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SpaceX Leaps to the Top with Latest Launch | Feb 08 2018

What it took for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to disrupt Boeing, leapfrog NASA, and become a serious space company

|| Quartz

“The Space Exploration Technology rocket factory is a large, white hangar-like building near Los Angeles international airport, with a parking lot filled with late-model motorcycles and Tesla electric cars. The vast metal structure once churned out 747 fuselages for Boeing. When you get through the front doors, past security and a cubicle farm stretching the width of the building, there it is: Science fiction being wrought into shape, right in front of you.

Right in front of all the workers, too. The company’s two-floor cafeteria is practically on and overlooking the manufacturing floor. Designers and accountants can eat lunch watching technicians build space capsules and rocket stages. There’s a lot to see: Rockets, like good suits, are bespoke objects, hand-made to order; a SpaceX tour guide says much of the work is too precise for robotic assembly.”

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Video: Falcon Heavy blasts off, boosters land at Cape Canaveral

|| Spaceflightnow.com

 

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California’s SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion in Florida | Jan 14 2017

SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion in Florida

– OC Register

Space-X’s Falcon 9 rocket with 10 satellites launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. The two-stage rocket lifted off to place 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc. About nine minutes later, the first stage returned to Earth and landed successfully on a barge in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg. (Matt Hartman via AP)

“A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday, marking the company’s first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago.

The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54 a.m. carrying a payload of 10 satellites for Iridium Communications Inc., which is replacing its entire global network with 70 next-generation satellites.

The satellites were expected to be deployed about an hour after launch.

About nine minutes after the rocket blasted off, to cheers from the control room, its jettisoned first stage landed upright on a so-called droneship in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg – part of Spacex’s effort to make boosters reusable.

The company has succeeded six times previously with landings on a barge or ashore.

A camera aboard the first stage gave viewers a you-are-there experience as it returned to Earth, flared landing rockets and made a perfect vertical touchdown on the floating pad.

The return to flight is an important step for SpaceX, billionaire Elon Musk’s California-based company that has about 70 launches in line, worth more than $10 billion. In addition to commercial launches, SpaceX ferries supplies to the International Space Station and is developing a Falcon capable of carrying astronauts to the station.

SpaceX officials say they identified all possible causes of the Sept. 1 accident during prelaunch testing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and took corrective action.”

….Continue reading more @ OC Register

SpaceX Historic Achievement | Apr 2016

SPACEX – HISTORIC ROCKET LANDING    | CRS-8 DRAGON – HOSTED WEBCAST

– Youtube

– SpaceX makes history with rocket landing. Major achievement for the United States from California based company in SoCal.

Streamed live on Apr 8, 2016 from SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

– The first successful landing of the first stage Dragon rocket landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.

–  Landing is at approx. 27:36 on the video timecode.

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SpaceX Sticks a Rocket Landing at Sea in Historic First

– spaceflightnow.com

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“A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster descended under engine power to a floating landing platform in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, notching the first-ever rocket landing at sea minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral with a supply ship hauling 3.5 tons of cargo to the International Space Station.

The dramatic landing, broadcast live by SpaceX and NASA, is the latest achievement for the commercial space transportation company led by Elon Musk, who aims to make rocket launches less expensive to enable his vision of affordable human missions to Mars.

Friday’s successful descent to the landing platform, dubbed a drone ship by SpaceX, was the first time a space launcher returned to Earth at sea.

The achievement is important because SpaceX hopes to reuse Falcon 9 first stage boosters to reduce the cost of space transportation, and launches carrying heavy payloads to high-altitude orbits are going too fast and need too much fuel for the rockets to turn around and head back for land.

Rockets on those missions — accounting about half of the Falcon 9’s future manifest — must arc downrange from the launch site and target landings hundreds of miles away.

“I think it’s another step towards the stars,” Musk said after Friday’s launch and landing. “In order for us to really open up access to space, we’ve got to achieve full and rapid reusability, and being able to do that for the primary rocket booster is going to be a huge impact on cost.”

…Continue reading @ spaceflightnow.com