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  • SpaceX adds mystery “Zuma” mission, Iridium-4 aims for Vandenberg landing

    10/16/2017 1:16:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    nasaspaceflight.com ^ | October 16, 2017 | Chris Gebhardt
    It’s not often that one can point to a last-minute (from the public side) addition of a mission to a launch manifest – let alone one that manages to stay secret until 30 days before the opening of its launch campaign. But that is the case for a mystery Falcon 9 mission that is now set to launch between Koreasat-5A and CRS-13/Dragon. The mystery mission, codename Zuma, is known on its FCC launch license as Mission 1390 and will see a Falcon 9 rocket launch from LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center before performing a RTLS (Return To Launch Site)...
  • SpaceX Sets Oct. 11 Sunset Blastoff of ... Used Falcon 9 Rocket: Watch Live

    If all goes well this will be the second launch for SpaceX this week following Monday’s Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg AFB, Ca carrying 10 Iridium-NEXT satellites to orbit – and a record setting 15th of 2017! EchoStar 105/SES-11 is a high-powered hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite launching as a dual-mission satellite for US-based operator EchoStar and Luxembourg-based operator SES. The used two stage 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket was rolled out to pad 39A today, erected to vertical launch position and is now poised for liftoff Wednesday. It will launch the two and a half ton EchoStar 105/SES-11...
  • For a Successful National Space Council Revival, The Best Man Must Always Win

    10/10/2017 10:55:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2017 | Brian McNicoll
    If the first-in-a-quarter-century meeting last week of the National Space Council was indeed President Trump’s effort to ramp up our national space program and provide benefits for all, then good.But if it is as some perceived – a gauzy send-up to resume the practice of shoveling taxpayer dollars to Washington’s official Friends of the Industry – then we should have no part of it.David von Drehle of the Washington Post took the low road because the Trump administration is involved, calling the commercial prospects for humans “a distraction” and “all pie in the sky.”But in addition to hundreds of thousands...
  • Boom! SpaceX's Rocket Landing 'Blooper Reel' Is Epic ... and Explosive (Video)

    09/14/2017 11:22:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    With 16 successful rocket landings under its belt, along with two reused rockets and one reused Dragon spacecraft, Musk's rocket company has made giant leaps in reusable booster technology for sure. But an amazing new video from the company, which Musk has touted as a mere "blooper reel," shows just how hard it is to launch rockets into space and land them safely again. Musk posted the video — called "How Not to Land a Rocket" — on Twitter today (Sept. 14). SpaceX's most recent rocket landing occurred Sept. 6 after the launch of an Air Force X-37B space plane.
  • Crony defense budget hands SpaceX a monopoly - why?

    09/12/2017 6:40:49 AM PDT · by 54fighting · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/12/17 | Ron Paul
    Behind the high-minded rhetoric surrounding many government programs, there often (or even usually) lies some grant of special privilege to a powerful business interest. The most well-known example, of course, is ObamaCare’s individual mandate creating a guaranteed market for insurance companies. However, the most common hiding place for corporate welfare is the Pentagon. Hawkish politicians love sticking gifts to big corporations in the yearly National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). So it is no surprise to find an example of cronyism in the Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA, which the Senate is expected to vote on this week.
  • Elon Musk reveals first official photo of SpaceX space suit

    08/24/2017 10:20:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    The Verge ^ | August 23, 2017 | Thuy Ong
    Elon Musk has posted the official first photo of his SpaceX space suit on Instagram, teasing that more details will come in a few days. Musk says the suit actually works, and was tested to double vacuum pressure. The suit itself is very white and very spacey, and Musk acknowledges that it was “incredibly hard” to balance the suit’s look and its function.
  • Falcon 9 launches Dragon with heavy science payload

    08/15/2017 11:19:27 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    space news ^ | August 14, 2017 | Jeff Foust
    SANTA FE, N.M. — A SpaceX Falcon launched a Dragon cargo ship from Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:31 p.m. Eastern Aug. 14 with a pristine payload of physics, chemical and biological research, for the International Space Station. The mission designated SpX-12, will arrive on station early on Aug. 16. The Dragon is carrying 3 ton of cargo for the station, of which nearly 75 percent is science and U S Army, Kestrel Eye.
  • Calling the Moon: Startup to Put Cellphone Tower on the Moon

    08/11/2017 9:10:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 10, 2017 03:25pm ET | Tereza Pultarova
    German company Part Time Scientists, which originally competed for the Google Lunar X Prize race to the moon, plans to send a lander with a rover in late 2018 to visit the landing site of Apollo 17. (Launched in 1972, this was NASA's final Apollo mission to the moon.) Instead of using a complex dedicated telecommunication system to relay data from the rover to the Earth, the company will rely on LTE technology — the same system used on Earth for mobile phone communications. "We are cooperating with Vodafone in order to provide LTE base stations on the moon," Karsten...
  • SpaceX Building Catches Fire in Florida

    07/18/2017 9:54:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    space.com ^ | 07/17/2017 | Mike Wall,
    The fire was reported Sunday afternoon (July 16) in Port Canaveral, on the roof of a large building that SpaceX uses to store the first stages of Falcon 9 rockets that have landed back on Earth during orbital missions, according to Florida's WESH 2 News. "The large building and difficulty reaching the fire made the job tough," WESH 2 reported. "Firefighters wearing lots of heavy protective gear and equipment had to climb 75-foot-tall [23 meters] ladders in the hot Florida afternoon sun to reach the blaze. One firefighter experienced heat stress, and was taken to a hospital to be checked....
  • SpaceX Tries Launch Window Starting 7:37 pm Eastern Again (Third Try)

    07/05/2017 4:02:06 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 17 replies
    First tried on Sunday and Monday were automatically aborted at T-10 seconds, we shall see if this one goes. Launch Window starts at 7:37 pm, lasts one hour. No recovery, the payload fuel weight is too much.
  • Live coverage: SpaceX launch with Intelsat satellite targeted for Sunday

    07/02/2017 10:36:00 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    Space Flight Now ^ | Jul 2, 2017 | Stephen Clark
    Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the Intelsat 35e communications satellite. SpaceX’s live video coverage begins at approximately 7:20 p.m. EDT (2320 GMT).
  • ULA says it was not allowed to compete with SpaceX for Air Force launch

    06/09/2017 5:29:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Rueters ^ | 06/09/2017 | Irene Klotz
    nited Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) and Boeing (BA.N) said on Friday it was not given an opportunity to bid against rival SpaceX for the upcoming launch of the U.S. Air Force’s miniature X-37B space plane. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson disclosed during congressional testimony on Tuesday that the service was planning to fly its fifth X-37B mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. “ULA did not have the opportunity to bid for the Air Force’s fifth X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) mission which was recently awarded. ULA remains fully committed to continuing to support America’s national...
  • SpaceX To Make History With Launch Of Recycled Dragon Spacecraft

    06/01/2017 6:50:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 06/01/2017
    While the concept is not new — the space shuttles, for instance, flew multiple times in orbit — it’s important for saving money as well as technical reasons, he noted. SpaceX refurbished the Dragon for Thursday’s planned launch with a new heat shield and fresh parachutes for re-entry at mission’s end. There were so many X-rays and inspections that savings, if any, were minimal this time, said Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of flight reliability for SpaceX. The vast majority of this Dragon has already been to space, including the hull, thrusters and tanks. It’s packed with 6,000 pounds of station...
  • Elon Musk Threatens to Quit Advisory Panel if Donald Trump Cuts Energy Taxes, Subsidies

    06/01/2017 5:49:35 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 31 May 2017 | Neil Munro
    Elon Musk is threatening to resign from President Donald Trump’s business advisory panel if he extracts Americans from the Paris Climate Agreement which indirectly subsidizes Musk’s multiple billion-dollar business projects. The Wednesday threat came after news reports announced that Trump has decided to quit the 2016 agreement, which critics say would increase energy costs for U.S. consumers, factories and workplaces. The threat was delivered via a pair of tweets from the entrepreneur, who has skillfully harnessed a variety of federal regulations to subsidize his Tesla electric-car company, his SolarCity energy company, and a Nevada battery factory. Trump is under huge...
  • Space X launch in Florida

    04/23/2017 10:09:38 PM PDT · by fastrock · 17 replies
    Would like to see a launch this summer. Any suggestions on where to stay and where to view launch. Not like I want to be close enough to see the paint peeling from launch tower, yet I don't want to be so far away that it looks like a magic mark w/ flames.
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch, 30 March 2017 + Bystander Footage

    03/30/2017 5:04:12 PM PDT · by Trumpnation · 80 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/30/17 | JR
    SpaceX launches it's first recycled Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, using a booster that sent food and supplies to the astronauts living at the International Space Station in April. Includes some random bystander footage near the end.
  • SpaceX makes aerospace history with successful landing of a used rocket

    03/30/2017 3:47:10 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 21 replies
    The Verge ^ | 03/30/17 | Loren Grush
    After more than two years of landing its rockets after launch, SpaceX finally sent one of its used Falcon 9s back into space. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this evening, sending a communications satellite into orbit, and then landed on one of SpaceX’s drone ships floating in the Atlantic Ocean. It was round two for this particular rocket, which already launched and landed during a mission in April of last year. But the Falcon 9’s relaunch marks the first time an orbital rocket has launched to space for a second time. "This evening’s mission was a critical...
  • Watch Live Thursday: SpaceX Falcon 9 May Launch EchoStar 23 Satellite @ 1:35 am ET

    03/14/2017 2:57:06 AM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 13, 2017 | Space Staff
    SpaceX may launch the EchoStar 23 communications satellite from historic Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:35 a.m. EDT (0535 GMT) on Thursday (March 16). The mission was originally scheduled for Tuesday (March 14), but cloudy skies and high winds forced a scrub; Thursday is the next available opportunity, SpaceX representatives have said. If EchoStar 23 does fly Thursday, the launch webcast will begin at about 1:15 a.m. EDT (0515 GMT), and can be seen in the window below. Our preview story: (SpaceX to Launch EchoStar 23 Satellite Early Tuesday: Watch It Live)
  • SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year

    02/27/2017 2:26:54 PM PST · by Moonman62 · 59 replies
    SpaceX ^ | 2/27/2017 | spacex
    We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released...
  • NASA SpaceX CRS10 Takeoff 2-19-17

    02/19/2017 1:20:59 PM PST · by Trumpnation · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-19-17 | JR
    They got it up this time (No pun intended). Video from spectator area.