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Space station shipment launched from Virginia seashore

Apr. 17, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fresh grocery shipment rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday after launching from Virginia's seashore. Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island. The company's Cygnus capsule should arrive at the space station Friday, just in time...

SpaceX's recovered core booster damaged in rough seas

Apr. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket booster that landed on an ocean platform after last week's launch has been damaged in rough seas. For the first time, all three first-stage boosters landed upright following Thursday's launch of the company's Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket in use. Both...

In California, giant Stratolaunch jet flies for first time

Apr. 13, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A giant six-engine aircraft with the world's longest wingspan completed what company officials called a superb initial flight over California's Mojave Desert, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. Stratolaunch Systems Corp. chief executive Jean...

The Latest: Stratolaunch CEO: Aircraft landed spectacularly

Apr. 13, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on initial flight of aircraft with world's longest wingspan (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A giant aircraft with the world's longest wingspan took off from California Saturday morning and flew 2 ½ hours, achieving a maximum speed of 189 mph (304 kph). Stratolaunch CEO Jean...

SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters

Apr. 11, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its second supersized rocket and for the first time landed all three boosters Thursday, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight. The new and improved Falcon Heavy thundered into the early evening sky with a communication satellite called...

NASA launch to help study health, carry students' satellites

Apr. 11, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — Officials say the next launch from Virginia's spaceport to the International Space Station will help with more than 40 scientific investigations including into Alzheimer's, hearts, atmospheric carbon dioxide and free-flying robots. News outlets report Northrop Grumman's...

SpaceX delays mega rocket launch due to high wind shear

Apr. 10, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has delayed the launch of its newest mega rocket because of dangerously high wind. The Falcon Heavy was poised to blast off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday night with a communication satellite. But SpaceX chief Elon Musk said upper-level wind...

Planetarium shows, rocket launches part of Space Day

Apr. 6, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — It's Space Day in Bridgeport. The event at the Discovery Museum is funded by the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. The means free admission Saturday to the museum, which will have space-related activities, planetarium shows and science demonstrations. The highlight of the...

Russian supply ship reaches space station in record time

Apr. 4, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian spacecraft carrying more than three tons of cargo has set a record time for a trip to the International Space Station, docking with the orbiting outpost in three hours and 21 minutes. The Progress freighter blasted off Thursday from the Russian launch facility in Baikonur,...

More delays for Boeing's new space capsule for astronauts

Apr. 3, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing's new space capsule for astronauts faces more launch delays. The Starliner capsule was supposed to make its debut this month, after a series of postponements. But the first test flight is now off until August. And the second test flight, with astronauts, won't occur until...