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  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Orbcomm Satellites (22JUN2014/1724 EDT, 1424 PDT)

    06/22/2014 6:21:13 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 22JUN2014 | Staff Writer
    Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: Orbcomm OG2 F1 (6 satellites) Launch date: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Launch time: 5:24 p.m. EDT/2:24 p.m. PDT (2124 GMT) Launch window: 54 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida Live launch coverage: At the link or watch it here http://www.spacex.com/webcast/ Delayed (from September, November, April 30, May 10, 27, June 11, 12, 15, and June 20, 21) several times by SpaceX due to a first stage helium leak and Orbcomm due to a potential defect in one of their satellites. On June 20th a launch attempt was scrubbed due to a fluctuation in pressure readings...
  • SpaceX to balance business realities, rocket innovation

    06/07/2014 9:37:30 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 4 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 6JUN2014 | Stephen Clark
    Striving to be ready for an onslaught of launches under contract over the next few years, SpaceX plans to double the launcher production rate in its Southern California factory before the end of the year without compromising its commitments to develop a human-rated commercial spaceship, demonstrate rocket reusability, and further cut the cost of space transportation. "We need to meet our cadence of launch," said Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX, at a discussion Wednesday at the Atlantic Council in Washington. "It's about one a month this year, and it's almost two a month next year." While SpaceX tries to manage...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Orbcomm Satellite (10MAY2014/0647 PDT, 0947EDT)

    05/08/2014 8:24:27 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 08MAY2014 | Stephen Clark
    Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: Orbcomm OG2 F1 Launch date: May 10, 2014 Launch time: 6:47 a.m. PDT/9:47 a.m. EDT (1347 GMT) Launch window: 54 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida Weather looks favorable for Saturday's Falcon 9 launch The official weather forecast shows an 80 percent chance of acceptable conditions for Saturday's launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with a load of six commercial communications satellites for Orbcomm. THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014 2340 GMT (7:40 p.m. EDT) SpaceX engineers called off a preflight engine firing on its Falcon 9 rocket Thursday after running into technical trouble during a practice...
  • Amazing Drone Footage of a Space X Reusable Rocket’s First Test Flight Launch, Land Vertically

    04/20/2014 5:39:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    The Next Web ^ | April 19, 2014 | Roberto Baldwin
    Original Title:Watch: Amazing Drone Footage of a Space X Reusable Rocket’s First Test Flight Make sure to watch this at full screen view. Direct Link:YouTube:F9R First Flight Test|250m This is awesome. The Falcon9 reusable rocket launches and then within minutes lands on its own four feet. Videoed by a drone high above the launch pad meeting up with it to close proximity as the rocket approaches the drone in mid-air. Published on Apr 18, 2014 Video of Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) taking its first test flight at our rocket development facility. F9R lifts off from a launch mount to a...
  • NASA clears SpaceX for Monday cargo launch (Mon. 4:58pm EDT/1:58pm PDT)

    04/13/2014 12:39:23 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 14 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 13APR2014 | William Harwood
    NASA managers Sunday cleared SpaceX to press ahead with launch of a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship Monday on a two-day flight to the International Space Station, concluding the lab can be safely operated until a faulty computer can be replaced during a contingency spacewalk next week. With forecasters predicting an 80 percent chance of acceptable weather, the SpaceX Falcon 9 version 1.1 rocket is scheduled for blastoff from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:58 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). If all goes well, the company's uncrewed Dragon cargo capsule will reach the space...
  • Next SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Gets Landing Legs for March Blastoff to Space Station – Says Elon Musk

    02/26/2014 6:41:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    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 firm’s eventual goal of building a fully reusable rocket. ... SpaceX engineers will continue to develop and refine the technology need to accomplish a...
  • SpaceX ready to launch first Falcon 9 rocket of the year

    01/06/2014 5:40:23 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 15 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 5JAN2014 | Stephen Clark
    SpaceX engineers at Cape Canaveral are finishing up preparations to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a communications satellite for Thailand on Monday, just over one month after the Falcon 9's last mission from Florida. Monday's launch window opens at 5:06 p.m. EST (2206 GMT) and extends more than two hours to 7:08 p.m. EST (0008 GMT), according to a SpaceX spokesperson and the U.S. Air Force. Deployment of the 6,649-pound Thaicom 6 satellite is expected 31 minutes after liftoff. The 224-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket will be rolled to the launch pad and rotated vertical atop the launch mount at...
  • What happened to Falcon 9 launch today

    12/03/2013 5:56:52 PM PST · by impactplayer · 25 replies
    I saw the launch from my back yard (I live in Central Florida) and it appeared to blow up after second stage ignition. Actually, it looked like the second stage stopped shortly after ignition and range safety blew it up. Does anyone have any info on this?
  • Falcon 9 rocket set for launch Monday from Cape Canaveral

    11/24/2013 4:27:05 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 63 replies
    Spaceflight Now.com ^ | 24NOV2013 | Author Unknown
    Technicians are in the final stages of readying a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for launch Monday on its first mission to geostationary transfer orbit with a commercial communications satellite for television broadcasters in India and Southeast Asia. Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: SES 8 Launch date: November 25, 2013 Launch time: 5:37 p.m. EST/2:37 p.m. PST (2237 GMT) Launch window: 66 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Straight up: SpaceX's Grasshopper rocket gains height and precision (w/ Video) (And Down)

    07/14/2013 6:11:02 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    Phys.org ^ | July 8,2013 | Nancy Owano
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1QGMOX_NfA California-based spacecraft company SpaceX has released a video of the June 14 test of its Grasshopper rocket. The company said it soared over 1,000 feet during its latest trial run in June and it made a remarkably precise landing. In detail, the rocket flew 325 m, or 1066 feet, after liftoff in McGregor Texas, a rocket development facility. This breaks its previous record height of 840 feet .The test also drew praise for precision in landing. The precision is attributed to new navigation sensors that measure distance between the ground and the vessel. "Most rockets are equipped with sensors...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon C3, Flight 4 LIVE LAUNCH THREAD

    10/07/2012 3:37:44 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 48 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 7OCT2012 | Unknown
    SpaceX is poised to start work on a $1.6 billion contract with NASA today, when a Falcon 9 rocket is set to blast off with 882 pounds of supplies on the first operational commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station. Tonight's liftoff time is 8:35 p.m. EDT/5:35 p.m. PDT (0035 GMT). The capsule will return to Earth in late October with approximately 1,673 pounds of equipment from the space station.
  • Astronauts snare SpaceX Dragon capsule: NASA

    05/28/2012 6:39:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NewsDaily ^ | May 25, 2012 | Irene Klotz, ed by Doina Chiacu; Reuters
    Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured Space Exploration Technologies' Dragon cargo ship on Friday, the first privately owned vehicle to reach the orbital outpost. The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 22, 2012. The unmanned rocket owned by privately held Space Exploration Technologies blasted off from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday for a mission designed to be the first commercial flight to the International Space Station. The 178-foot (54-meter) tall Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 3:44 a.m. (0744 GMT) from a...
  • America Doesn't Need NASA To Stay On Top In Space

    05/22/2012 7:07:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 22, 2012 | Editor
    Free Enterprise: For those worried that America's leadership in spaceflight died with NASA's downsizing, meet SpaceX, a private company that showed Tuesday how capitalism will do what government does and better. NASA was once the pride of a country fighting a tense Cold War. It planned and executed what is arguably man's greatest achievement. It indeed engineered a giant leap for mankind. Yet since those lunar landings, the agency has gotten bogged down in politics and bureaucracy, plagued by waste and ambitions that were never reached. Some believe President Obama's decision to cut NASA's budget and the closure of the...
  • History to be made with first commercial space flight to International Space Station tomorrow...

    05/18/2012 8:49:23 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail Online ^ | 18MAY2012 | Unspecified
    On Saturday at 4.55 a.m (EST) a Falcon 9 rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida and hopefully become the first private commercial flight to rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS). Ferrying the Dragon capsule into space, the mission to the ISS will be to deliver 1,000 pounds of non-essential cargo after passing a series of test maneuvers over the course of three days.
  • SpaceX, NASA Set May 7 as New ISS Mission Launch Date (9:38 a.m. EDT)

    04/26/2012 10:40:51 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 20 replies
    Mashable.com ^ | 25APR2012 | Lance Ulanoff
    Billionaire Elon Musk’s private space company SpaceX is, it seems, no more immune to mission delays than our former space ferry captain, NASA. Early yesterday, Musk announced on Twitter a week-long delay of the scheduled launch of the Dragon spacecraft (atop the company’s Falcon rocket) while Musk’s team debugged the Dragon’s docking code. When Mashable spoke to Musk a few weeks ago, he actually joked about how that part of the first private mission to the International Space Station would go: “The thing that’s interesting and slightly scary is that Dragon is a robotic spaceship, automatically navigating itself to the...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket still tracking to April 30 launch (12:22pm EDT)

    04/23/2012 12:35:29 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 8 replies
    See B.S. via SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 16APR2012 | William Harwood
    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL--Pending the completion of last-minute work and a final review, a commercial cargo ship making its maiden voyage to the International Space Station should be ready for launch April 30, officials said Monday. The long-awaited test flight is intended to clear the way for routine resupply missions starting later this year. Launch from complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is targeted for 12:22:26 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) on April 30, roughly the moment Earth's rotation carries the launch pad into the plane of the space station's orbit. If the weather or technical problems force a...
  • Spacex's Dragon Spacecraft Successfully Returns from Orbit

    12/16/2010 11:09:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Space X via ASDN news ^ | 12/16/2010 | Space X via ASDN news
    On December 8, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from Earth orbit. SpaceX launched its Dragon spacecraft into orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 10:43 AM EST from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Dragon spacecraft orbited the Earth at speeds greater than 7,600 meters per second (17,000 miles per hour), reentered the Earth's atmosphere, and landed just after 2:00 PM EST less than one mile from the center of the targeted landing zone in the Pacific Ocean. This marks the first time a commercial company...
  • UN Set to Reveal New Age "Messiah"? VIDEO - repost w/ link fixed

    07/01/2010 9:37:01 AM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 47 replies
    Various Sources ^ | 01 Jul 10 | EC
    If you check in regularly with the Drudge Report, you probably remember the mysterious light spiral over Norway last year, and the multitude of explanations offered for it (I think we were finally told that it was a Russian missile experiment gone awry). Now there's a new light spiral in Australia, that isn't getting so much attention - and there aren't any Russian missile tests anywhere near there. So what gives? A quick visit to the website of Share International, a creepy, occultist, messianic New Age group headed by Benjamin Creme, says these light spirals in the sky are a...
  • The Flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9: Commercial Promise and Political Peril

    06/11/2010 6:23:05 AM PDT · by Marcus · 1 replies · 220+ views
    Associated Content ^ | June 6th, 2010 | Mark R. Whittington
    With the triumph of the launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9, the cause of commercial space took a giant leap forward. Unfortunately the voyage to a commercial space future is approach dangerous, shoal ridden political waters.
  • Test flight of Falcon 9 carrier rocket put off

    03/13/2010 2:12:49 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 460+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 3/12/2010 | Brahmand.com
    American space transportation company SpaceX, which has designed the Falcon 9 heavy-lift launch vehicle, has aborted its test launch due to technical reasons. The two stage liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene propelled launch vehicle was scheduled to be test launched on March 9 but it encountered some problem just before the countdown, SpaceX said. "We counted down to an T-2 seconds and aborted on Spin Start. Given that this was our first abort event on this pad, we decided to scrub for the day to get a good look at the rocket before trying again," the company said. No damage...
  • SpaceX aborts rocket engine test

    03/10/2010 8:44:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 299+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/10/2010 | Irene Klotz
    Space Exploration Technologies aborted a test firing of its Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday, in what was to be a key milestone in its quest to fly cargo -- and eventually astronauts -- to the International Space Station. The test was aborted two seconds before engine ignition at the privately owned company's Cape Canaveral, Florida, launch site, where the Falcon 9 rocket is being prepared for a company-sponsored demonstration flight this spring. During the test, flames and small puffs of smoke could be seen around the base of the rocket via a NASA video camera. In a statement Tuesday night,...
  • Falcon 9 Integration Under Way

    02/13/2010 12:37:58 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 201+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/12/2012 | Guy Norris
    Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is beginning integration of the first Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral, Fla., and says it won’t be hurried to complete work despite continuing delays of the first launch. “Our primary objective is a successful first launch and we are taking whatever time necessary to work through the data to our satisfaction before moving forward,” says SpaceX director of Florida launch operations Brian Mosdell, who adds that the expected launch will take place “one to three months after completing full vehicle integration.” The final delivery to the SpaceX launch site, Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), included the...
  • Falcon 9 Passes Early Hurdle

    08/02/2009 3:45:26 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 1 replies · 245+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | 07/30/09 | Guy Norris
    Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) passed another significant milestone on the way to first flight of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle by completing qualification testing for the first stage tank and interstage at the company's structural and propulsion testing facility near Waco, Texas.
  • SpaceX wins Falcon 9 contract

    04/10/2006 4:48:45 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 252+ views
    Space Exploration Technologies (Spacex) chief executive Elon Musk has announced a Falcon 9 launcher contract and denied the recent Falcon 1 rocket malfunction was a complete failure. Canadian robotics and satellite company MDA has placed a contract for a 2008 launch on the yet-to-be-developed, larger-diameter Falcon 9. The first launch of a Falcon 1 on 24 March failed 29s into the flight because of a fuel leak fire-triggered shutdown (Flight International, 4-10 April). “It would be ludicrous to refer to it as a complete failure,” says Musk.