Falcon 9 Dispatches 2nd Batch of Iridium Satellites, First Stage aces Landing in tough Weather

After successfully launching Bulgaria’s first telecommunications satellite on Friday with the added bonus of an ‘extra-toasty’ landing, a Falcon 9 took to the skies again on Sunday – blasting off from SpaceX’s West Coast launch site to send the second batch of Iridium-NEXT communications satellites on their way and returning the rocket’s first stage to the company’s second Drone Ship.

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Photos: Flight-Proven Falcon 9 blasts off with Bulgaria’s first Telecommunications Satellite

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Friday at 19:10 UTC, embarking on an half-hour ascent mission with Bulgaria’s first commercial communications satellite.

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Falcon 9 fires up on West Coast Launch Pad ahead of busy End-of-Week Push at SpaceX

Two SpaceX launch campaigns are in their final stages on both coasts of the United States with a flight-proven Falcon 9 in the process of meeting its Bulgarian satellite payload for a Geotransfer mission out of Florida and a brand new Falcon 9 firing up its engines at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Tuesday

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SpaceX delays next Falcon 9 Launch from Florida, lines up potential Weekend Double Header

SpaceX announced on Sunday the company had reserved launch opportunities on June 23 and 24 for the next Falcon 9 mission out of Florida that will carry Bulgaria’s first commercial communications satellite

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Flight-Proven Falcon 9 checks off Static Fire Test ahead of Monday Liftoff with BulgariaSat-1

SpaceX successfully test fired a previously used Falcon 9 rocket atop its Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad on Thursday in advance of liftoff on Monday with the first commercial Bulgarian communications satellite.

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First Re-Used Dragon Arrives at Space Station with Critical Science-Enabling Cargo

A busy period of traffic wrapped up at the International Space Station on Monday with the successful capture of the SpaceX Dragon SpX-11 spacecraft, marking that craft’s second arrival at the orbiting laboratory as the first re-used Dragon following up on a visit in 2014 with the delivery of a second batch of cargo.

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Dragon & Falcon 9 put on Spectacular Show over Europe

Observers in Western and Central Europe were treated to a unique sight passing overhead Saturday night when the freshly launched SpaceX Dragon along with its second stage and two protective covers streaked across the sky just minutes after lifting off from Florida’s Space Coast.

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Falcon 9 sends Dragon on High-Profile ISS Resupply Mission, 1st Stage Return sets new Record Time

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket thundered away from Florida’s Space Coast Saturday afternoon, starting an eight-minute round-trip for its first stage booster and a ten-minute ascent into orbit for the Dragon SpX-11 cargo spacecraft sitting atop the 65-meter tall rocket to head off on a critical resupply mission to the International Space Station.

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First SpaceX Dragon Re-Use Mission Grounded until Saturday by Unsettled Weather

The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon SpX-11 spacecraft had to be scrubbed on Thursday due to unfavorable weather conditions at Florida’s Space Coast with two lines of storms just inland from the Kennedy Space Center where the two-stage launch vehicle was being fueled for liftoff.

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Falcon 9 checks off Static Fire Test ahead of First Dragon Re-Use Mission to ISS

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket – still missing its Dragon spacecraft – rumbled to life for a brief moment on Sunday atop its Kennedy Space Center launch pad for a hold-down engine test to clear the way for liftoff as early as Thursday on the company’s second ISS resupply mission of 2017.

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