Falcon 9

Sweet Success for SpaceX with Second Successful AsiaSat Launch This Summer

by Ken Kremer September 7, 2014

Shortly after midnight this morning, Sunday, Sept. 7, SpaceX scored a major success with the spectacular night time launch of the commercial AsiaSat 6 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida, that briefly turned night into day along the Florida Space Coast. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 6 communications satellite blasted off at 1 […]

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Watch the Falcon 9 Rocket Booster Descend into the Ocean for its “Soft” Landing

by Nancy Atkinson July 22, 2014

SpaceX today released video from the Falcon 9 first stage flyback and landing video from the July 14 launch of six ORBCOMM advanced telecommunications satellites. This was a test of the reusability of the Falcon 9’s first stage and its flyback and landing system. It splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean, and SpaceX called it […]

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SpaceX Launches Six Commercial Satellites on Falcon 9; Landing Test Ends in “Kaboom”

by Nancy Atkinson July 14, 2014

SpaceX successfully launched six ORBCOMM advanced telecommunications satellites into orbit on Monday, July 14, to significantly upgrade the speed and capacity of their existing data relay network. The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida had been delayed or scrubbed several times since the original launch date in May due to varying problems […]

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SpaceX Set to Launch Oft Delayed Falcon 9 with Commercial ORBCOMM Satellites on June 20 – Watch Live

by Ken Kremer June 20, 2014

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was rolled out to its Florida launch pad early this morning at 1 a.m., Friday, June 20, in anticipation of blastoff at 6:08 p.m. EDT this evening on an oft delayed commercial mission for ORBCOMM to carry six advanced OG2 communications satellites to significantly upgrade the speed and capacity of […]

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Video: SpaceX Tests New Steerable ‘Fins’ on the Falcon 9R

by Nancy Atkinson June 19, 2014

Well, this is cool: A new video from SpaceX shows the Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket during a 1,000 meter test flight at the SpaceX facility in McGregor, Texas. This was the first flight test of a set of steerable fins that provide control of the rocket during the fly-back portion of the return flight. […]

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