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ULA scrubs second spy satellite launch attempt 7 seconds before liftoff

ULA scrubs second spy satellite launch attempt 7 seconds before liftoff

Science
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Another day, another scrub. United Launch Alliance once again called off the launch of its Delta 4-Heavy rocket, this time with just 7 seconds to go on the countdown. In an update, ULA said they called off the launch due to an "unexpected condition during terminal count." The mission delay marks the second scrubbed launch in as many days. The company's most powerful rocket was originally scheduled to carry a spy satellite into space on Friday, but a communications error forced ULA to delay the liftoff until Saturday evening. ULA hasn't yet announced when attempt three will take place. During Friday's preflight checks, engineers discovered a "redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site," according to a statement released by ULA. The rocket's...
Parker Solar Probe heads toward sun after morning liftoff

Parker Solar Probe heads toward sun after morning liftoff

Science
Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Parker Solar Probe's second launch attempt in a mission to touch the sun was successful early Sunday. At 3:31 a.m. EDT, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, part of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The engines were blazing golden in the clear night sky during ascent. "It was a very quiet launch countdown, it went off like clockwork," NASA Launch Director Omar Baez said. "Parker Solar Probe has been one of our most challenging missions to date." About four minutes into flight, the Delta IV port and starboard booster engines shut down and separated from the second stage. After second stage engine ignition, the payload fairing also was jettisoned. The second stage main engine cut o...
Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

Science
A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland is likely to become the UK's first spaceport. The A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been chosen as the most suitable place from which to launch rockets vertically to put satellites in orbit. The UK Space Agency is giving Highlands and Islands Enterprise £2.5m towards the development of the facility. HIE will work closely with a consortium that includes the American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. The goal would be to have launches as early as possible in the 2020s. Small rockets herald new wave UK satellite makes HD movies of Earth "The decision to support the UK's first spaceport in Sutherland is tremendous news for our region and for Scotland as a whole," ...
Rocket developed by Japan startup in flames after liftoff

Rocket developed by Japan startup in flames after liftoff

Technology
A rocket developed by a Japanese startup company burst into flames seconds after a failed liftoff Saturday in northern Japan. The MOMO-2 rocket, developed by Interstellar Technologies, was launched in Taiki town on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island. It was supposed to reach as high as 100 kilometers (62 miles) into space. Television footage showed that the 10-meter (33-foot) pencil rocket lifted only slightly from its launch pad before dropping to the ground, disappearing in a fireball. Footage on NHK public television showed a charred rocket lying on the ground. The incident caused no injuries. Interstellar Technologies president Takahiro Inagawa said he believes the rocket suffered a glitch in its main engine. He apologized for the failure, and said his team would collect the ...
Astronauts on their way to space station after liftoff from Kazakhstan

Astronauts on their way to space station after liftoff from Kazakhstan

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March 21 (UPI) -- The space station's newest crew, including two NASA astronauts, successfully blasted off from Kazakhstan on Wednesday at 1:44 p.m. ET, 11:44 p.m. Baikonur time.Astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, as well as cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, are currently en route to the International Space Station. The trio are expected at ISS by 3:41 p.m. ET on Friday.NASA's Scott Tingle, as well as Expedition 55 Commander Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, are currently aboard the space station. They will help dock the Soyuz spacecraft and welcome the new crew.The six-person crew will be together until June, when Tingle, Shkaplerov and Kanai are schedule to return to Earth. Feustel, Arnold and A...