March 28, 2017

Watch a replay of the Falcon 9 engine test

March 27, 2017

The Falcon 9 rocket’s main engines briefly ignited at launch pad 39A in a standard pre-launch test. This is the second time this booster has test fired its engines on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral.

Live coverage: Falcon 9 engines ignite for static test fire

March 24, 2017

Liftoff of a previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket is set for this week from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the first time SpaceX has reused one of its first stage boosters on a second mission. The flight was set for takeoff Wednesday, but the launch of the SES 10 communications satellite was delayed to Thursday after launch preps ran behind schedule.

Q&A with Claire Leon, director of launch enterprise directorate at SMC

March 24, 2017

The head of the launch enterprise directorate at the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Claire Leon, spoke with reporters March 15 about the military’s award of a GPS launch contract to SpaceX, and she discussed plans for more head-to-head launch contract competitions in the coming months.

Photos: EchoStar 23 takes flight on Falcon 9 rocket

March 18, 2017

The EchoStar 23 communications satellite, on the way to a 15-year service life broadcasting television signals, launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Thursday from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SpaceX nabs GPS launch contract as Air Force opens more missions for bidding

March 18, 2017

The U.S. Air Force this week awarded SpaceX a contract to launch a Global Positioning System satellite in early 2019, concluding the second of as many as 15 competitions the military plans to run over the next year to pit SpaceX against United Launch Alliance for rights to lift defense and intelligence-gathering payloads into orbit.

Photos: Falcon 9 flies off pad 39A

March 17, 2017

Climbing into a clear night sky, a Falcon 9 rocket soared into space early Thursday with the EchoStar 23 commercial communications satellite from launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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