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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket poised for first commercial launch

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket is poised for its first commercial space launch Wednesday, carrying a Saudi satellite operated by Arabsat, a year after sending founder Elon Musk's red Tesla roadster into orbit as a test. The Falcon Heavy is scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space center in Florida at 6:36 pm (2236 GMT) and place the six-ton Arabsat-6A satellite into geostationary orbit some 22,500 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the Earth. SpaceX has two operational rockets: the Falcon 9, wh...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, US, Earth, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Arabsat, Elon Musk s red Tesla, Kennedy Space

SpaceX’s Starhopper takes its first rocket hop, marking another step toward Mars

After weeks of preparation, the prototype test vehicle for SpaceX's monster spaceship, known as Starhopper, fired up its methane-powered Raptor rocket engine for the first time today and lifted ever so slightly off its Texas launch pad. "Starhopper completed tethered hop," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reported in a tweet. "All systems green." The round-topped rocket is meant to serve as a testbed for SpaceX's interplanetary-class Starship, just as earlier testbeds known as the Grasshopper and th...
Tags: Spacex, Texas, Science, Mars, Falcon, Grasshopper, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Brownsville Texas, Boca Chica

SpaceX's Crew Dragon Capsule Successfully Docks With ISS, Without Use of Robotic Arm

A day after its launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX’s uncrewed Crew Dragon spacecraft has successfully docked with the International Space Station, CNN reported on Sunday.Read more...
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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship makes maiden flight with robo-rider named Ripley

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon was sent into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket tonight, beginning a crucial test of a spaceship that’s destined to carry NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Liftoff took place right on time at 2:49 a.m. ET Saturday (11:49 p.m. PT Friday) from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. the origin point for the last shuttle mission as well as for trips to the moon in the Apollo era. Within minutes, the Falcon 9’s second stage pu...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Nasa, Falcon, Ripley, Kennedy Space Center, International Space Station Liftoff

SpaceX rocket with unmanned U.S. capsule blasts off for space station

SpaceX's 16-foot-tall (4.9 meter) Crew Dragon capsule, atop a Falcon 9 rocket, lifted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center at 2:49 a.m. (0749 GMT), carrying a test dummy nicknamed Ripley. The capsule successfully separated from the rocket about 11 minutes later, sparking cheers in the control room, and began its journey to the space station. The station's three-member crew was expected to greet the capsule, carrying 400 pounds (181 kg) of supplies and test equipment, early Sunday morning, N...
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Dragon capsule successfully separates from rocket: SpaceX

SpaceX's new Crew Dragon astronaut capsule was on its way to the International Space Station Saturday after it successfully launched from Florida on board a Falcon 9 rocket. With only a dummy named Ripley on board, the launch was a dress rehearsal for the first manned test flight -- scheduled for later this year with two NASA astronauts. The rocket blasted off without incident at 2:49 am (0749 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, lighting up Florida's coastline.
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Ripley, Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launches successfully

Launch brings US plans to resume sending people into space in own spacecraft closerSpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft took off on Saturday morning, marking the first major step towards US ambitions to resume sending astronauts into space on its own spacecraft from American soil.The uncrewed spacecraft launched as planned from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 2.49am local time (07.49 GMT), on top of a Falcon 9 rocket and carrying a dummy pilot called Ripley – a nod to Sigourney Weaver’s cha...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, US, US news, Nasa, International Space Station, Sigourney Weaver, Falcon, Ripley, Kennedy Space Centre

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket and astronaut capsule

The new combination could be approved to carry people if the mission is successful.
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Elon Musk's SpaceX and NASA launch new astronaut capsule

Elon Musk's SpaceX has successfully  launched a rocket out of the Earth's atmosphere in a significant step towards reviving  the USA's human spaceflight programme. The unmanned crew capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Florida bound for the International Space Station at 7.49am GMT on Saturday. NASA and SpaceX successfully launched the new astronaut capsule on a week-long trip to the International Space Station and back - a key step towards resuming manned space flights f...
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Watch the launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship with a robo-rider named Ripley

After years of on-the-ground development and testing, the SpaceX spaceship that's destined to carry NASA astronauts is going on its first uncrewed test mission to the International Space Station tonight — and you can watch the historic liftoff from multiple angles. When SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule lifts off from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, atop a Falcon 9 rocket, there won't be any humans aboard. But there will be a crew member of sorts...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Falcon, Ripley, Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX to launch capsule to space station in key milestone

SpaceX's 16-foot-tall (4.88-meter-) Crew Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket was set for lift off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center at 2:49 a.m. (1049 GMT) local time. The station's three-member crew is expected to greet the capsule, carrying 400 pounds of supplies and test equipment, early Sunday morning, NASA said. NASA has awarded SpaceX and Boeing Co $6.8 billion to build competing rocket and capsule systems to launch astronauts into orbit from American soil for the first time since th...
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Ripley, the SpaceX test dummy, is buckled in and ready for launch

Space travel is set to take a pivotal step forward this weekend. SpaceX, in the first test demonstration of a commercial crew capsule designed to eventually send astronauts to the International Space Station, plans to launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft on Saturday, March 2, at 2:49 a.m. ET, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The commercial spaceflight company has worked closely with NASA engineers to design a capsule that meets the agency's rigorous safety standards. This six-day mission...
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SpaceX to launch dummy pilot 'Ripley' into orbit on first Crew Dragon test flight

In the early hours of Saturday morning, billionaire Elon Musk will be nervously watching the skies as his rocket company SpaceX attempts its first launch of the Crew Dragon spaceship. Onboard will be a dummy pilot Ripley named, after the main character of the 1979 movie "Alien", packed with sensors to monitor the flight.  SpaceX is no rookie to launches having carried out 15 resupply missions to the orbiter since 2012. But a lot more is resting on this launch. If it's successful, NASA says i...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Russia, US, America, Los Angeles, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Boeing, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, Ripley, William Gerstenmaier

The biggest test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon will take place this week

In what will undoubtedly be the biggest test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicle to date, the company is scheduled to launch its capsule to the International Space Station on March 2nd, and you can bet that NASA is eagerly anticipating a flawless demonstration.NASA really, really needs a way to send astronauts to the International Space Station. For years, American scientists have been using Russia's Soyuz flights to make their way to and from the orbiting laboratory but NASA wants to change...
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NASA greenlights SpaceX crew capsule test to ISS

NASA on Friday gave SpaceX the green light to test a new crew capsule by first sending an unmanned craft with a life-sized mannequin to the International Space Station. "We're go for launch, we're go for docking," said William Gerstenmaier, the associate administrator with NASA Human Exploration and Operations. A Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX is scheduled to lift off, weather permitting, on March 2 to take the Crew Dragon test capsule to the ISS.
Tags: Spacex, Science, US, Nasa, Falcon, William Gerstenmaier

Israel joins rush to the moon as first lunar lander launched by Elon Musk's Space X

ASpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon's surface. The unmanned robotic lander dubbed Beresheet - Hebrew for the biblical phrase "in the beginning" - soared into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at about 8.45 pm.EST (1.45 GMT Friday) atop the 23-story-tall rocket. Beresheet, about the...
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Israel's first lunar lander launched into space from Florida

Hebrew for the biblical phrase "in the beginning" - soared into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at about 8:45 p.m. EST (0145 GMT Friday) atop the 23-story-tall rocket. Beresheet was jettisoned into Earth orbit about 34 minutes after launch, followed 15 minutes later by the release of the two satellites, according to a SpaceX webcast of the event. Just minutes after blastoff, the Falcon 9's nine-engine suborbital main-stage booster separated from the upper stage, flew back to Ea...
Tags: Florida, Science, Israel, Earth, Falcon, Atlantic Ocean, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Beresheet

SpaceX launches moon lander, lands booster despite tough conditions

SpaceX had another successful launch on Thursday night, despite some tough conditions. Its Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where a trio of spacecraft, including a moon lander, came along for the ride. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk says Mars round trip could cost only $100,000 one day Lift off took place at 8:45 p.m. ET, at the beginning of the 32-minute launch window. Liftoff! — SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 22, 2019 Bad weather threatened...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, China, Mars, Falcon, Atlantic Ocean, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Air Force Research Laboratory, Nusantara Satu

Israel set to join elite lunar club with first mission to moon

Hebrew for the biblical phrase "in the beginning" - was due for liftoff at 8:45 p.m. EST (0145 GMT Friday) atop a Falcon 9 rocket launched by California-based entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX company. If all goes according to plan, Beresheet, about the size of a dishwasher, will arrive on the near-side of the moon in mid-April following a two-month journey through 4 million miles (6.5 million km) of space. Once launched, the spacecraft will enter a gradually widening Earth orbit that will event...
Tags: Science, California, Israel, Falcon, Elon Musk s SpaceX, Beresheet

First privately-funded spacecraft to journey to moon set for launch

An Israeli space project backed by American billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is set to make history by launching the first ever private spacecraft to the moon this week. The private aircraft will be launched on Thursday from Florida, propelled by a Falcon rocket from Elon Musk's space company SpaceX. The eight-year space venture by SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries is also backed by Israeli entrepreneur Morris Kahn. The spacecraft, which weighs 180 kilograms, was co...
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Israel's first lunar mission to launch this week

Israel is to launch its first moon mission this week, sending an unmanned spacecraft to collect data to be shared with NASA, organisers said Monday. The 585-kilogram (1,290-pound) Beresheet (Genesis) spacecraft is to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at around 0145 GMT on Friday. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and technology NGO SpaceIL announced the date at a press conference.
Tags: Science, Israel, Nasa, Falcon, Cape Canaveral Florida, Israel Aerospace Industries IAI

US: SpaceX no-load test is delayed

NASA announced Wednesday that SpaceX's no-load rocket test has been pushed back to March 2 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA has made SpaceX and Boeing responsible for transporting astronauts starting this year. SpaceX uses its Falcon 9 rocket, at the top of which is fixed a Dragon capsule specially designed to accommodate astronauts.
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SpaceX is trimming back 10 percent of its workforce in strategic realignment

SpaceX says it’s reducing its workforce by about 10 percent as part of a strategic realignment to focus the California-based company on providings its global Starlink satellite broadband service and furthering CEO Elon Musk’s drive to make humanity a multiplanet species. Word of the reductions came just hours after SpaceX executed its first Falcon 9 rocket launch of the year, putting 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low Earth orbit, and a day after Musk hailed the assembly of a subscale test prot...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, California, Musk, Falcon, Iridium, StarLink

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launches 10 communications satellites

Using its Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX on Friday launched the final group of next generation communication satellites, known as Iridium NEXT, completing a decade-long project. The 10 satellites, which are part of a 75-piece constellation, were launched at 10:31 a.m. ET from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Successful deployment of 10 @IridiumComm NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit confirmed.
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon

NASA announces delay of SpaceX Crew Dragon test launch

SpaceX's Crew Dragon is one of the spacecraft that NASA will eventually use to ferry astronauts into space, but it's not quite there yet. Unfortunately, an anticipated January test flight has now been pushed back for unspecified reasons, and NASA now says that Crew Dragon won't life off until February at the earliest. SpaceX has been working to fill NASA's need for a crew-capable ship that it can launch on its own terms without relying on Russia's Soyuz rockets, but the comp...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Russia, Nasa, International Space Station, Demo, Falcon, Kennedy Space Center, Eastern Range

SpaceX Launches 10 Iridium Satellites Into Orbit, Then Sticks Rocket Landing

Update for 11:45 a.m. EST: All 10 Iridium Next satellites were successfully deployed. A used SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lofted 10 final Iridium Next satellites into orbit today (Jan. 11), completing a two-year, eight-launch contract between the two companies. The rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 7:31 a.m. local time (10:31 a.m. EST, 1531 GMT) during an instantaneous launch window. If all goes well, satellite deployment will begin about an...
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SpaceX launches final batch of Iridium telecom satellites (and lands rocket)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket deployed the eighth and final set of next-generation Iridium satellites into orbit today, closing off a two-year launch campaign. The rocket rose into partly cloudy skies from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:31 a.m. PT after a trouble-free countdown. Iridium CEO Matt Desch counted down the final seconds. Minutes after liftoff, the first-stage booster separated and made an at-sea touchdown on a drone landing ship called “Just Read the Instructions,” hundreds o...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Pacific Ocean, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Iridium, Matt Desch

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon makes its way to the launchpad ahead of first major test flight

SpaceX and Boeing are both behind schedule in their independent efforts to create crewed launch systems that will allow NASA to send astronauts to space from U.S. soil. All eyes will be on both companies in 2019 as they inch their way towards their goals, and SpaceX just teased that they're almost ready to hit a big milestone. In a series of recent Twitter updates from the accounts of SpaceX and top dog Elon Musk, the Crew Dragon appears ready for one of its biggest tests yet: an actual lau...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Russia, Nasa, International Space Station, Boeing, Roscosmos, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center

Watch Lando's Falcon Become Han's in a New Video From Industrial Light & Magic

Remember when we first saw images of the Millennium Falcon in Solo: A Star Wars Story? Everyone freaked out because it looked so different from the Falcon of the past. But, of course, there was a plan in place for how that Falcon, owned by Lando Calrissian, would turn into the one we knew from when it was owned by Han…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Han Solo, Millennium Falcon, Lucasfilm, Falcon, Lando, Lando Calrissian, Industrial Light And Magic, Solo A Star Wars Story

SpaceX’s Starship goes sci-fi shiny with stainless steel skin

SpaceX’s futuristic Starship interplanetary craft may embody the golden age of sci-fi in more ways than one: in addition to (theoretically) taking passengers from planet to planet, it may sport a shiny stainless steel skin that makes it look like the pulp covers of old. Founder and CEO Elon Musk teased the possibility in a picture posted to Twitter, captioned simply “Stainless Steel Starship.” To be clear, this isn’t a full-on spacecraft, just part of a test vehicle that the company plans ...
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