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Advisory Committee Has Issues With Fueling Crewed Falcon 9
Advisory Committee Has Issues With Fueling Crewed Falcon 9

Experts concerned by SpaceX plan to fuel rockets with people aboard, Reuters “It was unanimous … Everybody there, and particularly the people who had experience over the years, said nobody is ever near the pad when they fuel a booster,” [Chair Tom] Stafford said, referring to an earlier briefing the group had about SpaceX’s proposed fueling procedure. SpaceX needs NASA approval of its launch system before it can put astronauts […]

  • NASA Watch
  • November 1, 2016
SpaceX Return to Flight Scheduled for Monday
SpaceX Return to Flight Scheduled for Monday

Marc’s note: SpaceX will attempt their return to flight Sunday evening with the launch of ORBCOMM-2 mission from SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This follows the successful static fire test on Friday. Of note, SpaceX may attempt landing of the Falcon 9 rockets first stage at Space Launch Complex 13. Update: You can watch the launch live on SpaceRef on the SpaceX channel starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (0100 […]

  • NASA Watch
  • December 21, 2015
SpaceX Static Fire of Upgraded Falcon 9
SpaceX Static Fire of Upgraded Falcon 9

SpaceX Upgraded Falcon 9 First-Stage Static Fire, SpaceRef Business “SpaceX has released the following video of the first static fire test of the upgraded Falcon 9’s first stage with densified propellant which occurred on September 21.”

  • NASA Watch
  • September 25, 2015
Was Falcon 9 Destroyed? Answer: No.

? was destruct signal sent? Shotwell – not sure there was one. — NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) June 28, 2015 Still waiting for #NASA to say "yes/no range safety officer hit the big red button" & blew up Falcon 9 #CRS7 @SpaceX pic.twitter.com/j630mq40f1 — NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) June 28, 2015 Keith’s note: Dan Billow specifically asked for an answer from both SpaceX and NASA as to whether a destruct signal was […]

  • NASA Watch
  • June 28, 2015
SpaceX Successfully Completes 3rd Mission of 2015
SpaceX Successfully Completes 3rd Mission of 2015

SpaceX Launches Dual Payload to GTO [With Video], SpaceRef Business “A SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West B satellites towards a supersynchronous transfer orbit. The launch took place on time when the launch window opened at 10:50 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 1, 2015, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.” Marc’s note: With this launch SpaceX has completed […]

  • NASA Watch
  • March 2, 2015
Good Falcon 9 Launch – Will Try Again for Drone Ship Landing
Good Falcon 9 Launch – Will Try Again for Drone Ship Landing

SpaceX Launches Dragon to the ISS – 1st Stage Does Not Land Successfully, SpaceRef “Today’s launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 to the International Space Station (ISS) on its fifth commercial resupply (CRS-5) was successful. The Dragon spacecraft is safely in orbit heading towards a Monday rendezvous with the ISS. The SpaceX attempt of landing the first stage on the drone ship was not successful.” Images of damage to the […]

  • NASA Watch
  • January 11, 2015
SpaceX F9 ORBCOMM 1st Stage "Soft" Landing Video

SpaceX Releases ORBCOMM First Stage Return Video, SpaceRef Business “Following last week’s successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage reentered Earth’s atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean. This test confirms that the Falcon 9 booster is able consistently to reenter from space at hypersonic velocity, restart main engines twice, deploy landing legs and touch down at near zero velocity.”

  • NASA Watch
  • July 22, 2014