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After battling high wind delays Falcon 9 manages to launch telecomms satellite EchoStar 23

A SpaceX Falcon 9v1.2FT expendable rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, at 0600 GMT on 16 March. The launch marks the third launch of the year for SpaceX who are still trying to get back on

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SpaceX wins second GPS IIIA launch contract

On 14 March, SpaceX announced they had won a US$96.5 million contract, to use its Falcon 9 rocket for the launch of the third US Air Force GPS IIIA spacecraft in February 2019. These “Batch A” spacecraft are currently in

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SpaceX Falcon 9 comes back in style with Iridium launch success but doubts remain

 

Elon Musk and his SpaceX team scored a successful return for the Falcon 9 rocket with the launch of 10 Iridium Next communications satellites. The launch took place at 1754 GMT on 14 January 2016, from the Vandenberg site …

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After Boeing said its commercial crew craft would be late…now it is SpaceX’s turn

In what is rapidly becoming a farcical situation within the NASA commercial crew programme, SpaceX has now admitted that its commercial crew capsule, “Crew Dragon” (aka Dragon V2), will have its first flight delayed from May 2017 until November. This …

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By order of Inmarsat: Hellas-Sat 3/Europasat jumps ship from Falcon Heavy to Ariane 5

The Hellas-Sat 3/Europasat spacecraft which is co-owned by Inmarsat and the Arabsat subsidiary, Hellas-Sat, had previously been booked on-board a SpaceX Falcon Heavy, it will now be lifted into orbit by an Arianespace-operated Ariane 5 rocket. Inmarsat, which was in …

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Space Industry News: Multiple non-GEO coms network proposals submitted to FCC

On 15 November 2016, the deadline passed for “additional applications” to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) for the use of multiple frequencies over the US by new Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit (NGSO) satellite networks. These applications hope to join the likes …

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WSRF 2016 Dubai: Insurers worry about low premiums, new launch vehicles and hackers

 

Held every two years, albeit now with an additional “half time” conference in London in between the intervening years, the World Space Risk Forum (WSRF) conference in Dubai has become the premier event for space insurers and their clients …

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Terra Bella to co-lead Spaceflight Industries’ Sun Synch Express mission

It was announced on 11 October, that Spaceflight Industries had signed Google-owned Terra Bella as the co-lead on their “2017 Sun Synch Express” (SSO-A) mission. The SSO-A mission will utilise one of Spaceflight’s SHERPA Tugs to transport over 20 payloads …

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Falcon 9 on-pad explosion: Musk accepts that a sniper might have been able to do it

Following our “On a Lighter Note” story that the “smoking gun” cause of the Falcon 9 on-pad failure might really have been a smoking gun, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has accepted the possibility of such an event – even if …

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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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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket testing explosion at Cape Canaveral destroyed AMOS-6 (Updated)

A major explosion has taken place at SpaceX launch site at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 1 September. The explosion took place ahead of a prelaunch test of the full Falcon 9V1.2 FT-R rocket which was to launch the AMOS-6 communications …

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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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Two deliveries launched to ISS in quick succession as Soyuz lofts Progress MS-03 and Falcon 9 launches Dragon CRS-09

The astronauts aboard International Space Station (ISS) awaited two deliveries after two launches within two days of each other in mid-July. The first of these launches was a Soyuz-U launch of a Progress MS-03 cargo craft at 2116 on 16 …

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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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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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Viasat 2 jumps ship from “late” Falcon Heavy to Ariane 5

Concerns over the increasing delays to the maiden launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy (Falcon 9 Heavy) has led to Viasat to move its Viasat 2 spacecraft from that flight to Arianespace’s Ariane 5 ECA launch.  The first Falcon 9 …

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Eutelsat buys a launch from SpaceX

Space News reports that European satellite operator Eutelsat, which would normally be an Arianespace client, has ordered a satellite launch from SpaceX using its Falcon 9 launch vehicle.  The launch order was apparently placed in late 2015. The satellite to …

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Dream Chaser given second chance by NASA as it awards Sierra Nevada cargo contract along with SpaceX and Orbital ATK (Updated)

NASA has awarded three Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-2) contracts worth several billion dollars each to Orbital ATK, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) between 2019 to 2024. The maximum potential value of all

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SpaceX revolutionises spaceflight with successful first stage landing back at launch base during operational Falcon 9/Orbcomm launch

At 0129 GMT on 22 December 2015 a SpaceX Falcon 9FT (Full Thrust) launch vehicle took off from the Cape Canaveral launch site in Florida. Aboard the rocket was a payload of Orbcomm commercial communications satellites, which was the first …

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Scilly space news as Dragon spacecraft parts from Falcon 9R launch failure found near islands after long sea drift

Some unexpected news from the launch failure of the Falcon 9R (v1.1R) rocket on 28 June 2015.  On 26 November 2015, a large part of the unmanned SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule carried on that flight was discovered floating in the …

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