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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Successful Homecoming for SpaceX Dragon after month-long ISS Mission

The SpaceX Dragon SpX-9 spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Friday and parachuted to a safe splashdown in the Pacific Ocean after dropping over two metric tons of cargo off at ISS and picking up over one ton of return items, eagerly awaited by scientists and engineers.

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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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Photos: Dragon Cargo Spacecraft arrives at ISS

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft links up with the International Space Station for a robotic capture to mark the start of a five-week stay facilitating the transfer of over two metric tons of cargo including the robotic installation of International Docking Adapter 2 to prepare the Station for the start of commercial crew traffic.

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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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