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MLB’s Grapefruit League to use Florida ‘pods’ for spring training

MLB’s Grapefruit League to use Florida ‘pods’ for spring training

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Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball's Grapefruit League teams also are expected to be placed in separate "pods" in Florida as a COVID-19 safety precaution. Sources told The Athletic, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Miami Herald on Monday about the plan, which is an effort to reduce travel for the teams. Advertisement Teams based on Florida's west coast will play 28 games. Teams with facilities on Florida's east coast will play 24 games against east coast opponents and have four intrasquad matchups. The Grapefruit League schedule is expected to start Feb. 26 and end March 30. The Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets and Washington Nationals have training facilities on the east coast of Florida. The Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, New Y...
Watch live: SpaceX plans night launch of Turkish satellite from Florida

Watch live: SpaceX plans night launch of Turkish satellite from Florida

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- SpaceX intends to launch a Turkish communications satellite, the Türksat 5A, from Florida on Thursday night. Liftoff is scheduled for 8:28 p.m. aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Advertisement The Space Force forecasts a 30 percent chance that bad weather could prompt a delay. "The primary weather concern for a Thursday evening launch attempt will be cumulus clouds and thick clouds," according to the forecast. European firm Airbus Defense and Space built the satellite in England and France, with significant Turkish contributions, for the Turkish company Türksat. The spacecraft will provide television and internet broadcast services over Turkey, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Türksat 5A will use electric propu
Tyndall AFB in Florida conducts Weapon System Evaluation Program

Tyndall AFB in Florida conducts Weapon System Evaluation Program

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Dec. 28 (UPI) -- An 11-day Weapons System Evaluation Program event ended successfully at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., the Air Force announced. The WSEP, conducted regularly, evaluates air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons systems, with an emphasis on missile firing and combat skills, according to Air Force officials. Advertisement Tyndall's 43rd Fighter Squadron, and the U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadrons 11, 34, 81, and 211 of Carrier Air Wing One, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., participated in the evaluation. "Pre-deployment joint training is crucial to success for the future," Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Kellner, 83rd Fighter Squadron FA-18 program manager, said in a press release. "The [Navy and Air Force] joint team help each other meet the nation's tasking and maintain a sharp edge...
SpaceX launches satellite for SiriusXM from Florida

SpaceX launches satellite for SiriusXM from Florida

Science
Dec. 13 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched a radio communications satellite for SiriusXM from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Sunday afternoon amid blue skids and puffy clouds, two days after scrubbing the flight with 30 seconds until liftoff. SpaceX had originally targeted the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket for 11:22 a.m. Sunday but pushed it back until 12:30 p.m., which was "optimized for launch and recovery," the company posted on Twitter. Advertisement There was a window of one hour and 59 minutes. And the weather had improved to 80 percent "favorable," SpaceX tweeted. The company didn't say what caused the halt Friday, which occurred before the rocket was to lift off at 12:55 p.m. EST from Complex 40. The launch was the 25th SpaceX launch this year and the seventh for the reusable first...