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SpaceX loses an engine during otherwise successful Starlink launch, fails to recover booster

By |2020-04-02T23:01:29-04:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

SpaceX successfully launched another set of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit, but suffered an in-flight engine failure during the late stages of the 1st stage booster flight & subsequently failed to land their 1st stage booster on their droneship.

SpaceX Falcon 9 aborted fractions of a second before Starlink launch

By |2020-04-02T23:02:30-04:00March 15th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

SpaceX aborted the launch of their Falcon 9 rocket carrying their next batch of Starlink satellites just fractions of a second prior to the scheduled liftoff time.

SpaceX CRS-20 Dragon capsule arrives to the International Space Station

By |2020-04-04T08:53:54-04:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

After a beautiful and successful late night launch on Friday, the SpaceX Dragon 1 cargo capsule arrived to the International Space Station on Monday, March 9, 2020 after performing on orbit maneuvers to catch up to the station over the course of two days.

SpaceX CRS-20 launches final Dragon v1 to the Space Station

By |2020-04-04T08:50:10-04:00March 6th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

SpaceX launched their Dragon 1 cargo capsule full of supplies and bound for the International Space Station for the final time on March 6, 2020 at approximately 11:50pm EST from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as part of their CRS-20 mission supporting NASA's Commercial Resupply Services Phase 1 contract.

SpaceX is planning historic SAOCOM-1B satellite launch

By |2020-04-04T08:49:53-04:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

As early as March 2020, SpaceX is planning to launch SAOCOM-1B on one of their Falcon 9 rockets while doing something that nobody has done in over 50 years!

SpaceX Launches their 4th batch of operational Starlink satellites

By |2020-03-21T15:30:01-04:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

SpaceX successfully launched another set of 60 of their version 1.0 operational Starlink Satellites into low earth orbit on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 10:05am EST (15:05 UTC). The primary mission appears to have been another major success for SpaceX's Starlink program, however, their secondary experimental recovery missions suffered some unfortunate failures for both the Falcon 9's first stage booster landing attempt at sea on their autonomous spaceport droneship, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY); as well as for their attempts to recover both halves of their protective payload fairings which they attempted to gently land under parachute at sea, aboard their support vessels GO Ms. Tree and GO Ms. Chief.

SpaceX’s third operational Starlink mission successful

By |2020-03-21T15:31:25-04:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

SpaceX launched another set of 60 version 1.0 operational Starlink Satellites into low earth orbit on January 29, 2020 at 9:06am EST (14:06 UTC). The first stage booster for this mission previously supported and launched their first Crew Dragon demonstration flight, DM-1, into orbit along with the RADARSAT mission in June 2019. The first stage booster was successfully recovered 630 kilometers downrange on their autonomous spaceport droneship, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY).

What to expect for the SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test

By |2020-03-21T15:33:41-04:00January 16th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

SpaceX is ready for a major demonstration with their Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test, a major milestone before SpaceX begins flying astronauts.

Boeing CST-100 Starliner Pad Abort Test Results

By |2020-03-21T15:34:30-04:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At first glance the test seemed pretty successful but it didn't quite go exactly to plan. The camerawork here was enough to make you want to bang your head against the wall but aside from that you may have noticed that I said three main parachutes and clearly the Starliner Descended under only two main parachutes. This was in fact an anomaly and was not supposed to happen.

SpaceX is preparing for the Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test

By |2020-03-21T15:37:48-04:00September 21st, 2019|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

SpaceX is in a little bit of a lull right now and it's actually it's not really a bad thing for SpaceX. They're actually in the unusual situation where they are ready before their customers are actually ready with their payloads. Still on track for 2019 we've got a couple of communication satellites that are still going to launch, we've got another resupply mission to the International Space Station that's scheduled for December, we've got a whole bunch of Starship and Super Heavy developments that are happening as well as potential Starship flights as early as next month and then we also have the In-Flight abort test and DM-2 missions for Crew Dragon that they're still trying to fit in for this year.