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Propulsion demo, climate change monitoring satellite among 53 payloads launched on SpaceX’s Transporter-10 rideshare flight – Spaceflight Now
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Propulsion demo, climate change monitoring satellite among 53 payloads launched on SpaceX’s Transporter-10 rideshare flight – Spaceflight Now

A collection of 53 payloads are encapsulated inside a pair of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 payload fairings ahead of the launch of the Transporter-10 rideshare mission set for March 4, 2024. Image: SpaceX For a tenth time in a little more than three years, SpaceX conducted a rideshare mission, carrying dozens of small payloads, called CubeSats and MicroSats, to low Earth orbit. The mission, dubbed Transporter-10,launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base, Monday afternoon. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) occurred at 2:05 p.m. PST (5:05 p.m. EST, 2205 UTC). SpaceX advertises these missions as a continuous opportunity for those wanting to launch smaller payloads to have a way of getting to a variety of orbital inclinations. On its website, the company advertises...
NASA, SpaceX scrub Crew-8 astronaut mission to the International Space Station due to poor weather – Spaceflight Now
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NASA, SpaceX scrub Crew-8 astronaut mission to the International Space Station due to poor weather – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour sits atop a Falcon 9 rocket ahead of the launch of the Crew-8 mission from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Image: Adam Bernstein/Spaceflight Now Update 8:00 p.m. EST: NASA and SpaceX are standing down from the launch due to high winds along the ascent corridor. For the second time this year, SpaceX is preparing to send a quartet of people up to the International Space Station. Its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft are standing by at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. However, they’ll have to wait another day given that weather along the ascent corridor did not permit a launch late Saturday night. Liftoff of the Crew-8 mission from historic Launch Complex 39A is now set for Sunday, March 3 at 10:53 p.m. EST (0353 UTC Sunday). The launch was also dela...
SpaceX tests new emergency escape system to certify pad 40 at Cape Canaveral for astronaut missions – Spaceflight Now
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SpaceX tests new emergency escape system to certify pad 40 at Cape Canaveral for astronaut missions – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX performed a deployment test of its new emergency egress system from the crew access tower at Space Launch Complex 40 on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. Image: Adam Bernstein/Spaceflight Now SpaceX is closing in on certifying its launch pad at Space Launch Complex 40 to support astronaut and cargo missions with its second-generation Dragon spacecraft. On Monday, the company performed a test of its new emergency egress system featuring a type of deployable slide. The red slide flew out of a storage container positioned on the crew access tower and deployed along pre-stationed cables that extend to the ground, safely away from where a Falcon 9 rocket would stand. It differs notably from the slide-wire style baskets featured at Launch Complex 39A. Bill Gerstenmaier, SpaceX’s vice president of B...
Astronauts, cosmonaut arrive at Kennedy Space Center ahead of NASA, SpaceX Crew-8 launch – Spaceflight Now
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Astronauts, cosmonaut arrive at Kennedy Space Center ahead of NASA, SpaceX Crew-8 launch – Spaceflight Now

The four members of the SpaceX Crew-8 mission pose in front of the NASA Gulfstream plane at Space Florida’s Launch and Landing Facility. (Left to right) Roscosmos Cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin and NASA Astronauts Jeanette Epps, Matthew Dominick and Michael Barratt. Image: Adam Bernstein/Spaceflight Now Set against a bright, blue Florida skyline, the three astronauts and one cosmonaut who make up the SpaceX Crew-8 mission touched down at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Sunday afternoon. The crew’s Gulfstream cruised in for a landing at the Space Florida Launch and Landing Facility at about 1:45 p.m. (1845 UTC). They were greeted on the tarmac by, Jennifer Kunz, a KSC Associate Director, and Dana Hutcherson, Deputy Director Commercial Crew. “Coming out here to the Cape, every time, I’m a kid in ...
SpaceX scrubs launch attempt of 24 Starlink satellites on Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral – Spaceflight Now
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SpaceX scrubs launch attempt of 24 Starlink satellites on Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral – Spaceflight Now

File photo of Starlink V2 Mini satellites being prepared for launch in a payload processing facility at Cape Canaveral. Credit: SpaceX Update 6:50 p.m. EST: SpaceX scrubbed the launch time of the Starlink 6-39 launch for Saturday night. SpaceX is preparing to launch its biggest batch of second generation Starlink satellites to date on Sunday. The company loaded 24 Starlink V2 Minis onto its Falcon 9 rocket, which is preparing for flight at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Liftoff of the Starlink 6-39 mission is set for no earlier than 4:34 p.m. EST (2134 UTC). This will be the 11th dedicated Starlink launch so far in 2024 and includes one more second-generations Starlink satellite than Falcon 9 has carried on recent flights. It’s not clear if SpaceX has achiev...