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  • NASA fires enormous booster designed for world’s most powerful rocket

    NASA fires enormous booster designed for world’s most powerful rocket

    Today, NASA successfully completed a full-duration qualification ground test of the booster that is designed to lift the most powerful rocket in the world. This particular test was a cold motor test used to provide data on how the rocket motor operates at the colder end of its accepted propellant temperature range. NASA cooled the motor over the last several weeks to get temperatures down to… Read More

  • SpaceX launches two communications satellites, but crash lands booster on drone ship

    SpaceX launches two communications satellites, but crash lands booster on drone ship

    The SpaceX Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this morning at 10:29 a.m. ET carrying two communication satellites to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Shortly after launch, the Falcon 9 first stage returned to a drone ship in the Atlantic, but it came in too hard and the booster exploded upon touchdown. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the rocket experienced an RUD, which stands for… Read More

  • SpaceX launches a communications satellite and sticks another landing

    SpaceX launches a communications satellite and sticks another landing

    It’s been a good week for SpaceX. Earlier this week we learned that the company won a lucrative contract with the National Reconnaissance Office, the tight-lipped government organization that runs America’s reconnaissance satellites. Today, with the launch of Orbital ATK-built communications satellite THAICOM 8 from Kennedy Space Center’s Space Launch Complex 40, SpaceX has… Read More

  • SpaceX continues ambitious launch schedule with next mission, fifth one this year

    SpaceX continues ambitious launch schedule with next mission, fifth one this year

    Less than a month after their last successful mission, SpaceX is back at it. Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:40pm EDT tomorrow with telecommunications satellite Thaicom 8 on board. What’s truly notable is that tomorrow’s launch will be the fifth one for SpaceX this year, demonstrating an increased launch frequency compared to last year. In 2015… Read More

  • India flight tests new reusable space plane

    India flight tests new reusable space plane

    India has successfully completed their first small step toward joining the other players in the market of reusable spacecraft. On Monday, the Indian Space Research Organization (India’s version of NASA) launched a 22-foot winged spacecraft to an altitude of 65 kilometers (about 40 miles) and navigated the vehicle back down into the Bay of Bengal, east of India. The entire mission… Read More

  • SpaceX successfully landed another rocket on a drone ship

    SpaceX successfully landed another rocket on a drone ship

    SpaceX successfully launched the Japanese communications satellite, JCSAT-14 on their Falcon 9 rocket at 1:22am EST today from Cape Canaveral, Florida. After the launch, the company soft-landed the first stage of the rocket on their drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” – the second time this has ever been done. Landing confirmed. Second stage continuing to carry JCSAT-14… Read More

  • SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

    SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

    The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX an $82.7 million contract to launch their GPS-3 satellite into orbit. This is the first National Security Space (NSS) contract for SpaceX, who won essentially by default since ULA, the only other viable competitor, declined to bid in the competition. “This GPS III Launch Services contract award achieves a balance between mission success, meeting… Read More

  • SpaceX’s next launch and the business of rocket recovery

    SpaceX’s next launch and the business of rocket recovery

    SpaceX confirmed to TechCrunch that their next launch is scheduled for May 4th at 1:22 am EST with a two-hour launch window. The company is expected to couple the launch with another rocket landing attempt on a drone ship out at sea. It was less than three weeks ago that SpaceX made their first successful rocket recovery on a drone ship. Landing from the chase plane… Read More

  • SpaceX just landed a rocket on a drone ship for the first time

    SpaceX just landed a rocket on a drone ship for the first time

    At 4:43 pm EST, SpaceX successfully launched their next resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). In addition to a seamless launch, SpaceX landed the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket on an autonomous drone ship for the very first time. Landing from the chase plane pic.twitter.com/2Q5qCaPq9P — SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 8, 2016 This was SpaceX’s fifth landing… Read More

  • SpaceX successfully launches SES-9 into GEO but crash lands rocket on drone ship

    SpaceX successfully launches SES-9 into GEO but crash lands rocket on drone ship

    Today at 6:35pm EST, SpaceX successfully launched the SES-9 communications satellite into Geostationary orbit (GEO). Launching the SES-9 payload was the primary goal of today’s mission, but many had their eyes back on the ground for what would have been the first successful landing of a rocket on a drone ship in the ocean. Unfortunately, however, the rocket landing was… Read More

  • SpaceX’s SES-9 Launch And Why They Land Rockets At Sea

    SpaceX’s SES-9 Launch And Why They Land Rockets At Sea

    This Wednesday at 6:46 pm EST, SpaceX is scheduled to launch the SES-9 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida with their Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The mission will mark the company’s second launch of the year. Wednesday’s mission will be coupled with a first stage landing attempt on SpaceX’s autonomous drone ship, “Of Course I Still Love You.”… Read More