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Trump: US locked and loaded for response to attack on Saudis

Sep. 15, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom's oil production threatened Sunday to fuel a regional crisis, as the U.S. released new evidence to back up its allegation that Iran was responsible for the assault amid...

The Latest: General says US is at a new 'Sputnik moment'

Sep. 9, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the Peterson Air Force Base ceremony to mark the establishment of the U.S. Space Command (all times local): 11:10 a.m. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. has reached a new "Sputnik moment" in which the nation's competitive advantage in space...

US hits Iran space agency with sanctions over missile work

Sep. 3, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration imposed sanctions Tuesday on Iran's space agency for the first time, accusing it of developing ballistic missiles under the cover of a civilian program to launch satellites into orbit. The sanctions announced by the State and Treasury departments targeting the...

Iran acknowledges rocket explosion, says test malfunctioned

Sep. 2, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran acknowledged for the first time on Monday that a rocket at its Imam Khomeini Space Center exploded after satellite photos showed the blast last week, with an official saying a technical malfunction during a test caused the explosion. The comments by government spokesman Ali Rabiei...

Mysterious Iran rocket blast draws Trump tweet, Tehran taunt

Aug. 31, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The unexplained explosion of a rocket at an Iranian space center grew more mysterious Saturday as President Donald Trump tweeted what appeared to be an American surveillance photo of the site and Tehran showed off a satellite meant to be launched. Trump's tweet showing...

Satellite photos show burning Iran space center launch pad

Aug. 29, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year alone. While Iranian state...

Images show smoldering remains of rocket at Iran space center that was to conduct US-criticized satellite launch

Aug. 29, 2019 11:21 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Images show smoldering remains of rocket at Iran space center that was to conduct US-criticized satellite launch.

Last of its kind rocket puts GPS satellite in orbit

Aug. 22, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A rocket that's the last of its kind delivered the newest, most powerful GPS satellite to orbit for the Air Force on Thursday. United Launch Alliance's Delta IV medium-class rocket blasted into a hazy morning sky from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It was a fitting swan song...

Images show Iran satellite launch looms despite US criticism

Aug. 18, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite U.S. accusations that the Islamic Republic's program helps it develop ballistic missiles. Satellite images of the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan...

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

Aug. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters...