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  • SpaceX lands first U.S. Air Force launch contract

    SpaceX lands first U.S. Air Force launch contract

    Elon Musk's commercial space launch company SpaceX has landed its first government contract. The U.S. Air Force late Wednesday announced that it had awarded an $82.7 million contract to SpaceX to launch a GPS satellite into orbit, with an expected launch date of May 2018. The work will include...

  • SpaceX: Mars launch, aimed for '18, targeted for Florida

    SpaceX: Mars launch, aimed for '18, targeted for Florida

    SpaceX will launch its Dragon spacecraft to Mars from Florida's Space Coast, company officials confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday. The news followed earlier activity on the space transportation company's social media accounts that said it wanted to land one of its Dragon capsules on...

  • NASA astronauts prepare for flight on commercial spacecraft

    NASA astronauts prepare for flight on commercial spacecraft

    Five years after the last NASA astronauts flew from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station, a new group is preparing for a trip, this time on a private spacecraft. On Tuesday, veteran astronauts Eric Boe and Sunita Williams used touch-screen simulators to practice docking Boeing...

  • NASA: Kepler exoplanet-finding spacecraft back on the job

    NASA: Kepler exoplanet-finding spacecraft back on the job

    Good news! NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has been fully restored and is collecting science again, said Kepler’s mission manager Charlie Sobeck in a news release on Friday. The exoplanet-hunting space probe had a scare two weeks ago when it was discovered in Emergency Mode during a routine check in with...

  • Satellite company boosts high-tech manufacturing in Central Florida

    Satellite company boosts high-tech manufacturing in Central Florida

    An advanced manufacturing facility that will build satellites on Florida's Space Coast could send a ripple effect that would be felt in Orlando and help solidify Florida's place among leaders of the industry. OneWeb announced a plan Tuesday to manufacture the satellites at a high-tech, 100,000-square-foot...

  • NASA hackathon to give astronauts something to do on Mars

    NASA hackathon to give astronauts something to do on Mars

    It will likely be a challenge for astronauts who travel to Mars to find recreational activities. Arcades and ballparks have yet to find their way to the Red Planet. So what’s a space agency who wants to eventually send astronauts there to do in the meantime? Crowdsource. For the fifth year, NASA...

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