Expendable Falcon 9 aces heaviest Geotransfer Mission to Date with Inmarsat 5-F4 Mobile Comms Satellite

A powerful satellite is on its way to join Inmarsat’s Global Xpress fleet to deliver seamless global Internet and data connectivity to airline passengers, maritime crew and government users after successfully launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Monday.

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Falcon 9 completes Hold-Down Engine Test as SpaceX accelerates Launch Pace

Sustaining a rapid turnaround pace at the company’s Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lit up its engines on Thursday in a final end-to-end test ahead of liftoff as early as Monday night with a high-power communications satellite for London-based operator Inmarsat.

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Twice-Flown Falcon 9 Booster pulls into Port Canaveral for Well-Deserved Retirement

SpaceX’s twice-flown Falcon 9 booster pulled into Florida’s Port Canaveral at sunrise on Tuesday, rounding up its second trip to the edge of space and back to lift the company’s reuse ambitions to the next level via proving Falcon 9 first stages can be flown repeatedly.

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Orbital ATK Advances Next-Generation Launch Vehicle Design through Critical Review Stage

Orbital ATK on Monday announced major progress on the company’s Next Generation Launch Vehicle (NGL), outlining design details of an intermediate- and large-class space launch vehicle capable of serving the commercial and government launch market.

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First Falcon 9 Re-Flight Achieves Successful Launch, Landing & Payload Fairing Recovery

With a feat 15 years in the making, SpaceX cemented its position as a trailblazer in commercial spaceflight on Thursday, launching a rocket with a previously flown first stage to lift the company’s re-use aspirations to a new level by sending a booster on its second trip into space and back.

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Photos: Falcon 9 blasts off from Florida on First Re-Flight Mission

SpaceX achieved a feat 15 years in the making on Thursday, launching a partially used rocket to dispatch a heavy satellite to Geostationary Orbit while attempting to return the first stage booster a second time and making an experimental attempt to recover the rocket’s payload fairing.

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Video: ‘Flight-Proven’ Falcon 9 launches SES-10 Communications Satellite

SpaceX achieved a feat 15 years in the making on Thursday, launching a partially used rocket to dispatch a heavy satellite to Geostationary Orbit while attempting to return the first stage booster a second time and making an experimental attempt to recover the rocket’s payload fairing.

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After Tight Launch Flow, Falcon 9 Counts Down to Momentous Re-Flight Mission

SpaceX is counting down to the first re-flight mission of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket to mark another milestone on the path to achieving regular re-use of first stage boosters to drastically reduce the cost of delivering satellites to orbit.

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“Flight-Proven” Falcon 9 fires up for Static Test ahead of Historic Re-Flight Mission

SpaceX on Monday test fired the company’s first Falcon 9 rocket that will make a repeat trip to the edge of space to dispatch a payload into orbit, marking another milestone toward regular re-use of Falcon 9 first stages to revolutionize cost-effective access to space.

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Strong Winds keep Falcon 9 on the Ground

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was forced to back out of its launch countdown on Tuesday inside T-1 hour to liftoff due to strong winds taking a hold of Cape Canaveral as the result of a low pressure area moving over Florida in the overnight hours and into the day’s launch window.

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