A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 – the company’s third attempt after two previous technical scrubs.
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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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Video: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 on third try
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
A NASA communications satellite damaged during final preparations earlier this month has received a new date for launch on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The United Launch Alliance rocket will take NASA’s final Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, labeled TDRS-M, to orbit on August 20 from Launch Complex 41 during a 40-minute window that opens at 7:56 a.m.
The mission was originally scheduled for the morning of August 3 before the spacecraft sustained antenna damage on July 14 at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville. The $408 million Boeing-built TDRS-M was fueled and in the upright position when a crane operation caused damage to the Omni S-Band antenna, a NASA official said Monday.
“We had a little challenge there with a crane operation, so we have to do a remove and replace for an omni antenna,” said Greg Williams, of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, during a NASA Advisory Council conference call.
The replacement operation was scheduled for Monday.
A second issue, likely caused by an electrostatic discharge at the launch site, was being evaluated on July 20, according to NASA, and involved mechanical ground support equipment.
The TDRS network, operated by NASA, supports space communications to and from the ground for missions and launch vehicles. It provides scientists, engineers and managers with a link to spacecraft such as the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope.
The last TDRS mission, named TDRS-L, launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on an Atlas V rocket in January 2014.
TDRS-M will be ULA’s first mission since an Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in April with an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft bound for the International Space Station with supplies and science experiments.
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