First SpaceX Block 5 launch confirmed

Thales Alenia Space confirmed to AmericaSpace today that their Bangabandhu-1 satellite will be launching on SpaceX's first 'Block-5' Falcon 9 rocket. The date is currently planned for NET April 24th, later than people had anticipated. The date was originally the first week of April, but slipped a few weeks back due to SpaceX running additional tests on the Block-5 first stage. Thales stated, "Bangabandu-1 will fly on the most advanced and reliable vehicle ever built by SpaceX". The Block-5, or "Final Version" of the Falcon 9 consists of many upgrades to the first stage to begin the rapid reusability of the rockets that will ultimately lower the cost of their Falcon 9. There are some upgrades

Launch of Iridium-5 slips due to satellite issue

Originally, Iridium-5 was supposed to be launched by SpaceX on their Falcon 9 rocket on March 29th at 7:19am PST, but has been pushed back a couple days. Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium, tweeted that they are having an issue with one of the ten satellites being launched and are resetting the date to NET March 31st at 7:08am PST (10:08am EST). There is a possibility that the launch could slip into next week, but as of right now 3/31 is the targeted date. "Launch success is priority #1!" Desch tweeted. Edit: They are now targeting the launch for March 30th at 7:14am PST (10:14am EST) Iridium-5 will launch on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket using a flight-proven first stage which is not planned to be recov

SpaceX successfully launches their largest payload on their 50th Falcon 9 launch

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 12:33am EST carrying the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit. As Falcon slowely cleared the pad, it ascended as an orb of light into the clear Florida sky as the 9 Merlin engines powered it into flight. The first stage performed nominally and the second stage placed the satellite into its desired orbit with no problems on the vehicle. The first stage for this mission was a new booster and was previously planned to land on the droneship for recovery, but that secondary objective was changed to a soft landing in the water since the waves in the landing area would be up to approximately 25f

Falcon 9 will light up Florida's sky tonight

Tonight, at 12:33am EST, SpaceX will attempt to launch their Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The launch will take place at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, FL. The launch window remains open for 2 hours stretching to 2:33am EST with a backup launch window on Wednesday, March 7th, at 12:33am EST. The first stage on this mission is a new booster and hasn't been previously flown, unlike the last few missions. This booster will have an unlucky fate and will not be attempted to land, because of unfavourable weather in the landing zone area. A live stream of this mission will be available on www.spac

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