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  • SpaceX rocket launch now planned for Friday

    01/11/2019 7:26:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | January 09, 2019 06:31 PM | Gabby Ferreira and Janene Scully
    The Falcon 9 rocket launch originally planned for early this week has been rescheduled to Friday, SpaceX announced on Twitter. The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base is set for 7:31 a.m., according to the tweet. “Weather is 60 percent favorable,” the company said. Read more here: https://www.modbee.com/living/article224126380.html#storylink=cpy
  • Twice-delayed Delta IV Heavy launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base now planned for Tuesday

    12/15/2018 7:07:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Lompoc Record ^ | 12/13/2018
    The launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket that had been postponed twice from Vandenberg Air Force Base last week is now slated for Tuesday, Dec. 18. The launch is scheduled for a window that will open at 5:57 p.m. from VAFB’s Space Launch Complex-6. The rocket, provided by United Launch Alliance, will carry a secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office in a mission dubbed NROL-71.
  • Stay up late to watch ULA launch a secret satellite with its most powerful rocket

    12/08/2018 7:23:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    The Verge ^ | Dec 8, 2018, 9:39am EST | Loren Grush
    Tonight, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to launch its most powerful rocket — the Delta IV Heavy — sending up a secret spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from California. The mission will be the 132nd mission for the ULA, and the latest of many launches the company has done for the NRO, a significant customer of the launch provider. NRO keeps the purposes of its missions under wraps. However, the satellite is likely pretty heavy and is perhaps going to a high orbit if it requires the power of the Delta IV Heavy. The rocket...
  • Secretive Astra Space Suborbital Launch Fails

    12/08/2018 5:16:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    space,com ^ | 12/07/2018 | Jeff Foust
    A test flight in Alaska of a small launch vehicle by a stealthy startup company ended in failure in late November, the Federal Aviation Administration has revealed. In a speech Dec. 6 at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce space conference here discussing the agency's approach to commercial spaceflight safety, FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell mentioned a recent, but previously unreported, accident involving a launch taking place from Alaska one week ago. A launch license the FAA issued to Astra Space Inc. on Oct. 15, also available on the FAA website, authorized the company to perform a suborbital flight of its...
  • Has Russia just put a secret weapon in orbit? New launch prompts security concerns

    12/04/2018 1:59:28 PM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Daily Mail, UK ^ | Dec. 4, 2018 | Phoebe Weston For Mailonline
    The US military has raised concerns about the mysterious Russian launch They found five orbital bodies leaving the rocket instead of four, as suggested Either rocket's upper stage broke, or Russia had kept part of the launch secret The US military has raised concerns about the mysterious Russian launch after they found five orbital bodies leaving the rocket instead of four, as previously suggested. The US Combined Space Operations Centre (CSpOC) believe that either the rocket's upper stage broke in two, or the Russians had kept part of the launch secret.
  • Icesat2

    09/15/2018 1:42:49 PM PDT · by JoeFromSidney · 9 replies
    Original<p> | JoeFromSidney
    I’m at Vandenberg Air Force Base. My wife and I came to see the launch of Icesat2, a satellite intended to measure the thickness of the polar ice caps. Our son Tony designed the laser altimeters on Icesat, which measure the height above the geoid of the ice, of forests, and other objects. The launch vehicle was a Delta rocket. The Delta was derived from the Air Force’s old Thor missile. This was the last launch of a Delta. It’s now obsolete and being retired. For me, it closed out some personal history. Back in the late ‘fifties, I was...
  • Watch the launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe tomorrow at 3:33 AM ET

    08/10/2018 11:02:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    The spacecraft will launch on a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral in Florida at 3:33 AM EDT on Saturday morning; the launch window will last for 65 minutes. You can watch it happen at the NASA TV live stream link below. Programming starts at 3 AM and will continue through the launch. A post-launch press conference will occur after the event, but of course if the launch doesn't happen, then it will be delayed. NASA has through August 23rd to get Parker Solar Probe off the ground. This spacecraft, which will travel faster...
  • Launching of Operations To Liberate Final ISIS Strongholds in Syria (Statement by Heather Nauert)

    05/01/2018 10:33:48 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    The U.S. Department of State ^ | May 1, 2018 | Heather Nauert
    The United States, the Global Coalition, and local partners, including the Syrian Democratic Forces, are launching operations to liberate the final ISIS strongholds in Syria. The fighting will be difficult, but we and our partners will prevail. We will defend United States, Coalition, and partner forces if attacked. The days of ISIS controlling territory and terrorizing the people of Syria are coming to an end. We will work with our NATO ally Turkey and our partners Israel, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon to secure their borders from ISIS. We will seek further fair share contributions in forces, material, and resources from...
  • LIVE: TESS Launch: NASA SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Planet-Hunting TESS Satellite Mission

    04/22/2018 11:50:41 AM PDT · by cba123 · 4 replies
    Youtube live stream ^ | 4/22/18 | (live feed)
    Was just looking for something and noticed there is a live feed of a launch preparation, going on right now. So I thought I would link to the launch, in case anyone is interested.
  • Russia Will Bomb U.S. Missile Launch Sites If Trump Attacks Syria, Ambassador Warns

    04/11/2018 9:42:05 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 360 replies
    Newsweak Prog Prop via Yahoo Noose ^ | April 11, @018 | David Brennan
    Moscow will shoot down any U.S. missiles fired at Syria and retaliate against American launch sites, the Russian ambassador to Lebanon has warned. Ambassador Alexander Zasypkin made the comments on Tuesday while speaking on the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV channel, Reuters reported. President Donald Trump is currently considering military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following Saturday’s suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma near the capital city of Damascus. Medical relief groups say the attack killed dozens of civilians.
  • N Korea Looks To Be Preparing A Launch That Could Torpedo Talks And Bring A Full On War With The US

    04/03/2018 10:05:18 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    BI ^ | 4-3-2018 | Alex Lockie
    Despite a visible and encouraging thaw in relations between North and South Korea, Pyongyang appears to be readying a move that could torpedo upcoming talks with the US, and potentially bring about an all-out war. The launch in question isn't a missile launch, which has often stoked tensions before, but a satellite launch, and it demonstrates how fraught talks between the US and North Korea have become. Time and time again, the US and North Korea have entered into talks with the goal of denuclearization, but more often than not, North Korea blows up the deal by launching a satellite...
  • NASA's $1 Billion Mobile Launcher Leans a Little

    02/21/2018 10:03:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | Feb 21, 2018 | By Avery Thompson
    NASA's latest tower for launching rockets has a little bit of a lean, which means it may be able to launch just a single rocket. The cost of this tower boondoggle? Almost $1 billion. The tower in question is the Mobile Launcher designed for NASA’s upcoming Space Launch System, which would become the world’s most powerful rocket once completed in a few years. The tower is supposed to keep the rocket stable and upright on the platform during a launch. The system was built for NASA’s now-defunct Ares I rocket and later repurposed for the SLS. The Mobile Launcher is...
  • The State of the World Wide Rocket Industry at the start of 2018.

    02/11/2018 8:32:50 PM PST · by Voption · 18 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | January 2, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    First, 2016 was the worst year for the Russian rocket industry in decades...Second, China has been aggressively ramping up its launch rate, and in 2016 moved clearly into the top tier of space-faring nations...Third, the United States is clearly transitioning away from a government owned and operated rocket industry to one owned and operated by the private sector. Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the federal government has not launched a single rocket that it designed, built, and owns. Instead, every payload put in space by the U.S. has been put there by a private sector rocket.
  • Watch Elon Musk Launch of Falcon Heavy Live

    02/06/2018 11:36:57 AM PST · by Robert DeLong · 67 replies
    SpaceX Website ^ | 2.6/2018
    Watch Elon Musk Launch his person Tesla with dummy dressed in space suit in the driver's seat. Live in 71 minutes February 6, 2:45 PM
  • S. Korean military: No signs of N. Korea's imminent missile launch

    01/03/2018 6:46:11 PM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 1/4/18
    South Korea's defense authorities said Thursday there has been no indication of an imminent missile test by North Korea, responding to U.S. news reports that the secretive nation appears to be preparing to fire another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). "There is no activity that would lead to an assessment that a missile provocation by North Korea is imminent," Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a press briefing. He pointed out, however, that it's possible for the North to press ahead with a missile provocation anytime, adding South Korea and the United States are...
  • Seoul still bristles over Cheonan sinking

    03/27/2012 9:33:25 PM PDT · by U-238 · 21 replies
    Space Daily ^ | 3/27/2012 | Space Daily
    South Korea reiterated warnings to Pyongyang over future military attacks as South Korea commemorates the fatal 2010 sinking of the patrol ship Cheonan allegedly by North Korea. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said South Korea will "thoroughly retaliate against North Korea" if provoked again," a report by Yonhap news agency said. Last week Lee and Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik visited the National Cemetery in Daejeon to pay respects to the dead sailors. The 1,200-ton naval corvette Cheonan sank rapidly after an explosion from a suspected torpedo ripped the vessel in half in March 2010. It sank just more than 1...
  • SpaceX to Launch Classified "Zuma" Payload Tonight

    11/16/2017 7:54:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Nov 16, 2017 | Jay Bennett
    A Falcon 9 rocket is vertical on the pad at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A with a classified payload in the fairing. A launch window for the flight opens at 8:00 p.m. EST and remains open until 10:00 p.m. The first stage of the Falcon 9 will return for a vertical landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Defense giant Northrop Grumman has confirmed in a statement that it procured the launch for an undisclosed customer, but what the payload is, and who will be operating the satellite, have not been revealed. The codename for...
  • SpaceX is launching a secret mission to space Wednesday. Here's what we know so far.

    11/14/2017 7:30:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    mashable ^ | 11/14/2017 | Miriam Kramer
    If the Zuma launch goes well, it will mark SpaceX's 17th launch of 2017. If the landing goes off without a hitch, it will be the company's 20th overall successful landing. This includes landings on drone ships at sea as well as on land. Very little is known about the Zuma mission, as no government or commercial entity has claimed it.  Usually, even the National Reconnaissance Office — the branch of the government responsible for maintaining spy satellites — will say when a payload is theirs while keeping the mission details classified. But for some reason, whatever agency is behind...
  • Orbital ATK Aborts Rocket Launch to Space Station Due to Wayward Plane

    11/11/2017 3:49:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Space.com ^ | Hanneke Weitering,
    A cargo resupply mission scheduled to launch to the International Space Station this morning (Nov. 11) was aborted at the last minute due to aircraft flying in the restricted airspace over the launch site at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility here in Wallops Island, Virginia. Orbital ATK's Antares rocket was one minute away from liftoff when flight controllers abruptly aborted the launch at 7:36 a.m. EST (1236 GMT), when the aircraft entered the restricted area.  With the five-minute launch window closed for the day, Orbital ATK rescheduled the Antares launch for no earlier than 7:14 a.m. EST (1214 GMT) on Sunday...
  • ...USAF Satellite Launching ... Aug 25 on Cape Debut of Retired ICBM Minotaur Rocket: Watch Live

    08/25/2017 7:45:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 25 Aug , 2017 | Ken Kremer
    A gap filling space surveillance satellite that will track orbiting threats for the U.S. Air Force is set for an thrilling nighttime blastoff Friday, Aug. 25 on the maiden mission of the Minotaur IV rocket from Cape Canaveral that’s powered by a retired Cold War-era ICBM missile – once armed with nuclear warheads. The ORS-5 satellite will provide the US military with space-based surveillance and tracking of other satellites both friend and foe as well as space debris in geosynchronous orbit, 22,236 miles above the equator. The Orbital ATK Minotaur IV rocket carrying the ORS-5 tracking satellite for the USAF...