StarFlyer, world’s tallest swing ride debut pushed to June.

The original May 11 opening date of the StarFlyer has been pushed by 3 weeks. Thrill seekers will have to wait until June 1. The developer, Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments, LLC owns the Vue at 360 complex where the ride will be located. Officials with the company announced a new June 1, 2018 debut. The attraction was expected to open May 11.

Unicorp President Chuck Whittall said that “Kids will be out of school,” at the opening of the new attraction. StarFlyer will be world’s tallest swing ride at 450 feet and two dozen guests at a time will be able to swing at 60 mph. Unicorp President Chuck Whittall said that the reasons for delays include an incomplete railing that will surround the ride, as well as unfinished landscaping features.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom will mark 20th anniversary with Party for the Planet.
Walt Disney World is planning special events and activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Animal Kingdom theme park, starting with two weeks of Party for the Planet festivities.

Guests will be able to attend conservation talks by animal-care experts and enjoy interactions with some animals of the park’s attractions.

The festive activities will start on April 22, which is Earth Day and the anniversary of Animal Kingdom’s official opening in 1998.

 

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SpaceX postpones Falcon 9 launch to conduct nose cone checks.

SpaceX has delayed its weekend launch of the Spanish communications satellite Hispasat 30W-6 to allow time for extra tests on the Falcon 9 rocket.

The Falcon 9 was scheduled to launch the satellite Sunday (Feb. 25) at 12:35 a.m. EST (0535 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. But on Saturday, SpaceX said it needed extra time to test the rocket’s payload fairing, the nose cone that protects satellites during flight. A new launch date has not been officially announced yet.

A SpaceX spokesman said they will try to land the rocket on their “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. More »

SpaceX finally blasted off the Falcon Heavy from Florida’s Space Coast in a historic launch.

The Falcon Heavy sent a next-generation, heavy-lift rocket toward space from Cape Canaveral Tuesday afternoon.

The three rocket boosters fired up and sent the craft into the sky at 3:45 p.m., about 2 hours and 15 minutes after the company had originally planned.

 

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After more than a month of delay, SpaceX successfully sends the secretive Zuma satellite to space.
The company completes its first launch of the year with its secretive mission and also manages to recover the Falcon 9 rocket.
SpaceX’s first successful Falcon 9 rocket launch of the year was probably the most secretive mission in the company’s history ever. The company also managed to recover the Falcon 9 rocket.

 

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SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket was rolled out on launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center Thursday morning. SpaceX is preparing for the rocket’s maiden flight, which is scheduled for next month.
NASA confirmed that the mega rocket has been moved to Launchpad 39A and it will undergo various tests before it takes off. However, Musk’s company has not confirmed a launch date yet.
The first images of SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket were released Wednesday, showing the Falcon Heavy’s 27 Merlin 1D engines mounted on the back of three modified first stages from Falcon 9 rocket. The massive triple-core booster looked almost fully assembled inside the hangar at the Kennedy Space Center’s pad 39A. More »

A reused Falcon 9 booster carried 10 satellites into orbit from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Los Angeles on Friday, leaving behind a trail of mystery and wonder as it soared into orbit.

 

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SpaceX is getting ready to launch a Koreasat 5A into orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket.
The 2-hour, 24-minute launch window for the South Korean communications satellite opens at 3:34 p.m. This is the 16th flight that the Hawthorne, California-based company will perform in 2017.
If the liftoff from seaside Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral goes off without a hitch, it will mark the third time this month that SpaceX launches a rocket, twice from Florida.
According to the 45th Weather Squadron, which is based at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the probability of weather causing a delay is almost nonexistent with less than a 10 percent chance of violating mission rules and primary concern for strong winds at liftoff. More »

SpaceX launched a mysterious Air Force X-37B space plane ahead of Irma’s arrival
Elon Musk’s space company can add another first to its ever-increasing list. Only two days ago, it successfully launched the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B experimental space plane. This is the first time for SpaceX to launch the X-37B, which has run four missions previously but the launch vehicle was always United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.
The launch was scheduled for September 7 at Cape Canaveral, just days ahead of the potential landfall of Hurricane Irma and there is a chance to be postponed due to weather. More »

NASA has delayed the launch of a major communications satellite by more than two weeks in order to replace a damaged antenna. One of the antennas on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite had been broken earlier this month during final launch preparations. The liftoff is now targeted for Aug. 20 from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard an Atlas V rocket.

 

 

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