SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS 3October 23, 2014 – 07:01 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS 3

SpaceX successfully launched the latest Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. Following repairs to a a helium valve in the stage separation pneumatic system – which was responsible for Monday’s scrub, the Falcon 9 v1.1 was readied for its next attempt, with the launch of the CRS-3 Dragon from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) taking place at 19:25 UTC (15:25 local time). SCRUB…

SpaceX Falcon Rocket to Test Landing LegsAugust 28, 2015 – 11:01 am

SpaceX Falcon Rocket to Test Landing Legs

By Ken Kremer The next commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that’s set to launch in March carrying an unmanned Dragon cargo vessel will also be equipped with a quartet of landing legs in a key test that will one day lead to cheaper, reusable boosters, announced Elon Musk, the company’s founder and CEO. The attachment of landing legs to the first stage of SpaceX’s new and more powerful, next-generation Falcon 9 rocket counts as a major step towards the…

SpaceX Falcon 1 RocketJuly 10, 2014 – 11:49 am

SpaceX Falcon 1 Rocket

Falcon 1 Successfully Delivers RazakSAT Satellite to Orbit “This marks another successful launch by the SpaceX team, ” said Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX. “We are pleased to announce that Malaysia s RazakSAT, aboard Falcon 1, has achieved the intended orbit.” Falcon 1, a two-stage, liquid oxygen/rocket-grade kerosene vehicle designed and manufactured by SpaceX, lifted off Monday, July 13, at 8:35 pm (PDT). Lift off occurred from the Reagan Test…

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage RecoveryMarch 11, 2013 – 01:57 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage Recovery

NASA commercial partner SpaceX currently is targeting Sunday, June 28, for the launch of its seventh cargo delivery to the International Space Station under the agency’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 9 a.m. EDT. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket will lift off at 10:21 a.m. carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft to the station from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida…

SpaceX Falcon x HeavyMay 30, 2015 – 10:38 am

SpaceX Falcon x Heavy

Florida KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, SPACE LAUNCH COMPLEX 39A SpaceX is modifying Kennedy Space Center’s historic Space Launch Complex 39A, home of the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, for flights of the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rocket. In addition to commercial satellite launches and space station resupply missions, LC-39A will support crewed launches of the Dragon spacecraft for NASA. Once operational, LC-39A will have a hangar, a payload processing…

SpaceX acknowledges Falcon 9 Engine AnomalyApril 22, 2013 – 08:03 am

SpaceX acknowledges Falcon 9 Engine Anomaly

UPDATED Sept. 12, 12:45 p.m. WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies ( SpaceX) Corp. acknowledged that its Falcon 9 rocket experienced an engine anomaly during its December launch of the company’s reusable Dragon space capsule. “I’d call it an oxidizer-rich shutdown, ” former NASA astronaut Ken Bowersox, SpaceX’s vice president of astronaut safety and mission assurance, told Space News in a Sept. 9 interview. “So because of that, when you get…

SpaceX Launch SpeedSeptember 17, 2014 – 08:01 am

SpaceX Launch Speed

SPACE-STATION/SPACEX CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX called off a supply flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday because of rocket trouble, another delay in the delivery of groceries and overdue Christmas presents. The countdown was halted just over a minute before launch when a steering mechanism in the rocket malfunctioned — behaving strangely,as SpaceX chief Elon Musk noted via Twitter. The soonest SpaceX can try again to launch…

SpaceX Falcon Heavy First LaunchDecember 29, 2012 – 02:33 pm

SpaceX Falcon Heavy First Launch

SpaceX will kick off a busy 2015 calendar playing catch-up, with liftoff of a Dragon supply ship for the International Space Station set for Tuesday after a delay from December. At least a dozen — and perhaps as many as 16 — space missions are on SpaceX’s manifest this year, launching cargo to the space station, commercial communications satellites, and scientific spacecraft for NASA. Also in SpaceX’s plans for 2015: The first launch of the company’s…