Archive for February, 2015

SpaceX: Conditions Go for Launch, No for Landing

SpaceX: Conditions Go for Launch, No for Landing

From SpaceX: “SpaceX is still tracking towards a 6:03pm ET liftoff of DSCOVR, but unfortunately we will not be able to attempt to recover the first stage of the Falcon 9. The drone ship was designed to operate in all but the most extreme weather. We are experiencing just such weather in the Atlantic with […]

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Europe’s IXV Demonstrator Launches, Lands, What Next?

Europe’s IXV Demonstrator Launches, Lands, What Next?

Europe’s IXV, or Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, a small re-entry test vehicle, launched this morning aboard a Vega booster from the European spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana. Liftoff, in what was the fourth flight of the three stage solid fueled Vega small launch vehicle, occurred at 13:30 GMT.   After reaching a maximum altitude of 412 […]

Posted in: Space Planes
Congress Punts, Falcon Sits, Dragon Lands and the Air Force Is Confused

Congress Punts, Falcon Sits, Dragon Lands and the Air Force Is Confused

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Space Launch Complex 36 as the site of the SpaceX lease. That site is being leased by Moon Express. The SpaceX site is Space Launch Complex 13. Original story: In the end, it was a weird day for SpaceX. The day began with public confirmation of […]

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SpaceX Aims for Deep Space and Two Oceans in Less Than Two Hours

SpaceX Aims for Deep Space and Two Oceans in Less Than Two Hours

Image Credit:  S. Money After standing down for a day to wait out bad weather at Cape Canaveral, the four organizations involved the launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory; SpaceX, NOAA, NASA, and the Air Force, are now targeting a Tuesday (February 10th) liftoff at 6:05 PM EST. The range is also available on […]

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Update: After 17 Years, DSCOVR Will Have to Wait At Least (Two More) Days..Maybe?

Update: After 17 Years, DSCOVR Will Have to Wait At Least (Two More) Days..Maybe?

Update: NOAA’s is, or rather was, stating via the NOAA Satellites twitter account, that the DSCOVR launch has been pushed back to Tuesday at the earliest, due to weather concerns. The original tweet appears to have been deleted however. Original story: This evening’s launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster carrying the DSCOVR spacecraft was […]

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Great Weather, Outstanding Visibility Predicted for SpaceX Launch

Great Weather, Outstanding Visibility Predicted for SpaceX Launch

Ready…. Image credit S. Money   Launch day at Cape Canaveral dawned much the same way it is supposed end, with near perfect weather on tap for liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying the Deep Space Climate Observatory, DSCOVR spacecraft. Air Force meteorologists call for a greater than 90 percent chance of favorable conditions […]

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DSCOVR Launch Presents SpaceX With New Landing Challenge

DSCOVR Launch Presents SpaceX With New Landing Challenge

A Saturday pre-launch press conference for Sunday’s liftoff of the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR spacecraft, revealed new details regarding SpaceX’s second attempt to land a Falcon 9 first stage on its seagoing platform.  One fact seems clear, this attempt will be more difficult than the last.  It may be also be a harbinger […]

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For SpaceX, Living Well is the Best Revenge : A Second Pad at Vandenberg

For SpaceX, Living Well is the Best Revenge : A Second Pad at Vandenberg

First and and so far only SpaceX launch from Vandenberg : Image Credit SpaceX According to a story first reported in Space News, SpaceX is now leasing a second launch pad from the Air Force at Vandenberg, Ca. Although SpaceX has not made any recent public statements, the lease of Space Launch Complex-4 West (SLC-4W) […]

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SpaceX Set for First Ever Deep Space Launch on Sunday Evening

SpaceX Set for First Ever Deep Space Launch on Sunday Evening

With the successful completion of a static test fire, the stage is now set for a SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft on the evening of Sunday, February 8th. Liftoff must take place in an instantaneous window occurring at 6:10 PM EST. If needed, a backup date is reserved […]

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NASA FY 2016 Budget Request Draws Battle Lines Over Commercial Crew

NASA FY 2016 Budget Request Draws Battle Lines Over Commercial Crew

On Monday, the Obama Administration announced its proposed budget for FY 2016, a $4 trillion dollar (officially $3.999) spending tally which is certain to be contested by the new Republican Congress. As part of the day’s events, NASA Chief Financial Officer (CFO) David Radzanowski presented the space agency’s own $18.5 billion dollar slice of the […]

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