Tag: SpaceX

  • SpaceX completes Crewed Dragon mission

    This morning the first Crewed Dragon mission came to an end with a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft which was launched last Saturday spent five days docked to the International Space Station during which time the crew spent time unloading and loading cargo and performing tests and inspections. The hatches between the…

  • Hatches Open on Crew Dragon

    In another critical milestone the hatches between the International Space Station and Crewed Dragon were opened at 8:07 am EST today. We were also treated to amazing views from inside the Dragon vehicle as the hatches were opened, the first time for a capsule docked to the station. Over the next few days the crew…

  • SpaceX begins 2019 with successful Iridium Next launch

    SpaceX completed the last of there contracted launches for Iridium Next with the successfully delivery of 10 satellites to orbit this morning. The launch which had been delayed several times due to satellite and vehicle technical issues successfully lifted off at 10:31 AM EST. This was the 2nd flight of the booster 1049 which again…

  • SpaceX successfully launches SAOCOM-1A

    This evening SpaceX successfully delivered the SAOCOM-1A, a radar observation satellite for Argentina to orbit and performed their first Return To Launch Site (RTLS) on the west coast. This was the 17th launch this year for SpaceX and 10th landing and was the 62nd launch for Falcon 9 and 30th landing. https://youtu.be/vr_C6LQ7mHc

  • SpaceX launches first Falcon Heavy

    In a major milestone for the company, SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon Heavy rocket today. A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Jan 4, 2018 at 5:13pm PST The Falcon Heavy was first proposed in 2011 just after the first flights of Falcon 9 had been completed, however, it has taken seven years for…

  • SpaceX begin’s 2018 with successful Zuma launch

    Following on from a record-setting year SpaceX got an early start to 2018 with the successful launch of the secret Zuma payload.  The launch occurred at 8:00 pm EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) Launch Complex (LC) 40 following a smooth countdown. The launch which was originally scheduled for November last year was delayed…

  • SpaceX completes Iriduim-3 launch

    This morning SpaceX completed the third of their Iridium Next launches delivery another ten satellites to orbit. As with the previous Iridium launches the rocket lifted off from SpaceX’s Vandenburg launch site at 8:37 am EDT.  Once in orbit, the ten satellites were delivered to their destinations successfully.  After separation, the first stage of the…

  • SpaceX launches OTV-5

    SpaceX completed another important milestone with the successful launch of the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle 5 (OTV-5) today. Despite the weather showing only a 50% chance that it would cooperate SpaceX was able to lift off at 10:00 am EDT. Due to the secrecy of the launch, SpaceX only showed the launch…

  • SpaceX launches CRS-12 mission

    SpaceX resumed their 2017 launch campaign today with the successful launch of the Dragon vehicle for the CRS-12 mission to the International Space Station.  As with previous CRS launches the first stage returned to land at Landing Zone 1. This launch comes after a month break to allow the 45th Space Wing to perform maintenance…

  • SpaceX launches Intelsat 35e

    This evening SpaceX completed it third launch in twelve days as it successfully delivered the Intelsat 35e satellite to orbit. The expendable Falcon 9 launched at 7:37 pm EDT and successfully delivered the payload to its Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The launch was originally scheduled for the 2nd but was delayed due to a GNC criteria issue…