Elon Musk's rocket company is going to take more time to diagnose a glitch with one of its brand-new Block 5 Falcon 9 boosters that was set to haul a high-tech GPS satellite to orbit for the US Air Force."Standing down from today's launch attempt of GPS III SV01 to further evaluate out of family reading on first stage sensors," the company tweeted a few hours before Wednesday morning's launch window opened. "Will confirm a new launch date once complete."It's already been a long wait for the US military to get aloft what's designed to be the most powerful GPS satellite ever. It was originally meant to catch a ride on a United Launch Alliance rocket in 2017. Early this year, the plan switched to using a Falcon 9. The launch date has been pushed back from September to October to Dec. 15, then to Tuesday and then to Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Falcon 9's on-board computer encountered an error a few minutes before blast-off, and the launch was aborted. Now playing: Watch … [Read more...] about SpaceX postpones Falcon 9 rocket launch for second day in a row
Rocket launch 2017
The space industry is rocketing through the last few weeks of 2018 — today, there are four rockets slated to launch from locations all over the Western Hemisphere. Thanks to how the orbital mechanics of these flights worked out, you could potentially watch a launch during breakfast, lunch, and dinner (depending on when you eat your meals, of course). Here are the four rocket missions set for takeoff today, including what they’re launching and how to watch them. First Breakfast: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 What is it launching? SpaceX is launching its latest national security payload for the US Air Force — a satellite called GPS III SV01. The satellite was originally scheduled to fly on a Delta IV rocket made by the United Launch Alliance, but the Air Force decided to switch it over to a Falcon 9. Once in orbit, the satellite will join the current constellation used for GPS, ensuring it stays operational. Where is this happening? The mission is taking place from … [Read more...] about How to watch four rocket launches on a banner day for the space industry
caption Elon Musk watches a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch. source National Geographic/YouTube Elon Musk said in May that SpaceX would launch more orbital missions in 2018 than any nation on Earth. Musk’s rocket company didn’t achieve that goal, as China successfully launched at least 35 rockets. But SpaceX broke the world record for most commercial rocket launches in a year, with 20. The company still has one more launch remaining on its 2018 manifest. Here’s a look at every SpaceX mission of 2018, including Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. This has been SpaceX’s most incredible year yet for launching rockets. In 2018, Elon Musk’s aerospace company achieved 20 successful launches. Those missions sent dozens of payloads into orbit, debuted two experimental Starlink internet satellites, and even shot a car past the orbit of Mars. The company still has one more launch planned for December. Musk … [Read more...] about Elon Musk beat a world record for rocket launches in 2018. Here’s every history-making SpaceX mission of the year.
SpaceX achieved another successful rocket launch and landing on Monday, and chalked up four new records in the process. The Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission was supposed to take place over the weekend, but the team postponed it to carry out extra inspections on part of the rocket. Record 1: With all checks complete and the team satisfied that everything was in order, the SpaceX rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at just after 10.30 a.m. PT on Monday, marking the first time for a Falcon 9 first-stage booster to be used for three different launches and landings. The achievement highlights SpaceX’s success in creating a reusable rocket system that has the potential to dramatically reduce the cost of spaceflight. Record 2: The same booster has now launched from all three launch pads used by SpaceX, namely the Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 40, and, following Monday’s lift-off, Launch Complex … [Read more...] about SpaceX’s latest Falcon 9 rocket launch set multiple records
It was a night sky sight so dazzling, the mayor of Los Angeles told everyone not to worry about aliens: a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket streaking into the evening sky, leaving a brilliant glowing plume in its wake. The Falcon 9 launched into orbit late Sunday (Oct. 7) from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base about 158 miles (254 kilometers) north of Los Angeles to deliver the Earth-observation radar satellite SAOCOM-1A into orbit for Argentina's national space agency. That mission was a success, and SpaceX also landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 at a new site (Landing Zone 4) near its Vandenberg launchpad in a historic first. But it was the spectacular views of the rocket streaking into the night sky, its two stages clearly visible after separation, that wowed spectators across the region. "I watched the launch from Santa Ynez peak, about 40 miles from the base," said Joaquin Baldwin, a Disney feature animation layout artist and photographer who shared a … [Read more...] about Spectacular SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights Up the Southern California Night Sky