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Falcon 9 fireworks display grounds SpaceX

The SpaceX launch schedule has been knocked back by a couple of months as a result of the loss of its Falcon 9 CRS-7 mission rocket on 28 June, it has revealed. The company's president, Gwynne Shotwell, said of the pause: "We're taking more time than we originally envisioned to get back to flight. But I don't think any of our …
Lester Haines, 1 Sep 2015

What goes up, Musk comedown: Falcon rocket failed to strut its stuff

A steel strut which failed under much less load than it was rated to carry was the cause of the recent mid-air explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bound for the International Space Station, according to SpaceX chief Elon Musk. In a teleconference with journalists, Musk said that the 2ft (60.96cm) long and one inch (2.54cm) …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2015
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Space station cabbage: To boldly grow where no veg has grown before

Vid Weather permitting, SpaceX will imminently fire off its seventh resupply mission to the International Space Station, and NASA has detailed some of the science experiments the Dragon capsule will be carrying in its hold. The rocket will loft nearly 4,000lbs (1,814kg) of supplies and science kit when it takes off at 1021 ET ( …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2015
Falcon 9 crash landing. Image credit: SpaceX

KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

Billionaire biz baron Elon Musk has revealed some detail on why his firm SpaceX's scheme to bring back a first stage booster rocket in one piece just failed on the most recent attempt. The Register reported on the drama as it unfolded on Tuesday. Once again, Falcon 9 successfully launched the capsule payload to 'nauts on the …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Apr 2015
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Elon Musk: Hover rocket? Check. Hover ship? Check. Let's DO THIS

Elon Musk's SpaceX will attempt – for the second time – to land one of its reusable Falcon 9 rockets on a floating hover-ship out at sea, just a month after its last effort ended with a catastrophic explosion. Blast off of the rocket is expected to happen later today, Sunday, when it is scheduled to launch a space weather …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Feb 2015
Falcon explodes

Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

Vid SpaceX boss Elon Musk has released video footage of the catastrophic attempt to land one of his multimillion-dollar Falcon 9 rockets on a floating ocean spaceport – revealing why the landing barge looked quite so toasted. This was the first attempt to land and secure the reusable stage of a Falcon 9 rocket after it had …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2015
SpaceX barge landing spot

SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

Vid SpaceX's attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating hovership in the Atlantic Ocean ended in failure in the early hours of Saturday morning. Youtube Video Billionaire Elon Musk tweeted about his firm's efforts to recover the rocket, after lift-off and separation from the Dragon private space podule, which is now …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jan 2015
SpaceX Falcon 9 on its launch pad

SpaceX ROCKET HOVER-SHIP space station mission now on Friday

An attempt to launch a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and land it on a floating robotic 'spaceport drone ship' has been delayed until January 9. The experiment was to be part of a SpaceX plans to be able to return, refurbish and re-use key elements of its rockets. The flight was aborted at the last minute due to a problem with the …
Kat Hall, 6 Jan 2015
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Legs in 2015: SpaceX Falcon's landing put on hold

NASA and SpaceX have announced that the firm’s fifth ISS resupply mission - which was also the first test of its ground-breaking leggy landing on a floating platform - will be postponed until next year. The Falcon 9 rocket that boosts the Dragon cargo-craft to the International Space Station was supposed to test its X-wing- …
SpaceX' autonomous spaceport drone ship

Friday: SpaceX will attempt to land rocket on floating, robotic 'spaceport drone ship'

Upstart start-up rocketry firm SpaceX is planning to try out its new upgraded rocket landing legs on its next trip to the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow. Youtube Video The private space firm has been trying to make the game-changing dream of a precise soft-landing, reusable rocket come true with its Falcon 9 …

SpaceX blasts a mischief of mice, a 3D printer and a cuddly toy* into SPAAAACE

Vid Elon Musk's private spaceflight company SpaceX successfully launched its unmanned, mouse-laden Dragon 'craft in the early hours of this morning. The commercial cargo ship is carrying 2.5 tons of supplies destined for the International Space Station, NASA said. SpaceX rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral. Image credit: NASA …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2014

Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT

Elon Musk has taken another step in his transformation into James Bond supervillain, with the FAA granting SpaceX approval to start building its own spaceport in Texas. The FAA has issued a “Record of Decision” (PDF here) stating its support for the issuing of licenses to SpaceX. The facility, to be built near Brownsville, …
The Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

Video SpaceX has successfully launched six new communications satellites for Orbcomm after months of delays. However, Elon Musk's rocketeers had less success at landing the used Falcon 9 rocket after its delivery. The Orbcomm birds will be used solely in a machine-to-machine communications network run by the company, and will …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jul 2014
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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

Elon Musk might have a tight timetable to get humans to Mars, but his SpaceX booster company is behind schedule on its current launch calendar, thanks to an engineering glitch. With minutes to go before launch at Cape Canaveral, SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket was shut down after engineers spotted pressure fluctuations in the …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jun 2014
SpaceX Falcon 9 on its launch pad

SpaceX: We NAILED the Falcon 9 landing! The video, on the other hand...

Private spacefaring firm SpaceX is looking for a few good video engineers to help recover footage of the historic Falcon 9 rocket splashdown landing. The company said that it had recovered footage from on-board cameras on the re-usable rocket which serves as the first stage propulsion for the company's Dragon spacecraft. The …
Shaun Nichols, 1 May 2014
ISS captures the Dragon

Dragon capsule arrives at space station for Easter Sunday delivery

Easter Sunday may have been all about eggs and chocolate bunnies for many, but the crew of the International Space Stations spent the day acting as specialist stevedores as SpaceX's Dragon capsule was successfully attached using the station's robotic arm. "Dragon attachment to the International Space Station is confirmed! …
Iain Thomson, 21 Apr 2014
SpaceX launches CRS-3

Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS

Elon Musk should be a happy camper, as it appears that his orbital delivery firm SpaceX has pulled off a successful launch of its third resupply mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX launches CRS-3 SpaceX shoots off the launch pad right on time The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral on schedule at …
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2014
The Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral

Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

Elon Musk's rocketeers at SpaceX have called off Monday's launch of their CRS-3 resupply mission to the International Space Station after a problem with its main Falcon rocket. "Today's launch has been scrubbed due to a Helium leak on Falcon 9's first stage. A fix will be implemented by the next launch opportunity on Friday …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2014

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