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Watch live: Rocket Lab plans launch, booster catch with helicopter after days of delays

Watch live: Rocket Lab plans launch, booster catch with helicopter after days of delays

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ORLANDO, Fla., May 2 (UPI) -- Unfavorable weather conditions pushed Rocket Lab's 26th launch of an Electron booster to the end of last week, and the company decided to wait for Monday to take a shot at catching the rocket with a helicopter for the first time. With final checks on its recovery system under way, the company now plans for liftoff around 6:41 p.m. EDT from Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. The mission, called "There and back again," will mark the first time Rocket Lab has attempted to recover one of its first stage boosters. If recovery with the helicopter is successful, the company also plans to conduct it's first booster offloading, with the aircraft dropping the rocket on to a waiting ship. "We don't usually give mother nature quite so much power over launch timing, but fo...
Over-70s could get booster Covid jab from September – vaccines minister

Over-70s could get booster Covid jab from September – vaccines minister

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ReutersPeople aged over 70 could start receiving Covid booster jabs from September to protect them from new variants, the vaccines minister has said.Nadhim Zahawi told the Daily Telegraph the first doses would go to the over-70s, health and social care staff and the clinically extremely vulnerable.Scientists have been developing booster jabs to combat new Covid variants.More than 29 million people in the UK have now had a first dose of a vaccine.Mr Zahawi said deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam thought "that if we are going to see a requirement for a booster jab to protect the most vulnerable, [it] would be around September".Those first booster jabs would be given to those in the top four priority groups of the vaccine rollout.When will I get the Covid vaccine?PM: Covid third wa...
SpaceX uses booster seventh time on Starlink launch

SpaceX uses booster seventh time on Starlink launch

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ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched one of its Falcon 9 first-stage boosters for a record seventh time Tuesday night as the company launched more of its Starlink satellites from Florida. The 16th batch of 60 satellites headed toward orbit at 9:13 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Advertisement The launch marks the 100th such mission for a Falcon 9 rocket, and boosts the number of Starlink satellites in orbit to more than 900. [embedded content] A risk of rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean, where Elon Musk's company wants to land the booster on a droneship, prevented the launch on Monday night. Rough seas remained a risk on Tuesday night, according to a U.S. Space Force forecast, but the launch took place as planned. The rocket booster for the...
Engineers test Space Launch System rocket booster in Utah

Engineers test Space Launch System rocket booster in Utah

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Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Engineers successfully performed a test fire of the Space Launch System rocket's full-scale booster on Wednesday afternoon. Live footage of the test, which took place at Northrop Grumman's facilities in Promontory, Utah, showcased the tremendous force generated by the system's rockets. Advertisement The broadcast showcased a massive trail of fire and exhaust emanating from the base of the rocket and blowing across the desert dunes, scorching the sage brush in its path. The rocket fired for two minutes, with the booster performing nominally. "To pull [the test] off now, after six months of what we've been through, it feels like a really big milestone," Bruce Tiller, manager of the SLS boosters office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said durin...
Booster rocket for Nasa Moon missions set for critical test

Booster rocket for Nasa Moon missions set for critical test

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Engineers are preparing to test a booster rocket that will help send Americans back to the Moon in 2024.Two of these boosters form part of Nasa's massive Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the biggest launcher built since the Saturn V in the 1960s.The huge Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) provide most of the thrust in the first two minutes of the SLS's ride to space.One of the rockets will be fired while secured to the ground at a test site in Promontory, Utah.The two-minute-long test is scheduled to take place at 14:40 EDT (19:40 BST) on Wednesday at a facility operated by aerospace giant Northrop Grumman.It is designed to test the performance and manufacturing quality of the rocket motor. It will also help teams evaluate potential new materials, processes, a...