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  1. SpaceX Launched Astronauts to the Space Station in a Historic Moment

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    Crew Demo-2 Mission from Official SpaceX

    NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were launched into space inside a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, taking a trip to the International Space Station (ISS). This was a historic moment for SpaceX which became the first private entity to send people into space, and also because the last time that NASA astronauts launched from American soil was in July 2011, using NASA’s aged Space Shuttle.

    Falcon 9 ripped through the skies for 12 minutes and then dropped off the “Dragon 2” capsule in LEO (low Earth orbit). So far, the Dragon was tested and deployed only in cargo transportation scenarios, so this was the first time the capsule carried crew.

    A day later, Dragon activated its automated docking system, so it handled the delicate maneuvering and brought Bob and Doug aboard the ISS. The men had two brief manual flight demos in the Dragon, only to check that the mode was working as expected. Other than that, they had to do nothing at all, so they even slept for +-seven hours.

    All of this was a big test for upcoming crew missions to the ISS, as NASA wants to stop paying roughly $80 million to book a seat in the Russian Soyuz. In August, NASA will send three Americans and a Japanese astronaut, while Roscosmos denied sending a cosmonaut to that mission as they feel that the Dragon vehicle is not yet flight-proven.

    Still, despite the delays and one last-minute cancellation due to bad weather conditions, the Falcon carried Dragon to the outer space, and the latter managed to dock to the ISS as planned.

    Falcon 9 booster – CRS-19 Mission from Official SpaceX

    The Falcon 9 booster returned and landed successfully on the offshore pad, and now all that remains is for the Dragon to return the men home safely. This will complete the success of this “testing” mission, and considering that everything has been following an ideal trajectory so far, there are no indications or signs that there will be any issues.

  2. Drone Captures Incredible Footage of SpaceX’s Third Falcon 9 Rocket Landing

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    Elon Musk and SpaceX are starting to make landing a Falcon 9 rocket look easy.

    Something which was unfathomable only a couple of years ago is now becoming the new normal.

    And with each successful SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket landing, we are getting new vantage points, the latest being a drone’s eye view of the company’s third rocket to touch back down which took place yesterday.

    Its funny how it seems like only after SpaceX delivers a payload to space that the real action starts.

    This is glorious!

    Oh, and here’s another video Musk posted to his Instagram account:

    A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on

  3. Elon Musk and SpaceX Finally Know Why the Falcon 9 Rocket Exploded

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    A few months ago, in September, one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets exploded on the launch pad, which CEO Elon Musk called the company’s “most difficult and complex failure.”

    After much investigation, Musk and SpaceX have finally figured out what happened in what Musk called a “surprising problem that’s never been encountered before in the history of rocketry.”

    “It basically involves liquid helium, advanced carbon fiber composites, and solid oxygen. Oxygen so cold that it actually enters solid phase,” Musk told CNBC on Friday.

    While SpaceX didn’t really expand on the issue, the agency confirmed its engineers were able to replicate the ruptured helium tank so it appears they’ll keep exactly what happened in-house for the time being.

    At the moment, SpaceX plans to resume Falcon 9 launches before the end of December and now has more insight as to how to load helium more cautiously in order to avoid a similar explosion in the future.

  4. LIVE: Watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Launch a Pair of Commercial Communications Satellites

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    On this mission, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver two commercial communications satellites to Geostationary Transfer Orbits (GTO). The two satellites, EUTELSAT 117 West B and ABS-2A, are operated respectively by Eutelsat and ABS – two companies that provide global communications services to a variety of users.

    SpaceX is targeting launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on June 15. The approximately 45-minute launch window opens on June 15 at 10:29am ET, 2:29pm UTC. EUTELSAT 117 West B will be deployed approximately 30 minutes after liftoff, and ABS-2A will be deployed 5 minutes later.

  5. Watch SpaceX’s Latest Falcon 9 First Stage Landing From 3 Different Angles

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    Elon Musk and SpaceX are on a roll right now, successfully carrying out yet another Falcon 9 first stage landing last week after sending JCSAT-14 satellite on to Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

    The thing that makes what SpaceX is calling its “hottest and fastest” landing yet even more impressive is the fact that they actually thought it was a long shot to begin with.

    In honor of the company’s third successful Falcon 9 first stage landing, SpaceX released the following video, showing the landing on a droneship from three different camera angles.

    Falcon 9 First Stage Landing: