Midnight In The Desert — Falcon 9

Why Are People Freaking Out About These Boring SpaceX Satellites?

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Why Are People Freaking Out About These Boring SpaceX Satellites?

SpaceX pulled off another successful launch today, lofting a set of new polar-orbiting satellites. By itself, this Falcon 9 launch isn't unique. It's the fifth SpaceX launch this year. The launch was far less pioneering than SpaceX's maiden flight of the more massive Falcon Heavy rocket (carrying a Tesla car and a mannequin called "Starman") in February. SpaceX did reuse one of its rockets for today's liftoff, but that's old hat by now for the space company, which started reusing rockets exactly a year ago. Yet, the new launch still generated worldwide attention. Why? The answer has to do with...

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Watch This Tiny Flying SpaceX Falcon 9 Replica Totally Stick its Landing

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Watch This Tiny Flying SpaceX Falcon 9 Replica Totally Stick its Landing

You can pretend to be disappointed every time SpaceX’s Falcon 9 crashes during a landing attempt, but deep down you know part of you wants to see an explosion. That’s why this video of a miniature flying SpaceX Falcon 9 drone is both awesome and disappointing, because there’s never going to be a fireball. Created by Adam Woodworth, who was previously responsible for building a flying Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike replica, this Falcon 9 doesn’t carry any rocket fuel or other explosives on board, so there’s zero chance it will explode while touching down on its floating foam...

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Wow! SpaceX Nails Rocket Landing At Sea Again

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Wow! SpaceX Nails Rocket Landing At Sea Again

For the second time in less than a month, SpaceX has landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a ship at sea. The booster settled softly onto the deck of SpaceX's robotic "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship at 1:30 a.m. EDT (0530 GMT) on Friday (May 6), nine minutes after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a successful mission to carry the Japanese communications satellite JCSAT-14 to orbit. Chants of "USA! USA! USA!" erupted at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California as the Falcon 9 stuck its landing on the ship, which...

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SpaceX launches futuristic pop-up room, lands rocket at sea

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SpaceX launches futuristic pop-up room, lands rocket at sea

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX resumed station deliveries for NASA on Friday, and in a double triumph, successfully landed its booster rocket on an ocean platform for the first time. The unmanned Falcon rocket soared into a clear afternoon sky, carrying a full load of supplies for the International Space Station as well as a futuristic pop-up room. After sending the Dragon capsule on its way, the first-stage booster peeled away. Instead of dropping into the Atlantic like leftover junk, the 15-story booster steered to a vertical touchdown on the barge, named "Of Course I Still Love You." Hundreds of...

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SpaceX Just Landed a Rocket on a Drone Ship

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SpaceX Just Landed a Rocket on a Drone Ship

Minutes after a smooth launch of its Dragon spacecraft this afternoon, SpaceX hit a long-standing, elusive goal: It neatly landed the Falcon 9 rocket that had launched the Dragon right down on a drone ship like it was no big deal. SpaceX has been sending Falcon 9s to land on the ocean barge—named “Of Course I Still Love You”—for months now. The private space company had already successfully made a landing on solid ground, but that’s so boring. Why not try something new and seemingly impossible? Well until today’s successful landing, every rocket that SpaceX sent plummeting towards the drone...

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