Falcon

  • ​SpaceX has plans to eventually circle the Earth with thousands of satellites that will blanket the globe in high-speed internet, but it's all about baby steps for now. To that end, the company is preparing to fire a set of 60 satellite into orbit in the coming days.
  • NASA has selected the ride for its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, awarding SpaceX the US$69 million launch contract. If all goes to plan, DART will lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket in June 2021 to demonstrate how a spacecraft collision can alter the trajectory of an asteroid.
  • Space history was made again today as the first private mission to the Moon lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. At 8:45 pm EST, Israel's Beresheet lunar lander was lofted into space atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as it begins its two-month voyage.
  • ​​Rocket landings have almost become routine for SpaceX since its Falcon 9 booster safely touched down on Earth for the first time in December 2015. But not everything went to plan for the company as it delivered supplies to the ISS today.
  • The latest version of SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster lifted off today at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At 4:14 pm EDT (20:14 GMT), the first Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) carrying the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).
  • SpaceX's 14th mission to the International Space Station (ISS), and the second to use a refurbished Dragon cargo ship and Falcon 9 first stage booster in a single mission, has successfully launched. Onboard the unmanned spacecraft is about 5,800 lb (2,630 kg) of experiments and supplies.
  • ​​SpaceX has completed the 50th launch of its Falcon 9 rocket, with the successful insertion of the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit.
  • The first flight of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket is scheduled for January 31.It will be the most powerful operational booster in the world –​ at twice the capacity of its nearest rival. To get a sense of perspective, let's see how it stacks up to the granddaddy of all space rockets, the Saturn V.
  • ​SpaceX has been carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) for more than five years, but the company achieved something special with its latest visit, completing the mission using a refurbished Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft together for the first time. ​​
  • SpaceX showed some tongue in cheek humility as it released a "blooper" video of the series of crashes and explosions leading up to the first successful landing of the Falcon 9 first stage booster. The compilation shows the many ways that things can go wrong during a landing.
  • The US Air Force's not-so-secret spaceplane is getting a new ride this month, when the fifth X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-5) lifts off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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