Blog Archive: SpaceX

SpaceX launches Jason-3 ocean-monitoring satellite

VANDENBERG AFB >> After successfully delivering a U.S.-European ocean-monitoring satellite into orbit, a Space X rocket made a hard landing on a floating barge in the roiling Pacific, breaking a support leg and toppling over Sunday. SpaceX announcers said the first stage of the Falcon 9 was not upright after reaching the 300-by-170 foot landing pad in choppy seas about 200 miles west of San Diego. The rocket launched as planned at 10:42 a.m. from Vandenberg

Yet another setback for SpaceX

By Christopher Weber and John Antczak, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES >> After successfully delivering a U.S.-European ocean-monitoring satellite into orbit, a Space X rocket made a hard landing on a floating barge in the roiling Pacific, breaking a support leg and toppling over Sunday. SpaceX announcers said the first stage of the Falcon 9 was not upright after reaching the 300-by-170 foot landing pad in choppy seas about 200 miles west of San Diego.

On fourth try, Hawthorne-based SpaceX lands rocket successfully after launch

Six months after one of its rockets exploded two minutes into flight, Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched a rocket from Cape Canaveral on Monday night and delivered 11 satellites into a low orbit — then made history by successfully landing the booster rocket back on Earth.

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SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. >> SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board, just a life-size dummy, for the first-of-its-kind flight. The whole thing lasted just 1½ minutes, but represented a huge milestone in SpaceX’s effort to get America back to the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil.

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