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SpaceX successfully launches ‘used’ Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX successfully launches ‘used’ rocket

Making a big leap in its bid to drive down costs of space flights, Elon Musk’s SpaceX recently flawlessly launched a used rocket and then retrieved it. The event marked the first time for any space firm to fly a used booster that had soared before on an orbital mission. After being successfully sent into space, the Falcon 9 rocket returned and landed on an ocean platform.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying TV broadcast satellite launched

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying TV broadcast satellite launched

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the direct-to-home television broadcast satellite EchoStar 23 blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A. Powered by nine Merlin-1D engines, the Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT), turned east and started rumbling skyward, making a hurried trek across the Atlantic Ocean to place the satellite into orbit.

The launch was pushed back by nearly half an hour out of concern for unfavorable high-altitude winds. Previously, high winds forced the company to scrub the originally planned launch on Tuesday.

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SpaceX to perform a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo missions

SpaceX to perform a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo missions

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk-led SpaceX aims to perform a feat that hasn’t been attempted even by government-run space agency NASA since its Apollo missions nearly half a century ago.

Mr. Musk, the private-sector space firm’s founder and chief executive officer, announced recently that his company would fly two paying passengers on a trip around the Moon by the end of year 2018.

SpaceX to fly 2 civilians on private trip around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX to fly 2 civilians on private trip around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced on Monday (Feb. 27th) that two private citizens will make a trip around the Moon in 2018, aboard the company’s Dragon spacecraft.

Without revealing the names of the two private citizens, Mr. Musk said that the two individuals have already paid a significant deposit to help the company meet the cost of the mission. The two civilians’ names will be announced later, pending the result of their initial health tests, which will be conducted to ensure their fitness for the Moon mission.

SpaceX cargo ship completes journey to ISS

SpaceX cargo ship completes journey to ISS

Four days after being launched from the Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft smoothly approached to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday.

The resupply cargo craft kept smoothly floating in range of the orbiting lab’s robotic arm to be captured to deliver nearly three tones of supplies and research experiments.

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SpaceX all set to launch ISS resupply mission from historic KSC pad

SpaceX all set to launch ISS resupply mission from historic KSC pad

SpaceX is all set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo craft from the same Kennedy Space Center (KSC) pad that was used to launch men to the Moon nearly five decades ago.

The Elon Musk-led private space firm has plans to launch the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo craft for the International Space Station (ISS) at 10:01 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

Government investigators find dangerous flaw in SpaceX rocket

Government investigators find dangerous flaw in SpaceX rocket

U.S. government investigators are reportedly worried about a potentially dangerous flaw in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, which are supposed to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as soon as next year.

According to a report published in the WSJ, investigators have detected a pattern of cracking in the Falcon 9 rockets’ turbine blades that drive the turbopumps which quickly funnel propellant into the rocket engines.

Investigators believe that the flaw could compromise the safety of astronauts who are supposed use the vehicle starting sometime in 2018.

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Elon Musk shares his views about Trump's Immigration Order

Elon Musk shifts his views about Trump

During the tightly-fought 2016 presidential election, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did not think that Donald Trump was the right person for the job. However, the billionaire innovator has now shifted his views about the Republican leader.

While Trump has long been a vocal opponent of the notion of man-made global warning, Musk has been an ardent supporter of the idea that man-made global warming is a real threat to humanity. Nevertheless, Musk has endorsed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a global warming skeptic, as Secretary of State.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket set to return to flight

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket set to return to flight

SpaceX is all set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base this Saturday, marking the booster’s return to flight for the first time since early September.

The launch is scheduled to take place at 09:54 p.m. local time (17:54 GMT). The private-sector space firm had planned to get its first Falcon of 2017 up and away around a week ago, but adverse weather conditions made that impossible. According to the NWS, Saturday’s forecast appears far more favorable.

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Falcon 9 launch postponed to January 14

Falcon 9 launch postponed to Jan. 14

SpaceX has postponed a planned Falcon 9 rocket’s liftoff by several days because the launch site in California is expected to experience unfavorable weather conditions, including heavy winds and downpour, over the next few days.

The Elon Musk-led space firm and its launch partner Iridium confirmed on Sunday, Jan. 8, that launch scheduled for Jan. 9th had been pushed back to Jan. 14th due to bad weather.

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