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SpaceX successfully completes first launch of 2022 from Florida

SpaceX successfully completes first launch of 2022 from Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- SpaceX kicked off a surge in launch activity Thursday with the successful launch of 49 of the company's Starlink communications satellites from Florida, heading south along the state's coastline. Five SpaceX missions may launch in the next month on the southern polar trajectory, flying closer to the Florida coast toward Miami than most launches, according to the U.S. Space Force. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off as planned at 4:49 p.m. EST from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Nine minutes after launch, the first-stage booster landed successfully on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean. "Starlink is now live in 25 countries and regions currently servicing over 145,000 users worldwide," SpaceX engineer Jessie Anderson said during a live broadcast of the launch. "...
NASA, SpaceX reschedule Crew-3 launch for Wednesday

NASA, SpaceX reschedule Crew-3 launch for Wednesday

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Oct. 30 (UPI) -- NASA and SpaceX on Saturday scrapped plans to send astronauts to the International Space Station after a large mid-Atlantic storm caused weather issues along the flight path. The Crew-3 launch, which was set to launch Sunday, is now scheduled to take place 1:10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, when weather conditions were expected to be 80% favorable. The NASA astronauts will launch on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew, which includes pilot Tom Marshburn, commander Raja Chari, and mission specialists Kayla Barron and Matthias Maurer, is expected to spend six months carrying out research to help the United States prepare for longer space missions. Dxperiments include multiple studies of astronaut health during long period...
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches cargo to space station

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches cargo to space station

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched tiny squids, medical experiments and improved solar panels for the International Space Station from Florida on Thursday afternoon. The 7,300-pound cargo mission rose into a mostly cloudy sky aboard a Falcon 9 rocket as planned at 1:29 p.m. EDT from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Eight minutes after launch, SpaceX recovered the first-stage booster by landing it on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. "We're actually flying a new booster this mission," Sarah Walker, the company's director of mission management for the Dragon capsule, said at a press conference Wednesday. "This is the 17th mission that SpaceX has launched just in this front half of 2021 ... and the first one that's on a new booster." SpaceX reuses first-stage ...
SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts to return to Earth from ISS

SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts to return to Earth from ISS

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ORLANDO, Fla., April 30 (UPI) -- The first operational crew of astronauts on a SpaceX orbital mission, Crew-1, plan to start their return to Earth on Friday after making history on a journey to the International Space Station. NASA plans to bring the crew of four home starting at 5:55 p.m. EDT, when the Crew Dragon capsule Resilience will undock from the space station. Advertisement After a relatively quick flight, the capsule is scheduled to splash down in the Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Florida at 11:36 a.m. Saturday. The flight marked the first time four people flew in a space capsule and was only the second crewed mission for SpaceX and NASA's commercial crew program. The capsule will fly automatically, or robotically, unless there is a serious problem, crew commander Mike Hopki...
Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander

Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander

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NASANasa has chosen Elon Musk's company SpaceX to build a lander that will return humans to the Moon this decade.This vehicle will carry the next man and the first woman down to the lunar surface under the space agency's Artemis programme.Another goal of the programme will be to land the first person of colour on the Moon.The lander is based on SpaceX's Starship craft, which is being tested at a site in southern Texas.SpaceX was competing against a joint bid from traditional aerospace giants and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, as well as Alabama-based Dynetics. The total value of the contract awarded to Musk's company is $ 2.89bn."With this award, Nasa and our partners will complete the first crewed demonstration mission to the surface of the Moon in the 21st century as the agency takes a step ...