October 17, 2021

Live coverage: SpaceX launches Starlink satellites from California

September 13, 2021

SpaceX began launching its next series of Starlink internet satellites Monday, when a Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Liftoff with 51 Starlink satellites occurred at 8:55 p.m. PDT (11:55 p.m. EDT) Monday, or 0355 GMT Tuesday.

Civilian astronauts practice for launch day at Kennedy Space Center

September 13, 2021

The four civilian fliers who will rocket into orbit this week on the privately-managed Inspiration4 mission took their seats inside a SpaceX crew capsule Sunday night in Florida during a dress rehearsal for launch day. Hours later, once the crew members cleared the launch pad, SpaceX test-fired the Falcon 9 rocket set to launch the Inspiration4 mission.

Photos: SpaceX rocket arrives on launch pad for Inspiration4 mission

September 13, 2021

The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spaceship chartered by billionaire Jared Isaacman for a three-day mission in low Earth orbit arrived at historic launch pad 39A in Florida over the weekend, moving into the starting blocks for liftoff Wednesday night with four civilian passengers.

Live coverage: SpaceX test-fires rocket for Inspiration4 crew mission

September 12, 2021

It’s launch week at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where SpaceX is gearing up for liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket with the Inspiration4 mission, the first all-private human spaceflight to low Earth orbit. SpaceX completed a test-firing of the Falcon 9 rocket early Monday.

Crew completes spaceship fit check ahead of all-private mission to orbit

September 1, 2021

The four private citizens who will fly into orbit later this month on a chartered SpaceX capsule visited their spaceship at Cape Canaveral this week for fit checks. On Wednesday, officials released the first pictures of the cupola window attached to the Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft, a new addition that will offer the crew expansive views of planet Earth from an altitude of more than 350 miles.

Pandemic-caused liquid oxygen shortage impacts launch schedules

August 31, 2021

The effects of a nationwide shortage of liquid oxygen caused by the recent spike in hospitalized coronavirus patients has already delayed the launch of a Landsat imaging satellite by a week, and threatens to impact more missions from launch sites in Florida and California.

SpaceX launches resupply mission to International Space Station

August 29, 2021

SpaceX launched a Dragon cargo capsule from Florida on a thundering predawn ascent into orbit early Sunday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, kicking off the company’s 23rd commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station. The rocket’s reusable booster was the first to land on a new SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

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