SpaceX to build its massive BFR in Los Angeles

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The mayor of Los Angeles confirmed earlier reports that SpaceX will build its largest rocket, the BFR, at the Port of Los Angeles. SpaceX says the BFR is simply too big to be transported by roads. ” Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and COO, said in a statement.

SpaceX Breaks Launch Record

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SpaceX reaches new heights with record-breaking rocket launch

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SpaceX Test Fires New Raptor Engines

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has test fired its new Raptor engines, the new engines which are being developed for the next SpaceX launch vehicle. The Raptor engine is a liquid-fueled rocket engine which uses methane and liquid oxygen, and are expected to have about twice the power of the current Merlin 1D engines used in the SpaceX Falcon 9. spacex raptor engine spaceflight aerospace elon musk

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SpaceX Successfully Returns Crew Dragon To Earth

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully completed its first test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on Friday, marking the first successful NASA Commercial Crew Flight Test, and moving the company towards delivering astronauts into space--a move which may return the capability of launching astronauts into space back to U.S. spacex crew dragon astronaut splashdown manned flight international space station aerospace

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Set For Splashdown Early Friday Morning

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With the first launch of an astronaut-capable spacecraft by Los Angeles-based SpaceX , last weekend, was a success, SpaceX is now attempting to return its Crew Dragon spacecraft to earth this morning. According to NASA and SpaceX, at 2:32 a.m. If successful, the mission will help pave SpaceX's move into moving astronauts to space for the United States, which has been relying on the Russian space program for that capability since the retirement of the Space Shuttle.

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SpaceX Wins $297M For New Air Force Launch Missions

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has scored $297M more in a launch contract from the U.S. According to the Air Force Space and Missle Systems Center, SpaceX won one of two Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch services contracts, worth a total of $297M. The Air Force also awarded another $441.76M contract to SpaceX competitor ULA, for similar launches. Image: an earlier SpaceX launch of NROL-76 into space in 2017.

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NASA, SpaceX Rehearse Crew Ocean Landings

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NASA and SpaceX have been rehearsing recovery for future, crewed missions of the SpaceX Crew Dragon out at sea, NASA said on Monday , as the two move closer to launching astronauts into space using SpaceX rockets. According to NASA, SpaceX has outfitted its recovery ship, the GO Searcher, with a medical treatment facility and a helipad in the center of the vessel, in the "unlikely event" of an astronaut medical emergency.

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SpaceX Successfully Launches, Docks Crew Capable Spacecraft With ISS

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully launched its first mission of a spacecraft designed to carry human beings into space, sending the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft into space early Saturday morning, and successfully docking the spacecraft at the ISS on Sunday. SpaceX is competing to gain certification to carry actual astronauts into space using its spacecraft, in hopes of becoming the first, commercial company to launch astronauts to the ISS.

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SpaceX Books Lunar Lander Launch Mission

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has been booked to launch the first, privately funded lunar lander mission, as a secondary payload on an upcoming launch from Cape Canaveral. According to satellite launch arranger Spaceflight, the first, privately funded and developed lunar lander has been booked on an upcoming ride-sharing mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9. spaceflight lunar lander launch spacex falcon9 falcon aerospace satellite

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SpaceX Test Fires Falcon Heavy

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX test fired the Falcon Heavy in Florida on Wednesday, in another step forward towards an actual flight of its new design. SpaceX posted a video of the static fire test, which lasted 22 seconds. pic.twitter.com/EZF4JOT8e4 — SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 24, 2018. spacex falcon heavy florida test fire aerospace space nasa

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SpaceX Aims Massive Satellite Launch At Vandenberg On Wednesday

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Fans of SpaceX , the rocket launch and spacecraft company founded by technology mogul Elon Musk, have yet another opportunity to see SpaceX send a spacecraft into space from Southern California, as early as Wednesday. SpaceX said over the weekend that it is targeting a November 28th launch of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, which is north of Santa Barbara near the town of Lompoc.

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SpaceX Renames BFR To Starship

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Hawthorne-based rocket and space vehicle developer SpaceX is renaming its upcoming, passenger-carrying rocket--the BFR--to "Starship", and will refer to the rocket booster as "Super Heavy", according to SpaceX founder Elon Musk. spacex starship rocket launch aerospace space spaceship

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SpaceX Moving Some Starship Prototyping To Texas

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is reportedly getting set to move some parts of the prototyping of its big, Mars-bound passenger rocket--the Starship (formerly known as the BFR)--to Texas, according to reports on Wednesday. SpaceX renamed its BFR (Officially known as "Big Falcon Rocket", but often referred to as "Big F ing Rocket") to Starship in November. spacex starship rocket launch aerospace space spaceship texas

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SpaceX, LACMA Art Project Heads Into Space

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully launched yet another payload into space on Monday morning, carrying 64 satellites into space on the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission. Among the 64 satellites on the flight is one of the more unusual payloads for SpaceX: an art project for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The art project--created by Tavares Strachan--was funded in part by SpaceX.

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SpaceX Seeks $750M In Debt Funding

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Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX , the commercial space exploration firm run by Elon Musk, is looking to raised $750M in a leveraged loan offering, according to a report on Tuesday. spacex commercial space exploration elon musk loan debt funding aerospaceThe loan effort is being led by BofA Merrill Lynch. The debt funding effort is apparently the company's first time it has attempted to tap into the institutional debt market. READ MORE>>.

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SpaceX Gets For Another Reuse Milestone

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is getting set to reach another milestone in its development of space exploration technology, which is to push the reuse of its rockets even further. According to a SpaceX official, the company is about to relaunch one of its boosters for the third time. Although SpaceX has re-used many of its rockets in prior launches--re-using the first stage of Falcon 9 rockets 30 times--it has only done so twice with each booster.

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SpaceX's Next Launch From Vandenberg Delayed

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Hawthorne-based rocket launch and spacecraft developer SpaceX has delayed its next, West Coast launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, from tomorrow--Tuesday--to an indefinite future date. SpaceX had planned a launch of the Iridum 8 mission, carrying the Iridum Next 66-75 satellites on Tuesday morning. SpaceX is launching its Falcon 9 in its own launch from Vandenberg. Image: an earlier SpaceX rocket readied for launch.

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SpaceX 4K Video Dazzles Viewers

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Are you a fan of Hawthorne-based SpaceX , the space rocket developer founded by Elon Musk? SpaceX has just released some impressive, 4K video of its launches on YouTube, offering up an impressive compilation of the company''s various launches in the very high resolution video format.

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SpaceX Completes Static Fire Testing On Crew Dragon

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has moved one step closer to launching its first Crew Dragon into space, saying on Thursday that it has completed a "static firing" test for a planned February launch. The test--conducted at Cape Canaveral at Launch Complex 39A--is a step along the way to what will be the first demonstration flight for the new SpaceX spacecraft. SpaceX is hoping to prove out the design for NASA for its own space capsule, to deliver U.S.

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SpaceX Launches New Payload To ISS

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has launched yet another payload into space--only two days after a successful launch of a satellite payload at Vandenberg. SpaceX and NASA put another resupply mission, the Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-16), to the International Space Station (ISS) into space on Wednesday at 1:16pm ET, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The mission is the sixteenth delivery of supplies to the ISS for SpaceX.

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SpaceX Dragon Arrives At ISS

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A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has just arrived at the International Space Station this morning, according to NASA, at 6:52am PT. The SpaceX Dragon is expected to remain attached to the ISS for the next month, and will deliver more than 5,900 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory. SpaceX launched its latest mission, the CRS-15 (Commercial Resupply Services) mission, to the ISS on Thursday from Cape Canaveral.

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Watch SpaceX's Next Mission to The ISS

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SpaceX is getting set to launch its fourteenth mission to the International Space Station (ISS), Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can watch the SpaceX live webcast below: READ MORE>>. spacex falcon9 cape canaveral crs14

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SpaceX Running Fairing Catch Tests Near Catalina Island

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX , in an attempt to further hone its technology to be able to catch the rocket fairings off of its spacecraft, was running a test on Monday afternoon off the back side of Catalina Island, dropping that fairing to Mr. Steven, its fairing-catching marine vessel. According to both aircraft and marine traffic tracking systems, SpaceX made its latest drop at around 2:30pm, letting go of its fairing from 10,800 feet.

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SpaceX Ready For Wednesday NASA Launch

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is getting set to launch yet another payload into space for NASA, saying all systems and weather are go for the 6:51 p.m. SpaceX is launching the payload on a Falcon 9 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

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SpaceX Delays Satellite Launch Mission From Vandenberg

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has just delayed its upcoming satellite launch mission--of the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express --due to the incoming weather system into California. According to SpaceX, the launch is being delayed to extreme high-altitude winds that violate its Range requirements. spacex satellite launch spaceflight cubesat smallsat space aerospace elon musk rocket

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SpaceX Successfully Delivers GPS Satellite Into Orbit

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully delivered another payload into space over the Christmas weekend, delivering the GPS III SV01 Mission into space on Sunday, December 23rd at 5:51 a.m. SpaceX and the Air Force said the new satellites have three times better accuracy, and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capability. spacex satellite payload christmas force constellation

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SpaceX Completes Launch, Landing At Vandenberg

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SpaceX has completed another successful launch, and its first land-based landing, at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday evening, in a spectacularly visible display over Southern California. The SpaceX launch, of the SAOCOM 1A satellite for Argentina, launched at 7:21pm on Sunday evening, leaving a giant luminous cloud visible up and down the California coast. SpaceX also successfully landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket next to its launch site, the first on the West Coast.

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SpaceX Shifts Fairing Catching Ship, Mr. Steven, To East Coast

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is shifting its rocket fairing-catching ship, Mr. Steven , to the East Coast, as it concludes the rapid pace of launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base for satellite constellation operator Iridium. According to SpaceX, it began moving Mr. Steven to the East Coast on Tuesday. SpaceX had been attempting to catch a fairing--the structure which protects satellite payloads during launch--as part of its efforts to make its Falcon 9 rockets even more re-usable.

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SpaceX Set To Launch Crew Dragon Test Flight On Saturday

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In an important move towards launching astronauts into space, Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX is getting set to launch an important, test flight of its Crew Dragon on Saturday, from Florida. spacex crew dragon flight testing astronaut aerospace space nasa rocket launchThe first Crew Dragon spacecraft was rolled out onto Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, where it is now being prepped for an early Saturday morning launch.

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SpaceX Authorized To Launch Massive, 7,518 Satellite Constellation

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Hawthorne-based space launch provider SpaceX , led by technology mogul Elon Musk, has just been given permission to launch a massive, 7,518 satellites into space, designed to provide saturated broadband communications across the globe. The FCC said on Thursday that it would allow the new, SpaceX satellite constellation, on top of another 4,425 satellites it already had been given permission to deploy into space.

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SpaceX Launches Koreasat-5A Into Space

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully put the Koreasat-5A into space on Monday, successfully launching another satellite into space, and again successfully landing the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the Atlantic. SpaceX launched the Koreasat-5A from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:34 p.m. musk elon rocket satcom aerospace atlantic drone droneship landing space satellite koreasat koreasat5a spacex

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SpaceX Tries Again On GovSat-1 Launch

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Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX is set for another try on it latest satellite launch, the launch of a geosynchronous satellite for GovSat. According to SpaceX, GovSat-1 is set to launch at 4:25pm EST on Wednesday, January 31st, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40).

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SpaceX Aims At 7:21pm Landing Sunday

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX confirmed late Friday afternoon that it plans to attempt the first, West Coast land landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday evening, shortly after 7:21pm. According to SpaceX, it is targeting launch of the SAOCOM 1A mission from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at 7:21pm PDT, and will attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a new pad, Landing Zone 4.

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SpaceX Shifts Crew Dragon test Flight To March 2nd

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is shifting the first, test flight of its Crew Dragon vehicle to March 2nd, according to NASA, in what will be the first SpaceX test of its vehicle for launching astronauts to the International Space Station. SpaceX had originally been hoping to launch the first test flight in January. SpaceX completed a static fire test of its Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon in January for the upcoming Demo-1 mission.

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SpaceX To Deliver Robots To The Moon

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Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has just signed a deal to deliver two robot payloads to the moon for a small Japanese company, ispace , ispace said this morning. According to ispace, it has signed a contract with SpaceX for two flights to land two lunar orbiters on the moon. spacex ispace rover robot robotics moon rocket aerospace