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SpaceX test flight will mark new era, historian says

A SpaceX maiden test flight of its behemoth rocket will mark the company’s latest step toward eventually reaching Mars. The company’s Falcon Heavy, a vehicle powered by three boosters similar in size and power to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, has been delayed multiple times since it was first planned...

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  • ULA launches Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral

    ULA launches Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral

    A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully took off Friday night from Cape Canaveral. The rocket carried a payload of the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 4 mission for the military. The SBIRS program is designed to act as a missile-warning system and provide technical intelligence....

  • U.S. missile-deterrence to get upgrade from Florida launch

    U.S. missile-deterrence to get upgrade from Florida launch

    If North Korea — or any country for that matter — launches a missile, a satellite scheduled to head into space from Florida will be on the front lines of defense. The U.S. Air Force will launch the latest member of the military’s next-generation missile-warning system aboard a United Launch Alliance...

  • SpaceX, Blue Origin have Florida's Space Coast poised for change

    SpaceX, Blue Origin have Florida's Space Coast poised for change

    Space-industry officials say this year could be one of the more important in recent memory because of the need to execute on planned major projects. The year will be marked by the Florida coming-out party of Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin, which recently completed a massive 750,000-square-foot...

  • SpaceX launches secret satellite Zuma on first flight of year

    SpaceX launches secret satellite Zuma on first flight of year

    SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday night, carrying the satellite toward an undisclosed orbit. SpaceX ended launch commentary five minutes into the flight, due to...

  • NASA: Legendary astronaut, moonwalker John Young has died

    NASA: Legendary astronaut, moonwalker John Young has died

    Legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died, according to a statement from NASA. Young was 87. The space agency said in a statement that Young died Friday night following complications from pneumonia. NASA said Young was the...

  • John Young, astronaut who grew up in Orlando, dies at 87

    John Young, astronaut who grew up in Orlando, dies at 87

    As John Young readied for launch of Gemini 3 in March of 1965, he displayed a calm that would become one of his best-known characteristics. Biometric data showed his heartbeat was normal, according to Bob Sieck, whose job was to monitor astronauts’ heart rates, among other things. “His calmness...

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