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SpaceX launches Dragon, just misses first stage landing
Posted: Thu, Apr 16 2:05 PM ET (1805 GMT)
Falcon 9 v1.1 launch of CRS-6 (NASA/KSC) A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station on Tuesday, but an attempt to land the first stage on a ship in the Atlantic fell just short of success. The Falcon 9 v1.1 lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 4:10 pm EDT, one day late because of weather, and placed the Dragon cargo spacecraft into orbit ten minutes later. The Dragon is carrying two tons of supplies for the ISS nd is slated to arrive at the station Friday morning. SpaceX used the launch to make another attempt to land the first stage on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Video released by the company showed the stage touched down on the ship, but had enough horizontal velocity that it could not remain upright and toppled over, exploding. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that a valve problem may have prevented a successful landing.


ULA unveils Vulcan launch vehicle plans
Posted: Thu, Apr 16 1:51 PM ET (1751 GMT)
Vulcan launch vehicle illustration (ULA) United Launch Alliance released Monday more details about its next-generation launch system, including that it will be named Vulcan. The vehicle, formerly known as the Next Generation Launch System, is designed to replace the company's existing Atlas and Delta launch vehicles. Vulcan will be powered by a BE-4 engine under development by Blue Origin, an engine that could be recovered and reused in later iterations of the design. The rocket will initially use the Centaur upper stage currently used on the Atlas, but will later be replaced with a more powerful design. Vulcan will also be able to accommodate solid rocket boosters, as Atlas and Delta do. Vulcan will initially be available late this decade, at a launch cost the company says will be under $100 million.


Next X-37B launch delayed
Posted: Sat, Apr 11 10:04 AM ET (1404 GMT)
The launch of a classified Air Force spaceplane on its fourth mission has been postponed at least two weeks, officials said Friday. The launch of...





Saturday, April 18
Thirty Meter Telescope Construction Postponed Again
Honolulu Civil Beat — 10:52 am ET (1452 GMT)
TMT construction postponement to continue
Honolulu Star-Advertiser — 10:51 am ET (1451 GMT)
Student’s pro-TMT stance gains traction
KITV Honolulu — 10:50 am ET (1450 GMT)
US Space Providers See Trend Toward Services
Defense News — 10:48 am ET (1448 GMT)
A look at Space Symposium, aerospace's big show
Denver Business Journal — 10:47 am ET (1447 GMT)
Bonhams sale offers items that have been to the moon and back
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — 10:38 am ET (1438 GMT)
Mars One chief considers UAE for extraterrestrial training site
The National (UAE) — 10:32 am ET (1432 GMT)
City of Midland Working Closely With XCOR Regarding Land Restrictions
KWES-TV Midland, TX — 10:31 am ET (1431 GMT)
Aurora observation satellite Akebono ends 26-year service
Yomiuri Shimbun — 10:30 am ET (1430 GMT)
Gilbrech: Stennis center powering nation’s space dreams
Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger — 10:28 am ET (1428 GMT)
MESSENGER mission to end this month with crash into Mercury
SpaceFlight Insider — 10:18 am ET (1418 GMT)
Stunning side-by-side video released of SpX-6 rocket landing attempt
SpaceFlight Insider — 10:17 am ET (1417 GMT)
Cassini cracks the code of Saturn’s massive storms
SpaceFlight Insider — 10:16 am ET (1416 GMT)


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