SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch dateApril 1, 2016 – 06:54 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch date

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 has conducted a Static Fire – or Hot Fire – test at Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 ahead of Sunday’s mission to loft the ABS-3A and Eutelsat 115 West B satellites into orbit. This mission won’t involve a propulsive landing on the company’s ASDS, although it will still provide another milestone for SpaceX – via the first dual passenger launch for the Falcon 9. Static Fire Test: Preparations for this pad flow began almost immediately…

SpaceX Launch Falcon 9/dragon on Historic MissionMarch 31, 2016 – 06:47 am

SpaceX Launch Falcon 9/dragon on Historic Mission

The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 22, 2012. Credit: NASA TV Today s launch is the last planned test flight for SpaceX under NASA s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program intended to develop a private-sector replacement for the cargo-delivery services of the retired space shuttles. SpaceX has a $1.6 billion contract to fly at least…

SpaceX Launch Schedule VandenbergMarch 30, 2016 – 06:47 am

SpaceX Launch Schedule Vandenberg

A Taurus rocket carrying Taiwan s ROCSAT-2 satellite lifts-off from Space Launch Complex 576E at Vandenberg AFB. To access launch photos, videos, and audio reports, visit the Vandenberg Rocket and Missile Launch Multimedia library. Image courtesy U.S. Air Force. This schedule lists rocket and missile launches from Vandenberg AFB for the next several months. It is a composite of unclassified information approved for public release from government…

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 RecoveryMarch 28, 2016 – 06:30 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Recovery

The new engines and their altered configuration on the Falcon 9 v1.1. SpaceX Earlier today, SpaceX successfully sent an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle into space, putting a Canadian science platform and three smaller satellites into orbit. However, the launch was mostly interesting because of what happened after the payload was released. For the first time, the Falcon 9 s main stage performed a controlled burn that safely brought…

SpaceX Falcon Launch VideoMarch 5, 2016 – 04:42 am

SpaceX Falcon Launch Video

Share This article This story now contains the full HD video SpaceX released of the failed landing attempt, including the part where the rocket falls over and explodes. The original story continues below. After a last minute launch abort Monday, SpaceX was able to send its sixth resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday afternoon. This is part of the company’s 12-mission NASA contract to ferry food and equipment to the ISS…

SpaceX Launch Falcon 9 on Demonstration FlightMarch 4, 2016 – 04:41 am

SpaceX Launch Falcon 9 on Demonstration Flight

SpaceX Launch Update: This Sunday SpaceX will attempt to launch the first Falcon 9 v1.1. While similar to the original Falcon 9, the upgraded version sports the more powerful Merlin 1D engines which have yet to fly, a much longer fuselage, a new larger fairing and a number of other upgrades to the rocket including its software. The launch will be webcast. SpaceX is categorizing this launch as a demonstration flight with the risk higher than usual…

SpaceX Falcon 9 EnginesFebruary 24, 2016 – 03:50 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Engines

WASHINGTON – SpaceX plans to inaugurate its new, more-powerful Falcon 9 rocket this summer, using the same Merlin 1D engine with a modified fuel mix and other changes to extend the company’s planned reuse of the first stage to cover all SpaceX launches, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said. In March 16 and 17 appearances at the Satellite 2015 conference here, Shotwell said the new-version Falcon 9, which has yet to be named, will be about 30 percent…

SpaceX CrewFebruary 22, 2016 – 03:37 am

SpaceX Crew

Just after 9am ET today, SpaceX completed the first key flight test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, a vehicle designed to carry astronauts to and from space. The successful Pad Abort Test was the first flight test of SpaceX’s revolutionary launch abort system, and the data captured here will be critical in preparing Crew Dragon for its first human missions in 2017. Lasting less than two minutes, the test simulated how Dragon would carry astronauts…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Live StreamFebruary 19, 2016 – 03:23 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Live Stream

Share This article Update 4/13/15: The NASA live stream is embedded at the bottom of the post. The launch is still scheduled for 4:33PM EDT. The launch was aborted with 2m 39s left due to approaching thunderstorms. They’ll give it a shot again tomorrow (4/14) at 4:10PM EDT. SpaceX is on a quest to get things into orbit and be less wasteful doing it. After a less than successful test a few months ago, Elon Musk’s private space firm is set to test its…

SpaceX DragonFebruary 18, 2016 – 03:22 am

SpaceX Dragon

SpaceX launched a major test today of the innovative rocket escape system for its manned Dragon spaceships, a critical system designed to save astronauts in a launch emergency. It was over in less than two minutes, with video of the Dragon crew capsule abort test showing the craft soaring skyward from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida today (May 6), then arcing out over the Atlantic Ocean and floating back to Earth under its parachutes…