Falcon 9 Launches PAZ Radar Satellite & SpaceX Starlink Prototypes, Debuts Fairing 2.0

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket provided a spectacular show to morning commuters across Southern California on Thursday after taking off from Vandenberg Air Force Base with Spain’s PAZ radar satellite and a pair of SpaceX prototype broadband satellites.

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Photos: Pre-Sunrise Launch of Recycled Falcon 9 Rocket with PAZ & MicroSats

A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg’s SLC-4E at 14:17 UTC on February 22, 2018 with the Spanish PAZ Radar Observation Satellite and a pair of SpaceX prototype satellites for the company’s Starlink broadband constellation

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Luxembourg’s GovSat-1 in Orbit after Flawless Boost by Flight-Proven SpaceX Falcon 9

SpaceX’s sixth flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket – sporting landing legs but flying in throwaway mode – blasted into the afternoon skies over Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Wednesday to lift Luxembourg’s GovSat-1 satellite into a high-energy Supersynchronous Transfer Orbit.

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Falcon 9 Completes Static Fire Test for Booster Re-Flight Mission with SES 16

While all eyes were on Falcon Heavy’s milestone Static Fire Test this week, SpaceX continued preparations for the company’s next Falcon 9 mission from Florida’s Space Coast, culminating on Friday in a successful Static Fire Test of the flight-proven booster that will be tasked with lifting the SES 16 communications satellite as early as next Tuesday.

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Twice-Flown Dragon Cargo Spacecraft Splashes Down

SpaceX’s Dragon C108.2 spacecraft departed the International Space Station after a month-long stay on Saturday via the first-ever ground-controlled release of a visiting vehicle, sending the spacecraft on a five-and-a-half hour return journey expected to culminate with a parachute-assisted splashdown landing

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Top-Secret Zuma Spacecraft Blasts Off on First SpaceX Mission of 2018

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral under a veil of darkness Sunday night, both literally and figuratively with launch occurring at 1:00 UTC Monday morning, carrying into orbit the top-secret Zuma spacecraft which, from a public perspective, has all traits of a black project.

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2017 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2017 saw a total of 90 known orbital launch attempts from seven nations and space ports in eight different countries. 2017 had the second most orbital launch attempts of any year in the current century, short of 92 launches in 2014 and showing a slight increase from 2016 that had 85 known launch attempts.

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Falcon 9 Closes Record Year with 4th Iridium Launch, 1st Stage Disposal Gathers Flight Data

A flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket lit up the evening sky over California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday to deploy ten more Iridium-NEXT communications satellites to take the largest satellite constellation upgrade ever undertaken across the halfway point to the finish line.

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