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SpaceX Is About to Tackle One of Its Biggest Recovery Challenges Yet

Starting July 22, SpaceX will have the chance to further cement itself as the best wide receiver in the aerospace game. Elon Musk’s rocket company is …

Space Travel

Air Force gets first real look at future ICBM designs

Boeing and Northrop Grumman discussed proposed ideas with the Air Force last month as the service faces a 2019 deadline to specify requirements for …

Military

SpaceX launches heavyweight satellite, safely lands booster

Lighting up the deep overnight sky, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared away from Cape Canaveral early Sunday, boosting a heavyweight communications …

Space Travel

Telstar 19V communications satellite orbited by SpaceX Falcon 9

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launches the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite into space from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. …

Space Exploration

SpaceX ramps up rollout of its new Falcon 9 rocket fleet

SpaceX plans to launch its second "block 5" Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, during the early morning hours on Sunday and land it on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic a short time later.<p>The rocket will be conducting a fairly routine commercial mission, delivering …

The Future

SpaceX Plans Three Launches in 11 Days

After a three-week break, SpaceX is gearing up for a busy stretch of launches with three coming up in an 11-day period on opposite sides of the …

Space Exploration

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Telstar 19V satellite and lands on drone ship

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket executed a textbook launch to put the heavy-duty Telstar 19 Vantage into orbit tonight and bring back the first-stage …

Space Travel

Los Angeles to Seattle by rail aboard the Coast Starlight

We were nearly 300 miles into our 1,400-mile trip on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight when it dawned on me to check on the kids. I veered down the aisles of two passenger cars to the observation car, where my 9- and 13-year-old sons had secured a table and layered it with books, tablets and enough snacks …

Trains

SpaceX Gears Up to Launch Next-Gen Falcon 9 Block 5 Using Two Drone Ships

SpaceX has completed static test fires for its next major mission, and it’s set to push the company in an exciting direction. The company announced …

Space Travel

Orlando will see another rocket launch this week from SpaceX - Orlando Business Journal

By Matthew Richardson <br>– Staff writer, Orlando Business Journal<p>Jul 19, 2018, 2:45pm EDT<p>SpaceX has completed the static fire test of its Falcon 9 …

Orlando

SpaceX continues its quest to Mars with this weekend's launch from Cape Canaveral

SpaceX’s quest to drive down launch costs and increase access to space will continue in the early morning darkness of Sunday when an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket vaults a commercial communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, then flips around to perform an automated return landing on a ship in the …

Space Travel

GMD: Key to U.S. Missile Defense

Today, the only defensive system the U.S. has that can intercept long-range ballistic missiles is the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) – …

Military

Iridium NEXT Flight Seven readied for launch atop SpaceX Falcon 9

Launch of Iridium 1 from Vandenburg Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 4. Photo Credit: SpaceX<p>SpaceX is working to rack up another successful …

Space Exploration

World’s Greatest Drag Race 7!

If Best Driver’s Car is the most exciting thing we do all year, then World’s Greatest Drag Race puts seven exclamation points at the end of that …

U.S. Air Force

Alaska spaceport shortlisted for Rocket Lab launch site

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A California-based rocket company has shortlisted the spaceport in Kodiak, Alaska, as a possible permanent home for its launches.<p>Rocket Lab announced Tuesday that it's seeking to build a launch complex in the U.S. to complement its current site in New Zealand, the Kodiak Daily …

Space Exploration

SpaceX: "Mr Steven" Giant Net Tested at High Speeds in Stunning Video

SpaceX’s component-catching ship has got an upgrade. <i>Mr Steven</i>, the vessel designed to catch the fairing from the Falcon 9 as it returns to Earth …

Innovation

Putting Interceptors On Trucks Is The Fastest Way Trump Can Bolster Missile Defense Of America

The greatest threat to the survival of American democracy isn’t cyber attacks or terrorist aggression, it is nuclear war. Russia has over a thousand nuclear warheads aimed at the United States; a few dozen would be sufficient to collapse the economy and kill tens of millions. It would be comforting …

Military

Towers Toppled at Historic Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 17

The last two launch towers to stand at Cape Canaveral since the dawn of the Space Age are no more.<p>The twin mobile gantries at Launch Complex 17 …

Space Exploration

SpaceX Gives Nose-Cone-Catching Boat 'Mr. Steven' a Bigger Net

Mr. Steven now has some more margin for error.<p>SpaceX has outfitted the speedy boat with a much larger net, to give it a better chance of plucking …

Space Exploration

NASA chief talks moon partnership in Israel

By BRYAN BENDER (bbender@politico.com), JACQUELINE KLIMAS (jklimas@politico.com)<p><i>With help from Connor O’Brien and Adrienne Hurst</i><p>PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFING<p><b>NASA CHIEF TALKS MOON PARTNERSHIP IN ISRAEL:</b> Jim Bridenstine is in Israel on his first foreign trip as NASA administrator discussing how to expand the …

Space Exploration

Air Force Thunderbirds arrive at Westover for Great New England Air & Space Show

The Great New England Air & Space Show will be held on July 14 and 15. Gates will open at 8 a.m. Watch videoCHICOPEE - The first time Ray Geoffroy …

Western Massachusetts

Vandenberg Consolidates Operations on Western Launch Range

<i>By Michael Peterson<br>30th Space Wing Public Affairs</i><p><b>VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. —</b> The 30th Range Management Squadron inactivated and merged with …

Space Exploration

Swarm Asks FCC for Permission to Have Its Rogue Satellites Phone Home

A new application seeks approval to beam the company's unlicensed CubeSats’ location, course, and speed down to Earth—and then share that data …

Space Exploration

ICESat-2 lasers pass final ground test

On June 23, ICESat-2 engineers at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California successfully finished the final ground-based test of the lasers, which are …

Space Exploration

SpaceX Applies for Permission to Land Falcon 9 Stage at Vandenberg

Falcon 9 first stage comes in for a landing after launching the Zuma payload. (Credit: SpaceX)SpaceX has applied for permission to land a Falcon 9 …

Space Travel

Mid-Year Global Launch Report: China & USA Continue to Battle for Lead

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the NROL-47 mission lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: ULA)<i>by Douglas Messier</i></i> …

Space Exploration

NASA Invites 50 Social Media Users To Attend The ICESat-2 Satellite Launch This September

If you want to be right in the middle of the action and see the ICESat-2 soar to the skies atop ULA's last Delta II rocket, here's how to get …

Social Media

SpaceX may finally land one of its rockets on the California coast later this year

Finally: a land landing at Vandenberg<p>After mastering its rocket landings on the Florida coast, SpaceX wants to try the same trick in California. The company recently filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to land one of its Falcon 9 rockets on ground at Vandenberg Air Force …

Space Travel

NASA, Northrop Grumman likely to relocate delayed Pegasus launch to Florida

A Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket, carried underneath a modified L-1011 airplane, departed Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on June 6 on …

Space Exploration

Rocket Engine Designed for Reusable Flights Tested

Triggering a massive cloud of vapor and a roar, officials on Monday test fired a rocket engine designed to be part of a reusable spacecraft that can …

Space Exploration