A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center on Friday, June 23, 2017 with the BulgariaSat-1 communications satellite. The first stage then landed on a drone ship off the coast of Florida.
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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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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches from KSC, lands on drone ship
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 from KSC, lands at Cape
SpaceX launches satellite size of a double-decker bus
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 from KSC, nails landing
Atlas V rocket blasts off on mission with Cygnus spacecraft
SpaceX launches, lands ‘flight proven’ Falcon 9
Delta IV rocket launches from Cape Canaveral
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center
Falcon 9 blasts off from KSC, lands at Cape
Atlas V rocket blasts off with missile detection satellite
SpaceX on Sunday will attempt to pull off its quickest turnaround between two missions when it launches a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Just two days after a previously flown Falcon 9 launched from Kennedy Space Center with the BulgariaSat-1 communications satellite and landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean, teams will attempt to vault an identical rocket from the West Coast with 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. The 4:25 p.m. Eastern time mission will attempt a drone ship landing, also marking the shortest time between two landing attempts for SpaceX.
Friday’s BulgariaSat-1 mission from KSC successfully delivered the country’s first geostationary satellite to its intended orbit after a 3:10 p.m. launch from pad 39A. It landed on the East Coast drone ship, named “Of Course I Still Love You,” about eight-and-a-half minutes later and should arrive at Port Canaveral by next week.
On the West Coast, weather won’t be an issue for Sunday’s attempt – an update from Vandenberg described conditions as 100 percent “go.” The West Coast drone ship, known as “Just Read the Instructions,” will play host for the landing attempt.
SpaceX staffs independent launch teams on both coasts, but personnel can remotely support missions without having to travel. Teams in California, for example, were on console to support Friday’s launch from KSC, and the reverse will be true for Sunday’s launch.
SpaceX is targeting no earlier than July 4 for its next Falcon 9 launch from Kennedy Space Center with an Intelsat communications satellite, though the date has not yet been confirmed. There will, however, be no landing attempt due to the amount of fuel needed to deliver the satellite to orbit.
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