SpaceX, Dragon Capsule & Falcon 9: Latest News

Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is a commercial company aiming to launch cargo, and eventually people, to low-Earth orbit. The firm is developing its Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 booster under contracts from NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program and its Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.
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Amazing SpaceX Reusable Rocket Test Caught on Video
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket First Stage Soft Landing
July 22nd, 2014
The video, which SpaceX released today (July 22), shows a Falcon 9 first stage returning to Earth in a controlled fashion after helping launch six commercial satellites on July 14 for the firm Orbcomm.
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SpaceX Reusable Rocket Test Returns Booster to Earth, then 'Kaboom'
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Looking Back at Earth
July 15th, 2014
SpaceX managed to fly part of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth today (July 14) in a reusability test that did not go entirely as planned. The rocket's first stage performed its re-entry burn and other tasks well but ended up hitting the water hard.
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SpaceX Receives FAA Approval for Proposed Spaceport in Texas
The spaceflight company SpaceX flies a reusable rocket prototype, the F9R, on a test flight from its McGregor, Texas, proving grounds. The Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has received FAA approval for a potential private rocket launch site in Cameron C
July 14th, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) office of Commercial Space Transportation has published a “Record of Decision” giving approval for a SpaceX Texas Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas.
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Surfin' on Sunlight! Privately Funded Solar Sail to Launch by 2016
An artist's illustration of the Planetary Society's LightSail-1 solar sailing spacecraft. The novel space propulsion mission is set to launch in 2016 atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.
July 11th, 2014
On Wednesday (July 9), the Planetary Society announced launch dates for its LightSail-1 spacecraft — a possible test flight in 2015 (LightSail-A) and a full mission the next year (LightSail-B) with nearly identical hardware.
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US Too Dependent on Russian Rocket Engines, Experts Tell Lawmakers
The Russian RD-180 rocket engines seen here are used to launch expendable Atlas 5 rockets operated by the U.S. launch provider United Launch Alliance.
July 17th, 2014
Experts told a Senate hearing Wednesday that key American national-security space missions could be delayed by four to six years if Russia decides to cut off its supply of RD-180 rocket engines.
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SpaceX Rocket Launches 6 Commercial Satellites into Orbit
SpaceX Launches ORBCOMM Satellites #2
July 14th, 2014
The private spaceflight company's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off the pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT) on Monday (July 14), carrying six spacecraft for the satellite-communications firm ORBCOMM.
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SpaceX Pushes Commercial Satellite Launch to Next Month
SpaceX Falcon 9 Ready to Launch Orbcomm OG2 Satellites
June 23rd, 2014
SpaceX needs more time to work through an issue identified during pre-flight checks on Sunday (June 22), delaying the launch of six spacecraft for satellite-communications provider ORBCOMM until the first week of July.
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