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Falcon 9 fails on cargo mission to ISS
Posted: Sun, Jun 28 3:24 PM ET (1924 GMT)
Falcon 9 CRS-7 launch failure (SpaceX) A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket malfunctioned a little more than two minutes after liftoff Sunday morning, destroying a Dragon cargo spacecraft intended for the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 lifted off on schedule from Cape Canaveral ay 10:21 am EDT (1421 GMT) Sunday and the launch was proceeding normally until 2 minutes and 19 seconds after liftoff. According to SpaceX, there was an overpressuization of the liquid oxygen tank in the rocket's second stage, but the role that played in the failure remains under investigation. The Dragon was carrying 1,950 kilograms of cargo to the ISS, including a docking adapter to be used by future commercial crew vehicles, a spacesuit, experiments to be performed on the station, and food and other supplies for the station's crew. NASA officials said there are enough supplies on the station for the crew through at last October, with other cargo missions planned in the next two months.

OneWeb announces $500 million in funding, launch contracts
Posted: Sat, Jun 27 10:05 AM ET (1405 GMT)
OneWeb satellite (Airbus Defence and Space) OneWeb, the startup planning a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites for broadband communications, announced this week it has raised $500 million from a group of companies, and signed contracts for at least 60 launches. OneWeb said the $500 million, which will be used to further development of its 648-satellite constellation. The companies investing in OneWeb include Airbus, Virgin, Intelsat, Qualcomm, and Hughes Network Systems. OneWeb also announced a contract for 21 Soyuz launches with Arianespace, and 39 launches of Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne, to deploy and replenish the satellite constellation. OneWeb plans to have its satellites in orbit by 2019.

China launches Earth imaging satellite
Posted: Sat, Jun 27 9:54 AM ET (1354 GMT)
A Long March rocket placed what Chinese officials said was a civil remote sensing satellite into orbit Friday. The Long March 4B rocket lifted off...

Russia launches reconnaissance satellite
Posted: Fri, Jun 26 1:55 PM ET (1755 GMT)
A Soyuz rocket launched a reconnaissance satellite from on Tuesday. A Soyuz-2.1b rocket lifted off from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 12:...

Vega launches Earth sciences spacecraft
Posted: Fri, Jun 26 1:35 PM ET (1735 GMT)
A Vega rocket successfully placed a European Earth sciences satellite into orbit late Monday. The Vega lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana, at 9:52...

Wednesday, July 1
Why native Hawaiians are saying no to a $1.4 billion telescope
Christian Science Monitor — 6:11 am ET (1011 GMT)
Rocket site plan for Canterbury coast
Radio New Zealand — 6:06 am ET (1006 GMT)
Rocket Lab picks launch pad site
New Zealand Herald — 6:05 am ET (1005 GMT)
Spire gets $40M to expand its data satellite constellation
San Jose Business Journal — 6:01 am ET (1001 GMT)
Officials: SpaceX debris in Flagler unlikely but be alert
Daytona Beach (FL) News-Journal — 5:58 am ET (0958 GMT)
SpaceX crash not a downer for satellite broker
Upstart — 5:52 am ET (0952 GMT)
LightSail Project Manager Passes Torch
The Planetary Society — 5:50 am ET (0950 GMT)
Is the Future of SpaceX and Commercial Space Travel Doomed?
Paste Magazine — 5:38 am ET (0938 GMT)
Ellington puts Houston one step closer to the stars
Houston Chronicle — 5:37 am ET (0937 GMT)
FAA approves license for Houston spaceport
KRIV-TV Houston — 5:31 am ET (0931 GMT)
Commercial Space Port Coming to Houston
KTRH-AM Houston — 5:27 am ET (0927 GMT)
FAA to Airport System: Houston, we have a spaceport!
Your Houston News — 5:18 am ET (0918 GMT)
Methane on Pluto confirmed: NASA
IANS — 5:16 am ET (0916 GMT)
UGA engineering prof, grad student will test NASA rocket part
Athens (GA) Banner-Herald — 5:11 am ET (0911 GMT)

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