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SpaceX’s CEO to launch his own car into deep space

MIAMI: SpaceX confirmed Wednesday its CEO Elon Musk plans to blast his cherry red electric car off toward the Red Planet when the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket launches for the first time next month. Many wondered if Musk was joking last week when he tweeted his plans for the Falcon Heavy’s inaugural payload to be…

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SpaceX postpones launch of secretive Zuma mission

MIAMI: SpaceX on Thursday postponed the launch of a secretive US government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature — and the agency behind it — is a mystery. “We have decided to stand down and take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer,” SpaceX said in a statement…

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SpaceX launches Korean satellite, sticks rocket landing

MIAMI: SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday carrying a South Korean communications satellite that aims to boost broadband and broadcast coverage for southeast Asia and the Middle East.

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SpaceX launches Taiwan’s first home-built satellite

LOS ANGELES: SpaceX on Thursday launched the first satellite designed and built entirely in Taiwan, a spacecraft that aims to boost disaster forecasts and mapping, environmental observation and space research.

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Dragon cargo craft return delayed to Monday

LOS ANGELES: SpaceX Dragon cargo craft return delayed to Monday (July 3) due to forecast of unacceptable seas in Pacific. Details said due to a forecast of unacceptable sea states in the Pacific Ocean in the prime opportunity splashdown zone, SpaceX and NASA have elected to delay the return of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft…

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SpaceX blasts off cargo from historic NASA launchpad

MIAMI: SpaceX on Sunday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, packed with food and supplies for the six astronauts living at the International Space Station. The white rocket soared into the cloudy, gray skies over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 9:38 am (1438 GMT). The mission was the first to…

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SpaceX postpones rocket launch due to engine glitch

MIAMI: SpaceX scrubbed its planned Dragon cargo launch to the International Space Station just seconds before liftoff on Saturday due to a technical issue with the Falcon 9 rocket engine. “We did abort today,” a SpaceX spokesman said, describing the move as having been made “out of an abundance of caution.” Engineers plan to “take…

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SpaceX Falcon rocket poised for flight from historic NASA launchpad

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was poised for a debut flight on Saturday from a NASA launchpad idled since the end of the space shuttle program nearly six years ago. Liftoff was scheduled for 10:01 a.m. (1501 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, pending good weather and the resolution of what the company…

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Rocket explodes on launch pad in blow to Elon Musk’s SpaceX

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.: An explosion destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket belonging to Elon Musk’s SpaceX and its satellite cargo during routine test firing at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, two days before it had been due to blast off and place the satellite in orbit. SpaceX said there were no injuries and that an…

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SpaceX makes fourth successful rocket landing

MIAMI: SpaceX launched an Asian communications satellite into a distant orbit Friday and for the fourth time managed to recover the rocket that did the work. Under blue skies dotted with clouds, the shiny white Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:40 pm (2140 GMT) carrying the Thaicom 8 satellite. The…

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SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship splashes down in Pacific

MIAMI: SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon cargo ship left the International Space Station Wednesday, carrying 3,700 pounds (1,678 kilograms) of gear and science experiments, and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. “Good splashdown of Dragon confirmed,” SpaceX wrote on Twitter, almost five hours after the spaceship was released from the orbiting research lab. The capsule launched on…

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SpaceX lands rocket on water for first time

MIAMI: SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform for the first time Friday, after launching a load of cargo for the astronauts living at the International Space Station. Mission control at the California-based company erupted in cheers as live images showed the rocket’s first stage standing upright on the droneship, after…

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SpaceX satellite launch succeeds, but rocket crash lands

MIAMI: SpaceX on Friday successfully launched a communications satellite to a distant orbit but failed, as expected, to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform. The rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 6:36 pm (2336 GMT), propelling the satellite, known as SES-9, built by Boeing for the Luxembourg-based…

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At last second, SpaceX delays satellite launch again

MIAMI: In the very last second before liftoff Sunday, SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to send a communications satellite into orbit, marking the third delay since last week. A fuel problem forced the sudden delay, following a postponement — known as a hold — earlier in the evening due to a…

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Satellite Internet gets a fresh look, cash infusion

WASHINGTON: The race for Internet service from space is on, again. After a series of failed satellite Internet projects over the past two decades, fresh investment is coming into the sector, and at least three high-profile projects are moving forward. OneWeb, a London-based consortium backed by tycoon Richard Branson, announced in June it had raised…

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SpaceX delays next launch after blast

LOS ANGELES: SpaceX said Monday it has delayed by a couple of months the return to flight of its Falcon 9 rocket, following an explosion on the way to the space station in June. The company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, had said previously that the rocket would launch no earlier than September, after a failed…

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SpaceX rocket explodes

SpaceX rocket exploded just minutes after lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday. Watch video.

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NASA undeterred by SpaceX rocket's 'explosive setback'

CAPE CANAVERAL: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said Sunday's explosion shortly after liftoff of unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station will not deter the agency's human spaceflight program. He said the commercial cargo program was designed to accommodate the loss of cargo vehicles. “We will work closely with SpaceX to understand what…

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SpaceX rocket explodes after launch

MIAMI: An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, following what was meant to be a routine cargo mission to the International Space Station. “The vehicle has broken up,” said NASA commentator George Diller, after NASA television broadcast images of the white rocket falling to pieces. “At this point…

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Lettuce, worms, parking gear aboard SpaceX ship for Sunday launch

MIAMI: Worms, lettuce and a massive parking station for future spaceships are aboard SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule, poised for a Sunday launch. The blast-off of the white, gumdrop-shaped spaceship atop the California-based company's Falcon 9 rocket is set for 10:21 am (1421 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida.  Shortly after launch, SpaceX will make a…

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SpaceX rocket blasts off, then lands on ocean barge

CAPE CANAVERAL: An unmanned SpaceX rocket blasted off from Florida to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station, then flipped around and made a hard landing on a platform in the ocean. The booster’s flyback, years in the making, marks another step in the company’s quest to develop rockets that can be refurbished…

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