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February 09, 2016
SpaceX Conducts Hover Tests
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Feb 09, 2016
Space Exploration Technologies, Inc. (SpaceX) is developing a human-rated version of its Dragon capsule that will be capable of precision powered landings on the ground. In fact, the company has advanced to the point of conducting propulsive hover tests at its McGregor, Texas facility. The uncrewed version of the Dragon capsule has been launched exclusively by SpaceX on its Falcon 9 two-stage launch vehicle since December 2010. It carries the distinction of being the first commercially built and o ... read more

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SpaceX Tests Crew Dragon Parachutes
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SpaceX Falcon 9 upgrade certified for National Security Space launches
Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space and Space and Missile Systems Center commander, updated the certified baseline configuration of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Launch System ... more
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Assembly begins on 2nd Ariane 5 launcher for 2016
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