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Next-gen SpaceX rocket engine goes up in flames

SpaceX says its next-generation Merlin rocket engine experienced a fiery anomaly during preparations for testing at its facility in McGregor, Texas, but the flare-up isn’t expected to have an effect on the company’s ambitious launch schedule. No injuries were reported in … Continue reading

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SpaceX executes Sweet 16 launch (plus landing)

SpaceX executed its 16th Falcon 9 rocket launch of the year today, sending the Koreasat-5A telecommunications satellite into orbit and then having the first-stage booster fly itself back to an oceangoing launch pad. The mission marked a doubling of SpaceX’s … Continue reading

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SpaceX aces its second launch in three days

Good things came in threes for SpaceX today: For the third time, it used a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket booster to send a payload into space, and had that booster land itself on an oceangoing platform. Successful recovery of … Continue reading

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SpaceX launches Air Force X-37B space plane

SpaceX launched the Air Force’s X-37B robotic space plane on its latest months-long, classified mission today – marking another first for the company, with an oncoming hurricane adding to the pressure. Evacuations in advance of Hurricane Irma’s Florida landfall have already begun, … Continue reading

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SpaceX launches Formosat-5 satellite

SpaceX chalked up another successful satellite launch and booster landing today, putting Taiwan’s Formosat-5 Earth observation satellite into orbit in the process. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 11:51 a.m. PT from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at … Continue reading

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SpaceX sends supercomputer to space station

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has sent a robotic Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies and scientific experiments, including a supercomputer that could help blaze the trail to Mars. The Spaceborne Computer project, pioneered … Continue reading

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Third time’s the charm for SpaceX launch

SpaceX finally launched the Intelsat 35e telecommunications satellite today atop a Falcon 9 rocket after two earlier attempts were aborted at T-minus-9 seconds. Those two attempts, on July 2 and 3, were called off by SpaceX’s computer system when the … Continue reading

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