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Canadian Radarsat satellites launched aboard SpaceX rocket

Jun. 12, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three satellites for the Canadian Space Agency's Earth-monitoring Radarsat program were launched into orbit from California on Wednesday aboard a reused SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket lifted off from fog-shrouded Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:17 a.m. and arced over the Pacific west...

The Latest: 3 Canadian Radarsat satellites placed in orbit

Jun. 12, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the launch of three Canadian satellites from California (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Three satellites for the Canadian Space Agency's Earth-monitoring Radarsat program have been deployed into orbit after they were launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The...

India to launch second moon mission in July

Jun. 12, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India says it will launch a second moon mission next month aimed at landing a rover near the southern pole, which hasn't been explored so far. Indian Space Research Organization Chairman K. Sivan says the moon landing is expected on Sept. 6 or 7. A spacecraft will be launched on July 15...

China launches 1st rocket from mobile platform in Yellow Sea

Jun. 5, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday launched a rocket from a mobile platform at sea for the first time, sending a five commercial satellites and two others containing experimental technology into space. The Long March 11 rocket blasted off from a launch pad aboard a commercial ship in the Yellow Sea off the...

Tucson stargazers not taking a shine to SpaceX satellites

Jun. 3, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Amateur stargazers and astronomers in Tucson say they are feeling less than starry-eyed with the recent launch of dozens of satellites by SpaceX founder Elon Musk. The Tucson-based International Dark-Sky Association fears the increasing number of satellites will impact the landscape of...

Warren builder helps construct NASA rocket to the moon

Jun. 3, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Houston, NASA is ready for liftoff — well, almost, thanks to a Warren-based design and build business. Futuramic Tool & Engineering contributed more than 100 parts to the creation of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration rocket. Under an accelerated timeline, the...

Report: NASA's major projects busting budgets, schedules

May. 30, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's major projects are busting budgets and schedules like never before, according to a congressional watchdog agency. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reported Thursday that NASA's major projects are more than 27 percent over baseline costs and the average launch...

SpaceX launches 60 little satellites, with many more to come

May. 24, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has launched 60 little satellites, the first of thousands that founder Elon Musk plans to put in orbit for global internet coverage. The recycled Falcon rocket blasted off late Thursday night. The first-stage booster landed on an ocean platform following liftoff, as the...

Japanese space startup aims to compete with US rivals

May. 15, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese startup that launched a rocket into space earlier this month plans to provide low-cost rocket services and compete with American rivals such as SpaceX, its founder said Wednesday. Interstellar Technology Inc. founder Takafumi Horie said a low-cost rocket business in Japan is...

Space-tourism enters 'home stretch' toward commercial flight

May. 10, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic's winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a remote commercial launch and landing facility in southern New Mexico, bringing his space-tourism dream a step closer to reality. Branson said Friday at a...