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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...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Nasa, Earth, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Cooper, SpaceX Falcon, Iridium, John Insprucker, Insprucker, Desch, Meghan Bartels, Matt Desch, Aireon


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 ...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Musk, Falcon, Scott Manley, Starship, Bfr


SpaceX completes its last mission of 2018 with the launch of a military GPS satellite

SpaceX successfully launched the United States Air Force’s first Global Positioning System  (GPS) III satellite, nicknamed Vespucci, from Cape Canaveral, Florida this morning in what was the aerospace company’s first U.S. national security mission to date. The company had planned to complete the launch, its last of the year, earlier this week but heavy winds imposed delays. SpaceX won the National Security Space (NSS) contract with the Air Force in 2016 and intends to launch an additional ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, United States, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Falcon, Global Positioning System, United States Air Force, Cape Canaveral Florida, StarLink


SpaceX Wraps Up 2018 With First National Security Launch for U.S. Government

Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched its first national security payload for the U.S. government (specifically the Air Force) on Sunday, delivering a roughly $500 million GPS satellite constructed by Lockheed Martin into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral at 8:51 a.m. ET, the Guardian reported.
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, Falcon, Cape Canaveral


Elon Musk's SpaceX launches military rocket after four attempts

The rocket launch marked the space transportation company’s first national security space mission for the USA SpaceX rocket carrying a military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Sunday, marking the space transportation company’s first national security space mission for the US.The Falcon 9 rocket carrying a roughly $500m GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 8.51am local time. Four scheduled launches in the last week, includ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Usa, Science, Technology, US, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Lockheed Martin Corp


SpaceX ends historic year with its final launch of 2018

SpaceX just ended 2018 with a bang.  Elon Musk's private spaceflight company performed its 21st launch of the year on Sunday, Dec. 23, lofting a GPS satellite to orbit for the U.S. Air Force.  SEE ALSO: NASA spacecraft finds signs of water on Bennu asteroid The company didn't bring its Falcon 9 rocket booster back in for a landing due to the Air Force's mission requirements. Instead, this brand new rocket was used the old fashioned way and discarded after it performed its duties a...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Air Force, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, U S Air Force


After four delays, SpaceX launches Air Force’s first next-gen GPS III satellite

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket sent a next-generation GPS satellite into orbit today for the U.S. Air Force, marking a couple of firsts — as well as a “last.” It’s the first GPS III spacecraft to reach space, marking the start of a transition that will triple the accuracy of the Global Positioning System and boost its capability to resist jamming by up to eight times. It’s also the first official SpaceX launch of a national security payload for the Air Force, after a years-long process that saw SpaceX...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Air Force, Falcon, U S Air Force


SpaceX to retry launch in first U.S. national security space mission

Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX is scheduled on Saturday to launch a long-delayed U.S. military navigation satellite, which if successful would mark the rocket company's first national security space mission for the United States. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a roughly $500 million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp was due to blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral around 9 a.m. (1400 GMT), privately held SpaceX said. A successful launch - SpaceX's fourth attempt in a week after technic...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, United States, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Lockheed, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Lockheed Martin Corp, U S Air Force, Boeing Co SpaceX


Storms halt SpaceX's first U.S. national security space mission

Thunderstorms forced Elon Musk's SpaceX to postpone Thursday's launch of a navigation satellite for the U.S. military, which was poised to be the rocket company's first national security space mission for the United States. SpaceX said its Falcon 9 rocket and payload, a roughly $500 million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp, were "in good health" and that it was now targeting a Saturday morning launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral. Patrick Burke, a meteorologist with the National Wea...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, National Weather Service, Science, United States, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Lockheed Martin Corp, College Park Maryland, Patrick Burke


SpaceX says weather forces cancellation of launch of U.S. satellite

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spacex said on Thursday that poor weather conditions forced the cancellation of a scheduled morning launch of its Falcon 9 rocket that was to carry a global positioning system (GPS) satellite into space for the U.S. Air Force.
Tags: Spacex, New York, Science, Falcon, Reuters Spacex


Elon Musk's SpaceX cancels rocket launch again because of technical glitch

SpaceX first halted the launch of Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday because of the same technical warning with its sensorElon Musk’s SpaceX has cancelled the long-delayed launch of a navigation satellite for the US military, failing to complete its first designated national security mission for the United States because of technical issue with its rocket.SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500m global positioning system (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp, was slated to take off fro...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Technology, US, US news, United States, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Lockheed Martin Corp


Hopes for record day in space flight fall short with 3 out of 4 launches scrubbed

It was billed to be one of the busiest days in space history with four rockets scheduled to launch back-to-back in the space of just a few hours. But the stars failed to align on Tuesday, with three out of four launches scrubbed due to high-altitude winds, technical problems and issues with one rocket's ground infrastructure.   Elon Musk's SpaceX was due to send a new US spy satellite into orbit at 2pm GMT today on its Falcon 9 rocket. A mere 19 minutes later, rival Blue Origin, which ...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, US, Nasa, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Blue Origin, Mike Pence, Bezos, New Shepard, SpaceX Falcon Heavy


Four back-to-back satellite launches expected today in huge step for private space exploration

Elon Musk's SpaceX will send a new US spy satellite into orbit today in one of four launches expected to take place within 24 hours. SpaceX will launch its Falcon 9 rocket carrying a $500m satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the US military at 2.11pm.  Meanwhile, SpaceX rival Blue Origin, which is the brainchild of Amazon's billionaire founder Jeff Bezos, is expected to complete a research flight from its New Shepard 10 rocket.  The New Shepard vehicle is scheduled launch into orbit...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Science, US, Nasa, Richard Branson, South America, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Blue Origin, Mike Pence, Bezos, West Texas, New Shepard


SpaceX to launch U.S. satellite in first national security mission

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500 million global positioning system (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp , was scheduled to lift off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9 a.m. (1700 GMT) local time, the U.S. Air Force said. Tuesday's launch, if successful, would be a victory for Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur who has tried for years to break into the market for lucrative military space launches, long dominated by Lockheed and Boeing Co . SpaceX sued the U.S....
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Lockheed, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Lockheed Martin Corp, U S Air Force, Boeing Co SpaceX


SpaceX halts U.S. satellite launch for national security mission

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500 million global positioning system (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp , was due to take off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9:30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT), but was stopped minutes before takeoff. "This abort was triggered by the onboard Falcon 9 flight computer," a SpaceX official narrating the launch sequence said without providing additional details. If the mission is successful it will mark a victory for Musk, a billio...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Lockheed, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Lockheed Martin Corp


SpaceX to launch U.S. spy satellite in first national security mission

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500 million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp , was scheduled for lift off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9 a.m. (1700 GMT) local time, the U.S. Air Force said. SpaceX sued the U.S. Air Force in 2014 in protest over the military's award of a multibillion-dollar, non-compete contract for 36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed. SpaceX dropped the suit in 2015 after the Air Force ...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Air Force, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Lockheed Martin Corp, U S Air Force, Lockheed SpaceX


One Rocket Launch Remains on Today's Schedule After Three Delays

Update for Dec. 18, 9:40 a.m. EST: There will be just one launch today after a weather issue has forced Arianespace to stand down today's Soyuz launch, a ground infrastructure issue has forced Blue Origin to stand down today's New Shepard launch, and SpaceX ran out of time in its window for a Falcon 9 launch. At 9:34 a.m. EST (1434 GMT), SpaceX plans to launch a next-generation GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Nineteen minutes later, at 9:3...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Falcon, U S Air Force, West Texas, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Arianespace, Florida Nineteen


Here’s why NASA is sending worms to space

Space launches are some of the most spectacular and nerve wracking events you can witness. And when you are actually involved in one, you realize just how much can go wrong. We are currently in Florida, nervously counting down the hours until we launch our experiment, sending thousands of microscopic worms to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch, taking place at NASA Kennedy Space Center on December 4, isn’t the only one we have to worry about. Our ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Falcon, International Space Station ISS, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Syndication


Technical glitch sees Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon rocket crash land in sea

A Christmas turkey rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake. The SpaceX booster missed its landing zone on the ground after liftoff, however, and ended up in the sea just a couple of miles offshore. Groans filled SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, California, as live video showed the first-stage rocket booster spinning out of control, still high above Cape Canaveral. It was the company's first misse...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Atlantic, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, SpaceX Falcon, Kennedy Space Center, Hawthorne California, Cabana, Hans Koenigsmann, Koenigsmann, SpaceX Mission Control, Bob Cabana Twenty


Falcon 9 rocket guides itself to sea.

The rocket had a hydraulic problem on its way back to Earth.
Tags: Science, Falcon


SpaceX lost a rocket booster during landing for the first time since 2016

A SpaceX booster stage crashed into the ocean during an attempt to land at Cape Canaveral Wednesday (Dec. 5), after it launched a supply spacecraft to the International Space Station. The brand-new Falcon 9 rocket booster lifted off successfully, but as the first stage—which contains nine Merlin engines and the bulk of the rocket's structure—returned…
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SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket

SpaceX on Wednesday blasted off its unmanned Dragon cargo ship, loaded with supplies, science experiments and food for the astronauts living at the International Space Station but failed to successfully land its booster afterwards. "We have had a great liftoff," said SpaceX commentator John Insprucker, as the Falcon 9 rocket soared into the sunny, blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:16 pm (1816 GMT), carrying 5,600 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of gear. The mission was SpaceX's 16th mission ...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Falcon, Cape Canaveral Florida, John Insprucker


SpaceX sends cargo ship to space station, and then Falcon 9 booster spins and swims

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket sent a robotic Dragon cargo capsule into orbit today from Florida to deliver 5,600 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station, just two days after a different Falcon 9 launched 64 satellites from a pad across the country. The primary mission was an undeniable hit, but this time around, SpaceX’s attempt to have the Falcon 9’s first-stage booster touch down on a landing pad was a miss. Today’s liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station might h...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, International Space Station, Falcon, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station


Christmas turkey, fruitcake rocketing toward space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Christmas turkey is rocketing toward the International Space Station, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake. SpaceX launched the holiday shipment Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted into a clear, chilly sky; the first-stage booster was aiming for a touchdown back at the […]
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