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SpaceX plans to launch next-generation GPS satellite from Florida

SpaceX plans to launch next-generation GPS satellite from Florida

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- Elon Musk's SpaceX plans to launch the U.S. Air Force's third next-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System from Florida on Tuesday. A Falcon 9 rocket is to lift off at 3:55 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40. The Air Force delayed the launch from April due to health concerns for the launch crews amid the coronavirus pandemic. Advertisement "We have to get it right the first time, and protecting our people is just as important as cost, schedule, and performance," Gen. John F. Thompson, commander of the Air Force's Space and Missiles Systems Center, said in a statement about the delay. The weather at launch time is predicted to by 60 percent favorable, according to Air Force meteorologists. A heavy clo...
The Latest: More Florida beaches to close amid virus surge

The Latest: More Florida beaches to close amid virus surge

Health
MIAMI — More Florida beaches will be closing again to avoid further spread of the new coronavirus as officials try to tamp down on large gatherings amid a spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference Sunday in Pensacola that interactions among young people are driving the surge. Meanwhile in Broward County, home to Fort Lauderdale, authorities said they would be closing beaches during the busy Fourth of July weekend following the decision of Miami-Dade County to close theirs between July 3 and July 7. The Florida Department of Health reported on Sunday more than 8,500 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths in a day. New hospitalizations are also ticking upward, although not as dramatically as the new cases. State officials on Friday announ
SpaceX launches 58 Starlink, 3 SkySat satellites from Florida

SpaceX launches 58 Starlink, 3 SkySat satellites from Florida

Science
June 13 (UPI) -- SpaceX has expanded the company's historic Starlink constellation by launching 58 more satellites from Florida on Saturday morning. The payload lifted off on time aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 5:21 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is adjacent to Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement The launch was the ninth regular Starlink mission, boosting the number of those communications satellites in orbit to 538 -- the most ever for any such constellation. Starting with the next cluster launch planned for June 22, SpaceX intends to put sunshades on all the Starlink satellites as part of the company's effort to make them less visible from the ground. Astronomers and other sky gazers have complained that bright reflections from the satellites can ruin observations o...
SpaceX plans Wednesday Starlink satellite launch from Florida

SpaceX plans Wednesday Starlink satellite launch from Florida

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- SpaceX plans to launch its seventh Starlink satellite cluster from Florida at 3:37 p.m. EDT Wednesday amid restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The Falcon 9 rocket is prepared for lift off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The planned launch has an hourlong period for same-day delays, according to the U.S. Space Force weather forecast window. The weather is expected to be 90 percent favorable for a launch, according to a Space Force forecast. Thursday is a backup day in case of problems. The launch will add 60 more Starlink satellites to SpaceX's constellation, boosting the number to 422 -- by far the largest known satellite network. Elon Musk's space firm previously launched 60 Starlink satellites at a time in May, November, Jan....
Stranded ship awaits Panama passage, faces doubts in Florida

Stranded ship awaits Panama passage, faces doubts in Florida

World
More than 1,800 passengers and crew stranded off Panama are getting mixed signals about the chance for finally reaching port in FloridaByThe Associated PressMarch 29, 2020, 9:11 PM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePANAMA CITY -- More than 1,800 passengers and crew — some infected with COVID-19 — stranded off Panama were receiving mixed signals on Sunday about the chance for finally reaching port in Florida. While Panamanian officials said they would let the two ships transit for Panama Canal, the cruise company said it had not been given permission and Fort Lauderdale's mayor said he didn't want it to dock near his city as planned, at least without extensive precautions. Panama's Health Ministry announced Saturday that it would allow the Zaandam, which