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SpaceX 'Starman' travels toward asteroid belt in Tesla Roadster

SpaceX 'Starman' travels toward asteroid belt in Tesla Roadster

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Feb. 7 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched a cherry-red Tesla roadster and a mannequin driver into space along with its Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday.A four-hour livestream chronicled the adventures of the mannequin, known as "Starman," providing stunning images as it started on an elliptic orbit toward Mars -- though it has exceeded the Mars orbit and is expected to head toward the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.Elon Musk, founder and CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, said the car's stereo was playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity," as images from the livestream showed a message reading "DON'T PANIC" on the dashboard.Earth loomed large in the background as the Roadster gently glided through space and its passenger, fitted with SpaceX's new space suit, casually rested its left arm on the driver's ...
SpaceX set to launch massive Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX set to launch massive Falcon Heavy rocket

Technology
SpaceX is launching arguably its most daring mission to date Tuesday, when the Falcon Heavy rocket takes off on its first test flight. The Falcon Heavy rocket is massive, larger than anything that has launched since NASA's Saturn V missions, which took people to the moon. The rocket's target launch is set for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a 2.5-hour launch window. There are windows scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday as well, in case Tuesday's launch doesn't work. Thousands of excited viewers are already lining up along the Florida coast to witness the event. Even actor Harrison Ford will be in attendance -- the Falcon, after all, is named after his Millennium Falcon from "Star Wars." This is a private mission funded by billionaire Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX -...
SpaceX launches Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

SpaceX launches Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

Science
Jan. 7 (UPI) -- SpaceX successfully launched an undisclosed national security payload on Sunday night.The Falcon 9 rocket launched at approximately 8 p.m. ET from the company's launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rocket's first stage was a controlled landing back on Earth at Landing Zone 1.Falcon 9 first stage has landed at Landing Zone 1. pic.twitter.com/679wN4F8kX— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 8, 2018Originally scheduled to launch in November, problems with the rocket caused officials to delay plans by several weeks. Another launch attempt was set for Jan. 4, but the bomb cyclone that brought heavy snow and winds to much of the East Coast last week further delayed the mysterious mission.The Falcon 9 rocket carried Zuma, a U.S. government spacecraft, into low-Earth
SpaceX launches rocket from California, deploys satellites

SpaceX launches rocket from California, deploys satellites

Science
Dec. 22 (UPI) -- SpaceX finished its busy 2017 launch schedule with a final blastoff from California.The aerospace company's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base around 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday.The Falcon 9 rocket ended the year just as SpaceX began the year, delivering a 10-pack of communications satellites into low-Earth orbit for Iridium Communications.SpaceX has helped Iridium amass an impressive constellation of satellites. The company's voice and data relay network is operating across 30 satellites. Soon it will be 40.With SpaceX's continued assistance, Iridium aims to put a total of 75 satellites in space. The company has expanded services for its customers to include video and Internet capabilities alongside its standard offerings of phone, messaging...
Watch live: SpaceX to launch rocket from California

Watch live: SpaceX to launch rocket from California

Science
Dec. 22 (UPI) -- SpaceX is preparing to conclude its busy 2017 launch schedule with a final blastoff from California.The aerospace company's Falcon 9 rocket is schedule to lift off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 8:27 p.m. ET on Friday.The Falcon 9 rocket will end the year just as SpaceX began the year, delivering a 10-pack of communications satellites into low-Earth orbit for Iridium Communications.SpaceX has helped Iridium amass an impressive constellation of satellites. The company's voice and data relay network is operating across 30 satellites. Soon it will be 40.With SpaceX's continued assistance, Iridium aims to put a total of 75 satellites in space. The company has expanded services for its customers to include video and Internet capabilities alongside its standard o...