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US to Launch Secret Spy Satellite Saturday

The United States' newest spy satellite will finally get off the ground this weekend, if all goes according to plan. The NROL-71 spacecraft is scheduled to launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday (Jan. 19) at 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT; 11:05 a.m. local California time), ULA representatives announced yesterday (Jan. 15). You can watch the launch here at Space.com, courtesy of ULA, or directly via the company....
Tags: Science, California, US, United States, Delta Iv Heavy, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, National Reconnaissance Office, NROL, U S Air Force, Mike Wall, Facebook Originally, United Launch Alliance ULA, Gary Wentz, United Launch Alliance ULA Delta IV Heavy, Karl Tate


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launches 10 communications satellites

Using its Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX on Friday launched the final group of next generation communication satellites, known as Iridium NEXT, completing a decade-long project. The 10 satellites, which are part of a 75-piece constellation, were launched at 10:31 a.m. ET from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Successful deployment of 10 @IridiumComm NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit confirmed.
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon


SpaceX Launches 10 Iridium Satellites Into Orbit, Then Sticks Rocket Landing

Update for 11:45 a.m. EST: All 10 Iridium Next satellites were successfully deployed. A used SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lofted 10 final Iridium Next satellites into orbit today (Jan. 11), completing a two-year, eight-launch contract between the two companies. The rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 7:31 a.m. local time (10:31 a.m. EST, 1531 GMT) during an instantaneous launch window. If all goes well, satellite deployment will begin about an...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Nasa, Earth, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Cooper, SpaceX Falcon, Iridium, John Insprucker, Insprucker, Desch, Meghan Bartels, Matt Desch, Aireon


SpaceX launches final batch of Iridium telecom satellites (and lands rocket)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket deployed the eighth and final set of next-generation Iridium satellites into orbit today, closing off a two-year launch campaign. The rocket rose into partly cloudy skies from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:31 a.m. PT after a trouble-free countdown. Iridium CEO Matt Desch counted down the final seconds. Minutes after liftoff, the first-stage booster separated and made an at-sea touchdown on a drone landing ship called “Just Read the Instructions,” hundreds o...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Pacific Ocean, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Iridium, Matt Desch


Rocket Glitch Delays Spy Satellite Launch Again

The United States will have to wait a bit longer to get its newest spy satellite aloft. The secret NROL-71 reconnaissance satellite was scheduled to lift off Wednesday evening (Dec. 19) atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. "The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office was scrubbed today due to indications of elevated hydrogen concentrations within the ...
Tags: Science, California, United States, Vandenberg Air Force Base, National Reconnaissance Office, NROL, United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, United Launch Alliance ULA Delta IV Heavy


Hopes for record day in space flight fall short with 3 out of 4 launches scrubbed

It was billed to be one of the busiest days in space history with four rockets scheduled to launch back-to-back in the space of just a few hours. But the stars failed to align on Tuesday, with three out of four launches scrubbed due to high-altitude winds, technical problems and issues with one rocket's ground infrastructure.   Elon Musk's SpaceX was due to send a new US spy satellite into orbit at 2pm GMT today on its Falcon 9 rocket. A mere 19 minutes later, rival Blue Origin, which ...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, US, Nasa, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Blue Origin, Mike Pence, Bezos, New Shepard, SpaceX Falcon Heavy


SpaceX Broke Four Records During Today's Falcon 9 Rocket Launch

Today’s successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has resulted in four new records for SpaceX—a sure sign that the Elon Musk-led company, and the commercial space industry in general, is rapidly maturing.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, California, Satellites, Rockets, Falcon 9, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Cubesats, Rocket Science, Microsats


SpaceX launches biggest U.S. 'rideshare' mission with 64 satellites

The mission, dubbed SSO-A, also marked the third voyage to space for the same Falcon 9 rocket - another milestone for SpaceX's cost-cutting reusable rocket technology. The Falcon 9 blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 10:34 a.m. local time (18:34 GMT) carrying satellites from 34 different companies, government agencies, and universities, including the University of Illinois.
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon


SpaceX launches biggest U.S. 'rideshare' mission with 64 satellites

The mission, dubbed SSO-A, also marked the third voyage to space for the same Falcon 9 rocket - another milestone for SpaceX's cost-cutting reusable rocket technology. The Falcon 9 blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 10:34 a.m. local time (18:34 GMT) carrying satellites from 34 different companies, government agencies, and universities, including the University of Illinois. SpaceX said the mission was "one of the most complex and intricate endeavors" for Seattle-based ...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Seattle, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, University of Illinois SpaceX


Rocket carrying 64 satellites takes off from California

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carrying 64 small satellites has lifted off from California with a first stage that has been used twice before. The Falcon 9 blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 10:34 a.m. Monday, arcing over the Pacific west of Los Angeles as it headed toward […]
Tags: Science, News, California, Los Angeles, Pacific, Vandenberg Air Force Base, VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE Calif, Nation & World


Spaceflight’s 64-satellite extravaganza inches closer to SpaceX launch

Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries is closing in on what’s shaping up as a grand convergence in commercial space. Spaceflight, which handles launch logistics for small satellites, is nearly ready for its most ambitious mission yet: the “dedicated rideshare” launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will deliver at least 64 satellites to a pole-to-pole, sun-synchronous orbit. The SSO-A mission, also known as the SmallSat Express, is due to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on ...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Seattle, Vandenberg Air Force Base, SpaceX Falcon, Spaceflight Industries


In California skies, more rockets’ silken glare

s SpaceX and other companies use the Vandenberg Air Force Base launch hub near Los Angeles more often, the region can expect more spectacles in the skies.
Tags: Science, News, California, Los Angeles, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Nation & World


SpaceX celebrates its first West Coast rocket booster landing

In a first for SpaceX, the company landed a first-stage booster at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Sunday night, after launching an Argentine observation satellite.
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, West Coast, Vandenberg Air Force Base


Sonic-boom UFO show! SpaceX launches satellite, lands rocket booster in California

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket executed its first on-land touchdown on the West Coast tonight after sending Argentina’s SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, putting on a show punctuated by a sonic boom for Southern California. After a trouble-free countdown, the two-stage rocket blasted off right on time at 7:21 p.m. PT from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, leaving a post-sunset contrail glowing in the cloudless skies above. Minutes after launch, the rocket’s second stage separated from the first-st...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Argentina, West Coast, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Southern California


SpaceX lands its first rocket on West Coast ground

SpaceX has just successfully landed its first rocket on the U.S. West Coast. After launching a satellite from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday evening with the Falcon 9 rocket, the spaceflight company brought its first stage booster back to Earth just under eight minutes after liftoff. SEE ALSO: Newly-discovered world on the edge of the solar system could lead us to Planet X While SpaceX has launched a rocket from Vandenberg AFB in July, its landing took place on a drone shi...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nasa, Earth, West Coast, Pacific Ocean, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg, Falcon, San Luis Obispo, Vandenberg AFB, Santa Barbara Ventura


Argentina bets on $600 million satellite to boost agriculture sector

Scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Oct. 6, Argentina's SAOCOM 1a satellite "is going to boost the high quality precision agriculture Argentina relies on," President Mauricio Macri told farmers and industry representatives last week. Scientists say the soil and subsurface mapping data provided by the $600 million dollar project should help increase crop yields. The radar antennae technology will allow Argentina to access a real time 'wa...
Tags: Science, California, Argentina, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Mauricio Macri, SpaceX Falcon


Watch the Last Delta II Rocket Carry ICESat-2 Into Space

NASA’s last Delta II rocket blasted into the atmosphere from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday carrying the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), Space.com reported, in the rocket’s 155th and final mission.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Technology, California, Nasa, Rockets, Ula, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Blue Origin, ICESat, Icesat 2, Delta II, Farewell Delta Ii


Final Delta 2 rocket launch puts NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite in orbit to monitor ice

NASA kicked off its ICESat-2 mission to monitor our planet’s ice sheets from space using a laser-scanning satellite this morning, with a launch that marked the end of a nearly 30-year run for United Launch Alliance’s Delta 2 rocket. Liftoff came at 6:02 a.m. PT from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, after a slight delay in the countdown due to concerns about the chilldown of the rocket’s helium bottles. The two-stage rocket made a trouble-free ascent to orbit. ICESat-2 follows up on an ea...
Tags: Science, California, Nasa, Delta, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, ICESat


NASA satellite launched to measure Earth’s ice changes

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite designed to precisely measure changes in Earths ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation was launched into polar orbit from California early Saturday. A Delta 2 rocket carrying ICESat-2 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:02 a.m. and headed over the Pacific Ocean. […]
Tags: Science, News, California, Ap, Nasa, Delta, Pacific Ocean, Vandenberg Air Force Base, VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE Calif, ICESat, Nation & World


NASA space lasers to reveal new depths of planet's ice loss

NASA is poised to launch Saturday its most advanced space laser ever, ICESat-2, a $1 billion dollar mission to reveal the depths of the Earth's melting ice as the climate warms. The half-ton satellite, about the size of a smart-car, is scheduled to blast off atop a Delta II rocket on September 15 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The mission is "exceptionally important for science," Richard Slonaker, ICESat-2 program executive at NASA, told reporters ahead of the launch.
Tags: Science, California, Nasa, Earth, Vandenberg Air Force Base, ICESat, Richard Slonaker


Heavens to shine with new ‘star’ as first space sculpture prepares for launch

Look up into the night sky towards the end of October and you may catch sight of a brand new ‘star’ twinkling in the cosmos. The tiny speck of light is not the offspring of a seething nebula, but the world’s first space sculpture, which will orbit the Earth for three weeks this autumn. The length of a football field, and the shape of an elongated diamond, the ‘Orbital Reflector’ artwork is the brainchild of US artist Trevor Paglen and will be launched on board on one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, US, Earth, Britain, International Space Station, Nevada, Vandenberg Air Force Base, SpaceX Falcon, Trevor Paglen, Paglen, Orbital Reflector, Kazim Malevitch


SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket puts 10 Iridium satellites in orbit, then lands in rough seas

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket sent 10 more Iridium NEXT telecommunications satellites into space today from a fogged-in California pad, then executed a rough-and-tumble booster landing. Today’s mission also featured an attempt to catch the rocket’s falling nose cone, using a boat equipped with a giant net. SpaceX said the effort was unsuccessful, in part because of the windy conditions at sea. Liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base occurred on time at 4:39 a.m. PT, amid fog so thick that the two-stag...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, SpaceX Falcon


Space-X launching satellites to study the effects of climate change

Space-X launched a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Tuesday.
Tags: Science, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon


Two sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water

A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth. "Three, two, one, liftoff!" said a SpaceX commentator as the Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 12:47 pm Pacific time (1947 GMT). The $521 million payload, called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on (GRACE-FO), was successfully deployed into its planned orbit some 310 mile...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Germany, US, Earth, Pacific, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon


Science and commercial satellites launched from California

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying two U.S.-German science satellites and five commercial communications satellites has blasted off from the central California coast. The rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at Tuesday and arced over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles as it headed toward […]
Tags: Business, Science, News, California, Los Angeles, Pacific Ocean, Vandenberg Air Force Base, SpaceX Falcon, VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE Calif, Nation & World


Watch SpaceX launch the GRACE-FO and Iridium NEXT satellites here

Today’s the day for SpaceX’s launch of Iridium’s NEXT communications satellites and a pair of twin birds from NASA that will monitor the fresh water on the surface of the Earth. You can watch the launch right here: Liftoff is scheduled for 12:47 PM Pacific Time, so SpaceX’s live stream should fire up about 15 minutes ahead of that; NASA will also have its own updates, since it has skin in the game. This is an unusual launch — the rocket will be making some complicated maneuvers 300 mile...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Climate Change, California, Tech, Nasa, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Zuma, Iridium


SpaceX rocket will make a pit stop 305 miles up to deploy NASA satellites before moving on

Tuesday is the planned launch for a SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying two payloads to orbit — and this launch will be an especially interesting one. A set of five communications satellites for Iridium need to get to almost 500 miles up, but a NASA mission has to pop out at the 300 mile mark. What to do? Just make a pit stop, it turns out. Now, of course it’s not a literal stop — the thing will be going thousands of miles per hour. But from the reference frame of the rocket itself, it’s not too diff...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Falcon 9, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Zuma, SpaceX Falcon, Iridium, German Research Centre for Geosciences GRACE


NASA's Tiny, Mars-Bound Satellites Have Successfully Signaled Home

NASA’s InSight lander is on its way to Mars following Saturday’s successful launch of an Atlas V rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. But the lander is not alone—it has a pair of twin communication CubeSats in tow. Called MarCO-A and MarCO-B, the tiny machines have already passed the first…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Nasa, Mars, Vandenberg Air Force Base


Infuriating Fog and Exhilarating Geophysics: Behind the Scenes of NASA's InSight Launch to Mars

On Saturday, for the first time, a rocket blasted off from the US West Coast to fling its payload on an interplanetary trajectory. Despite being at Vandenberg Air Force Base for Mars InSight’s historic launch atop an Atlas V rocket, I never saw the spacecraft before it tore free from Earth’s greedy grasp.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Insight, Mars, Vandenberg Air Force Base, US West Coast


NASA's InSight Lander Is On Its Way to Mars

NASA’s robotic lander InSight officially started its journey to Mars following a successful predawn launch aboard an Atlas V rocket Saturday morning. The launch took place at 4:05am local time from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Nasa, Insight, Mars, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Mars Landers



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