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Feb 07 2018

The Loss Of The Falcon Heavy Core Booster Shouldn’t Be Ignored

The Falcon Heavy Test Flight yesterday was a near flawless success, well above the expectations of many people who really know rocketry, and many of those involved with the rocket itself, including Elon Musk. There was, however, one problem with the flight, and that was with the attempted recovery of the core booster. It isn’t …

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Dec 15 2017

CRS-13 Is Successfully Launched To The International Space Station

After several delays, the final CRS flight of 2017, CRS-13, launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 40 for a standard cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. This mission was a somewhat critical one – after the delay of the mysterious Zuma payload, SpaceX basically hasn’t …

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Dec 11 2017

Why “Flight Proven” Means Nothing To Me

The primary focus that SpaceX has in its endeavours is in re-usability of launch vehicles. The Falcon 9, in current form, is a launch vehicle in which the first stage is capable of making a controlled landing back at the launch site, or on a drone ship in the ocean (as launch needs permit) and …

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Dec 07 2017

SpaceX Successfully Static-Fires A Falcon 9 At Launch Complex 40

I wouldn’t normally cover a test firing of a Falcon 9 stage, but this one is kind of important – it marks the first use of Launch Complex 40 since the September 2016 explosion of a Falcon 9 booster destroyed the launch facility. Going back to that explosion, it happened during the same kind of …

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Dec 05 2017

SpaceX Scheduling Madness

This is going to be interesting – a two-fold article. On one half, I have a bit more to say about what upcoming SpaceX content I have coming, and on the other half, I feel it worth discussing the actual current scheduling that SpaceX is launching on in the upcoming months. On my end, as …

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Nov 30 2017

About The Upcoming SpaceX Articles…

So, as I’ve hinted to recently, I’m long overdue on finishing up a rather, shall we say, intense set of articles regarding SpaceX. More correctly, these articles regard the attitude the SpaceX fan base exudes, which is heavily rooted in the way SpaceX pushes itself to the public – a hype culture the company feeds …

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Nov 10 2017

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Engine Fails On The Test Stand (And Commentary On Fan Reactions)

In doing my usual space news perusing yesterday I came across news that a SpaceX Merlin engine had “exploded” on the test stand. As it would turn out, the engine didn’t explode, but what did happen is still interesting enough to discuss here. The article also shared a bit of new information with me that …

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Oct 30 2017

Koreasat-5A Is Successfully Launched On A SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

It’s been a little while since any major space related news, but then again it’s been a rather quiet front on the side of launches of note – or at least, ones I feel it good to write about. In this case, we have another SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, this one of a communications satellite …

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Oct 09 2017

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Successfully Launches A New Set of Iridium NEXT Satellites

Early this morning a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying 10 new satellites for the Iridium NEXT communications network. They were released about an hour after launch once they were in their proper positions to function in the “constellation” of satellites that will make up the Iridium NEXT …

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Sep 30 2017

Re: The Downsizing Of The SpaceX “BFR”

While I plan on eventually addressing the entiretiy of the points made by Elon Musk at the International Astronautical Congress this past Friday, I did want to, at current, focus on one thing that has really gotten under my skin; the fact that SpaceX has, as I’ve heard others say, down-scaled and in some ways …

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