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  • 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 resolution—twice 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, 154º 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 · 16 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 Russia’s 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 Brother’s 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 Brother’s 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
    Russia’s early warning radars detected the launch of two ballistic rockets in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Russia’s 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. Russia’s 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
  • Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria [The Clown & Cameron Pretend to be Tough]

    08/25/2013 3:46:24 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 204 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8/25/13 | Tim Ross and Ben Farmer
    Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against his own people.
  • Ariane 5 LIVE LAUNCH THREAD - Liftoff 5:52 p.m. EDT/2:52 p.m. PDT (Einstein mission)

    06/05/2013 11:41:43 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    Rocket: Ariane 5 ES Payload: ATV 4 Date: June 5, 2013 Time: 2152:11 GMT (5:52:11 p.m. EDT/2:52 p.m. EDT) Site: ELA-3, Guiana Space Center, Kourou French Guiana Docking: June 15 @ 1348 GMT Undocking: Oct. 28
  • Atlas 5/GPS 2F-4 LAUNCH at 2:38PM PDT/5:38 EDT (2138 GMT)

    05/15/2013 2:21:17 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 10 replies
    None | 15MAY2013 | Jack Hydrazine
    Rocket: Atlas 5 Variant: AV-401 Payload: GPS 2F-4 Date: May 15, 2013 Window: 2:38 - 2:56 pm/5:38 - 5:56 p.m. EDT (2138-2156 GMT) Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral, Florida Can be viewed here: and here:
  • NASA's Wallops Island prepares for the spotlight (Antares launch 17APR2013)

    04/14/2013 6:41:29 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 19 replies
    AP via YahooNews ^ | 13APR2013 | BROCK VERGAKIS
    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — On one of Virginia's small barrier islands, a NASA facility that operates in relative obscurity outside scientific circles is preparing to be thrust into the spotlight. On Wednesday, Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to conduct the first test launch of its Antares rocket under a NASA program in which private companies deliver supplies to the International Space Station. If all goes as planned, the unmanned rocket's practice payload will be vaulted into orbit from Wallops Island before burning up in the atmosphere on its return to Earth several months later. The goal of the launch isn't...
  • North Korea to Launch Missile within Days

    04/04/2013 11:59:42 AM PDT · by politisite · 44 replies
    Politisite ^ | 4/4/2013 | Albert N. Milliron
    The United States intelligence gathering has determined that the DPRK is planning on launching a Missile in the coming days to show Seoul and Washington that it will not back down to provocative acts. North Korea has moved assets to the east of the Korean peninsula and indications are that it will test fire a missile. This from the Voice of America
  • Object seen in orbit after North Korea carries out controversial rocket launch

    12/12/2012 1:37:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jethro Mullen
    Object seen in orbit after North Korea carries out controversial rocket launch By Jethro Mullen, CNN December 12, 2012 -- Updated 0907 GMT (1707 HKT) Hong Kong (CNN) -- North Korea surprised and angered the international community Wednesday by launching a long-range rocket that appeared to put a satellite in orbit, a breakthrough for the reclusive, nuclear-armed state. The North Korean regime said the rocket had successfully blasted off from a space center on its west coast and delivered a satellite into its intended orbit. The launch followed a botched attempt in April and came just days after Pyongyang suggested...
  • PHOTO: Hamas missile launch pad next to mosque, playground. Civilian factories, gas station also

    11/15/2012 3:54:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    wnd ^ | 11/15/12 | Aaron Klien
    TEL AVIV – A missile launch site in the Gaza Strip was set up by Hamas just half a block from a mosque and children’s playground, according to aerial photographs provided to KleinOnline by the Israel Defense Forces today. Israel yesterday struck the site in question – a Fajr-5 missile launch pad established in the heavily populated Zeitoun district of Gaza to fire long range rockets into the Jewish state. The photograph of the launch site, posted above, shows a children’s playground and a mosque located about a half a block away as well as two civilian factories and a...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon C3, Flight 4 LIVE LAUNCH THREAD

    10/07/2012 3:37:44 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 48 replies ^ | 7OCT2012 | Unknown
    SpaceX is poised to start work on a $1.6 billion contract with NASA today, when a Falcon 9 rocket is set to blast off with 882 pounds of supplies on the first operational commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station. Tonight's liftoff time is 8:35 p.m. EDT/5:35 p.m. PDT (0035 GMT). The capsule will return to Earth in late October with approximately 1,673 pounds of equipment from the space station.
  • George Zimmerman's parents launch own website

    07/27/2012 9:28:17 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    WFTV ^ | 7-27-2012 | WFTV
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Just a week after their son re-launched his website, George Zimmerman's parents have launched their own website, and they're asking for money. George Zimmerman is set to stand trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the case. Robert and Gladys Zimmermans' website,, is a brightly colored red, white and blue site. The homepage features a lengthy story, signed by Robert Zimmerman, about George's life and the struggles the family has faced since the shooting of Martin. The site also provides a link for visitors to...
  • ‘Iran, Russia, China, Syria to launch biggest joint war game in Mideast’

    06/18/2012 10:02:04 AM PDT · by Errant · 54 replies
    The Tehran Times ^ | 18 June, 2012
    TEHRAN – An informed source has announced that Iran, Russia, China, and Syria plan to stage a joint war game in Syria in the near future, the Persian service of the Fars News Agency reported on Monday. 90,000 forces from the four countries will be involved in the war game, the informed source said. No official from the countries has confirmed the news report, but a Syrian official, who spoke on conditional anonymity, announced that the joint war game will be launched in Syria.
  • Falcon 9 rocket is go for overnight launch attempt (3:44 a.m. EDT/12:44 a.m. PDT)

    05/21/2012 11:24:23 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 21 replies ^ | 21MAY2012 | Unspecified
    SpaceX has swapped out a faulty check valve on a Merlin engine on the Falcon 9 rocket and approved plans for a second launch attempt at 3:44 a.m. EDT (0744 GMT) Tuesday. You can follow the entire flight on Spaceflight Now with live video and comprehensive coverage. Computers aborted the countdown a half-second before launch Saturday due to high pressure in one of the Falcon 9 rocket's nine first stage engines. Engineers opted to replace a check valve in the first stage's center engine - engine No. 5 - after inspections. "The failed valve was replaced on Saturday and after...
  • FYI:NASA TV: Online: Dragobn launch Tonite

    05/18/2012 6:57:38 PM PDT · by DGHoodini · 10 replies
    NASA TV ^ | 5/18/2012 | DGHoodini
    For those who will or can be up at 4 to 5am, and don't have DirecTV HD...NASA TV does have a free online website to watch the launch of Dragon. Coverage begins about 3:30am EST, I believe....
  • SpaceX sets May 19 launch for flight to space station (4:55 a.m. EDT)

    05/07/2012 10:53:06 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 14 replies ^ | 4MAY2012 | Stephen Clark
    The need for additional software assurance testing has again delayed the launch of SpaceX's commercial demonstration flight to the International Space Station, the company announced Friday, until at least May 19. "SpaceX and NASA are nearing completion of the software assurance process, and SpaceX is submitting a request to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a May 19 launch target with a backup on May 22," the company said in a statement released Friday. "Thus far, no issues have been uncovered during this process, but with a mission of this complexity we want to be extremely diligent," the statement...
  • Atlas 5 Live Launch Thread 11:42am PDT/2:42pm EDT

    05/04/2012 10:26:10 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies
    Rocket: Atlas 5 Payload: AEHF 2 Date: May 4, 2012 Window: 2:42 to 4:42 p.m. EDT (11:42 a.m. - 1:42 p.m. PDT) Launch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral, Florida After helium purge problem kept the Atlas 5 rocket on the pad Thursday afternoon, a second launch attempt is getting underway today to deploy a sophisticated and critical communications spacecraft for the U.S. government. The countdown clocks just began ticking, beginning a seven-hour sequence of work that will prepare the rocket, payload and ground systems for today's blastoff at 2:42 p.m. EDT (1842 GMT). The day's two-hour launch window stretches to 4:42...
  • Atlas 5 Launch at 2:38-4:38pm (EDT); Live Thread

    05/03/2012 11:32:43 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 21 replies ^ | May 07, 2012 | GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
    If on the west coast, launch time scheduled for 11:38am-1:38pmLaunch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite built by Lockheed Martin. This U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly secure communications.
  • Atlas 5 Live Launch Thread 11:46 a.m. PDT/2:46 p.m. EDT

    05/03/2012 8:57:10 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    Rocket: Atlas 5 Payload: AEHF 2 Date: May 3, 2012 Window: 2:46 to 4:46 p.m. EDT Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral, Florida Feed: SES 2, Transp. 21, C-band, 87° West Watch live coverage here: or here: Welcome to liftoff day for the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carrying the Air Force's next durable and secure communications satellite in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency series. The countdown clocks are starting to tick right now, beginning a seven-hour sequence of work that will prepare the rocket, payload and ground systems for today's blastoff at 2:46 p.m. EDT (1846 GMT). Soon...
  • SpaceX, NASA Set May 7 as New ISS Mission Launch Date (9:38 a.m. EDT)

    04/26/2012 10:40:51 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 20 replies ^ | 25APR2012 | Lance Ulanoff
    Billionaire Elon Musk’s private space company SpaceX is, it seems, no more immune to mission delays than our former space ferry captain, NASA. Early yesterday, Musk announced on Twitter a week-long delay of the scheduled launch of the Dragon spacecraft (atop the company’s Falcon rocket) while Musk’s team debugged the Dragon’s docking code. When Mashable spoke to Musk a few weeks ago, he actually joked about how that part of the first private mission to the International Space Station would go: “The thing that’s interesting and slightly scary is that Dragon is a robotic spaceship, automatically navigating itself to the...
  • NASA clears SpaceX for cargo run to space station (30APR2012)

    04/18/2012 6:32:20 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 15 replies
    al-Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 16APR2012 | Irene Klotz
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA on Monday cleared a cargo ship owned by Space Exploration Technologies for a test flight to the International Space Station that is scheduled to launch on April 30, NASA officials said. The Dragon mission would be the first time a privately owned and operated vessel visits the space station, a $100 billion research laboratory owned by the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada that orbits about 240 miles above Earth. NASA is counting on Space Exploration Technologies, also known as SpaceX, and a second company, Orbital Sciences Corp., to keep the space station...