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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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Sep 28 2017

Can SpaceX Actually Accomplish It’s Incredible Goals?

Something that I don’t think has actually come up in my commentary on SpaceX and its fan base is the question of capability. With all the criticisms I (naturally) have for the far off, science-fiction sounding goals of the company, you have to wonder: Do I actually think SpaceX can do all the things they …

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Sep 27 2017

One Year Ago I Discovered The Cult Of SpaceX

If you had asked my opinion of SpaceX on Septmeber 26th, 2016, I would have told you that I loved them, and that I was excited and happy to see posts relating to their projects, launches, and the like. If you ask me today, I’ll tell you I still like the company, and some of …

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Sep 08 2017

SpaceX Successfully Launches The X-37B For Its OTV-5 Mission

Yesterday SpaceX successfully launched the military’s X-37B space-plane into orbit for another mission to do… well, we really don’t know. It’s somewhat a mystery what it does – we know it “hosts experiments” and is built for long duration flight (literally over a year in orbit on its last mission) as well as high maneuverability, …

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Sep 01 2017

SpaceX Isn’t Perfect

A key theme that seems to exist in the mind of every member of the “Cult of SpaceX” is this presumption that SpaceX is somehow perfect – that nothing ever goes wrong when SpaceX is involved! Even if this isn’t literally what is thought, the attitude presented exudes such an idea. SpaceX isn’t perfect. No …

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Aug 25 2017

Formosat-5 Successfully Launches On A Falcon 9 Rocket

Another SpaceX launch, this time of the Taiwanese Earth-Observation satellite Formosat-5. This was one of the lightest payloads ever launched on a Falcon 9 at only about¬† 475 kilograms, are just over 1000 lbs. Most Falcon 9 payloads tend to be in the 3,000-7,000 kilogram weight range, with one going so far as 9,000 kilograms …

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Aug 14 2017

SpaceX CRS-12 Successfully Launches To The International Space Station

Today marked another Falcon 9 launch, carrying a Dragon cargo spacecraft on a resupply mission to the International, Space Station. As usual, it was a nominal launch with a successful first stage landing, and successful insertion into orbit of the Dragon spacecraft which should be getting to the Space Station about the time I publish …

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Jul 21 2017

Elon Musk Says The SpaceX Falcon Heavy May Fail On Its First Flight

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy is a rocked system designed along the same lines as the Falcon 9 booster – in effect, 3 Falcon 9 1st stages strapped together. Of course in practice it’s much more complex than that, but that helps you visualize the idea of the booster – 3 times the initial power to …

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Jul 20 2017

The SpaceX Dragon V2 Crew Vehicle To No Longer Use Propulsive Landing

File this one under “things not going as planned”, SpaceX announced at a recent conference that the planned Crewed Dragon vehicle (also known as Dragon V2) which will be used for SpaceX launched manned missions to the International Space Station and also as part of their planned Mars missions will no longer use propulsive landings …

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