SpaceX Cargo Dragon launch slips to mid-July

NASA and SpaceX have decided to delay the company’s next Cargo Dragon launch a third time after discovering a small propellant leak near one of its thrusters. NASA announced the discovery of a possible leak on June 7th, a few days prior to Cargo Dragon’s then June 12th launch date, and indefinitely delayed the International […]

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SpaceX completes 35th Falcon 9 launch in 33 weeks

SpaceX has successfully launched the SES-22 communications satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit, ending the first half of 2022 with 27 orbital launches under its belt. Perhaps more importantly, SES-22 was also SpaceX’s 35th launch since its last multi-week launch hiatus, which ended 33 weeks ago. SpaceX, in other words, has just a third of […]

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SpaceX’s record-breaking Falcon 9 booster returns to port

SpaceX’s latest record-breaking Falcon 9 booster has returned to port after completing its 13th launch and landing. Falcon 9 B1060 lifted off for the first time in June 2020 with the US military’s third next-generation GPS III satellite safely cocooned inside a payload fairing. Unlike B1054, which the US Air Force required SpaceX to expend […]

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SpaceX to kick off launch triple-header with record-breaking Falcon reuse

SpaceX appears to be on track to launch a trio of Falcon 9 rockets in as few as 36 hours, beginning with a Starlink mission on June 17th. Enabled in part by delays to an unrelated Cargo Dragon launch that recently slipped from June 7th to July 11th, a Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to […]

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SpaceX’s 23rd launch of the year carries Egyptian satellite into orbit

SpaceX has successfully completed its 23rd rocket launch and landing of 2022, delivering an Egyptian communications satellite to a nominal geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Despite a report of a possible technical “issue” just a few minutes before liftoff, SpaceX’s launch team was able to either rapidly rectify the problem or determine it was within an […]

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch Egyptian communications satellite

SpaceX says a Falcon 9 rocket is on track to launch Egypt’s Nilesat 301 communications satellite no earlier than (NET) 5:04 pm ET (21:04 UTC) on Wednesday, June 8th. Built by Franco-Italian aerospace company Thales Alenia Space, Nilesat 301 is a fairly standard 4.1-ton (~9000 lb) geostationary communications satellite designed to provide large swaths of […]

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SpaceX, ULA awarded eight more US military launch contracts

The US military has awarded providers SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance (ULA) another eight launch contracts worth a total of $846 million that the companies will be tasked with completing over the next two or so years. The US Space Systems Command (SSC) announced the decision on May 26th, providing some basic information about […]

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SpaceX set to launch NASA laser satellite, in-space manufacturing demo, and more

SpaceX appears to be on track to launch its fifth dedicated Falcon 9 rideshare mission as early as 2:27 pm EDT (18:27 UTC) on Wednesday, May 25th, carrying a wide variety of interesting payloads into Earth orbit. SpaceX has reportedly assigned Falcon 9 B1061 to the mission and Transporter-5 will be its seventh launch and […]

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SpaceX completes 21st launch and landing of 2022

SpaceX has completed its 21st Falcon 9 launch of 2022, continuing an impressive average cadence of more than one launch per week. After an unexplained 40-minute delay from 6:20 am EDT, former Falcon Heavy booster B1052 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A shortly after sunrise at 6:59 am EDT (10:59 UTC) on […]

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SpaceX already raising Falcon 9 rocket vertical for next Starlink launch

A handful of days after a pair of Falcon 9 rockets launched 106 Starlink satellites in less than 23 hours, SpaceX has already raised another Falcon 9 rocket vertical for another Starlink mission – set to be the fourth this month. That mission – Starlink 4-18 – will see SpaceX launch another batch of 53 […]

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