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Falcon 9 launches Intuitive Machines lunar lander
Posted: Sun, Feb 18 7:59 AM ET (1259 GMT)
One Falcon 9 launched a commercial lunar lander early Thursday. The Falcon 9 lifted off at 1:05 am EST (0605 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center and deployed the Nova-C lander for Intuitive Machines onto a translunar trajectory 48 minutes later. The IM-1 mission seeks to land in the south polar region of the moon next Thursday, carrying a dozen payloads from NASA and other customers. If successful, IM-1 would be the first non-government mission to land softly on the moon.
Falcon 9 launches missile-warning satellites
Posted: Sun, Feb 18 7:53 AM ET (1253 GMT)
Another Falcon 9 launched a set of missile-warning satellites seven and a half hours earlier. The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 5:30 pm EST (2230 GMT) Wednesday on the USSF-124 mission procured by the Space Force. The payload included five satellites made by L3Harris Technologies and one made by Northrop Grumman. The Northrop Grumman satellite and one of the five from L3Harris are the first prototypes developed under the Missile Defense Agency's Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program. The other four L3Harris satellites are part of the Space Development Agency's Tracking Layer Tranche 0. Both agencies are collaborating to develop a sensor network for tracking both hypersonic and ballistic missiles.
Soyuz launches Progress cargo spacecraft
Posted: Sun, Feb 18 7:45 AM ET (1245 GMT)
A Progress cargo ship launched to the International Space Station late Wednesday. A Soyuz-2.1a rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 10:...
Washington sounds alarm about rumored Russian space weapon
Posted: Sat, Feb 17 10:56 AM ET (1556 GMT)
Officials are sounding the alarm about a new Russian space threat, although it's not clear publicly what the threat is. Rep. Mike Turner (R-...
BAE completes acquisition of Ball Aerospace
Posted: Sat, Feb 17 10:53 AM ET (1553 GMT)
BAE Systems has secured the regulatory approvals needed to complete its $5.5 billion acquisition of Ball Aerospace. The companies announced this morning that they...