Ten Years of History-Making: The Remarkable Decade of the Falcon 9

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket CASSIOPE image credit Space Exploration Technologies SpaceX posted on AmericaSpace

The Falcon 9 v1.0, which completed its maiden voyage 10 years ago today, went on to complete five missions by September 2013. It was the forerunner of the reusable, versatile boosters of today. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Watching the grainy footage makes it look older and you might be forgiven for thinking SpaceX’s Falcon 9 […]

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. […]

SpaceX Ready to Launch Uprated Falcon 9 v1.1 and CASSIOPE

With a five-flight history dominated thus far by Dragon and ISS cargo delivery, Sunday’s scheduled mission will demonstrate the attractiveness of SpaceX to the commercial space sector. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Like a row of pearls, SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services organization and seemingly “golden child” of NASA’s Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap) aspirations—plans […]

CASSIOPE Mission Delayed After 'Anomalies' During Hot Fire Test

Tweeted by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk last week, the Falcon 9 v1.1 boasts uprated Merlin-1D engines and a 43-foot-long bullet-like payload fairing to encapsulate the CASSIOPE payload. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Elon Musk

SpaceX’s long-awaited “Flight Six” of its Falcon 9 rocket—the first in the new “v1.1” configuration, powered by uprated Merlin-1D engines—must wait a […]