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SpaceX launches cargo to space station using recycled rocket, spaceship

TAMPA: SpaceX blasted off a load of supplies Monday for the International Space Station aboard a rocket and a cargo ship that have both flown before, marking the second such flight for the California-based company. “Falcon 9 is on its way,” a SpaceX commentator said as the white rocket surged skyward over Cape Canaveral, Florida…

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SpaceX poised for 50th launch of Falcon 9 rocket

MIAMI: SpaceX is poised for the 50th launch of its signature Falcon 9 rocket early Tuesday, marking a swift ascent to a milestone many aerospace giants take far longer to attain. The launch of the Falcon 9 carrying the Hispasat, a Spanish telecommunications and broadband satellite, is scheduled for 12:33 am (0533 GMT) from Cape…

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Epic launch lifts world’s biggest rocket toward Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL: The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an orbit near Mars. Screams and cheers erupted at mission control in Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into…

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World’s biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch

CAPE CANAVERAL: The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster toward an orbit near Mars. Screams and cheers erupted at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky…

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SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission

SpaceX on Sunday blasted off a secretive US government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature — and the agency behind it — remains a mystery. “Three, two, one, ignition and liftoff,” said a SpaceX commentator as the Falcon 9 rocket launched under cover of darkness from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 8:00 pm (0100 GMT…

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SpaceX launches 10 more satellites for Iridium

SpaceX on Friday blasted off a re-used Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 satellites into orbit, its fourth launch toward a $3 billion upgrade to Virginia-based Iridium’s mobile, voice and data network. The rocket, part of which had flown on a previous Iridium launch in June, lit up the night sky as it launched from Vandenberg…

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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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