Category Archives: SpaceX

Major Roadblock to High Flight Tempo: The Range

Looks like a fire in one of the downrange RADAR units has shut down the range for a couple flights, including SpaceX’s next station delivery and booster return demonstration. This is something that has to get fixed if we’re going … Continue reading

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Two in a row!

SpaceX lofted another spacecraft to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit, only weeks after its previous flight.

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Walking back Propellant Cross-Feeding?

I’m thinking of building a model of Falcon Heavy, and was looking at the SpaceX website to get some dimensions. The Falcon Heavy web page has a fairly involved description of systems involved, and in it, it talks about how … Continue reading

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Big day for Commercial Space!

Yesterday, one major event took place and another was announced. In the first, SpaceX launched the SES-8 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. Taking place on the third attempt, this second flight of the v1.1 Falcon 9 overcame the second stage … Continue reading

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The Future of Spaceflight, Potentially seen in one Image

SpaceX’s Gwynne Shotwell showed this image at a conference in New Mexico. It shows an intact Falcon 9 v1.1 1st stage approaching the water. When I look at the picture, I see engines firing in an attempt to softly land, … Continue reading

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Grasshopper Goes out on a High Note

Making a 744m flight in Texas. Next flights will involve Falcon 9R in New Mexico and further testing during actual launches. The filming hexacopter gets mighty close as the stage drops for a landing.

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Expanding the Flight Envelope

SpaceX had their Grasshopper booster do some translation.

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Reusability Testing Starting Early with Falcon 9 v1.1

Looks like the plan is to restart stage 1 and do some slowdown maneuvers into the ocean starting with some of the very first flights. This profile would get more aggressive as time goes on, leading to a first stage … Continue reading

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Dragon Returns Again

Successful splashdown off the coast of California today.

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Landing Delayed

SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule won’t return from the ISS until Tuesday, due to predicted bad weather at the landing site on Monday.

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