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Satellite owners among bystanders in Falcon 9 accident

The long queue of satellites waiting on launches aboard SpaceX's Falcon rockets -- a backlog the company says is worth $7 billion -- will stay grounded while investigators determine what caused a Falcon 9 booster to disintegrate after liftoff Sunday.

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    Cameras positioned around SpaceX's launch facility at Cape Canaveral captured stunning photos of the Falcon 9 rocket's picturesque blastoff into a sun-splashed sky Sunday morning, but the photogenic launch went awry minutes later.
  • MUOS SV 5 lift to shipping container
    Tucked inside a shipping crate aboard an Air Force C-5 transport aircraft, the Navy's next mobile communications satellite has flown from California to Florida in preparation for liftoff this summer.
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    Managers in charge of International Space Station say the massive orbiting laboratory and its residents can keep going despite Sunday's failure of a SpaceX resupply launch, which destroyed a new docking adapter critical to NASA's commercial crew program, a spacesuit, and a part to repair the lab's water purification system.
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    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo ship loaded with more than 4,000 pounds of supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station -- including a critical docking adapter needed by future U.S. crew ships -- broke apart in a shower of debris shortly after launch Sunday.
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    Spaceflight Now's camera at the Kennedy Space Center's Complex 39 press site captured this view of the Falcon 9 rocket's high-altitude anomaly Sunday.
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    SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket failed approximately 2 minutes, 20 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Sunday. Watch a video of the dramatic launch failure, plus a slowed-down high-definition version at one-tenth normal speed.
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    SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart just after launch on a commercial resupply run to the International Space Station. Here are a few images from NASA TV's launch broadcast.
  • Scriptunas_SpaceX_CRS7-6157
    SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, standing 208 feet tall, is mounted on a Cape Canaveral launch pad for liftoff with a fresh package of supplies and research experiments for the International Space Station.
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    China launched a high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite Friday on top of a Long March 4B rocket, according to state media reports.
  • spacex7_timeline
    Follow the key events of the Falcon 9 rocket’s ascent into orbit from Cape Canaveral on SpaceX's seventh operational resupply mission to the International Space Station.