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Reused SpaceX rocket to carries satellite into orbit

Reused SpaceX rocket to carries satellite into orbit

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Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A used Falcon 9 rocket landed on a droneship in the Atlantic ocean Wednesday after launching a communications satellite into orbit.It was the third time SpaceX depended on a used Falcon 9 rocket to carry out a launch mission.The rocket blasted off at 6:53 p.m. from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The Falcon 9 rocket previously was used to deliver cargo to the International Space Station in February. This time, the rocket carried a high-powered, hybrid communications satellite shared by SES and EchoStar. The satellite is expected support the delivery of high-definition television broadcasts to viewers across North America.After carrying SpaceX's Dragon capsule to the edge of space last winter, the rocket's first stage detached and fell back to Earth before executing a contr...
SpaceX tests first stage of 'world's most powerful rocket'

SpaceX tests first stage of 'world's most powerful rocket'

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Sept. 4 (UPI) -- SpaceX has completed testing of all three first-stage cores on its Falcon Heavy rocket. The company is preparing for the rocket's first flight test, scheduled for early November."Falcon Heavy's 3 first stage cores have all completed testing at our rocket development facility in McGregor, TX," the aerospace company announced on Twitter.Falcon Heavy's 3 first stage cores have all completed testing at our rocket development facility in McGregor, TX → https://t.co/GJu23QdZRKpic.twitter.com/ivVXPhWu0u- SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 2, 2017SpaceX touts the Falcon Heavy as the "world's most powerful rocket.""Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost," the company claims on its website.SpaceX e
Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scrubbed at last second

Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scrubbed at last second

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July 3 (UPI) -- SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket didn't get off the launch pad at Cape Canaveral on Monday because something triggered an automatic abort just seconds away from lift-off, officials said.The rocket, carrying the Intelsat 35e satellite, was set to blast off at 7:37 p.m. EDT Monday. Mission controllers received an extended launch window into the evening, but the window closed not long after the computer system issued the abort.It wasn't immediately clear why the computer triggered the abort -- with 9 seconds until blast off.SpaceX said the next lunch opportunity could be Tuesday, the Fourth of July.When it is launched, the satellite will be propelled into space by an expendable version of the Falcon 9 rocket, which means SpaceX won't attempt to land the rocket on a floating platform a...
SpaceX completes launch and landing double bill

SpaceX completes launch and landing double bill

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US rocket company SpaceX completed back-to-back launches at the weekend. Late on Friday, it used one of its refurbished Falcon 9 vehicles to put up a Bulgarian satellite from Florida.Then on Sunday, SpaceX lofted another 10 spacecraft for telecommunications company Iridium. This time, the rocket flew out of California.Both missions saw the Falcon first-stages come back to Earth under control to drone ships that had been positioned out on the ocean. It means SpaceX has now had 13 landing successes for those missions it has sought to recover the booster. That said, Friday's first-stage had a particularly hard landing, and looked bent over on the live video feed. "Rocket is extra toasty and hit the deck hard (used almost all of the emergency crush core), but otherwise good," quipped SpaceX ch...