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SpaceX’s next-gen Dragon won’t have propulsion landings after all

SpaceX’s next-gen Dragon won’t have propulsion landings after all

SpaceX has abandoned plans to use powered landings for its Mars-destined Dragon spacecraft, company CEO Elon Musk recently revealed. The original plan involved utilizing thrusters to help the Dragon land, but a 'tough decision' was made to eliminate that ability, or at least part of it. Musk explains that while the technical ability is still there, it has removed from the design the small legs that would pop out for the spacecraft to land on.

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SpaceX launches, lands second Falcon 9 in 48 hours in extreme weather

SpaceX launches, lands second Falcon 9 in 48 hours in extreme weather

Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night. That USPS battle cry could very well be adopted by SpaceX in the future. Against weather that would have normally caused a cancellation, SpaceX launched a second Falcon 9 just two days after it successfully launched and, more importantly, successfully landed one. And, both through luck and hard work, SpaceX was able to once again successfully land that second rocket, taking them one step closer to the dream of space commerce and tourism.

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SpaceX nails launch & landing of a used rocket for second time

SpaceX nails launch & landing of a used rocket for second time

SpaceX's record of success continues to grow as the space company successfully launched and landed a used Falcon 9 rocket for the second time on Friday. As the second instance of reusing one of its rockets, this marks 12 completed landings out of 17 attempts for SpaceX, and the 7th successful recovery at sea, where the rocket's first stage touches down upright on a floating drone platform.

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SpaceX lands 11th rocket following first launch of reused Dragon capsule

SpaceX lands 11th rocket following first launch of reused Dragon capsule

SpaceX has now achieved its fifth successful ground-based landing for its Falcon 9 rockets, but what makes this weekend's launch really special was that it was also the first time the rocket company reused one of its Dragon cargo capsules. The Saturday launch saw SpaceX tasked with delivering cargo and supplies to the International Space Station, but this time around it was with the refurbished capsule that had been used back in September 2014.

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Elysium Space’s memorial spacecraft will launch on SpaceX rocket

Elysium Space’s memorial spacecraft will launch on SpaceX rocket

A loved one's ashes are typically sprinkled in a meaningful place, perhaps a field or a river. Elysium Space is aiming to change that, at least for those who spent their lives focused on the stars. The company has announced that its Elysium Star II memorial spacecraft will be launched into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, where it will then spend a couple years circling the Earth before reappearing as a shooting star.

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SpaceX tested Falcon Heavy rocket’s center core last week

SpaceX tested Falcon Heavy rocket’s center core last week

Elon Musk has always been ambitious, but sometimes ambition has to be tempered by reality and the limitations of current technologies. Those are pretty much the reasons, according to Musk himself, why his space-faring SpaceX company has delayed its Falcon Heavy rocket launch year after year after year. But to assure investors and fans alike that the Falcon Heavy is still a thing, SpaceX released a short clip showing its successful test of the large rocket's center core last week.

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This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

In front of a Senate hearing committee SpaceX confirmed this week their plans to create a global internet provider service using space satellites. This service would not be free, but would assist in the FCC's goal of covering the United States with at least 25 megabits per second (“Mbps”) broadband service. SpaceX is not "giving the world internet" for free - as some news sources have misunderstood and reported - instead, they're planning to profit from a service that's sorely needed by the planet.

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Watch SpaceX nail Falcon 9 landing after launching US spy satellite

Watch SpaceX nail Falcon 9 landing after launching US spy satellite

Today was a good day for SpaceX, because not only was its Falcon 9 rocket at the center of a military launch - a longtime goal of Elon Musk's - but the entire mission went off without a hitch too. Well, we assume the whole thing went off without a hitch, as we don't have many details on the mission itself. The landing, however, was just about as perfect as SpaceX could want, with the Falcon 9 rocket landing safely back on Earth.

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SpaceX’s first military satellite launch delayed one day

SpaceX’s first military satellite launch delayed one day

Sunday morning was the scheduled time for SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 launch, where it would carry out its first mission for the US military, but the rocket company was forced call a one-day delay at the last moment. The launch was due to take place at Cape Canaveral at 7:00 AM ET on April 30th, but a sensor issue with the rocket prompted a cancellation less than 60 seconds to lift-off.

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SpaceX’s reused Falcon 9 rocket launch was a success

SpaceX’s reused Falcon 9 rocket launch was a success

As we reported yesterday, SpaceX had a planned launch today that would involve sending off a recycled rocket, something that would be a game-changer for the company if successful. The launch indeed went on as planned, and it was a massive success all around. Not only did the reused first stage part of the rocket work exactly as intended, it safely landed back on Earth for future use.

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SpaceX recycled Falcon 9 rocket will be launched tomorrow

SpaceX recycled Falcon 9 rocket will be launched tomorrow

Tomorrow, March 30th, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center. Such a launch, in and of itself, wouldn't be unusual for the company. What makes this particular launch interesting is what it represents: the potential ability to recycle rockets, another way to keep costs down and launch rates up. While the entire rocket wasn't previously used, the first stage component has already seen action.

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SpaceX will fly two private passengers around the moon in 2018

SpaceX will fly two private passengers around the moon in 2018

SpaceX will make its first private space flight with public passengers next year, with two private individuals coughing up the cash for a round-trip around the moon. The flight, which is scheduled to take place some time in 2018, will use SpaceX's Dragon 2 craft. Though that has so far been used to make unmanned supply missions up the International Space Station, it was always intended to one day transport human occupants.

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