SpaceX Finally Launches Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft Into Orbit

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 First Falcon Mega-rocket is at Launchpad 39A Ahead of Maiden Flight

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. Continue reading “SpaceX First Falcon Mega-rocket is at Launchpad 39A Ahead of Maiden Flight”

SpaceX to Launch Korean Satellite on Monday

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. Continue reading “SpaceX to Launch Korean Satellite on Monday”

SpaceX Successfully Launches Air Force’s Space Plane on Secret Mission

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. Continue reading “SpaceX Successfully Launches Air Force’s Space Plane on Secret Mission”

NASA Tests to Rumble Space Coast in August

NASA’s research to advance supersonic flight will produce loud booms along Canaveral National Seashore on Space Coast. Residents near the area around Kennedy and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station could hear more than 30 booms during flights next month, NASA officials said Monday.
Researchers from Langley Research Center in Virginia and Armstrong Flight Research Center, NASA’s primary center for atmospheric flight research and operations, are planning to conduct a series of tests. The two-week investigation is starting in August at Kennedy Space Center. The tests are part of the Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence flights, called SonicBAT. They will help researchers understand how atmospheric turbulence affects the sonic booms residents hear when aircraft fly faster than the speed of sound. Continue reading “NASA Tests to Rumble Space Coast in August”

SpaceX Launches Once-Used Cargo Spacecraft

The company is making history again- for the first time, SpaceX reuses one of its Dragon cargo capsules.
This evening, SpaceX is launching another one of its Falcon 9 rockets. It is the 100th launch from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida and the spacecraft is sending cargo and supplies to the International Space Station for NASA.
However, this will be the first time that SpaceX will send a once-used cargo spacecraft. The Dragon cargo capsule launching tonight was first used to deliver supplies to the International Space Station in 2014. The Dragon stayed about a month at the station then landed with the help of parachutes in the Pacific Ocean. Afterward, it was inspected and refurbished by Space X. A few components have been swapped out, mostly those that came in contact with sea water when the spacecraft splashed down into the ocean. Moreover, a new heat shield was added.
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SpaceX Makes History by Successfully Re-launching First Orbital Rocket

SpaceX launched the first reusable orbital rocket into space and then landed it on Earth Thursday.

In another historic first, SpaceX successfully re-launched one of its Falcon 9 reusable rockets into space and then landed the 224-foot-tall booster on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean safely.

The milestone occurred on March 30 and marked the first time in the spaceflight history that the same rocket has been used on two separate missions to orbit.
The Falcon 9 successfully launched a satellite toward orbit, 22,000 miles into space, delivered a telecom satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit Continue reading “SpaceX Makes History by Successfully Re-launching First Orbital Rocket”

Neighborhood on Alert for Escaped Venomous Cobra

Police and wildlife officials said an Ocala neighborhood should be on alert after a venomous cobra escaped from a home Monday night.
Authorities continue to search for the two-foot-long, monocled cobra that escaped from its owner’s home Monday in Ocala, 70 miles northwest of Orlando. The cobra was reported missing by its owner Brian Purdy around 11:15 pm Monday. Purdy has a venomous reptile permit. He was training another man to handle the cobra when it escaped around 9 pm.

 

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