Second-Use Falcon 9 Smoothly Delivers Radarsat Trio to Near-Polar Orbit

B1051 punches through low-level murk and into crystal-clear California skies, beginning its effort to deliver three Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) satellites into near-polar orbit. Photo Credit: SpaceX

For the fifteenth time in under six years, the roar of Merlin rocket engines rolled across a fog-enshrouded Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., earlier this morning (Wednesday, […]

Canada's Three-Satellite Radarsat Constellation Stands Ready for Tuesday SpaceX Launch

Crew Dragon soaring on Demo-1 from KSC pad 39A on March 2, 2019. Wednesday’s long-delayed flight of the Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) will see the second flight by the B1051 core. Photo: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

A trio of identical satellites, each bearing the maple leaf of Canada, will rise to orbit on Wednesday, 12 June, […]

SpaceX Completes Iridium NEXT Constellation, Kicks Off Ambitious 2019

A reused SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket taking flight with the final set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg AFB, CA on Jan 11, 2019. Photo: Brian Sandoval / AmericaSpace.com

Two years to the week since it began its Iridium NEXT journey, SpaceX has successfully lofted the eighth and final batch of global mobile […]

SpaceX Successfully Lands First Falcon in California, Following Spectacular Launch of SAOCOM-1A

Falcon 9 soaring above the mountains surrounding Vandenberg AFB, CA with SAOCOM-1A. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX has triumphantly wrapped up the first Return to Launch Site (RTLS) of a Falcon 9 first stage at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., following the early-evening flight of Argentina’s long-awaited SAOCOM-1A radar-imaging satellite on Sunday, 7 October. Liftoff […]

SpaceX Turns Focus to Vandenberg for Twilight Launch with Iridium-7 NET July 20

Launch of Iridium-4 from Vandenberg AFB, California. Photo: SpaceX

Up next on the U.S. space launch manifest is another SpaceX mission, and another twilight one at that, scheduled to fly atop a ‘Block 5’ Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California as soon as July 20 with the seventh […]

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 […]

Paz Radar-Imaging Satellite Heads to Polar Orbit, Mr. Steven Attempts Fairing Recovery

The Upgraded Falcon 9 spears away from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Four launches within the first eight weeks of the year is an impressive accomplishment, as SpaceX successfully lofted Spain’s Paz civil/military radar-imaging satellite into low-Earth orbit, earlier today (Thursday, 22 February), from Space […]

Don't Freak Out Sunday California, It's Just SpaceX Launching the PAZ Satellite

The launch of Iridium-4 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on December 22, 2017, from Vandenberg AFB, CA, caused a lot of clueless people to freak out as the booster was an amazing sight in sunset’s fading twilight. Photo: SpaceX

UPDATE FEB 17: – The Falcon 9 was rolled out to its launch […]

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 […]

SpaceX Launches Lightweight Formosat-5 to Orbit, Returns for Third West Coast ASDS Landing

The Upgraded Falcon 9 rises into the gloom at 11:51 a.m. PDT on Thursday, 24 August. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher/AmericaSpace

SpaceX successfully delivered one of its smallest primary payloads into orbit, early Thursday, 24 August, when a mammoth Upgraded Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-4E at Vandenberg Air […]