SpaceX speeds Crew Dragon on its maiden voyage to the ISS

Jared Haworth

March 2, 2019

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Space Exploration Technologies Corporation hit a major milestone in their Commercial Crew partnership with NASA in the early morning hours of March 2, 2019. Thundering off the launchpad at LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, a brand new Falcon 9 rocket lifted a brand new Dragon capsule designed to carry human beings to the International Space Station. Alternately called "Dragon 2" and "Crew Dragon" by SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk, this maiden (uncrewed) flight is a critical step in both SpaceX and NASA certifying the spacecraft for future human flights.

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Liftoff of the Antares 230 rocket carrying Northrop Grumman's Cygnus Cargo Freighter to the International Space Station.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

Rocket Recap: Cygnus NG-10 Reaches the ISS

One week ago (November 19, 2018) Northrop Grumman's Cygnus pressurized cargo freighter arrived at and berthed with the International Space Station. The rocket had launched two days prior, on November 17, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia.  This was the ninth launch of Antares from Virginia, and the first overseen by the new Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, a division formed by NG's acquisition of Orbital ATK earlier this year.

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Falcon 9 lifts heavyweight HispaSat 30W-6 to Orbit

SpaceX's landmark 50th Falcon 9 launch, lifting HispaSat 30W-6 to orbit took place shortly after midnight on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40.  Marked as the heaviest satellite that SpaceX has lifted to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), HispaSat 30W-6 replaces the 30W-4 satellite covering the Mediterranean Sea and provides new Ka-, Ku- and C-band transponders to Europe and Latin America over the next 15 years.

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Remote camera view of the launch of EchoStar 105 / SES-11 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

SpaceX delivers SES-11, lands third flight-proven Falcon 9

Backdropped against a blue sky tinged orange by the setting sun, SpaceX's third flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket launched the EchoStar 105 / SES-11 satellite from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.

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