Space launches

A SpaceX Falcon heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The Falcon rocket has a payload military and scientific research satellites. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
June 25, 2019 - 10:48 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its heftiest rocket with 24 research satellites Tuesday, a middle-of-the-night rideshare featuring a deep space atomic clock, solar sail, a clean and green rocket fuel testbed, and even human ashes. It was the third flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket, but...
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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a Long March-11 solid propellant carrier rocket blasts off from a mobile launch platform in the Yellow Sea off east China's Shandong Province, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. China has for the first time launched a rocket from a mobile platform in the Yellow Sea, sending a five commercial satellites and two others containing experimental technology into space. (Zhu Zheng/Xinhua via AP)
June 05, 2019 - 7:02 am
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...
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Japanese entrepreneurs and Founder of Interstellar Technologies Inc. Takafumi Horie speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Horie said a low-cost rocket business in Japan is well-positioned to accommodate scientific and commercial needs in Asia. While Japan's government-led space programs have demonstrated top-level technology, he said the country has fallen behind commercially due to high costs. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
May 15, 2019 - 8:57 am
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...
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Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, gives a fist bump to Sonia Thorp, 9, of Carlos Gilbert Elementary at the beginning of an event at the state capital on Friday, May 10, 2019, in Santa Fe, N.M. Branson announced Friday that his company will begin shifting operations from California to a spaceport and specialized runway in the New Mexico desert in final preparations for commercial flights. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)
May 10, 2019 - 5:20 pm
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...
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In this image taken from NASA Television, a SpaceX shipment prepares to arrive at the International Space Station following a weekend launch, Monday, May 6, 2019. The Dragon capsule reached the orbiting complex Monday, delivering 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of equipment and experiments. (NASA TV via AP)
May 06, 2019 - 6:23 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX shipment arrived at the International Space Station on Monday following a weekend launch. The Dragon capsule delivered 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of equipment and experiments. Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques used the station's big robot arm — also...
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In this image taken from NASA Television, a SpaceX Falcon rocket carrying a load of supplies lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Saturday. May, 4. 2019. SpaceX launched Saturday to the International Space Station, running at full power following repairs. (NASA TV via AP)
May 04, 2019 - 4:12 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched a load of supplies to the International Space Station on Saturday following a pair of unusual power delays. A Falcon rocket raced into the pre-dawn darkness, carrying a Dragon capsule with 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of goods. This recycled Dragon —...
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May 03, 2019 - 2:40 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX delayed a supply run Friday to the International Space Station, back to full power and accepting deliveries after quick repairs. A Falcon rocket was poised to blast off before dawn Friday, with a Dragon cargo capsule. But an electrical problem cropped up at the...
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Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket lifts off the launch pad at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island , Va., Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A fresh grocery shipment is on its way to the International Space Station after launching from Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
April 17, 2019 - 4:13 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fresh grocery shipment rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday after launching from Virginia's seashore. Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island. The company's Cygnus capsule should arrive at the space station Friday, just...
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Stratolaunch, a giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan , makes its historic first flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif., Saturday, April 13, 2019. Founded by the late billionaire Paul G. Allen, Stratolaunch is vying to be a contender in the market for air-launching small satellites. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)
April 13, 2019 - 2:59 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A giant six-engine aircraft with the world's longest wingspan completed what company officials called a superb initial flight over California's Mojave Desert, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. Stratolaunch Systems Corp. chief executive...
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A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying a communication satellite lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
April 11, 2019 - 7:45 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its second supersized rocket and for the first time landed all three boosters Thursday, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight. The new and improved Falcon Heavy thundered into the early evening sky with a communication satellite...
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