SpaceX Launches Hefty Rocket With 24 Satellites, ExperimentsSpaceX did manage for the first time to catch the fairing, or nose cone, in a giant net on an offshore boat. The California-based company is trying to recover and reuse as many rocket parts as possible — rather than letting the pieces sink in the ocean — to drive down launch costs.
SpaceX Launches 60 Little Satellites, With Many More To ComeAll 60 flat-panel satellites were deployed and online a few hundred miles (kilometers) above Earth. Each weighs 500 pounds (227 kilograms) and has a single solar panel and a krypton-powered thruster for raising and maintaining altitude. The satellites have the capability of automatically dodging sizable pieces of space junk.
SpaceX Launches 10 More Iridium Communications SatellitesThe payload is the eighth and final set of satellites to be launched as Iridium replaces its entire globe-circling fleet with next-generation orbiters.
SpaceX Launches Air Force's Best GPS Yet, Ends Banner YearIt's the first in a series and nicknamed Vespucci after the 15th-century Italian explorer who calculated Earth's circumference to within 50 miles.
SpaceX Launch Of First "block 5" Falcon 9 Rocket Scrubbed To FridaySpaceX tried to launch an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 rocket Thursday, the first of a new breed featuring more powerful engines and a host of other improvements designed to make the booster safer and easier to launch on multiple missions, but the countdown suddenly stopped with less than a minute to go and after a few more minutes of troubleshooting the flight was scrubbed for the day.
SpaceX To Launch "block 5" Falcon 9 RocketSpaceX has re-launched 11 first stage boosters to date, but none have flown more than twice.