Latest Space launches News

NASA launches satellite to explore where air meets space

Oct. 10, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA launched a satellite on Thursday night to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space. The satellite — called Icon, short for Ionospheric Connection Explorer — rocketed into orbit following a two-year delay. It was dropped from a plane flying...

NASA administrator explains Twitter spat with SpaceX

Oct. 10, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Thursday that a recent Twitter statement critical of SpaceX was a signal to all the space agency's contractors about realistic development timelines. Bridenstine addressed the issue during a press conference with SpaceX founder Elon Musk...

Boeing to invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic

Oct. 8, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boeing plans to invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic, looking at possibilities beyond the space tourism company's immediate goal of launching passengers on suborbital flights as early as next year. The companies announced the investment Tuesday, saying they will work together on...

Iran state TV says country to launch 3 satellites this year

Oct. 1, 2019 3:47 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says the country plans to send three satellites into orbit in the next three months despite a failed launch in August. State television on Tuesday quoted the head of Iran's space agency, Morteza Barari, as saying the satellites were to transmit data for civilian purposes...

Bloomberg, California team on climate satellites

Sep. 25, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is teaming up with California to use satellites to track climate pollutants. Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its partnership with the state and the San Francisco Earth-imaging company Planet on Wednesday. It builds on former...

Space launch includes 1st flyer from United Arab Emirates

Sep. 25, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — An American, a Russian and the first space flyer from the United Arab Emirates blasted off Wednesday on a mission to the International Space Station. A Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off at 6:57 p.m. (1357 GMT) from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome to lift a Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft...

Japanese rocket blasts off with batteries for space station

Sep. 24, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Japanese supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Tuesday, two weeks after a launch pad fire halted the first countdown. Japanese officials traced the fire to static electricity and oxygen propellant, and corrected the problem. The 4-ton shipment should...

Coral die-off predicted as marine heat wave engulfs Hawaii

Sep. 24, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii (AP) — At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii's Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands' most abundant and vibrant coral reefs...

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...