A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center on Friday, June 23, 2017 with the BulgariaSat-1 communications satellite. The first stage then landed on a drone ship off the coast of Florida.
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SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket on a mission to the International Space Station and landed the first stage at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station shortly after on Saturday, June 3, 2017.
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch included a 13,500-pound satellite that’s close to the size of a double-decker bus.
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SpaceX launched a classified National Reconnaissance Office payload from Kennedy Space Center Monday morning and successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket.
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An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 with a Cygnus spacecraft for the International Space Station.
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In a historic first for the company and the industry, SpaceX launched and landed a “flight proven,” or refurbished, Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center.
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A Delta IV rocket carrying the military’s WGS-9 satellite blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday, March 18, 2017.
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Kennedy Space Center with the EchoStar 23 communications satellite on Thursday, March 16, 2017.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully blasted off from Kennedy Space Center’s historic pad 39A on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. The first stage returned for a successful landing in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the SBIRS missile detection satellite on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches from KSC, lands on drone ship
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 from KSC, lands at Cape
SpaceX launches satellite size of a double-decker bus
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 from KSC, nails landing
Atlas V rocket blasts off on mission with Cygnus spacecraft
SpaceX launches, lands ‘flight proven’ Falcon 9
Delta IV rocket launches from Cape Canaveral
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center
Falcon 9 blasts off from KSC, lands at Cape
Atlas V rocket blasts off with missile detection satellite
Just nine days after SpaceX’s bicoastal accomplishment last weekend, the company is again aiming to vault a Falcon 9 rocket paired with a commercial communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center, this time on Sunday.
SpaceX’s third mission in nine days, targeted for a 59-minute launch window that opens at 7:35 p.m., will take an Intelsat communications satellite to a geostationary orbit from KSC’s pad 39A. This mission involves an expendable Falcon 9 – a first stage landing will not be attempted due to fuel constraints, so no landing legs will be installed on the booster.
A check of the rocket’s nine Merlin main engines, known as a static test fire, is scheduled to take place at pad 39A starting at 4 p.m. Thursday. The window for the test closes at midnight. A forecast from the Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron is also expected Thursday.
The Hawthorne, California-based company achieved a major milestone last weekend when it broke its own record for flight-to-flight time, launching from both coasts and landing on drone ships stationed in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
On Friday, a previously flown Falcon 9 lifted Bulgaria’s first geostationary communications satellite, BulgariaSat-1, to orbit from KSC and softly landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship. Just two days later, a new Falcon 9 packed with 10 satellites for communications company Iridium leapt off the pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, later landing on the West Coast drone ship, named “Just Read The Instructions.”
Just halfway into the year, SpaceX has overseen nine successful missions, already topping 2016’s total of eight.
United Launch Alliance, meanwhile, is targeting August 3 for the launch of an Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, known as TDRS-M, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 41. The spacecraft arrived in Titusville last week.
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