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SpaceX postpones launch of Falcon 9 carrying EchoStar 23 satellite

SpaceX postpones launch of Falcon 9 carrying EchoStar 23 satellite

SpaceX postponed the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the EchoStar 23 satellite by around a couple of days as high winds scrubbed the planned launch on Tuesday, company officials confirmed.

Officials announced the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the direct-to-home television broadcast satellite was postponed to 1:35 a.m. EST (0535 GMT) on Thursday, 16th of March.

The launch was originally scheduled to take place at 1:34 a.m. EDT (0534 GMT) on Tuesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Falcon 9 rocket successfully performs static fire test

Falcon 9 rocket successfully performs static fire test

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully performed a static fire test on Thursday, completing a key readiness test before its scheduled launch from Florida with a commercial television broadcast satellite next week.

Kept down by heavy-duty restraints, the rocket fired up its 9-Merlin 1D engines for around three seconds at 6 p. m. EST or 2300 GMT at the launch pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Falcon 9 launch scrubbed due to steering mechanism concern: Musk

Falcon 9 launch scrubbed due to steering mechanism concern: Musk

The launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was called off less than 15 seconds before its planned liftoff on Saturday due to a concern with the vehicle's steering mechanism, CEO Elon Musk said.

The launch of the private space firm's Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo craft for the International Space Station (ISS) was scheduled to take place at 10:01 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18th. But, a slightly odd behavior of the rocket's upper stage engine steering system forced the company to call off the launch.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket returns to flight

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket returns to flight

After a gap of several months, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster returned to flight on Saturday, Jan. 10th, and successfully launched 10 satellites into Earth’s orbit.

SpaceX announced that a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 12:54 p.m. EST (1754 GMT) from a launch pad at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, just a few hundred meters from the scenic coastline of the state.

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SpaceX delays test flights of Crew Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX delays test flights of Crew Dragon spacecraft

Entrepreneur Elon Musk-led SpaceX has delayed the test flights for its Crew Dragon spacecraft by numerous months, partly because of the Sept. 1st Falcon 9 rocket explosion, NASA confirmed.

According to NASA’s newly released statement, SpaceX is now targeting November 2017 and May 2018 for conducting unmanned test flight and a crewed flight of Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively.

Previously, the private-sector space firm was targeting May 2017 and August 2017 for conducting unmanned test flight and a crewed flight of the spacecraft, respectively.

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NASA advisory committee worried about SpaceX’s fueling process

NASA advisory committee worried about SpaceX’s fueling process

An advisory committee of the U.S. space agency NASA has issued a warning regarding the way Elon Musk-led space firm SpaceX intends to fuel rockets that will eventually carry astronauts.

SpaceX has plans to ferry humans between Earth and the International Space Station (ISS) and eventually to Mars on its Crew Dragon spacecraft. But, the company’s plans to fuel the spacecraft while humans are aboard have raised concerns.

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Musk might share details on Mars colonization plan in Tuesday’s highly-anticipated speech

Musk might share details on Mars colonization plan in Tuesday’s highly-anticipated speech

It is expected that Elon Musk, the SpaceX founder and CEO, will deliver a speech Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico detailing on his ideas on how to come up with a city on Mars in 10 years.

Musk has named the project as the ‘Mars Colonial Transporter’, which includes a massive new rocket and spaceship that could deliver 100 people to Mars. Scott Hubbard from Stanford University said that the speech is long-awaited.

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Doubts on SpaceX’s announcement of resuming Falcon 9 in November

Doubts on SpaceX’s announcement of resuming Falcon 9 in November

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has termed the incident in which the company’s rocket exploded dramatically during a regular launch pad test. The accident that was termed to be the most difficult and complex failure made Musk announced that the company would be soon back with rocket launches.

But some spaceflight experts have casted doubts on Musk’s predictions. They really doubt how SpaceX will launch Falcon 9 by November. SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said on Tuesday that the company is expecting to resume the launches in November.

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Former NASA official: SpaceX is running a punishing schedule

Former NASA official: SpaceX is running a punishing schedule

When it comes to the cutting edge, Elon Musk is most comfortable. The entrepreneur likes to push the envelope in different fields ranging from cars to spaceflight to solar energy. But, a SpaceX rocket’s explosion previous week has prompted the question that whether the CEO is pushing extremely hard?

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SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft safely splashes down in Pacific Ocean with mice, other experiments

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft safely splashes down in Pacific Ocean with mice, other experiments

Dragon cargo spacecraft of SpaceX has safely returned to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja California, Mexico. The vessel has made a comeback with over 3,000 lbs. of cargo and science experiments, like 12 mice.

On August 26 morning, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishireleased the crewless spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) with the help of the station's robotic arm. In a statement, the US space agency officials said that the spacecraft back home at 11:47 am EDT yesterday.

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