SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off late Monday (early Tuesday EDT) in Florida. Photo: SpaceX The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stag touches down on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship. Photo: SpaceX Sound The gallery will resume inseconds SpaceX’s Falcon 9 record a successful engine burn during its mission late Monday (early Tuesday, EDT). Photo: SpaceX SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off late Monday (early Tuesday EDT) in Florida. Photo: SpaceX SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket prepares to launch late Monday (early Tuesday EDT) in Florida. Photo: SpaceX Show Caption of Expand By Staff and news service reports | August 7, 2018 at 5:37 am SpaceX returned its workhorse Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket to space, where it deployed an Indonesian telecommunication satellite late Monday before landing its first stage on a high-tech barge off the Florida coast. The first stage, on its second mission after being successfully … [Read more...] about As busy week continues, SpaceX lifts Indonesian satellite into orbit aboard reusable rocket, lands first stage on droneship
By Mercury News | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: November 24, 2015 at 3:56 am | UPDATED: August 11, 2016 at 11:52 pm Jeff Bezos and his space company, Blue Origin, have nailed a rocket landing and set off a space race with another famous rocket man, Elon Musk. Bezos, whose other company is Amazon, announced the milestone Tuesday morning in his first tweet ever. The rarest of beasts – a used rocket. Controlled landing not easy, but done right, can look easy. Check out video: — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) His announcement prompted a congratulatory tweet from Elon Musk, whose SpaceX has been working for years on reusable rockets. Rockets obviously are expensive, and cost-effective space travel requires rockets that live beyond a single launch. But Musk, who likes to use Twitter for his communications (and even recruitment), notes that Bezos used the word rarest and wants to set the record straight. It is, however, important to clear up the difference … [Read more...] about Blue Origin rocket landing: Jeff Bezos vs. Elon Musk in space race
The most powerful rocket in operation just landed another launch contract. The US Air Force said Thursday that it has picked SpaceX to fly a secretive military satellite atop its Falcon Heavy, the towering machine that took flight for the first time in February. The satellite, called AFSPC-52, is slated to launch in the summer or fall of 2020, according to an Air Force statement. The Air Force confirmed two proposals were submitted for this award. ULA — a joint venture between legacy firms Boeing (BA)and Lockheed Martin (LMT) — is the only other company eligible to conduct certain military launches that relate to national security. Related: SpaceX promised to fly tourists to the Moon. How's that going? SpaceX has made no secret of its desire to compete with ULA to land lucrative military launch contracts. The company sued the US government a few years ago for the right to bid for contracts. SpaceX landed its first military contract in 2016, ending ULA's … [Read more...] about SpaceX’s massive Falcon Heavy rocket lands $130 million military launch contract
If you've ever wondered how SpaceX manages to bring its rockets back down to Earth, the Everyday Astronaut is here to help. In the second episode of the Facebook Watch series "Spacing Out with the Everyday Astronaut," which premieres Saturday (May 19), host Tim Dodd revels in the awesomeness of SpaceX's first-stage rocket landings and explains some of the physics involved. Over the course of 11 entertaining minutes, Dodd visits a landed Falcon 9 first stage at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California; talks to a dedicated model-rocket builder; and provides a very hands-on demonstration of how the Falcon 9's steering "grid fins" work. You can watch the episode on Space.com's Facebook page. (Space.com is a partner on the show, which is produced by Jupiter Entertainment and MadWest Content.) [Reusable Rocket Launch Systems: How They Work (Infographic)] To date, SpaceX has landed 25 Falcon 9 first stages during orbital missions and re-flown such boosters 11 times. These activities … [Read more...] about ‘Everyday Astronaut’ Tackles SpaceX Rocket Landings in Episode 2!
SpaceX’s upgraded Falcon 9 rocket made its debut Friday afternoon and the rocket’s first-stage stuck the landing after a previous launch attempt ended in a scrub.The Hawthorne, Calif., space company launched Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite Friday at 4:14 p.m. Eastern time from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX intended to launch the satellite Thursday on its newly upgraded Block 5 Falcon 9, but the rocket’s computers initiated an abort with 58 seconds left in the countdown.About eight minutes after liftoff, the first-stage booster returned to Earth, landing on a floating sea platform. It was SpaceX’s 25th booster landing. The satellite deployed about 33 minutes after liftoff.The changes incorporated into the Block 5 version of the rocket are intended to allow at least 10 reuses of the first-stage booster and improve performance and turnaround time between launches. Reusability is key to SpaceX’s plan to reduce launch … [Read more...] about SpaceX launches upgraded Falcon 9 rocket, lands first-stage booster