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Watch the Military's Latest Rocket Launch Carrying a Secret Payload

Large portions of the U.S. government are shut down, but espionage doesn’t wait for anybody. The U.S. military launched a Delta-IV Heavy rocket on Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but its payload is a mystery. Why? Whatever America just launched into space is for the National Reconnaissance…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, America, Launch, Spying, Delta Iv Heavy, Rocket Launch, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Spy, National Reconnaissance Office, Nro


Rocket Report: Iranian booster failure, SpaceX cuts, Vulcan near final design (ars technica)

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 1.32 of the Rocket Report! As we get deeper into the new year, the launch business is starting to heat up, especially among the smaller rockets. Companies are eyeing launch sites, securing launch contracts, and scrambling on development of their rockets. This is simply going to be a huge year for small-sat launchers, and we're going to do our best to stay on top of everything....
Tags: Spacex, Florida, News, Vandenberg Air Force Base, AMP, US Air Force, Falcon, Eric Berger, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Aurich Lawson, Florida Relativity Space, Launch Complex 16 Ars


New US Spy Satellite Launches on Secret Mission at Last After Delays

The United States has another classified eye in the sky. The NROL-71 spy satellite streaked to orbit today (Jan. 19) atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket, which lifted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 2:10 p.m. EST (11:10 a.m. local California time; 1910 GMT). NROL-71 will be operated by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which is in charge of the country's fleet of spy satellites. NRO missions are generally classified, and this one is...
Tags: Science, California, Nasa, Earth, United States, Delta Iv Heavy, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Soviet Union, NROL, U S Department of Defense, Mike Wall, Facebook Originally, United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, United Launch Alliance ULA Delta IV Heavy, Karl Tate, U S National Reconnaissance Office NRO


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 ...
Tags: Twitter, Business, California, US, Sport, Soccer, Delta, Pasadena, Ula, Aerospace, Delta Iv Heavy, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg, National Reconnaissance Office, Lompoc


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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Delta 4 rocket launches NROL-71 spy satellite after a month’s worth of delays

The National Reconnaissance Office's latest classified spy satellite, NROL-71, was launched today by a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket into California's sunny skies. Today's trouble-free countdown at Vandenberg Air Force Base came in contrast to the string of technical glitches that held up liftoff by more than a month. The original launch date had been set for Dec. 7, but the technical issues — including concerns about a hydrogen leak on one of the engine sections — forc...
Tags: Science, California, Delta, Vandenberg Air Force Base, National Reconnaissance Office, NROL, United Launch Alliance Delta


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...
Tags: Science, California, US, Nasa, United States, Delta Iv Heavy, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, NROL, U S National Reconnaissance Office, Mike Wall, Facebook Originally, United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE California, United Launch Alliance ULA Delta IV Heavy, Karl Tate


SpaceX opts for Texas over LA for Starship work

SpaceX will center its largest-scale operations not in its Los Angeles-area headquarters but in south Texas facilities, the company said today. Development of its next-generation Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle will take place in Texas, while Falcon 9 and Dragon work will remain at Hawthorne. The L.A. Times first reported the news. The decision spells trouble for workers at the Hawthorne, CA facility where many of SpaceX’s work has been done heretofore — however it may also come as li...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Texas, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Port Of Los Angeles, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Hawthorne, South Texas, Starship, Hawthorne CA, Vandenberg Air Base, Super Heavy, SpaceX Starship


SpaceX opts for Texas over LA to build Starship prototypes

Update: CEO Elon Musk says on Twitter that Starship and Raptor (rocket engine) development is staying in Hawthorne, while prototypes are being built in Texas. Musk also said that the story “stems from a miscommunication by SpaceX .” Original story follows (the headline has also been updated). The source info is incorrect. Starship & Raptor development is being done out of our HQ in Hawthorne, CA. We are building the Starship prototypes locally at our launch site in Texas, as their size make...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, California, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Port Of Los Angeles, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Hawthorne, South Texas, Starship, Hawthorne Calif


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 rocket booster returns to Port of L.A., Dragon capsule soon to follow

SpaceX workers were busy Monday, Jan. 14, at the Port of Los Angeles preparing a Falcon 9 rocket booster for eventual re-flight. The booster was used during a launch on Friday, Jan. 11, out of Vandenberg Air Force Base to propel a set of 10 communication satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications. After carrying the payload through the thickest parts of the atmosphere, the booster separated and descended back to Earth in a controlled burn of its engines. It then stuck the landing on an unm...
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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.
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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


SpaceX launches final 10 satellites for Iridium

"Three, two, one, ignition, liftoff of Falcon 9," Iridium CEO Matt Desch said on a live webcast as the white Falcon 9 rocket took flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 7:31 am (1531 GMT). The mission, carrying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit, completes Iridium's project to replace the world's largest commercial communication satellite network with 75 new satellites in orbit. Friday's launch was SpaceX's eighth and final in a series for Iridium, which is headquartered in Vi...
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SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 Iridium Communications satellites has blasted off from California.The rocket lifted off at 7:31 a.m. Friday at Vandenberg Air Force Base and arced over the Pacific Ocean west... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, Spacex, California, Los Angeles, Ap, Pacific Ocean, Vandenberg Air Force Base, SpaceX Falcon, Iridium Communications


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


ULA rocket launch out of Vandenberg scrubbed again, reset for Dec. 20

United Launch Alliance for the second time this week has pulled back from the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, this time just minutes before liftoff. The conglomerate of Lockheed Martin and Boeing set a new launch window to put a next generation spy satellite into orbit at 5:31 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. An exact reason for the most recent delay was not given. The original launch was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7, which was delayed until the following Saturday, only to be put off again for a...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Earth, Soccer, Delta, Lockheed Martin, Local News, Aerospace, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg, NROL, U S National Reconnaissance Office, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


Look in the sky for Delta IV Heavy rocket launch Tuesday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base

LOS ANGELES — The twice-delayed launch of a rocket carrying a reconnaissance satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County is scheduled Tuesday night, potentially giving the Southland a holiday-season aerial light show. According to United Launch Alliance, it will try again to launch the rocket at 5:57 p.m. The Delta IV Heavy rocket will be carrying a secretive satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. Rocket launches from Vandenberg, particularly those...
Tags: Business, Spacex, News, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Earth, Soccer, United States, Lockheed Martin, Santa Barbara County, Ula, Aerospace, Boeing, Delta Iv Heavy, United Launch Alliance


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


Vice President Mike Pence to attend SpaceX launch in Florida on Tuesday

Vice President Mike Pence announced this week that he will attend SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 rocket launch out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Pence made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday, Dec. 12, calling the mission to deploy the first satellite in the next generation of Global Positioning Systems an “important step forward as we seek to secure American leadership in space.” Announced at @NASA today that next Tuesday I’ll head to “The World’s Premier Gateway to Space” at Cape...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, International Space Station, Delta, Lockheed Martin, Local News, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Mike Pence, SpaceX Falcon, Cape Canaveral Florida


Rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base reset for Saturday night

LOS ANGELES – The scheduled launch of a rocket carrying a reconnaissance satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County that was originally scheduled for Friday, has been reset for Saturday, Dec. 7. The launch is now scheduled for 8:06 p.m. Prior launches from Vandenberg have created spectacular light displays over the Southern California and the southwestern United States. The United Launch Alliance rocket was initially set to take off at 8:19 p.m. Friday, but rough...
Tags: Spacex, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lockheed Martin, Santa Barbara County, Local-news, Ula, Boeing, Delta Iv Heavy, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg, Falcon, Southern California


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.
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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


SpaceX launches 64 satellites from rocket used 3 times

HAWTHORNE — Hawthorne-based SpaceX made more history Monday when it successfully launched a rocket carrying five dozen satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base, marking the first time a Falcon 9 rocket has been used in three space missions. SpaceX has worked for years to perfect the reuse of its rockets to slash the cost of space missions, landing the first stage of the rockets either back on land near the original launch site or on barges floating in the ocean. It has often re-used the firs...
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​SpaceX launches 64 satellites in mission that breaks 2 world records

SpaceX launched 64 satellites, belonging to various public and private organizations, into low orbit on Monday.The company launched the satellites aboard its reusable Falcon 9 rocket.Some of the satellites deployed on the mission come from companies seeking to revolutionize the Internet of Things. None On Monday afternoon, SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, soared into low Earth orbit and deployed 64 satellites. Then, the rocket began a co...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, Internet, California, Earth, Innovation, Seattle, Pacific Ocean, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Forbes, Spaceflight Industries, StarLink, Curt Blake


SpaceX Launches More Than 60 Small Satellites Into Orbit

SpaceX notched its 19th launch of the year Monday, lofting 64 small spacecraft from 34 organizations into low Earth orbit. A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's central coast at about 10:34 a.m. local time. The customer was Spaceflight Industries, a Seattle-based company that organized the launch on behalf of several clients. From a report: The Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission includes 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from commercial and government en...
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Watch live as SpaceX launches a fleet of more than 5 dozen satellites on a twice-used rocket

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, will try to launch its next space mission on Monday. The mission, called SSO-A, aims to send up 64 small satellites into orbit on a single Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX's live webcast of the launch will begin shortly after 1:15 p.m. EST on Wednesday. SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, is about to make history by launching more satellites at once from the US than any company before it. Around 1:32 p.m. EST on Monday, SpaceX plans to l...
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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 […]
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