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  • Hawaii’s first satellite launch set for Tuesday (Liftoff 4:30pm HAST/9:30pm EST)

    11/03/2015 5:39:12 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 37 replies ^ | 3NOV2015 | Stephen Clark
    U.S. military authorities have granted approval for liftoff Tuesday of a simplified satellite launcher from Hawaii on a test flight officials say will help drive down the costs of sending small spacecraft into orbit. Standing 67 feet tall and measuring 5 feet in diameter, the Super Strypi launch vehicle is based on a Cold War-era suborbital sounding rocket design, but with modern propulsion and a purpose-built launch pad at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The rocket was supposed to blast off Oct. 29, but launch crews encountered issues in pre-flight processing that put the mission...

    09/28/2015 2:20:24 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 16 replies
    GunsAmerica ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 | S.H. BLANNELBERRY
    We love the Can Cannon! Heck, everyone loves the Can Cannon. Were on record as saying its the best fun-gun ever! So, we were incredibly perturbed to learn that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently issued a letter on the Can Cannon saying that when it is affixed to a rifle receiver it is considered a (SBR) or short barrel rifle and when place on a pistol it becomes an (AOW) Any Other Weapon. Now, by itself, the Can Cannon is not a firearm or a controlled item. But the minute it is put on a rifle...
  • N.Korea Tidying Up Rocket Launch Site

    09/23/2015 10:57:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Sep. 24, 2015
    N.Korea Tidying Up Rocket Launch Site North Korea has fenced off and tidied up a rocket launch site as the Workers Party's 70th anniversary on Oct. 10 approaches, a government source here said Wednesday. But there are no signs of an imminent launch at the remote site in Tongchang-ri, North Pyongan Province. "There's lively activity at the Tongchang-ri missile launch site," the source here said. "We've found out that there's more movement of people and equipment there and they're putting the launch site into order." But no rocket parts have been taken to the site yet, the source added. Seoul...
  • U.S. Came Within Seconds Of Launching Nuclear Strike On Russia

    08/14/2015 12:31:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 92 replies
    Valuwalk ^ | August 14, 2015 | Polina Tikho
    The U.S. came within seconds of launching a nuclear strike on Russia ,unleashing WW3 during the coldest period of the Cold War, according to secret documents revealed by a historian. Washington and Russia came extremely close to a massive nuclear war because of a faulty 46-cent component that caused a computer glitch, according to the documents. The secret documents were revealed and detailed in a book by American author Eric Schlosser titled Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. The documents include over 1,000 accidents with nuclear weapons that occurred due to the negligence...
  • Live coverage: Atlas 5 rocket set to launch GPS satellite today (8:36am PDT/11:36am EDT)

    07/15/2015 8:19:14 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 16 replies ^ | 15JUL2015 | Staff Writer
    The countdown is beginning for todays launch of the Atlas 5 rocket to haul the Air Forces GPS 2F-10 navigation satellite into orbit. Clocks are picking up the seven-hour sequence of work that will prepare the booster, payload and ground systems for blastoff at 11:36 a.m. EDT (1536 GMT). The launch team will begin powering up the rocket to commence standard pre-flight tests. Over the subsequent few hours, final preps for the Centaur's liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen systems will be performed, along with a test of the rocket's guidance system and the first stage propulsion and hydraulic preps, internal...
  • Live coverage: Atlas 5 set for X-37B spaceplane launch today (8:05 a.m. PDT/11:05 a.m. EDT)

    05/20/2015 7:22:45 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 30 replies ^ | 20MAY2015 | Staff Writer
    The countdown is beginning for todays launch of the Atlas 5 rocket to haul the Air Forces X-37B reusable spaceplane back into orbit. Clocks are picking up the seven-hour sequence of work that will prepare the booster, payload and ground systems for blastoff at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT). Soon the launch team will begin powering up the rocket to commence standard pre-flight tests. Over the subsequent few hours, final preps for the Centaur's liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen systems will be performed, along with a test of the rocket's guidance system and the first stage propulsion and hydraulic preps,...
  • SpaceX countdown to launch! [Live Thread]

    04/13/2015 1:05:27 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 13, 2015 | CivilWarBrewing
    The countdown is on! This could be a very historic mission with the return of the booster to a landing pad in the ocean.
  • SpaceX will attempt a potentially historic rocket launch and landing next week (13APR2015/1633 EDT)

    04/08/2015 3:00:10 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8APR2015 | Jessica Orwig
    Get ready for another historic SpaceX rocket landing attempt scheduled for Monday, April 13. This will be the second time that SpaceX will try to land a massive, 140-foot-tall first stage Falcon 9 rocket onto a platform that's floating offshore in the Atlantic ocean. (The first landing attempt took place last January and ended with a fiery explosion.)
  • Live coverage: SpaceX aims for Falcon 9 launch Sunday (10:50pm EST/7:50pm PST)

    03/01/2015 6:20:12 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 51 replies ^ | 1MAR2015 | Staff Writer
    The 224-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket has been rolled out and rotated vertical atop Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad, aiming for liftoff at 10:50 p.m. EST (0350 GMT). Workers then began plugging into electrical and propellant lines ahead of the start of the countdown today. No problems are reported at this stage in the launch preparations. Fueling of the two-stage rocket with RP-1 fuel -- a highly-refined kerosene -- and liquid oxygen should begin shortly around 7:50 p.m. EST (0050 GMT). The rocket is one of the tallest in the world. The Falcon 9's first and second stages measure 12...
  • Live Coverage of Launch of DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) (Launch: 6:03 p.m.)

    02/11/2015 2:03:27 PM PST · by lbryce · 22 replies
    NASA ^ | Feb 11, 2015 | Staff
    The launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is targeted for 6:03:32 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It is an instantaneous launch window. Coverage will begin at 5 p.m. on NASA Television and the agencys web. There is a 90 percent chance for favorable launch weather and upper level winds are predicted to be much more favorable than on Tuesday. Watch live on NASA TV starting at 5:00 p.m. ET:
  • SpaceX Is About To Attempt Another Barge-Landing Watch It Live! (3:10PM PST/6:10PM EST)

    02/08/2015 3:01:46 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 43 replies
    IO9 ^ | 8FEB2015 | Mika McKinnon
    After hanging out in storage for over a decade, the Deep Space Climate Observatory is finally being launched to monitor solar storms. The satellite is getting into space on the back of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which means we're also counting down to another historic barge landing attempt! Top image: SpaceX's autonomous drone barge has been repaired since the crash on the first attempt, and been decorated with a spiffy new name. Credit: SpaceX The launch is scheduled for 6:10:12 p.m. EST out of Cape Canaveral Complex 40 launch pad in Florida. The weather is looking great with 90%...
  • SpaceX cargo rocket ready for second launch attempt (at 1:47 a.m. PST/4:47 a.m. EST Saturday)

    01/09/2015 9:02:39 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 62 replies ^ | 9JAN2015 | Stephen Clark
    SpaceX is counting down to liftoff Saturday of a Falcon 9 rocket with a commercial cargo craft heading for the International Space Station after engineers replaced a component in an upper stage steering system that grounded the launcher Tuesday. Launch of the 208-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 4:47:07 a.m. EST (0947:07 GMT). The mission has just one second to blast off Saturday or else wait for another opportunity to fly Tuesday. The tight launch windows are required for SpaceXs Dragon supply ship to reach the International Space Station with more than 2.5 tons of supplies and experiments. A...
  • Photos: Falcon 9 vertical on the launch pad (Liftoff 6JAN2015/0620 EST, 0320 PST)

    01/05/2015 10:13:59 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 28 replies ^ | 6JAN2015 | Stephen Clark
    SpaceXs Falcon 9 rocket was lifted upright on Cape Canaverals Complex 40 launch pad Monday after workers loaded time-sensitive supplies and research specimens into the Dragon cargo crafts pressurized cabin. More than 3,700 pounds of gear will be delivered to the International Space Station on the mission. The 208-foot-tall rocket is set for liftoff Tuesday at 6:20 a.m. EST (1120 GMT).
  • Russia test-launches new space eco-rocket Angara right into geostationary orbit

    12/23/2014 9:45:32 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 18 replies
    Russias space agency has launched a heavy version of the newly developed ecologically clean rocket family Angara. The booster is to take its mock payload right to the geostationary orbit over 35,000 kilometers from the Equator. A 08:57 Moscow time, the heavy-class rocket Angara-A5 was launched by a Space Forces crew of the Arkhangelsk Region from the universal launch site of the state test facility of the Russian Defense Ministry [the Plesetsk Cosmodrome], the ministry said in a statement. The success was reported by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to President Vladimir Putin, who was monitoring the launch form Moscow...
  • Live coverage: Atlas 5 counting down to liftoff from California (7:14 p.m. PST/10:14 p.m. EST)

    12/12/2014 6:21:58 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 49 replies ^ | 12DEC2014 | Staff Writer
    The countdown begins anew for tonight's launch of the Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Liftoff is scheduled for 7:13:30 p.m. local time (10:13:30 p.m. EST; 0313:30 GMT). "Any of the folks who get to watch this launch, which will be an evening launch, will really get to see a show both in sound and light produced," said Lt. Col. Jim Bodnar, 4th Space Launch Squadron commander at Vandenberg. Last night's initial countdown was halted due to a bleak weather forecast. Conditions are predicted to improve for tonight's try, with a 40 percent chance of acceptable...
  • Orion launch 12/5/14 Live Thread

    12/05/2014 3:05:27 AM PST · by Monty22002 · 61 replies
    NASA TV ^ | 12/5/2014
    2nd Launch attempt. The launch window opens at 7:05 a.m. EST (1205 GMT) and runs through 9:44 a.m. EST (1444 GMT).
  • NASA rocket explodes during launch at Wallops Island

    10/28/2014 3:31:06 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 116 replies
    A space station deliver rocket scheduled launch Tuesday evening exploded and crashed as it took off from Wallops Island.
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 realigns for weekend launch of ASIASAT-6 (6SEP2014/12:50AM EDT)

    09/03/2014 8:53:01 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | 3SEP2014 | Chris Bergin
    SpaceX appears to have completed an evaluation into potential commonality between a failure on a test vehicle and its Falcon 9 fleet, following its now-approved request to the Eastern Range for a Saturday morning launch of the ASIASAT-6 mission. The launch, to be conducted by SpaceXs Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, was delayed just ahead of fueling last week, in order to triple-check its fault detection systems. ASAISAT-6 Mission: Last weeks launch appeared to be going ahead as planned, as the SpaceX team entered the Delta Launch Readiness Review (LRR). The initial LRR had cleared the flow to proceed towards rollout...
  • Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face from Space

    08/13/2014 12:30:41 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 20 replies ^ | Aug 11, 2014
    Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolutiontwice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 cm. Now, the first commercial satellite set to capture these high-res images, DigitalGlobe's Worldview-3, will launch this Wednesday. The extra sharp images from Worldview-3 will greatly increase the maps' level of detail to the point where it can make out 10-inch objects, which means Google will soon be able to see manholes and mailboxes from its hired eyes in the...
  • AsiaSat 8 ready to ride SpaceX launcher into orbit (Tuesday, 1:25 a.m. EDT/Monday, 10:25 p.m. PDT)

    08/04/2014 9:18:08 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 48 replies ^ | 4AUG2014 | Stephen Clark
    A Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral early Tuesday, continuing a jam-packed sequences of launches by SpaceX for commercial and government customers after a slow start to the year. The 22-story rocket will loft the AsiaSat 8 communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit, a drop-off point for most large telecom payloads heading for operating posts 22,300 miles over the equator. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad is set for 1:25 a.m. EDT (0525 GMT). The launch window extends until 4:11 a.m. EDT (0811 GMT). Forecasters predict generally favorable weather, with a 30 percent chance...
  • Antares rocket cleared for liftoff Sunday afternoon (9:52 a.m. PDT/12:52 p.m. EDT/1652 GMT)

    07/13/2014 8:30:36 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 42 replies ^ | 13JUL2014 | Staff Writer
    Orbital Sciences is gearing up for liftoff of a commercial cargo craft packed with more than 3,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station. Launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is set for 12:52 p.m. EDT (1652 GMT) Sunday. Rocket: Antares Payload: Cygnus (Orb-2) Launch date: July 13, 2014 Launch time: 9:52:14 a.m. PDT/12:52:14 p.m. EDT (1652:14 GMT) Window: 5 minutes Launch site: Pad 0A, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, Va. ISS capture: July 16 @ 1037 GMT ISS departure: Aug. 15 Re-entry: TBD
  • Soyuz rocket prepared for commercial launch Thursday (11:55 a.m. PDT/2:55 p.m. EDT)

    07/10/2014 9:10:34 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 3 replies ^ | 10JUL2014 | Staff Writer
    Four satellites for O3b Networks, a company which provides broadband connectivity to the developing world, are ready for launch Thursday on top of a Russian Soyuz rocket from the European-run spaceport in French Guiana. Liftoff is set for 1855:56 GMT (2:55:56 p.m. EDT). Rocket: Soyuz 2-1b Payload: O3b F2 Date: July 10, 2014 Time: 1855:56 GMT (2:55:56 p.m. EDT) Launch Site: ELS, Guiana Space Center, Sinnamary, French Guiana Live launch coverage at the link! ArianeSpace Launch Press Kit
  • Carbon dioxide-sniffing spacecraft rescheduled to launch (2:56 a.m. PDT/5:56 a.m. EDT)

    07/01/2014 2:15:20 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies ^ | 1JUL2014 | Staff Writer
    NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere, a critical new data-gathering project for scientists and policy-makers, is awaiting launch Wednesday morning on a Delta 2 rocket. The launch of NASA's OCO-2 has been rescheduled for Wed, July 2, at 2:56 a.m. PDT (0956 GMT) from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Rocket: Delta 2 Variant: 7320-10C Payload: OCO-2 Date: July 2, 2014 Time: 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT/0956 GMT) Site: SLC-2, Vandenberg AFB, California Watch the launch like at the link above or here or here or here or here starting at 12:45 a.m. PDT/3:45 a.m. EDT, Launch...
  • Carbon dioxide-sniffing spacecraft set to launch (2:56 a.m. PDT/5:56 a.m. EDT)

    06/30/2014 11:30:16 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 24 replies ^ | 20JUN2014 | Staff Writer
    NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere, a critical new data-gathering project for scientists and policy-makers, is awaiting launch Tuesday morning on a Delta 2 rocket. Liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is set for 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT; 0956 GMT). Rocket: Delta 2 Variant: 7320-10C Payload: OCO 2 Date: July 1, 2014 Time: 2:56 a.m. PDT (0956 GMT) Site: SLC-2, Vandenberg AFB, California Watch the launch like at the link above or here or here or here or here starting at 12:45 a.m. PDT/3:45 a.m. EDT, Launch Updates: To keep up...
  • NASA preps 'flying saucer' for high-altitude test flight (LDSD launch)

    06/28/2014 11:34:56 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 67 replies ^ | 28JUN2014 | William Harwood
    NASA engineers in Hawaii readied a 3.5-ton flying saucer-shaped test vehicle for a 23-mile-high balloon ride Saturday, followed by a rocket-powered climb an additional 11 miles for a high-speed flight through the extreme upper atmosphere to test an inflatable entry body and a huge supersonic parachute for eventual use at Mars. The LDSD project aims to develop and test two sizes of inflatable drag devices and a large new, supersonic ringsail parachute. Credit: NASA Flying at four times the speed of sound in the thin air near the edge of space, the test vehicle was expected to experience conditions similar...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Orbcomm Satellites (22JUN2014/1724 EDT, 1424 PDT)

    06/22/2014 6:21:13 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies ^ | 22JUN2014 | Staff Writer
    Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: Orbcomm OG2 F1 (6 satellites) Launch date: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Launch time: 5:24 p.m. EDT/2:24 p.m. PDT (2124 GMT) Launch window: 54 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida Live launch coverage: At the link or watch it here Delayed (from September, November, April 30, May 10, 27, June 11, 12, 15, and June 20, 21) several times by SpaceX due to a first stage helium leak and Orbcomm due to a potential defect in one of their satellites. On June 20th a launch attempt was scrubbed due to a fluctuation in pressure readings...
  • US should launch targeted military strikes on 'terrorist army' Isis, says General David Petraeus

    06/19/2014 5:18:55 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6-19-14 | Con Coughlin, Defence Editor, and Tom Whitehead
    America should launch "targeted" military attacks against an emerging "terrorist army" in Iraq if it jeopardises the security of the West, the former head of Coalition forces in the country said last night. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph, David Petraeus, one of the most senior figures in the American military over the past decade, said that he would now support limited strikes against the leadership of Isis. Gen Petraeus's intervention came as Barack Obama, the US President, announced that America was sending 300 special forces advisers to Iraq to help support the fight against Isis. Mr Obama...
  • Sea Launch set for liftoff with Eutelsat telecom satellite (2:10PM PDT/5:10PM EDT)

    05/26/2014 12:16:29 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies ^ | 26MAY2014 | Staff Writer
    Rocket: Zenit 3SL Payload: Eutelsat 3B Date: May 26, 2014 Time: 2110 GMT (2:10 p.m. PDT/5:10 p.m. EDT) Window: 54 minutes Site: Odyssey launch platform, Equator, 154 west, Pacific Ocean With its mobile command ship and launch platform positioned in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, Sea Launch is counting down to its first mission since February 2013 on Monday with a European communications satellite. Liftoff is set for 2110 GMT (2:10 p.m./5:10 p.m. EDT). 1710 GMT (1:10 p.m. EDT) T-minus 4 hours. Sea Launch reports the weather outlook is favorable for today's blastoff from the equator at 2110 GMT (5:10 p.m....
  • GPS navigation satellite queued up for launch Friday (5:03pm PDT/8:03pm EDT)

    05/16/2014 4:45:57 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 28 replies ^ | 16MAY2014 | Staff writer
    Their services have permeated daily lives for countless millions of people, and now the latest Global Positioning System satellite is awaiting blastoff to bolster the navigation network. A second launch attempt for the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket is set for 8:03 p.m. EDT Friday (0003 Saturday) after weather forced a scrub of Thursday evening's countdown. Rocket: Delta 4 Variant: Medium+ 4,2 Payload: GPS 2F-6 Date: May 16, 2014 Window: 8:03-8:22 p.m. EDT Site: SLC-37, Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Russian Proton rocket carrying advanced satellite crashes

    05/15/2014 5:07:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    RT ^ | 5-15-2014 | RT
    A Russian Proton-M rocket with an advanced satellite on board crashed outside of Kazakhstan's territory on Friday, about nine minutes after lift-off. The Express-AM4R would have been Russias most advanced and powerful satellite. There are so far no reports of damage or casualties resulting from the Proton-M's failure to deliver the satellite into orbit. The rocket could have crashed over the Altai Mountains or the Pacific Ocean, a source told RIA Novosti. All other launches of Proton-type rockets will be halted at Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan until the reason for the crash is determined, a source told RIA Novosti.
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Orbcomm Satellite (10MAY2014/0647 PDT, 0947EDT)

    05/08/2014 8:24:27 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies ^ | 08MAY2014 | Stephen Clark
    Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: Orbcomm OG2 F1 Launch date: May 10, 2014 Launch time: 6:47 a.m. PDT/9:47 a.m. EDT (1347 GMT) Launch window: 54 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida Weather looks favorable for Saturday's Falcon 9 launch The official weather forecast shows an 80 percent chance of acceptable conditions for Saturday's launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with a load of six commercial communications satellites for Orbcomm. THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014 2340 GMT (7:40 p.m. EDT) SpaceX engineers called off a preflight engine firing on its Falcon 9 rocket Thursday after running into technical trouble during a practice...
  • SpaceX to Attempt Daring Reusable Rocket Test During Dragon Launch Today(4:58pm EDT/1:58pm PDT)

    04/14/2014 7:44:23 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies ^ | 14APR2014 | Tariq Malik
    It's an audacious plan, the odds of success are low, but SpaceX is going to do it anyway: The private spaceflight company founded by billionaire Elon Musk will launch a rocket with landing legs into orbit today, then try to bring part of it back and park it in the ocean. The chances of success? Maybe between 30 and 40 percent, said SpaceX vice president of mission assurance Hans Koenigsmann. "If we can pull this off we'll be super-thrilled," Koenigsmann told reporters yesterday (April 13). You can watch the SpaceX's Dragon launch live on, courtesy of NASA TV....
  • NASA clears SpaceX for Monday cargo launch (Mon. 4:58pm EDT/1:58pm PDT)

    04/13/2014 12:39:23 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 14 replies ^ | 13APR2014 | William Harwood
    NASA managers Sunday cleared SpaceX to press ahead with launch of a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship Monday on a two-day flight to the International Space Station, concluding the lab can be safely operated until a faulty computer can be replaced during a contingency spacewalk next week. With forecasters predicting an 80 percent chance of acceptable weather, the SpaceX Falcon 9 version 1.1 rocket is scheduled for blastoff from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:58 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). If all goes well, the company's uncrewed Dragon cargo capsule will reach the space...
  • U.S. Democrats launch push to expand voting access ('BeelzaBubba' to fight voter ID restrictions)

    02/27/2014 6:42:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/27/14 | John Whitesides - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the help of former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party launched a national drive on Thursday to expand voting opportunities and fight back against what it calls restrictive voting laws. The program will establish permanent procedures and staff in each state to help register and educate voters, and work with local officials to expand access to the polls in the November elections and beyond. Voting laws have been the subject of partisan fights since 2011, when a wave of Republican-sponsored state laws began to impose stricter identification requirements on voters or restrict access, including by cutting...
  • SpaceX on pace for mid-March launch to space station

    02/12/2014 9:03:38 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 3 replies ^ | 9FEB2014 | Stephen Clark
    Juggling flight delays and busy skies with the skill of seasoned air traffic controllers, International Space Station managers have approved the launch date for SpaceX's next cargo resupply mission for March 16. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad is set for 4:41 a.m. EDT (0841 GMT), the time when Earth's rotation brings the space station's flight path over the Space Coast, NASA announced last week. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo carrier will make the company's third commercial logistics delivery to the space station under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. The deal calls for 12 missions...
  • Obama To Launch My Brothers Keeper Initiative For Young Men Of Color

    02/12/2014 7:51:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies ^ | 2/11/14 | D.L. Chandler
    President Barack Obama (pictured) has been aggressively pushing an agenda that strengthens the core of the nation via education, job creation, and supporting middle class families. Now the administration will turn its aim to improve the lives of young men of color via an initiative titled My Brothers Keeper. Although the President has shied away from race matters in the past, there has been an undeniable shift in focus from the White House regarding the plight of young people of color who have been disproportionately slammed by poverty, lack of opportunity, and unfair prison sentences. According to a Washington Post...
  • SpaceX ready to launch first Falcon 9 rocket of the year

    01/06/2014 5:40:23 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 15 replies ^ | 5JAN2014 | Stephen Clark
    SpaceX engineers at Cape Canaveral are finishing up preparations to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a communications satellite for Thailand on Monday, just over one month after the Falcon 9's last mission from Florida. Monday's launch window opens at 5:06 p.m. EST (2206 GMT) and extends more than two hours to 7:08 p.m. EST (0008 GMT), according to a SpaceX spokesperson and the U.S. Air Force. Deployment of the 6,649-pound Thaicom 6 satellite is expected 31 minutes after liftoff. The 224-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket will be rolled to the launch pad and rotated vertical atop the launch mount at...
  • Atlas 5 rocket ready to loft spy payload, 12 CubeSats

    12/05/2013 11:46:24 PM PST · by Rodney Dangerfield · 6 replies
    SpaceFlight Now ^ | December 5, 2013 | Steven Clark
    A top secret surveillance satellite and 12 tiny co-passengers are ready for launch from California's hilly coastline late Thursday aboard an Atlas 5 rocket. The United Launch Alliance booster is set for liftoff at 11:13 p.m. PST (0713 GMT; 2:13 a.m. EST Friday) from Space Launch Complex 3-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
  • Falcon 9's third launch attempt targeted for Monday (5:41pm EST/2:41pm PST)

    12/02/2013 8:28:05 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 91 replies ^ | 02DEC2013 | SFN
    After cleaning and replacing engine components, SpaceX is gearing up for another try to launch a Falcon 9 rocket Monday on a crucial mission to deliver the SES 8 commercial television broadcasting satellite to orbit. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad is set for 5:41 p.m. EST/2:41 p.m. PST (2241 GMT), the opening of an 86-minute launch window.
  • China to launch moon rover mission to scout out locations for a lunar base (9:30am PST/12:30pm EST)

    12/01/2013 8:03:37 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 126 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 30NOV2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    China will tomorrow become the first country in almost 40 years to soft-land a probe on the moon, in a huge step forward for its ambitious space programme. The nation will become the third in history to launch a lunar probe when the device, named 'Jade Rabbit' after a Chinese folklore character, launches at 5.30pm on Sunday evening, which is 1.30am local time. The mission forms part of a plan in which China hopes to build a permanent lunar base in order to launch future missions to Mars within the next 15 years.
  • Falcon 9 rocket set for launch Monday from Cape Canaveral

    11/24/2013 4:27:05 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 63 replies
    Spaceflight ^ | 24NOV2013 | Author Unknown
    Technicians are in the final stages of readying a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for launch Monday on its first mission to geostationary transfer orbit with a commercial communications satellite for television broadcasters in India and Southeast Asia. Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: SES 8 Launch date: November 25, 2013 Launch time: 5:37 p.m. EST/2:37 p.m. PST (2237 GMT) Launch window: 66 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • WATCH LIVE @ 6:30 pm ET: Minotaur 1 Rocket Launching 29 Satellites from Va. Tonight

    11/19/2013 3:50:47 PM PST · by Stalwart · 29 replies ^ | November 19, 2013 | staff
    Rocket launch from Wallops Island, Virginia, about an hour from now. Good visibility from much of the eastern US. Open Ustream window at link to get live feed.
  • Nighttime Rocket Launch Tuesday Visible from US East Coast

    11/19/2013 2:02:59 PM PST · by don-o · 38 replies ^ | November 19 2013
    Update: Tonight's Minotaur rocket launch is will set a record when it puts 29 satellites into orbit. See our latest story here: Record-Setting Rocket Launch to Loft 29 Satellites Tonight: How to Watch Live NASA and the U.S. military will launch a record payload of 29 satellites from a Virginia spaceport Tuesday night (Nov. 19) on a mission that could create a spectacular sight for skywatchers along the U.S. East Coast,
  • USS Zumwalt Time Lapse launch

    11/01/2013 2:21:19 PM PDT · by maine yankee · 24 replies
    facebook ^ | 11/01/13 | General Dynamics
    A time lapse shot of the USS Zumwalt being moved from the pier to the drydock, and then to the water.
  • Obamacare launch spawns 700+ cyber-squatters capitalizing on, state exchanges

    10/24/2013 5:53:50 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-23-13 | JOEL GEHRKE
    More than 700 websites have been created with names playing off of Obamacare or, making it likely that some Americans will mistakenly hand over private information to unknown third-parties. For instance, there is a website that brands itself as part of the "Obamacare enrollment team," directs people to an "Obamacare enrollment form" and asks users for their name, address, Social Security number and other contact information. According to a counter at the bottom of the page, more than 3,000 people have visited This website does not actually enable people to enroll in Obamacare. It was...
  • Kenya's military says 'most' hostages freed after forces launch attack on militants inside mall

    09/22/2013 2:35:39 PM PDT · by rawhide · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-22-12
    "Most" of the hostages who have been holed up at an upscale shopping mall in Kenya's capital after it was attacked by members of an Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group on Saturday have been freed, Kenya's military says. Kenya's armed forces launched a "major" assault on the militants on Sunday night -- about 30 hours after the Islamists stormed the Nairobi mall in an attack that left at least 68 dead and 175 injured. At around midnight local time, Kenya's Defence Forces said it had rescued most hostages and had taken control of most of the mall, but declined to...
  • Antares/Cygnus LIVE LAUNCH THREAD, 18SEP2013/1050 EDT (1450 GMT), From Wallops Island

    09/18/2013 4:39:29 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 4 replies ^ | 18SEP2013 | N/A
    Rocket: Antares Payload: Cygnus Launch date: September 18, 2013 Launch time: 10:50 a.m. EDT/7:50 a.m. PDT (1450 GMT) Launch window: 15 minutes Launch site: Pad 0A, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Islands, VA ISS capture: Sept 22 @ 1117 GMT ISS departure: TBD 0745 GMT (3:45 a.m. EDT) The countdown began on time to begin final preps for this morning's 10:50 a.m. EDT blastoff of the 13-story Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Follow activities with this countdowntimeline. The mission will be the second launch of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket after a...
  • Orbital Science Corp.'s Minotaur 5/LADEE launch 6SEP2013/2327 EDT

    09/04/2013 1:53:30 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 49 replies ^ | 4SEP2013 | Author Unknown
    Rocket: Minotaur 5 Payload: LADEE Launch date: September 6, 2013 Launch time: 11:27 p.m. EDT (0327 GMT on 7th) Site: Launch Pad 0B, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport City/State: Wallops Island, Va. SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2013 UPDATE Technicians lifted a NASA moon probe on top of a Minotaur rocket on Saturday, crowning an eight-story, five-stage booster set for an historic liftoff from Virginia on Sept. 6. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, a $280 million mission to measure the dynamics of the moon's tenuous atmosphere, was hoisted atop the Minotaur launcher on pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's...
  • Israel claims joint US missile launch in Mediterranean for 'target practice'

    09/03/2013 3:41:01 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 10 replies
    Russias early warning radars detected the launch of two ballistic rockets in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Russias Defense Ministry stated. Israel later claimed responsibility for firing the target test rockets. The launch took place at 06:16 GMT Tuesday, according to Russia's Ministry of Defense. The trajectory of the missiles is reported to have been from the central part of the Mediterranean Sea towards the eastern landmass. Both rockets have allegedly fallen into the sea, RIA Novosti news agency reported. Russias President Putin has already been informed about the incident by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. The Syrian embassy in Moscow currently...
  • Ariane 5 Live LAUNCH Thread Today @ 1:30PM PDT/4:30PM EDT

    08/29/2013 12:02:25 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 22 replies ^ | 29AUG2013 | None given
    Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA Payload: Eutelsat 25B & GSAT 7 Launch date: August 29, 2013 Launch window: 2030 GMT (4:30 p.m. EDT) Site: ELA-3, Guiana Space Center, Kourou French Guiana Watch the launch at these links. or