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Watch live: United Launch Alliance to launch spy satellite after 24-hour delay

Watch live: United Launch Alliance to launch spy satellite after 24-hour delay

Science
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- United Launch Alliance is preparing once more to launch its Delta 4-Heavy rocket. The company's most powerful rocket was scheduled to carry a spy satellite into space on Friday, but a communications error forced ULA to delay the liftoff until Saturday evening. During preflight checks, engineers discovered a "redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site," according to a statement released by ULA. Saturday's launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is scheduled for 11:06 p.m. EST, 8:19 p.m. PST. "Weather has improved! We are at 70% chance of favorable launch weather for tonight's #NROL71 launch," ULA announced on Twitter. ULA will stream a live broadcast of Saturday's launch. The payload for Saturday evening's flight belongs to the ...
Watch live: Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch spy satellite from California

Watch live: Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch spy satellite from California

Science
Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The eight-hour countdown for the latest United Launch Alliance's Delta 4-Heavy satellite launch is underway. The company's most powerful rocket is poised to carry a spy satellite into space, with liftoff at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base scheduled for 11:19 p.m. ET, 8:19 p.m. local time, on Friday. ULA will stream a live broadcast of the launch beginning at 11 p.m. ET. "The Delta IV Heavy rocket has been powered up for its launch," ULA confirmed on Friday afternoon. The satellite belongs to the National Reconnaissance Office, of the U.S. government's five major intelligence agencies. Friday's mission will be ULA's 132nd and the 71st for NRO. Per usual, little information about the payload for Friday evening's mission has been shared with the public. According to n...
Want to Live Longer? Cut Back on Red Meat

Want to Live Longer? Cut Back on Red Meat

Health
Istockphoto  By Jacquelyne Froeber MONDAY, March 23, 2009 (Health.com) — Burger lovers beware: People who eat red meat every day have a higher risk of dying over a 10-year period—mostly due to cardiovascular disease or cancer—than their peers who eat less red or processed meat, according to a new study of about half a million people.“This is the biggest and highest quality study like this,” says Barry M. Popkin, PhD, from the University of North Carolina, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study, which was published Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine. “They collected the diet data very carefully, and it’s saying to people ‘You don’t have to eat red meat ev...
Watch live: SpaceX to launch ISS resupply mission

Watch live: SpaceX to launch ISS resupply mission

Science
Dec. 4 (UPI) -- After launching 64 miniature satellites into orbit on Monday, a new record, SpaceX is scheduled to execute another rocket launch on the opposite side of the country, a resupply mission for NASA and the International Space Station. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to blast-off from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday. The rocket will shepherd the company's Drago cargo ship into space. Tuesday's launch is scheduled for 1:38 p.m. ET. The blastoff will be broadcast live on NASA TV. Dozens of science experiments, organized by both NASA and the ISS National Lab, are packed into the cargo ship, as are supplies and equipment for crew members aboard the space station. The payload weighs more than 5,600 pounds. One of the new science tools being carried to ISS is a space laser designed ...
USS Abraham Lincoln CSG surface combatants conduct live fire SM-2 missile exercise

USS Abraham Lincoln CSG surface combatants conduct live fire SM-2 missile exercise

Business
Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Surface combatants from the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, including a cruiser and three destroyers, participated in a Live Fire With a Purpose exercise Sunday with SM-2 Block III surface-to-air missiles. The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Leyte Gulf and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Bainbridge, USS Mason and USS Nitze all engaged in the LFWAP, which is more intensive and involves more coordination between ships than a standard missile exercise. "Having previously been on the exercise-development side of LFWAP, as the operational commander I'm extremely pleased to see how our CRUDES ships flexed their capabilities and strengthened how we operate as a team -- as opposed to individual units -- throughout this event," commander of CSG 12 Rear Adm. John Wade sa...