SpaceX will be launching GovSat-1 on a flight-proven booster

Later this afternoon at 4:25pm EST (21:25UTC), SpaceX will launch the GovSat-1 satellite with their Falcon 9 rocket. The Falcon 9 will launch from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) to carry the satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). The first stage of this Falcon 9 previously supported the NROL-76 mission back in May 2017 and SpaceX will not attempt a recovery of this booster. Still equipped with recovery hardware, we can assume they will still attempt a soft landing in the ocean for additional data to study and improve landings in the future. The GovSat-1 satellite is the first of its kind and has been manufactured by Orbital ATK and is partnered with SES. The satellite is desi

Falcon Heavy fires up its 27 engines for the first time ever!

Today around 12:30pm EST, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket ignited its 27 Merlin engines for the very first time as a complete launch vehicle. For the static fire, they followed normal launch procedures with the fueling of the 3 cores and the upper stage and then igniting the engines in a staggered pattern to reduce the torque forces on the octowebs. The rocket fired all the engines for around 7-11 seconds and generated quite a bit of steam as the huge plume grew away from the launch pad. Elon Musk confirmed a good static fire and said that Falcon Heavy would "launch in a week or so".

A picture perfect launch of Electron by Rocket Lab

After many scrubs and a delay, Rocket lab launches their Electron rocket into the sky above the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. The carbon-composite launch vehicle ignited its 9 Rutherford engines and launched off the pad about 2 seconds after engine ignition. The rocket climbed through the atmosphere and the first stage cutoff and separated about 2.5 minutes after launch. The second stage carried the 3 satellites into Low Earth Orbit. Electron launched an Earth-imaging Dove satellite for Planet labs and two Lemur-2 satellites for Spire that allows gathering data for weather and ship tracking. Rocket Lab's Electron rocket is a fully carbon-composite rocket with engines that have 3D printed c

Welcome home, Dragon! SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft returns to Earth after almost a month at the IS

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft reentered Earth's atmosphere carrying approximately 4,100 pounds of scientific research and hardware for NASA. Dragon successfully splashed down and was recovered in the Pacific Ocean by the SpaceX team a bit off the coast of California. Dragon will be brought back into port and will be transported to their HQ in Hawthrone, CA for unloading of the cargo and inspection of the spacecraft. This was the second time that this Dragon has been flown to space back. Dragon launched on a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket back on December 15th, 2017 from Space Launch Complex 40 by SpaceX. This mission was the first time that NASA had agreed to use a flight-proven Falcon 9 booster

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