SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket on a mission to the International Space Station and landed the first stage at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station shortly after on Saturday, June 3, 2017.
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch included a 13,500-pound satellite that’s close to the size of a double-decker bus.
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SpaceX launched a classified National Reconnaissance Office payload from Kennedy Space Center Monday morning and successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket.
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An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 with a Cygnus spacecraft for the International Space Station.
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In a historic first for the company and the industry, SpaceX launched and landed a “flight proven,” or refurbished, Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center.
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A Delta IV rocket carrying the military’s WGS-9 satellite blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday, March 18, 2017.
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Kennedy Space Center with the EchoStar 23 communications satellite on Thursday, March 16, 2017.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully blasted off from Kennedy Space Center’s historic pad 39A on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. The first stage returned for a successful landing in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the SBIRS missile detection satellite on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
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The planned Monday afternoon launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center with a commercial communications satellite has been delayed, SpaceX said on Sunday.
The company tweeted that technical issues with a valve forced teams to delay the launch from pad 39A to no earlier than Friday with a second opportunity on Saturday.
“Standing down on BulgariaSat-1 to replace a fairing valve,” the tweet read.
Air Force weather forecasters predicted questionable conditions during the two-hour launch window that opened at 2:10 p.m., citing cloud and storm-related concerns. Conditions were 40 percent “go” for the Monday launch attempt.
SpaceX did not offer specifics on a new launch time.
[SpaceX booster may be displayed near Port Canaveral, Air Force Station]
The company has been contracted to launch BulgariaSat-1, the country’s first communications satellite designed to transmit television programming to the Balkans and southeastern Europe.
The launch will mark SpaceX’s second attempt to launch and land a previously flown, or “flight proven,” Falcon 9 first stage. It was recovered from a January launch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. CEO Elon Musk sees the full-circle reusability as crucial to lowering launch costs and increasing access to space.
Due to fuel constraints, the first stage of the rocket will not land back at Cape Canaveral – instead, it will target a soft landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship stationed a few hundred miles off the coast of Florida.
SpaceX is also targeting Sunday for the launch of more Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg.
“Iridium targeted for 6/25 – could be a weekend doubleheader,” the company said via Twitter.
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