wraps Up Dramatic Month of Missions

SpaceX launched their third set of operational Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral on Jan 29, 2020, followed by landing of the rocket on the company’s offshore ASDS. Photos: SpaceX

For the sixth time in just over a year, SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 core on a third occasion, following Wednesday’s rousing 9:06 a.m. […]

SpaceX to Launch 3rd Mission This Month on Monday with 60 More Starlink Satellites

After successfully boosting Crew Dragon’s Demo-1 mission in March 2019 (left), followed by Canada’s Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) last June (right), Falcon 9 rocket ‘B1051’ stands ready for its third orbital launch on Monday with Starlink-3 from Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: John Studwell /AmericaSpace.com / SpaceX (right)

Only days after triumphantly completing its long-awaited […]

SpaceX Flies In-Flight Abort Test for NASA, Paves Way to Crewed Flights This Year

SpaceX lofting their Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft on the In-Flight Abort Test for NASA from KSC on Jan 19, 2020. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

SpaceX has successfully pulled off a test mission it hopes it will never again have to execute for real: the catastrophic high-altitude failure of a Falcon […]

Weather Forces SpaceX to Push In-Flight Abort to NET Sunday

Crew Dragon atop Falcon 9 for the In-Flight Abort Test. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

UPDATE – NASA and SpaceX now are targeting 8 a.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 19, for launch. The abort test has a six-hour launch window. Teams are standing down from today’s launch attempt due to poor splashdown and recovery weather.

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NASA's TESS Space Telescope Finds Its First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Habitable Zone and a World With Two Suns

TESS Mission’s First Earth-size World in Star’s Habitable-Zone. Video Credit: NASA Goddard

NASA’s newest exoplanet-hunting space telescope, TESS, has already been making some exciting discoveries, and now two more have just been announced: its first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of its star and its first planet orbiting two stars.

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SpaceX Poised to Kick Off 2020 With Monday Night Starlink Launch

Eight months after its third launch, B1049 will return to the business of launching satellites on Monday evening, as it kicks off a busy 2020 manifest for SpaceX. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace.com

Sixty more Starlink satellites and the second Falcon 9 core to be used as many as four times are ready […]