On Fifth Attempt, SpaceX Upgraded Falcon 9 Successfully Delivers SES-9 Payload to Orbit

After no less than four scrubbed launch attempts, SpaceX’s second Upgraded Falcon 9 rocketed into orbit on Friday, 4 March, to deliver the SES-9 communications satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

It was fifth time lucky for SpaceX tonight (Friday, 4 March), as the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services company […]

Successful Hot-Fire Test Clears SpaceX for 3 January Launch of Thaicom-6

The Falcon 9 v1.1 casts an unusual plume trail during its ascent on 3 December to deliver the SES-8 communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. Credit: John Studwell

Following a successful static test firing last weekend at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40, SpaceX stands ready for its second commercial […]

PHOTO FEATURE: Stunning Falcon 9 Launch Delivers SpaceX's First Geostationary Payload to Orbit

Under the impulse of its nine first-stage engines, the Falcon 9 v1.1 takes flight. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters (www.AWaltersPhoto.com)

After two false starts, SpaceX successfully launched its second Falcon 9 v1.1 from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 5:41 p.m. EST Tuesday, 3 December. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]