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Long delayed PAZ spacecraft for Hisdesat now to launch with SpaceX

Spanish government satellite operator, Hisdesat Strategic Services (Hisdesat), announced (8 March) that it has signed a launch contract with US company SpaceX, for a shared Falcon 9 launch near the end of 2017. Hisdesat originally had a contract – signed …

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Cracks in their turbopump blades: SpaceX plans a redesign but will fly them as is for now

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US GAO (Government Accounting Office) has disclosed that SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets are suffering from a serious cracking issue to its LOx (liquid oxygen)/kerosene burning Merlin engine turbopump turbine blades. This has …

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SpaceX wins US$112 million SWOT launch contract from NASA

The launch contract to launch the Surface Water & Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission has been awarded by NASA to SpaceX. The launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 will fly from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in April 2021. …

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SpaceX announces possible cause of 1 September, Falcon 9 explosion, and conducts test of future Mars rocket engine

On 23 September, SpaceX released a statement explaining the progress they had made in the investigation into the cause of the Falcon 9 “anomaly” in the run-up to the AMOS-6 mission. It stated that “…the Accident Investigation Team (AIT), composed …

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SES goes for “used” rocket to launch its SES-10 satellite

Commercial satellite operator SES has decided to risk flying its 5,300 kg SES-10 satellite to a geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on a “reused reusable” first stage Falcon 9V1.2 FT launch vehicle (Seradata annotates this as a Falcon 9V1.2 FT-RR). The …

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GPS IIIA-2 satellite launch order goes to SpaceX Falcon 9

While the competition for its launch in the end came to nothing after ULA pulled out, the first GPS satellite (believed to be GPS IIIA-2) to be launched by Falcon 9 was officially signed to SpaceX’s rocket. The news was …

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On a lighter note: Of course I still love you but just what will SpaceX’s next drone barge be called?

As your correspondent and his Seradata space analyst colleagues enter launch, re-entry and landing events onto the SpaceTrak database, we are finding it hard to log the landing ships involved in SpaceX’s so far unsuccessful Falcon 9 reusable first-stage down-range …

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Satellite 2016: Launch providers lay out their likely launch numbers

At the launchers’ session at Satellite 2016 in Washington D.C. representatives of the main commercial launch providers laid out their planned launch totals for the 2016 year. In summary the planned launch numbers are as follows, with the SpaceX very …

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Falcon 9R failure: It was a snapped strut holding down a helium tank what done it

The preliminary conclusion of an investigation into the SpaceX Falcon 9R (v1.1R) launch failure, which exploded 2 minutes 19 seconds after launch on 28 June 2015 destroying a Dragon CRS-7 cargo and eight Flock 1F satellites, is that it was …

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US Air Force certifies SpaceX Falcon 9 for military flights

After a long and, at times, bitter process costing US$60 million, SpaceX has finally received certification to launch US military payloads using its Falcon 9 launch vehicle.  The launch firm is now expected to bid to launch GPS satellites shortly.…

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NASA’s Solar sentinel DSCOVR is launched by Falcon V1.1 but reusable stage landing called off due to rough seas

The recoverable first stage version of the Space X Falcon V1.1 series of launch vehicles successfully placed the NASA DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) on a trajectory towards the L1 position, the place on the Earth-Sun line line where the …

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NASA’s TESS mission jumps ship from Pegasus XL to Falcon 9

NASA’s TESS – Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission has apparently been moved from its originally planned Orbital Sciences Corp Pegasus XL air dropped launch vehicle to a Falcon 9v1.1 launch supplied by SpaceX.  That launch was apparently supplied as part …

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SES-10 satellite to be built by Airbus DS and launched by a Falcon 9 Heavy

The commercial communications satellite operator SES has ordered its latest communications satellite SES 10 from the spacecraft manufacturer, Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS formerly known as Astrium).  The construction order was made via SES Satellite Leasing, the leasing division …

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Space Year Review 2012: Launch vehicles – Falcon 9, Delta IV and Soyuz show robustness in mishaps but not so for Safir or Proton

According to the Flightglobal SpaceTrak database, at 78 orbital launch attempts in 2012, there were six less launches than in the previous year. With 139 spacecraft on these flights (Shenzhou 9’s orbital module is counted as an autonomous spacecraft)

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Sea Launch to act as back up launch service for Asiasat

While the Falcon 9 launch vehicle of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is repidly becoming the commercial launch vehicle of choice due to its low price (though Arianespace remains market leader), satellite operators are still wary of Falcon 9 launch schedule delays.  As …

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Stranded Orbcomm OG2-1 satellite re-enters atmosphere – questions remain about why it was stranded

The Orbcomm OG2-1 communications satellite which was stranded in a lower than planned orbit after the partial failure of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch on 8 October 2012 (involving a first stage engine shutdown of one of the nine Merlin 1c engines) has now re-entered the atmosphere on 10 …

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Film footage shows Falcon 9 Merlin engine “letting go”

Slow motion film footage released by Space X (Space Exploration Technologies) appears to show the Merlin 1c engine “letting go” emitting hot gases and eventualy causing debris to fall away.   SpaceX notes that the engine stayed intact and the debris was …

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SpaceX gets three more launch orders from SES

Launch provider Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and the commericial satellite operator SES announced an agreement on 12 September for the launch of three additional SES satellites on Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy rockets. This launch agreement – concluded through SES’ affiliate company SES-SL – adds …

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Credit where it is due: Elon Musk’s SpaceX may dominate across all launch fronts

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Falcon 9 Heavy will have 27 rocket engines firing at lift off. Courtesy: SpaceX

Flushed with success after its Falcon 9/Dragon launch to the International Space Station,  the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) firm which was set up by former internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, has announced …

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Whose human flight safety standards, again?

NASA’s new human spaceflight standards may not be as rigorous as those it already demands for high profile launches such as James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) or Cassini

In an emailed answer to Hyperbola’s question about NASA Launch Services (NLS) …

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