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SpaceX successfully lands rocket on sea droneship for first time

SpaceX successfully lands rocket on sea droneship for first time

SpaceX has made history, successfully landing one of its rockets on a droneship in the ocean. A video shows the rocket pulling off a perfect landing, gracefully sliding down out of the sky and onto the landing pad, no hiccups or issues to be seen. This marks a first for the company; President Obama chimed in to congratulate it, saying, "It’s because of innovators like you & NASA that America continues to lead in space exploration."

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SpaceX rocket launches satellite, but misses landing yet again

SpaceX rocket launches satellite, but misses landing yet again

Private space agency SpaceX was finally able to complete the latest launch of its Falcon 9 rocket on Friday afternoon, after more than a week of delays and difficulties. The Elon Musk-founded company had been commissioned by SES to send a communications satellite into orbit, a mission it was able to successfully complete. However, on SpaceX's longer term goal of landing re-usable rockets, this latest attempt was another bust.

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SpaceX launch aborted a 3rd time, partly due to wandering boat

SpaceX launch aborted a 3rd time, partly due to wandering boat

Third time is not a charm this time for the company that was able to safely land an orbital rocket on its third attempt. SpaceX, once again, had to abort its scheduled mission to launch an SES satellite into orbit and, once again, it was due to consideration for the liquid oxygen the rocket was carrying. This time, however, the launch was automatically aborted by the computer mere seconds before liftoff. And this time, it may have been the fault of a still-unnamed boat that wandered where it should not have been.

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SpaceX’s rescheduled rocket launch will be held this afternoon

SpaceX’s rescheduled rocket launch will be held this afternoon

SpaceX continues to make progress on launching its rockets and attempting to land them on a floating platform at sea. The Elon Musk-founded company was supposed to conduct its second launch of the year this last week in order to send a SES telecommunications satellite into orbit, however it was delayed two times. The second attempt, was to take place on Thursday, but was called off just minutes before the launch time. Now SpaceX and SES have confirmed a new attempt, taking place later this afternoon.

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SpaceX cancels yet again its second launch mission

SpaceX cancels yet again its second launch mission

Elon Musk and Space X might dream of space travel that is as common as a plane flight, but we are far, far away from that future if this week's aborted launch attempts are any indication. Imagine if you had your flight canceled twice, the last one just minutes before take off. That, unfortunately, is the reality of SpaceX latest launch mission, which has now twice been canceled, first due to inclement weather and now due to technical difficulties, the latter just 2 minutes before launch.

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MIT team wins first round of SpaceX Hyperloop design contest

MIT team wins first round of SpaceX Hyperloop design contest

A team of students from MIT has won the top spot in a design contest for the SpaceX Hyperloop high-speed transportation system. The contest was held at Texas A&M University and included over 100 other design teams from around the world. The MIT students are all graduate students and won the overall design award for the pod that will ride inside the Hyperloop.

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SpaceX tests parachutes that will land space crew back to Earth

SpaceX tests parachutes that will land space crew back to Earth

SpaceX may be ambitious, but it isn't delusional. While it's still trying to perfect rocket landing on sea as well as landing human-bearing spacecraft, it has contracts to fulfill, including those that happen to require landing human-bearing spacecraft. In order to do so, it needs to first make sure that the traditional parachute landing is also perfect. That's exactly what it did in Arizona with what was deemed a successful test of a Parachute Drop Test for what would be a Crew Dragon landing. And this time, not a single rocket was fired.

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SpaceX tests SuperDraco engines that will actually land crew back to Earth

SpaceX tests SuperDraco engines that will actually land crew back to Earth

SpaceX definitely doesn't lack ambition, or things to test. Barely a week after it nearly succeeded, but still failed, to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a sea platform, it is firing up rockets again, but this time for an even more experimental, and luckily less explosive, test. This time, it is the SuperDraco engines that are being put to the test, along with the software and other systems that would eventually allow a Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying humans inside, to have a nice, soft landing back to earth.

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Watch SpaceX’s three sea landings side by side

Watch SpaceX’s three sea landings side by side

While nothing will take away SpaceX's victory with the world's first orbital landing, it still has a long way to go before it gets the landing that it really, really wants: landing at sea, on a drone-driven platform. Sadly, thrice it attempted that and thrice it failed to win the laurel. Now you can watch all three attempts, not one after another but all together, in all their exploding glory, thanks to this side by side by side compilation, thanks to APTX 4869.

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SpaceX fails third sea landing, historic Falcon 9 test fired [Update: video added]

SpaceX fails third sea landing, historic Falcon 9 test fired [Update: video added]

So near yet so far. Not all third times are charms as SpaceX launched NASA's Jason-3 satellite into space. While the launch itself was successful, unlike SpaceX's explosive last NASA mission, it didn't completely end on a happy note as far as the aim to land at sea is concerned, due to a mishap in one of the first stage rocket's legs. Interestingly, CEO Elon Musk doesn't seem at all dismayed, even almost chirpy. Probably because this time, the rocket didn't explode into smithereens.

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Relive history with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 landing montage

Relive history with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 landing montage

There is no way around it. SpaceX will be memorialized in spaceflight history as having made the first orbital rocket landing. More than just the feat itself, it will hopefully open the doors to reusable rockets in the future. That second part of SpaceX's equation still has to be delivered, as the historic Falcon 9 has yet to make its first flight after its momentous landing. In the meantime, however, Elon Musk's company will not waste any time or marketing resource to let the world know about its achievement, like through this almost four-minute compilation of the dramatic moments in SpaceX history.

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SpaceX will attempt another sea landing this weekend

SpaceX will attempt another sea landing this weekend

If at first you don't succeed, maybe on the third try you will. That seemed to work for SpaceX when it successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket last month but on solid ground. Now it will be tempting fate once more and will be daring to land another Falcon 9 rocket at sea using one of its drone platforms. Perhaps it feels that lady luck, not to mention science, will be on its side this time around. If successful, SpaceX would take yet another momentous step forward in making space exploration, and space travel, more economical and ultimately more affordable.

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