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ULA successfully launches first US Space Force payload

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed its 134th successful launch, continuing its perfect track record with a mission today for the U.S. Space Force. This is the first-ever dedicated mission for the Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. armed forces dedicated to the defense and protection of America’s strategic assets in space. The payload today was the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite that has been deployed for U.S. defense customers, though the original five...
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ULA successfully launches first U.S. Space Force payload

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed its 134th successful launch, continuing its perfect track record with a mission today for the U.S. Space Force. This is the first ever dedicated mission for the Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. armed forces dedicated to the defense and protection of America’s strategic assets in space. The payload today was the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite that has been deployed for U.S. defense customers, though the original five...
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Space Force to Get the Hell Off of Earth

The U.S. Space Force is scheduled to launch its first mission to space in a two-hour window beginning at 2:57 p.m. ET on Thursday from Cape Canaveral, sending a communications satellite into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.Read more...
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Watch ULA’s first dedicated rocket launch for the U.S. Space Force live

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has a mission today, launching a specialized secure communications satellite for the U.S. Space Force. That’s the new space-focused arm of the U.S. military that was officially formed last year, in response to what the administration has characterized as a growing need to ensure America’s assets in space are properly defended. The launch today is set to take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, with a lift-off time set for 2:57 PM EDT (11:57 AM PDT). The roc...
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Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have feuded for over a decade about space travel. Here are 9 rivalries between some of the world's biggest tech CEOs.

While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of feuds, too.  Some appear to be friendly rivalries — like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — but others have become more contentious.  Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, for example, have been openly feuding for years, while Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have made digs at each other over outer space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley is a breeding ground...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, Jobs, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Washington, Time, Trends, Tesla


Blue Origin’s new rocket engine production facility opens on Monday

Blue Origin is opening its new rocket engine production center in Huntsville, Ala. on Monday, the company said today on Twitter. The new Huntsville facility will be able to produce its rocket engines at a much higher rate than is currently possible, which will be useful as the company is using its in-development BE-4 engine for its own New Glenn rocket, as well as for supplying the United Launch Alliance with thrust for its new Vulcan launch vehicle. Blue Origin started working on BE-4 in 201...
Tags: TC, Space, Alabama, Tech, Nasa, Aerospace, United Launch Alliance, Blue Origin, Rocketry, Glenn, Huntsville, Vulcan, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville Ala, Raptor, New Glenn


Solar Orbiter Blasts Off to Capture a First Look at the Sun’s Elusive Poles

(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — Europe and NASA’s Solar Orbiter rocketed into space Sunday night on an unprecedented mission to capture the first pictures of the sun’s elusive poles. The $1.5 billion spacecraft will join NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, launched 1 1/2 years ago, in coming perilously close to the sun in order to unveil its secrets. While Solar Orbiter won’t venture close enough to penetrate the sun’s corona, or crown-like outer atmosphere, like Parker, it will maneuver into a unique out-...
Tags: Europe, Space, News, Uncategorized, Nasa, Earth, Fox, European Space Agency, Mars, United Launch Alliance, Venus, Soho, Parker, Airbus Defence, Daniel Mueller, Overnight


10 years ago, the world laughed at private space companies. $25.7 billion later, a new report claims we are at the 'dawn of the entrepreneurial space age'

A new quarterly report by venture-capital firm Space Angels says the "dawn of the entrepreneurial space age" is here. The report's data suggest non-governmental, private equity investment in space startups has surged from almost nothing in 2009 to a cumulative $25.7 billion in 2019. Last year was a record-breaking year for investments, too, both in the number of rounds and total capital. Further growth is expected in the near future as new businesses and disruptive technologies mature, even as...
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Boeing saved its new Starliner spaceship from disaster. Here's how the mission unfolded and what it could mean for NASA astronauts.

Boeing safely landed its first CST-100 Starliner spaceship, named "Calypso," in New Mexico on Sunday. No astronauts flew aboard the Starliner. The mission was designed to show the vehicle, which NASA funded through its Commercial Crew Program, is safe to fly astronauts. But the Starliner suffered a major glitch with a clock shortly after launch, causing it to veer off-course. Boeing rescued the mission, which NASA officials said should achieve about 90% of its objectives despite not reaching i...
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NASA says a clock error sent Boeing's new astronaut spaceship veering wildly off-course during its maiden voyage

Boeing launched its new CST-100 Starliner spaceship for NASA astronauts into orbit for the first time on Friday, though the maiden flight suffered a major glitch. The uncrewed vehicle was supposed to dock with the International Space Station on Saturday morning. However, the Starliner began flying wildly off-course shortly after separating from its rocket ride. Officials couldn't immediately say what happened, but a clock error, the spaceship's autopilot system, and a communications dropout ma...
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Rocket launch from Florida may be visible as far as Maryland on Friday morning

When United Launch Alliance launches its Atlas V Starliner from Cape Canaveral, people outside Florida's Space Coast may to see it light up the sky.         [Author: Florida Today]
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NASA says Boeing's new spaceship for astronauts is ready to launch on an historic maiden flight this Friday

On Friday, Boeing plans to launch its new CST-100 Starliner spaceship into orbit for the first time atop a United Launch Alliance rocket. No people will ride inside the space capsule on this flight: It's a demonstration meant to show NASA the vehicle is safe to taxi astronauts to and from space. NASA said Wednesday Starliner should lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 6:36 a.m. ET on December 20, dock with the International Space Station a day later, and return to Earth on December 27. NAS...
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SpaceX's biggest rivals are about to test-launch a new astronaut space taxi for the first time

On Friday, Boeing plans to launch its new CST-100 Starliner spaceship into orbit for the first time atop a United Launch Alliance rocket. No people will ride inside the space capsule on this flight: It's a demonstration meant to show NASA the vehicle is safe to taxi astronauts to and from space. Starliner should lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 6:36 a.m. ET on December 20, dock with the International Space Station a day later, and return to Earth on December 27. NASA funded the vehicle...
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China Now Launches More Rockets Than Anyone In the World

Last year, China set a goal of 35 orbital launches and ended up with 39 launch attempts. "This year, China is set to pace the world again," reports Ars Technica. "Through Sunday, the country has launched 27 orbital missions, followed by Russia (19), and the United States (16). Although nearly a month and a half remain in this year, a maximum of six additional orbital launches are likely from the United States in 2019." From the report: To be fair, China's space launch program has not been withou...
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Rocket Lab Launches Highest Mission Yet To Put Astro Digital Satellite In Orbit

XXongo writes: Sometimes it seems that all the space news focuses on SpaceX, but another private rocket company, Rocket Lab, is also making history with their bargain-basement space launcher, the Electron. The Electron booster just completed its seventh launch, this time carrying a satellite to the highest orbit yet, 1000 km. The launch carried the Astro Digital "Corvus" satellite. At $5.7 million per launch, the company is the first of many space start-ups competing for the small-satellite laun...
Tags: Spacex, Tech, United Launch Alliance, Electron, Rocket Lab


A stirring new SpaceX animation of Starship launching shows how the rocket company plans to turn Texas into Earth's interplanetary transport hub

On Saturday, Elon Musk showed off SpaceX's new details of the rocket company's planned super-heavy launch system called Starship. SpaceX posted a new animation to YouTube that shows the 39-story rocket launching from Boca Chica, Texas, where the company is developing the system — including a prototype called Starship Mark 1. The animation underscores SpaceX's interest in using Boca Chica as one of two bases of operations for Starship launches. Musk said launches could be as frequent as 1,000 t...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mars, United Launch Alliance, Federal Aviation Administration, Musk, Falcon, Cape, Cape Canaveral, South Texas, Cape Canaveral Florida, Boca


Blue Origin, ULA and Northrop Grumman weigh in on multibillion-dollar SpaceX rocket lawsuit

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and subsidiaries of United Launch Alliance and Northrop Grumman are asking to intervene in a SpaceX lawsuit protesting $2.3 billion in rocket development awards to those three companies. In a redacted version of the lawsuit, originally filed last Friday and made public today, SpaceX says it was unfairly passed over when the awards were made last October — and disparages the three companies’ rocket projects. According to the court documents...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Science, Jeff Bezos, United Launch Alliance, Northrop Grumman, Blue Origin and United Launch Services


Blue Origin and ULA subsidiary weigh in on multibillion-dollar SpaceX rocket lawsuit

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and a subsidiary of United Launch Alliance want to intervene in what’s now understood to be a SpaceX lawsuit protesting a $2.3 billion rocket development award to three other companies — including Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance plus Northrop Grumman. On Tuesday, Blue Origin and United Launch Services filed motions in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to intervene in SpaceX’s lawsuit against the federal government. They said neither ...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Science, Jeff Bezos, United Launch Alliance, U S Court of Federal Claims, Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance, Lydia Kay Griggsby


Jeff Bezos aims Blue Origin at the Moon

Today at a packed event blocks from the White House, Jeff Bezos took the stage in front of select members of the media, executives, government officials and a gaggle of middle schoolers to reveal new details of his plan to get to the Moon by 2024.  Blue Origin is going to send humans to space on New Shepard later this year and has unveiled a lunar lander, called “Blue Moon”, to access the resource-rich lunar surface, Bezos said. Setting the stage with Neil Armstrong’s famous words as the...
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Watch the U.S. Air Force launch a new satellite live right here

It's been an eventful week for spaceflight, with the biggest news being the hotly anticipated launch of the Soyuz rocket carrying a pair of NASA astronauts going smoothly on Thursday, but we're not done yet. The U.S. Air Force is about to close out the week with the launch of a shiny new Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite, and it's using a Delta IV rocket from United Launch Alliance to make it happen. The launch, which will be the second Delta IV launch from ULA th...
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This massive rocket creates a fireball as it launches, and that’s by design (ars technica)

About five seconds before liftoff, fire consumes the Delta IV Heavy rocket cores. [credit: United Launch Alliance ] Anyone who watched the launch of United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy rocket on Saturday was treated to an up-close view of the liftoff. This vantage point, showing the three-core rocket taking off beneath blue skies, offered a distinct view of a fireball engulfing the r...
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Rocket carrying US spy satellite blasts off from Vandenberg

A United Launch Alliance rocket carrying a secret spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 19. The launch, which went according to plan, could be seen for miles from the Lompoc-area launch site due to crystal clear skies. “Just watched the #vandenberg rocket launch with the hubs…and actually got him to sing #rocketman with me when it lifted off. Seriously, this is going to be good day,” wrote Twitter user ...
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US spy satellite launched into orbit from California

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. spy satellite has been launched into orbit from California. A powerful Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying the National Reconnaissance Office satellite blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:10 a.m. Pacific time Saturday. As is customary with classified payloads, United Launch Alliance webcast the liftoff […]
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US Launching Secret Spy Satellite Today! Here's How to Watch Live

The United States plans to launch a hush-hush spy satellite Saturday (Jan. 19), and you can watch the liftoff live. 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 at 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT; 11:05 a.m. local California time). You can watch it live here at Space.com, courtesy of ULA, or directly via the launch provider. The webcast will be brief; ULA is expected to cut off the live feed afte...
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A scrappy competitor to SpaceX and Blue Origin just secured a crucial and historic launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida

Relativity Space is a startup focused on 3D-printed rockets that was founded by former SpaceX and Blue Origin engineers The company has secured a launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Called Launch Complex 16, it's a historic location where missiles and Space Race hardware were once tested. The US Air Force awarded Relativity Space a contract for the site, saying they "were impressed" by the company's team and technologies. Relativity Space seeks to prove that its first r...
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Dreaming of Mars, the startup Relativity Space gets its first launch site on Earth

3D-printing the first rocket on Mars. That’s the goal Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone set for themselves when they founded Los Angeles-based Relativity Space in 2015. At the time they were working from a WeWork in Seattle, during the darkest winter in Seattle history, where Ellis was wrapping up a stint at Blue Origin . The two had met in college at USC in their jet propulsion lab. Noone had gone on to take a job at SpaceX and Ellis at Blue Origin, but the two remained in touch and had an idea f...
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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....
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2018 ushered in ‘a potential space renaissance’

The aerospace industry took flight with ambitious civilian and military projects over the course of 2018, and private investors took notice. Rockets are flying to the far side of the moon. Entrepreneurs are creating new propulsion technologies to take rockets deeper into space and to make flying on Earth more electric. Finally, plans are afoot from private companies and governments to bring manned missions to the surface of the Moon and Mars. And venture capital dollars are fueling this new boom...
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SpaceX to retry launch in first U.S. national security space mission

Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX is scheduled on Saturday to launch a long-delayed U.S. military navigation satellite, which if successful would mark the rocket company's first national security space mission for the United States. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a roughly $500 million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp was due to blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral around 9 a.m. (1400 GMT), privately held SpaceX said. A successful launch - SpaceX's fourth attempt in a week after technic...
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SpaceX readies again for GPS launch Dec. 22

After multiple delays, SpaceX has once again lifted to vertical position its Falcon 9 rocket in Florida’s Cape Canaveral in hopes of launching a navigation satellite for the U.S. military at 5:55 a.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, Dec. 22. The launch can be viewed live at the video link below or by visiting SpaceX/webcast. The mission, dubbed GPS III, consists of a global positioning system satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp. estimated to be worth $500 million. It represents the Hawthorne ro...
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