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Feb 11, 2015 10:57 PM ET // Irene Klotz
With technical issues resolved and clear skies, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida Wednesday to put a U.S. weather satellite into orbit to watch for potentially dangerous solar storms.
Feb 9, 2015 05:57 PM ET // Irene Klotz
Breaking new ground is nothing new for SpaceX, but how about launch and landing operations on opposite sides of the country at the same time?
Jan 27, 2015 08:22 PM ET // Irene Klotz
SpaceX on Tuesday released a new animated video clip of its Falcon Heavy rocket launching from Florida. Continue reading →
Jan 9, 2015 11:50 AM ET // Irene Klotz
Test flights of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo are on schedule to begin again this year -- this time with its own pilots, the chief executive of Richard Branson’s space startup said Friday.
Nov 10, 2014 03:50 PM ET // Irene Klotz
Based on the scattered, jagged remains of SpaceShipTwo and the pending funeral for one of its pilots, it would be easy to assume that a design flaw of some sort was responsible for the deadly crash -- but appearances can be deceiving.
Nov 6, 2014 04:30 PM ET // Miriam Kramer, SPACE.com
The commercial spaceflight company Orbital Sciences said on Wednesday (Nov. 5) that the investigation into the explosion of its Antares rocket last week is eyeing the booster's first-stage engines, which were originally built in the 1960s by the Soviet Union at the height of the space race.
Nov 3, 2014 03:30 AM ET // Irene Klotz
It wasn’t SpaceShipTwo’s hybrid rocket motor -- which was flying on Friday with a new type of fuel -- that caused the fatal crash, the head of the accident investigation agency said late Sunday.
Oct 31, 2014 08:15 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
On Friday morning, the spaceflight community was stunned to hear that Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo had suffered an in-flight anomaly during a rocket-powered test flight over the Mojave Desert in California. Continue reading →
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