What is SpaceX?

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SpaceX founded in 2002 "designs, manufactures and launches" hi-tech rockets and spacecraft. It aims to remodel space technology, with the end goal of "enabling people to live on other planets."

SpaceX's Falcon 9 disintegrates after launch

29 Jun 2015
SpaceX's Falcon 9 disintegrates after launch
  • SpaceX's Falcon-9 rocket went up in flames on 28 Jun'15.
  • It happened just minutes into its launch with the robotic Dragon cargo and capsule, which were en route the International Space Station (ISS).
  • The explosion marked the third collapse of a space station resupply operation in 8 months.
  • Debris from the breakup fell into the Atlantic Ocean without causing any destruction on the ground.

SpaceX owner tweets about the debacle

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SpaceX's billionaire founder Elon Musk tweeted: "There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. Data suggests a counterintuitive cause."

Falcon launches suspended

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Falcon launches suspended
  • Following the SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket breakup, SpaceX's President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said similar launches would be suspended until the FAA signs off on SpaceX's findings, which could take a few months.
  • The primary objective of the failed mission was to deliver the Dragon to the space station with more than two and a half tons of supplies and experiment equipment.

SpaceX rocket explodes during a test ahead of launch

02 Sep 2016
SpaceX rocket explodes during a test ahead of launch
  • SpaceX's Falcon-9 rocket scheduled to lift off on 3 Sep'16 exploded during a routine static fire test of its engines on the launch pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral.
  • Falcon-9 was to launch the Amos-6 satellite, Israeli satellite operator Spacecom's communication probe.
  • Amos-6 might not have been damaged, but its fate is unclear.
  • No casualties have been reported; there is no threat to people's safety.

Tank failure caused failed launch: SpaceX

03 Jan 2017
Tank failure caused failed launch: SpaceX
  • SpaceX revealed today that the failure of a fuel tank within the second-stage liquid oxygen tank, led to the explosion that crippled their launch in September.
  • The company stated that it will now launch 10 satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket on January 8 from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
  • SpaceX said it was taking extra precautions to ensure a smooth launch.

SpaceX launches successfully after Sept crash

15 Jan 2017
SpaceX launches successfully after Sept crash
  • SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying 10 satellites into orbit; 10 minutes into the flight the first stage of the rocket separated from the rest of craft and successfully touched down on a platform in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Over 70 missions, worth more than $10 billion, are awaiting flights on SpaceX Falcon rockets.

SpaceX halts launch 10 secs before scheduled lift-off

19 Feb 2017
SpaceX halts launch 10 secs before scheduled lift-off
  • SpaceX halted the launch of its second rocket about 10 seconds before its scheduled lift-off after detecting a leak in the upper stage.
  • SpaceX stated they would "take a closer look at an engine actuator on the second stage." The rocket was ferrying supplies for the International Space Station.
  • The company later said that the rocket was fine and was fit to fly.