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SpaceX Scrubs Thanksgiving SES-8 Launch Due To Thrust Issues
2013-12-02 09:10:56

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update: Monday, Dec 2, 2013 (9:10 a.m.) SpaceX has once again opened a launch window to put an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket along with its SES-8 satellite payload into space. The next scheduled attempt will take place this evening -- Dec 2, 2013. Last Thursday, after the space transport company’s second scrubbed launch attempt, officials said it would likely be a few days before another launch window would open for the...

SES-8 Satellite Launch Scrubbed Due To SpaceX Rocket Malfunction
2013-11-26 06:00:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update: Nov. 26, 2013 (6:00 a.m.) SpaceX has postponed the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday due to a technical issue. During the 65-minute launch window, SpaceX made three attempts to get the rocket off the ground, but on each attempt, mission controllers were met with a glitch. Monday’s launch attempt was to put an SES-owned TV satellite into geostationary transfer orbit some 22,000 miles...

SpaceX Hits Safety Milestone For NASA Joint Venture
2013-11-15 17:46:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Officials from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced the successful safety review of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket that are slated to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade – a major milestone for the endeavor. In late October, a team of NASA engineers traveled to SpaceX headquarters for two days of presentations and review sessions that involved the company's safety practices....

SpaceX Completes Review Of 2014 Commercial Crew Abort Test
2013-10-25 07:00:17

NASA In preparation for a summer 2014 test, NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently laid out its plan to demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency. This review of the in-flight abort test plan provided an assessment of the Dragon's SuperDraco engines, the software that would issue the abort command, and the interface between the Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket on which the spacecraft...


Latest Falcon Reference Libraries

Elon Musk
2013-08-05 10:31:59

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971. He is a South African-American inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SpaceX and Co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal. He is also chairman of SolarCity. Musk attended Bryanston High School in South Africa, but graduated from Pretoria Boys High School. In the early 90s, Musk was educated at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario Canada and left Canada around 1992 to pursue Business and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he...

Merlin, Falco columbarius
2013-05-18 07:02:38

This bird of prey is known more as a pigeon hawk. The Merlin is from the Northern Hemisphere with some migrating to subtropical and northern tropical areas during the winter. There has also been a discovery that there are two different, very distinct, species: the North American and the Eurasian. The North American Merlin was first described by a Swede taxonomist, Carl Linnaeus. The Merlin is between 9 and 13 inches long with a wingspan of 20-29 inches. The Merlin is an exceptionally...

Laughing Falcon, Herpetotheres cachinnans
2013-04-23 23:04:40

The Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans), also known as the Snake Hawk (erroneously, since it’s not a hawk), is a medium-sized bird of prey belonging to the falcon family Falconidae, the only member of the genus Herpetotheres. This Neotropical species is an expert snake-eater. Its common and scientific names are both in reference to its distinctive voice. The English name comes from its loud voice, as does the specific name cachinnans, which is Latin for “laughing aloud” or...

Yellow-headed Caracara, Milvago chimachima
2012-12-28 12:54:53

The Yellow-headed Caracara is a bird of prey belonging to the Falconidae family. It’s found in tropical and subtropical South America and the southern part of Central America. Not like falcons in the same family, the caracara is not a fast-flying aerial hunter, but it is rather sluggish and often gets food by scavenging. The caracara is 16 to 18 inches long and weighs 11.5 ounces on average. Just like many other birds of prey, the females are larger than the males, weighing 11 to 13...

Gyrfalcon, Falco rusticolus
2012-11-28 14:23:53

The Gyrfalcon, also spelled as gerfalcon, is the largest of the falcon variety. This falcon breeds on Arctic coasts, and the islands of North America, Europe, and Asia. It mostly lives there as well, yet some Gyrfalcons disperse more widely after breeding season or in the winter. This bird is isolated throughout the Northern Hemisphere, with populations in Northern American, Greenland, and Northern Europe. The plumage varies with location, with birds being colored from all white, to dark...

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