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SpaceX cargo run to space station reset for Friday

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies canceled its planned cargo run to the International Space Station on Monday after a helium leak was found in its rocket's first stage, NASA said. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule had been slated for 4:58 p.m. EDT (2058 GMT). But an hour before liftoff, engineers reported that the rocket's first stage was leaking helium, prompting a postponement.

SpaceX cargo mission to ISS delayed over helium leak

The US company SpaceX delayed its latest supply mission to the International Space Station on Monday due to a helium leak on its Dragon cargo capsule. "Today's launch is scrubbed due to a Helium leak on Falcon 9," SpaceX tweeted shortly before the planned blast-off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 4:58 pm (2058 GMT). The tweet added that a fix would be implemented by the next launch opportunity on April 18. Owned by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX became the first commercial entity to reach the space station with its Dragon cargo ship in 2012.

California weighs giving tax break to space exploration firms

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - For-profit space explorers who make California their headquarters would not have to pay property taxes on their rockets and space stations under a bill that advanced in the state legislature on Wednesday.

Orbital launches first cargo mission to space station

Orbital Sciences Corporation on Thursday launched its unmanned Cygnus cargo ship on the company's first regular supply mission to the International Space Station. The liftoff of the Antares rocket carrying the ship took place at 1:07 pm (1807 GMT) from Wallops Island, Virginia, according to footage carried by the US space agency NASA's television network. "It is a beautiful launch occurring on time... with perfect weather," a NASA commentator said. The cargo vehicle separated from the rocket's second stage 10 minutes after the launch as planned.

SpaceX Falcon rocket lifts off with Thaicom digital TV satellite

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies' Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday to put a commercial communications spacecraft into orbit for Thai satellite operator Thaicom. The 224-foot-tall rocket lifted off its seaside launch pad at 5:06 p.m. (2206 GMT), soaring through overcast skies as it headed toward the satellite's drop-off point more than 55,000 miles above Earth, or about one-quarter of the way to the moon.

SpaceX launches second commercial satellite

US company SpaceX said Monday it had deployed a commercial Thai satellite, in its second successful launch in weeks. The private firm's two-stage Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 2206 GMT, carrying with it the Thaicom 6 telecommunications satellite. Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, confirmed on Twitter that Thaicom 6 had been delivered "to a perfect orbit." Thaicom 6, which belongs to satellite operator Thaicom, will provide services to Southeast Asia and parts of Africa.

SpaceX rocket lifts off on first commercial satellite launch

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket developed by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, blasted off on Tuesday to put its first commercial satellite into orbit, staking a potentially game-changing claim in a global industry worth nearly $190 billion a year. The 22-story rocket lifted off from its seaside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 5:41 p.m. EST/2241 GMT.

Third time a charm: SpaceX launches commercial satellite

After two delays, private US company SpaceX on Tuesday successfully launched its first commercial satellite, after repairs were made to the Falcon 9 rocket. It roared into space at 2241 GMT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SpaceX said in a statement. Its $100 million satellite was placed in orbit 14 minutes later, a SpaceX spokesman confirmed. The rocket's cargo was a telecommunications satellite for the Luxembourg company SES, which until now has used European Ariane rockets or the Russian Proton for its satellite launches.

Private US launch of satellite delayed

The private US company SpaceX Monday postponed the launch of a rocket carrying a telecoms satellite. The launch with a Falcon 9 rocket had been scheduled for Monday from Florida. But the company said it has delayed it until Thursday because of unexpected readings in the fuel system. It was to be the first launch with an improved version of the Falcon 9 after a test flight in California. SpaceX is eager to get into the commercial satellite launch business, estimated to be worth 190 billion dollars a year, with competitive prices.

Cut-rate SpaceX poised for first commercial satellite launch

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - - An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket developed by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, is poised to enter the commercial satellite market on Monday, a potential game-changer in a global industry worth nearly $190 billion a year. Following a successful debut test fight on September 29, the privately owned firm's upgraded Falcon 9 rocket is due to lift off at 5:37 p.m. EST/2237 GMT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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