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Launching the search for the Gretas of the future

Launching the search for the Gretas of the future

Science
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No family, fanfare for NASA astronaut launching next month

No family, fanfare for NASA astronaut launching next month

Technology
A NASA astronaut who's about to leave the planet for six months will blast off without any family or fanfare because of the coronavirusBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterMarch 19, 2020, 7:38 PM4 min readCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A NASA astronaut who's about to leave the planet for six months will blast off without any family or fanfare because of the coronavirus. Chris Cassidy said Thursday that he won't have any guests at his April 9 launch from Kazakhstan. He expects to say goodbye in Russia to his wife, Julie, on Friday, three weeks earlier than planned. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, she's going back home to Houston. One of their three children, meanwhile, is trying to get back to the U.S. from New Zealand. There will be a smaller team than usual at the launch pad, too. “It reall...
Lockheed nabs $233M for work on Mk 41 launching system

Lockheed nabs $233M for work on Mk 41 launching system

Business
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has received a $ 233 million contract for work on the Mk 41 vertical launching system, according to the Department of Defense. The contract, which funds procurement of vertical launcher module assemblies, modernization kits and spare components for the launching system, a modular missile launch system capable of launching multiple standard missile variants. The contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and three other governments through the foreign military sales program. The Navy funded 74 percent of the deal, with the government of Korea funding 18 percent and Finland and Germany each funding 4 percent of the contract. The Mk 41 has been in U.S. Navy service since 1986. In December 2018, the Navy awarded BAE Systems $ 41.5 million for for SM-3 and ...
SpaceX launching recycled rocket, supply capsule for NASA

SpaceX launching recycled rocket, supply capsule for NASA

Technology
Space Age hand-me-downs are soaring to a whole new level. On Tuesday, SpaceX plans to launch its first recycled rocket for NASA. The unmanned Falcon 9 — last used in June — will carry up a Dragon capsule that's also flown on a previous space station supply run. NASA's International Space Station manager, Kirk Shireman, said the risk of launching a recycled rocket is about the same as for a brand new one. He expects to be just as anxious as he always is at every launch. "It's still a dangerous business," he told reporters Monday. Although NASA's best rocket experts conducted an extensive review of the recycled and meticulously inspected booster, there is never "zero risk," he pointed out. The private SpaceX has launched recycled rockets three times before, on commercial satellite deliverie...