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  1. Space

    SpaceX to Make 3rd Attempt to Launch a Satellite into Orbit Today with Their Newest Falcon 9 Rocket

    Last week, we watched SpaceX try to launch their first satellite into geostationary orbit, and it was disappointing when the launch was called off due to technical concerns. They failed again in their second attempt on Thanksgiving, so we'll have the live stream again today at 5:25PM EST to see if their third attempt is successful.

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  2. Space

    Watch the Upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 Maiden Voyage Live Tonight [Updated]

    SpaceX, the first commercial spaceflight company to visit the International Space Station, is entering new territory tonight as it uses its Falcon 9 rocket to transport its first satellite into geostationary orbit. This will mark the maiden voyage of an upgraded Flacon 9 with engines that are about 50% more powerful than before.

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  3. Space

    After Some Trouble, SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docks Successfully With ISS

    Just minutes after its Friday morning launch, the SpaceX Dragon craft ran into some trouble. Shortly after separation from the Falcon 9 rocket, three out of four of the Dragon's thruster pods failed. Engineers on the ground worked quickly to fix the situation, and this morning the Dragon capsule is safely docked with the International Space Station. So what went wrong?

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  4. Space

    SpaceX Insists Engine “Anomaly” Was Not Explosion, Rocket Performed as Intended

    As we reported yesterday, SpaceX had a somewhat rocky launch of their Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday. During the ascent, one of the nine Merlin engines experienced an "anomaly" that resulted in the loss of pressure in Engine 1, which then caused the issuing of an engine shutdown command. This command then caused the rocket to jettison panels that would have usually relieved pressure from the engine bay in order to protect the rest of the engines. So, really, it all went like it was supposed to go, according to SpaceX, except for that part where the engine lost pressure. Yes.

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  5. Space

    SpaceX Launch Has Engine Explode During Ascent, Proves Importance of Redundancy

    For those not aware, SpaceX had a mostly smooth launch of their Falcon 9 rocket yesterday. The Dragon capsule is on its way to the International Space Station. We say "mostly smooth" because, as it turns out, the Falcon 9 actually lost an engine as it was climbing toward orbit. Engine 1, seen in the upper right corner in the image above, disappeared in a fiery explosion before bits of debris could be seen falling away. Always a confidence booster to see one of our only ways to space blow up on video.

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  6. Space

    Second Time’s the Charm: SpaceX Launches to International Space Station

    Commercial space company SpaceX has had a long road to this morning's launch to the International Space Station. The mission, originally planned months ago, has seen repeated delays and a frustrating automatic abort earlier this week. Today's launch seemed to make up for all of that, when the Falcon 9 rocket lifted flawlessly off the launchpad, carrying the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. 

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  7. Space

    Aborted SpaceX Launch Traced to Faulty Engine Valve [Updated]

    If you were amongst those that got up very, very early on Saturday to watch SpaceX's historic mission to the International Space Station, you were probably disappointed when the countdown hit zero but the rocket didn't go anywhere. Now, it seems that the issue at the heart of the aborted launch has been traced to faulty check valve. Crews are already working to fix the problem, but the question is if it can be done in time.

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  8. Space

    SpaceX Mission to International Space Station Aborted at 0.5 Seconds Over Engine Trouble [Updated]

    This post has been updated with information from a 6:30 AM NASA press conference. Today's 4:55 AM EDT launch of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft atop their Falcon 9 rocket was scrubbed with only 0.5 seconds left on the countdown clock when the vehicle's onboard computer detected that something was amiss. Though all nine engines on the rocket had ignited and flames has started to billow outward, the Falcon 9 stayed on the pad.

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  9. Space

    Space Station Bound Dragon Assembly is Complete, Now it Just Needs a Launch Date

    SpaceX announced yesterday through their Twitter account that the privately held space launch company had completed assembly of the rocket they plan to send to the International Space Station later this year. The Falcon 9 rocket has been topped with the company's Dragon spacecraft, and was assembled in the SpaceX facility at Cape Canaveral. Though originally slated for this month, the historic mission to the ISS has been delayed several times with a launch optimistically expected no earlier than March 20th. Personally, I can't wait for this dragon to fly.

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  10. Weird

    What Was the SpaceX Spacecraft’s Secret Payload?

    Yesterday, SpaceX became the first private company to successfully launch a spacecraft into orbit and then guide it back to Earth. Propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX's Dragon capsule circled the Earth twice and landed unharmed in the Pacific. At yesterday's press conference following the mission's success, CEO Elon Musk revealed that it had carried a secret payload the whole time, but he wouldn't say what it was, only that "if you like Monty Python, you’ll love the secret." This led some to speculate that it was Spam. But it wasn't:

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  11. Space

    Photos and Video from Today’s SpaceX Rocket Launch

    This morning, private space flight company SpaceX successfully launched one of its Falcon 9 rockets into orbit from Cape Canaveral. You may remember that back in June, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9; this launch is a bigger deal because today's rocket contained one of SpaceX's Dragon capsules, which the company plans to load with cargo and ultimately people in future missions. (Today's Dragon was unmanned.) Following the launch, the Dragon is planned to circle the planet twice, then drop off in the Pacific 90 minutes later. Below, photos grabbed from SpaceX's livecam feed during the launch:

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  12. Space

    Senator Kay Hutchinson Gives Very Backhanded Compliment to Falcon 9 Launch

    Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senator from Texas, has responded to the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket.
    This first successful test flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is a belated sign that efforts to develop modest commercial space cargo capabilities are showing some promising signs. While this test flight was important, the program to demonstrate commercial cargo and crew transport capabilities, which I support, was intended to enhance not replace NASA's own proven abilities to deliver critical cargo and humans to low Earth orbit. Make no mistake, even this modest success is more than a year behind schedule, and the project deadlines of other private space companies continue to slip as well. This test does not change the fact that commercial space programs are not ready to close the gap in human spaceflight if the space shuttle is retired this year with no proven replacement capability and the Constellation program is simultaneously cancelled as the President proposes.
    Right, because NASA has never missed a deadline.

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  13. Space

    Falcon 9 Launch a Success After All! (With Video)

    Crack open the bubbly: Despite earlier concerns over weather and some initial technical difficulties, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched and achieved Earth orbit. And they did it just moments before their 3pm deadline.

    It's too early to say whether SpaceX has collected the data from this that they were looking for, but the Falcon 9 success seems like great news for privatized space exploration, especially in light of NASA's budget slashes.

    Video after the jump:

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