SpaceX sends Starlink satellites, Boeing demonstrator into orbit on 40th launch of 2022

SpaceX has completed its 40th Falcon 9 launch of 2022, delivering a new batch of Starlink satellites and Boeing demonstration satellite into orbit. Right on schedule, Falcon 9 lifted off from SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) LC-40 pad at 10:09 pm EDT, Sunday, September 4th. The rocket’s reused booster and fairing and new […]

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NASA to retry Artemis I Moon rocket launch on Saturday

NASA says it has alleviated issues that arose during its first Space Launch System (SLS) Moon rocket launch attempt and will try again as early as Saturday, September 3rd. Measuring around 98 meters (~322 feet) tall and capable of launching up to 95 tons (~210,000 lb) to low Earth orbit, the SLS rocket’s first launch […]

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket completes 57th operational Starlink launch

For the 57th time, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has delivered a batch of operational Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit, simultaneously marking the vehicle’s 50th successful launch in 367 days. Flying for the 7th time, Falcon 9 booster B1063 lifted off with a fresh upper stage and another batch of Starlink V1.5 satellites enclosed […]

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NASA scrubs first SLS Moon rocket launch attempt

NASA has scrubbed the first attempted launch of its Space Launch System (SLS) Moon rocket after running into multiple issues, one of which could not be solved in time. The delay is bad news for the tens to hundreds of thousands of tourists who traveled to Cape Canaveral, Florida to witness the launch in person. […]

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket breaks payload mass record with repaired booster

SpaceX has set a new record for the heaviest payload launched on a Falcon 9 rocket as part of a routine Starlink satellite launch. Simultaneously, the rocket responsible for setting that new record launched with a reusable booster that was last spotted clinging to life – engines heavily damaged – on the deck of a […]

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SpaceX, NASA announce date for next Crew Dragon astronaut launch

SpaceX and NASA have settled on October 3rd for the company’s fifth operational astronaut launch, a mission that will also mark the first time a Russian cosmonaut flies on Crew Dragon. Initially scheduled to launch in early September, NASA announced in July that SpaceX’s Crew-5 launch was slipping to late September after the company accidentally […]

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NASA says SLS Moon rocket is ‘go’ for launch debut

After rolling the vehicle to its Kenndy Space Center, Florida launch pad two days early for what is hoped to be the third and final time, NASA says that the first Space Launch System (SLS) Moon rocket is ready to take flight. The Artemis I mission’s SLS reached Launch Complex 39B on August 17th after […]

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Blue Origin scraps New Glenn recovery ship, finishes first ‘test tank’

After four years of halting work, Blue Origin has fully abandoned a transport ship it once intended to convert into a landing platform for its orbital-class New Glenn rocket. Known as Stena Freighter at the time of sale, Blue Origin purchased the ship for an undisclosed sum – likely several million dollars – sometime in […]

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SpaceX set to launch third batch of sun-synchronous Starlink satellites

SpaceX says it’s on track to launch a third batch of operational Starlink satellites to sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) as early as 2:40 pm PDT (21:40 UTC), Friday, August 12th. To support the mission and help SpaceX’s Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) SLC-4 pad continue its aggressive launch cadence ramp, the company shipped Falcon 9 booster […]

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SpaceX fires up Starship and Super Heavy booster hours apart

SpaceX appears to have successfully fired up a Starship and Super Heavy booster hours apart, testing a total of three new Raptor 2 engines on the two rockets. SpaceX says it completed a two-engine static fire with Starship 24 less than three hours after the company successfully ignited a Raptor 2 engine installed on a […]

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