SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has been certified by NASA to launch high-priority science missions for the space agency under the Launch Services Program, SpaceNews reported Friday. “LSP Category 3 certification is a major achievement for the Falcon 9 team and represents another key milestone in our close partnership with NASA,“ Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX, […] More
A SpaceX-built spacecraft took off Saturday aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket to deliver approximately 6,000 pounds of scientific instruments and crew supplies to the International Space Station, Space.com reported Saturday. The Dragon spacecraft's launch from NASA‘s Kennedy Space Center in Florida marks the first time that SpaceX used a refurbished second stage as well as the company's […] More
SpaceX is preparing for the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to send a classified payload into space for the National Reconnaissance Office, Space News reported Wednesday. Phillip Swarts writes the rocket will carry the NROL-76 payload that may include a data relay satellite built to operate in the Molniya orbit. The […] More
Space Exploration Technologies could submit a bid to the U.S. Air Force in pursuit of an upcoming contract to support a planned 2018 launch of a Global Positioning System III military satellite, DoD Buzz reported Friday. Brendan McGarry writes the Air Force will gather proposals for GPS III satellite launch services under its Evolved Expendable […] More
SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell has told Defense News that the company continues to work with the U.S. Air Force as it seeks certification for military space launches by June. Shotwell told Aaron Mehta in an interview published Monday that SpaceX has worked to address cultural challenges during the certification process and reached a new understanding with the service on the […] More
SpaceX has secured a five-year lease agreement with the U.S. Air Force‘s 45th Space Wing to construct a landing pad for reusable rocket boosters at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 13 in Florida. The Air Force said Tuesday that 45th Space Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno signed the agreement for SpaceX to repurpose LC-13 as a vertical-landing […] More
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