Picking up the Pieces – SpaceX begins Investigation into Falcon 9 On-Pad Explosion

While teams are picking up the pieces left of the Falcon 9 rocket after its dramatic on-pad explosion on Thursday, a relentless effort has gotten underway at SpaceX to trace back the root cause of the mishap that claimed the loss of the AMOS-6 communications satellite.

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Dramatic Still Frames – Falcon 9 explodes atop Cape Canaveral Launch Pad

SpaceX suffered a major setback on Thursday when the company’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded atop its Cape Canaveral SLC-40 launch pad during the countdown to what was expected to be a routine Static Fire Test to clear the rocket for a Saturday morning liftoff with the Israeli AMOS-6 satellite.

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Falcon 9 Rocket lifts Japanese Communications Satellite, aces high-energy Ocean Landing

SpaceX earned double check marks Saturday night, successfully launching its Falcon 9 rocket to deliver the JCSat-16 communications satellite to a high-energy orbit and managing a perfect landing of the rocket’s first stage on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship in the Atlantic Ocean to be ferried back to shore for continued re-use testing.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon to Orbit, flies First Stage back to Florida for Powered Landing

It was a spectacle with two acts at Florida’s Space Coast Sunday night when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lit up the night skies twice, first when thundering into orbit with the Dragon SpX-9 cargo ship and again when the rocket’s first stage fell back toward a powered landing on a flat pad south of the launch site.

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Bits and Pieces of Falcon 9 Rocket return to Port after failed Drone Ship Landing

Bits and pieces of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket returned to port Saturday night aboard the company’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship after last Wednesday’s “Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly” of the first stage upon landing.

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Pair of Communication Satellites orbited by Falcon 9, First Stage Landing ends in Blaze of Fire

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocketed off from its Florida Space Coast Launch Pad on Wednesday, propelling a pair of stacked satellites into Geostationary Transfer Orbit and conducting another high-speed landing attempt of its first stage.

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Falcon 9 cleared for Dual-Payload Mission, First Stage Landing Attempt

SpaceX cleared their Falcon 9 for liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday to deliver a pair of communications satellites to Geostationary Transfer Orbit, marking Falcon’s third GTO mission in a row and the third launch in a period of under six weeks.

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Leaning Falcon 9 reaches Port after third successful Drone Ship Landing

SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship with a Falcon 9 booster standing tall atop its deck pulled into port on Thursday, nearly a week after the successful landing of the rocket in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean after dispatching a communications satellite to orbit.

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SpaceX shows off onboard Video of Rocket Landing, Thaicom 8 enters excellent Orbit

SpaceX again showcased the accuracy of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket in Friday’s successful launch of the Thaicom 8 satellite by dropping the payload off in a very precise transfer orbit and Falcon 9’s first stage sticking its ambitious landing near the center of the football-field sized Drone Ship.

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SpaceX Masters third Rocket Landing at Sea, delivers Thai Communications Satellite to Orbit

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida’s Space Coast Friday evening, dispatching a Thai broadcasting satellite into a highly elliptical orbit and nailing its second high-energy landing on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship in the Atlantic Ocean, raising SpaceX’s inventory of returned boosters to four.

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