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Falcon 9

  1. SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Completes Successful Soft Landing on Earth From Outer Space

    Well, the planet Earth. It landed on water to prove it could land on actual earth.

    SpaceX's Falcon 9 reusable rocket is on the verge of making spaceflight much more economical. They've demonstrated its ability to liftoff, hover, and land safely for reuse in Earth's atmosphere, and just yesterday SpaceX released this video from Falcon 9's point of view as it reentered Earth's atmosphere and demonstrated it could land safely from space.

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  2. How to Watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 Orbital Launch Tonight

    Or maybe "How to watch a launch get delayed."

    SpaceX is attempting to launch a satellite into orbit today using their Falcon 9 rocket. Conditions aren't great, and the launch has already been delayed to the end of its flight window, 7:01PM ET. They're livestreaming it. Here's how to watch.

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  3. SpaceX to Make 3rd Attempt to Launch a Satellite into Orbit Today with Their Newest Falcon 9 Rocket

    Third time's the charm?

    Last week, we watched SpaceX try to launch their first satellite into geostationary orbit, and it was disappointing when the launch was called off due to technical concerns. They failed again in their second attempt on Thanksgiving, so we'll have the live stream again today at 5:25PM EST to see if their third attempt is successful.

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  4. Watch the Upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Voyage Live Tonight [Updated]

    We'd be really excited that we might some day get to go to space, but space is terrifying.

    SpaceX, the first commercial spaceflight company to visit the International Space Station, is entering new territory tonight as it uses its Falcon 9 rocket to transport its first satellite into geostationary orbit. This will mark the maiden voyage of an upgraded Flacon 9 with engines that are about 50% more powerful than before.

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  5. After Some Trouble, SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docks Successfully With ISS

    Just minutes after its Friday morning launch, the SpaceX Dragon craft ran into some trouble. Shortly after separation from the Falcon 9 rocket, three out of four of the Dragon's thruster pods failed. Engineers on the ground worked quickly to fix the situation, and this morning the Dragon capsule is safely docked with the International Space Station. So what went wrong?

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  6. SpaceX Insists Engine “Anomaly” Was Not Explosion, Rocket Performed as Intended

    As we reported yesterday, SpaceX had a somewhat rocky launch of their Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday. During the ascent, one of the nine Merlin engines experienced an "anomaly" that resulted in the loss of pressure in Engine 1, which then caused the issuing of an engine shutdown command. This command then caused the rocket to jettison panels that would have usually relieved pressure from the engine bay in order to protect the rest of the engines. So, really, it all went like it was supposed to go, according to SpaceX, except for that part where the engine lost pressure. Yes.

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  7. SpaceX Launch Has Engine Explode During Ascent, Proves Importance of Redundancy

    For those not aware, SpaceX had a mostly smooth launch of their Falcon 9 rocket yesterday. The Dragon capsule is on its way to the International Space Station. We say "mostly smooth" because, as it turns out, the Falcon 9 actually lost an engine as it was climbing toward orbit. Engine 1, seen in the upper right corner in the image above, disappeared in a fiery explosion before bits of debris could be seen falling away. Always a confidence booster to see one of our only ways to space blow up on video.

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  8. Second Time’s the Charm: SpaceX Launches to International Space Station

    Commercial space company SpaceX has had a long road to this morning's launch to the International Space Station. The mission, originally planned months ago, has seen repeated delays and a frustrating automatic abort earlier this week. Today's launch seemed to make up for all of that, when the Falcon 9 rocket lifted flawlessly off the launchpad, carrying the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. 

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  9. Aborted SpaceX Launch Traced to Faulty Engine Valve [Updated]

    If you were amongst those that got up very, very early on Saturday to watch SpaceX's historic mission to the International Space Station, you were probably disappointed when the countdown hit zero but the rocket didn't go anywhere. Now, it seems that the issue at the heart of the aborted launch has been traced to faulty check valve. Crews are already working to fix the problem, but the question is if it can be done in time.

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  10. SpaceX Mission to International Space Station Aborted at 0.5 Seconds Over Engine Trouble [Updated]

    This post has been updated with information from a 6:30 AM NASA press conference. Today's 4:55 AM EDT launch of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft atop their Falcon 9 rocket was scrubbed with only 0.5 seconds left on the countdown clock when the vehicle's onboard computer detected that something was amiss. Though all nine engines on the rocket had ignited and flames has started to billow outward, the Falcon 9 stayed on the pad.

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