Author Archives: Duncan Idaho

Watch: SpaceX Launches ArabSat-6A on Falcon Heavy Rocket

By Duncan Idaho – On Thursday, April 11 at 6:35 p.m. EDT, Falcon Heavy launched the Arabsat-6A satellite from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The satellite was deployed approximately 34 minutes after liftoff. Following booster separation, Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2 (LZ-1 and LZ-2) at Cape ...

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United Launch Alliance Plans Purpose-Built Vulcan Centaur for National Security Space Missions in 2021

By Duncan Idaho – First Flight Hardware Being Manufactured and Launch on Track for 2021Centennial, Colo. (April 8, 2019) – Today, United Launch Alliance (ULA) CEO Tory Bruno gave an update on the continued progress of the Vulcan Centaur during a ULA media event at the 35th Space Symposium. “As the nation faces growing threats in the space environment, ULA ...

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches WGS-10 Mission

By Duncan Idaho – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (March 15, 2019) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the tenth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite for the U.S. Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 on March 15 at 8:26 p.m. EDT. ULA has been the exclusive launch provider for all ten WGS satellites. ...

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United Launch Alliance Set to Launch WGS-10 for U.S. Air Force [Live Stream and details]

By Duncan Idaho – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (March 13, 2019) — A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket is in final preparations to launch the tenth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The launch is planned during a three-hour window on March 15 between 6:56 p.m. EDT and 9:05 p.m. EDT at ...

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Watch: SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule Splashes Down in the Atlantic

By Duncan Idaho – Crew Dragon undocked from the International Space Station early Friday morning and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean on March 8 at 5:45 a.m. PST, completing the spacecraft’s first mission to the Space Station. Crew Dragon Descent and Splashdown NASA Webcast Source: SpaceX, NASA Content created by Conservative Daily News is available for re-publication without charge under the ...

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SpaceX Docked Its ‘Crew Dragon’ Capsule with the Space Station This Weekend

By Duncan Idaho – At 2:49 a.m. EST on March 2, SpaceX launched Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight without crew on board the spacecraft is intended to demonstrate SpaceX’s capabilities to safely and reliably fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station as part ...

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Nusantara Satu and SpaceIL mission

By Duncan Idaho – On Thursday, February 21 at 8:45 p.m. EST, SpaceX launched the Nusantara Satu satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Falcon 9 also delivered the Beresheet lunar spacecraft and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) S5 spacecraft to orbit. Deployments occurred at approximately 33 and 44 minutes after liftoff. Falcon ...

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United Launch Alliance to Launch Three National Security Space Missions for the Pentagon

By Duncan Idaho – Centennial, Colo., Feb. 19, 2019 – The United States Air Force announced today that United Launch Alliance (ULA) was awarded a firm, fixed-price contract to launch three missions on the company’s Atlas V rocket. This contract resulted from a competitive award under the Air Force’s Phase 1A procurement strategy. “ULA is honored to be selected to ...

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Watch: Why SpaceX Built A Stainless Steel Starship

By Duncan Idaho – Despite advances in materials over the past 70 years, SpaceX chose stainless steel for the Starhopper rocket. Many modern rockets use aluminum alloys in construction so why did SpaceX choose the heavier material? YouTube channel Real Engineering takes a shot at explaining the logic behind the decision. Content created by Conservative Daily News is available for re-publication without charge under ...

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SpaceX to Launch Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-16) Sunday

By Duncan Idaho – Packed with about two tons of cargo and science, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Sunday, January 13. A parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean occurred at about 9:10 p.m. PST, just west of Baja California. That same evening, a recovery team secured Dragon on a boat for the return trip to the ...

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Watch: SpaceX Launches IRIDIUM-8 Mission

On Friday, January 11 at 7:31 a.m. PST, 15:31 UTC, SpaceX successfully launched the eighth and final set of satellites in a series of 75 total satellites for Iridium’s next-generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. Falcon 9’s first stage delivered the second stage to its targeted orbit followed by deployment of all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites approximately 1 hour and ...

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