Tag: Landing

SLS, Falcon Heavy and Rockets “Worthy of a Great Nation” : Time for an Independent Review

SLS, Falcon Heavy and Rockets “Worthy of a Great Nation” : Time for an Independent Review

There is an interesting division taking place in the media as it relates to how NASA and the Space Launch System are being covered.  On the one hand, NASA itself has done an excellent, if not overly enthusiastic job of promoting SLS/Orion and the “Journey to Mars” despite the fact that there is no such […]

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SpaceX Falcon 9: Landing Videos and Next Launch

SpaceX Falcon 9: Landing Videos and Next Launch

The automated spaceport drone ship Of Course I Still Love You sailed  back into Port Canaveral yesterday evening carrying the Falcon 9 first stage booster which launched the JCSAT-14 mission welded to its deck. Meanwhile, SpaceX has released a YouTube video showing three different camera views of nighttime landing. The next launch for SpaceX is the […]

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Facing Higher Odds, SpaceX Scores Second Successful Ocean Landing

Facing Higher Odds, SpaceX Scores Second Successful Ocean Landing

SpaceX achieved its second consecutive successful landing at sea overnight as a part of the JCSAT-14 satellite launch to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. Coming less than one month after the first successful drone ship landing which took place during the NASA CRS-8 resupply mission to ISS on April 8, last night’s achievement was even more challenging […]

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SpaceX Counting Down to Late Night Launch of JCSAT-14

SpaceX Counting Down to Late Night Launch of JCSAT-14

After sitting out a day due to very inclement weather in Central Florida, SpaceX is counting down to the launch of the JCSAT-14 communications satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit.  Liftoff from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 is scheduled at the start of a two hour launch window which begins at 1:21 am ET, 5:21am UTC. A backup window […]

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Musk: SpaceX Plans to Re-Fly Falcon 9 in June

Musk: SpaceX Plans to Re-Fly Falcon 9 in June

He declined to talk about his company’s plans for Mars, and seemed surprisingly apprehensive regarding the challenges in launching Falcon Heavy, but Elon Musk’s remarks at a post flight news conference for the CRS-8 mission dropped a bombshell that likely sent his competitors to bed with a stiff drink, if not stronger stuff. Having previously […]

At Last Sea-weet Success: SpaceX Sticks the Landing

At Last Sea-weet Success: SpaceX Sticks the Landing

The space age just got another red letter date added to its calendar. In what may go down as a comeback for the ages, literally, SpaceX rebounded from last year’s loss of the CRS-7 mission on June 28th, 2014 with a flawless liftoff of the CRS-8 Dragon capsule, and more importantly in the long run, […]

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Sweet Home Alabama: Dream Chaser Aims for Huntsville Landings

Sweet Home Alabama: Dream Chaser Aims for Huntsville Landings

The “Rocket City” may be taking a big step in seeing some of its storied history coming home, literally, in the form of a descending Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser space plane. Yesterday, officials in Huntsville, Al held an industry session to promote Dream Chaser landings in the city that helped launch America into the space […]

SpaceX Drone Ship Comes Home Empty, But the Future is Bright

SpaceX Drone Ship Comes Home Empty, But the Future is Bright

It was the homecoming SpaceX predicted, but certainly not the one the company wanted following the SES-9 launch on Friday. In the YouTube video below, the automated spaceport drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” is towed into Port Canaveral with only small tarp covering what presumably are the remains of the Falcon 9 […]

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches SES-9, First Stage Comes Close But Hits Hard

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches SES-9, First Stage Comes Close But Hits Hard

After slogging through a frustrating launch campaign, SpaceX finally lofted the SES-9 satellite to geostationary transfer orbit on Friday evening. Liftoff of the first Falcon 9 Full Thrust carrying a comsat to GTO, and the second overall, took place on time at 6:35 pm Eastern from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40. Shortly thereafter, company founder Elon Musk confirmed […]

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SpaceX, SES Ready to Try Again

SpaceX, SES Ready to Try Again

After a series of delays due to ground equipment, range and weather issues, it looks like at least the weather will be cooperating in this evening’s launch attempt of the SpaceX SES-9 mission. According to the 45th Space Wing weather forecast, conditions are 90% go, with a marginal concern for cumulus clouds. At sea, a […]

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