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    Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, space transport company, Hawthorne, California, USA

    Website - spacex.com

    youtube.com/spacex

    vimeo.com/spacexlaunch

    twitter.com/SpaceX

    google.com/+SpaceX

    linkedin.com/company/spacex

    instagram.com/spacex

    SpaceX on Wikipedia

    CEO and CTO - Elon Musk

    Projects and spacecrafts:

    Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), space telescope

    Hyperloop pod competition

    SpaceX Mars transportation infrastructure

    Dragon 2, spacecraft, the next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to Earth orbit and beyond

    Dragon, partially reusable spacecraft

    Falcon Heavy, reusable super heavy-lift launch vehicle

    Falcon 9 Block 5, launch vehicle

    Falcon 9 Full Thrust, Falcon 9 v1.2, launch vehicle

    Falcon 9 v1.1, launch vehicle

    Falcon 9 v1.0, launch vehicle

    Grasshopper (rocket) on Wikipedia

    ITS launch vehicle

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    Grasshopper 325m Test

    Published on Jul 5, 2013

    On June 14, SpaceX's Grasshopper flew 325 m (1066 feet)--higher than Manhattan's Chrysler Building--before smoothly landing back on the pad. For the first time in this test, Grasshopper made use of its full navigation sensor suite with the F9-R closed loop control flight algorithms to accomplish a precision landing. Most rockets are equipped with sensors to determine position, but these sensors are generally not accurate enough to accomplish the type of precision landing necessary with Grasshopper.

    Previous Grasshopper tests relied on the other rocket sensors but for this test, an additional, higher accuracy sensor was in the control loop. In other words, SpaceX was directly controlling the vehicle based on new sensor readings, adding a new level of accuracy in sensing the distance between Grasshopper and the ground, enabling a more precise landing.

    Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle designed to test the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. While most rockets are designed to burn up on atmosphere reentry, SpaceX rockets are being designed not only to withstand reentry, but also to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing. The Grasshopper VTVL vehicle represents a critical step towards this goal.

    Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage tank, Merlin 1D engine, four steel and aluminum landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure.

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    Grasshopper 744m Test

    Published on Oct 12, 2013

    On Monday, October 7th, Grasshopper completed its highest leap to date, rising to 744m altitude. The view above is taken from a single camera hexacopter, getting closer to the stage than in any previous flight.

    Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle designed to test the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. While most rockets are designed to burn up on atmosphere reentry, SpaceX rockets are being designed not only to withstand reentry, but also to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing. The Grasshopper VTVL vehicle represents a critical step towards this goal.

    Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage tank, Merlin 1D engine, four steel and aluminum landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure.

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    Lift-Off! SpaceX Launches Thaicom 6 Satellite

    Published on Jan 6, 2014

    The commercial space company has launched a second satellite in 2 months aboard an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket. It launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 6, 2014.

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    SpaceX Conducts Dragon Parachute Test

    Published on Jan 17, 2014

    NASA Commercial Crew Program partner Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, conducted a drop test of a Dragon test article in December. The capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Morro Bay, Calif. The drop test enabled SpaceX engineers to evaluate the spacecraft's parachute deployment system as part of a milestone under its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability agreement with NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

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    2014 | SpaceX Year in Review

    Published on Dec 31, 2014

    Relive SpaceX’s 2014 highlights: launching rockets, landing stages, and unveiling our next generation crewed spacecraft.

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    SpaceX & What "Failure" Means

    Published on Jan 15, 2015

    SpaceX tried something audacious with Falcon-9 rocket launch to the International Space Station-- keep part of the rocket after its used! This has never been done before, and recovery this time was not successful, but steps have been made to attempt to recover huge and expensive rocket pieces that historically end up discarded in the environment. Why is this important to the mission of space travel? And why is failure not necessarily so? Kim Horcher discusses with Phil Torres (Scientist, host of Al Jazeera America's TechKnow) and Jason G. Goldman (Scientist, writer for Scientific American, BBC Future).

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    4K Footage | SpaceX Launches

    Published on Apr 9, 2015

    Enjoy SpaceX launch footage in Ultra HD 4K. All footage used in this video was shot in 4K. If your connection is slow, toggle to 1080 HD for smoother playback.

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    Why landing the SpaceX rocket on a drone barge is so hard

    Published on Apr 13, 2015

    Elon Musk came oh-so-close to success with his first attempt to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a platform, but still pegs the changes of SpaceX's second try at 50-50. We explain why the mission is so difficult.

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    Matthew Lynley Backstage with the SpaceX Team

    Published on Feb 9, 2016

    Matthew Lynley talks backstage with the SpaceX team, winners of the 2016 Crunchies Award for Best Technology Achievement, about reusable rockets and humanity's future in space.

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