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Lockheed Martin is moving ballistic missile jobs to Florida

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Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to move about 300 ballistic missile program jobs from California to Florida’s Space Coast over the next two years. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. spokesman Matt Kramer told Florida Today that the employees moving to Brevard County will work on testing and maintenance for the Navy’s Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. The Trident II D5 is the latest generation of the Navy’s submarine-launched fleet ballistic missiles. Kramer said Lockheed Martin also will move additional missile program…

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Drop-launch of rocket off Florida coast sends NASA satellites into orbit

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A Pegasus XL rocket dropped from beneath an airplane off the coast of Daytona Beach Thursday morning, then launched from there into orbit and deployed eight NASA hurricane-tracking satellites into orbit. The drop-launch from an altitude of 39,000 feet, about 110 miles east of Daytona Beach, went as planned after the mission was postponed twice this week for minor technical problems. At 7:38 a.m., an Orbital ATK L-1011 Stargazer airplane took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and exactly…

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Delta IV Heavy rocket launch postponed

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A planned Saturday launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral has been postponed. The delay comes at the request of the payload’s owner, the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. United Launch Alliance had scheduled the launch of the Delta IV Heavy, the nation’s most powerful rocket, to carry an NRO communications satellite into orbit. “The Delta IV NROL-37 launch is delayed at the request of the customer. The NROL-37 spacecraft and launch vehicle are secure on Space Launch…

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Fifth time’s the charm! SpaceX lands rocket on ocean barge

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted through a picture-perfect spring Florida sky Friday afternoon and then landed softly and surely on a barge in the ocean 11 minutes later. The successful at-sea landing for the rocket’s first stage is a first, and it comes in SpaceX’s fifth try, bringing screaming cheers from the company’s California headquarters, webcast. The rocket landed just a few feet off dead-center on what SpaceX calls its drone ship, named “Of Course I Still Love You,”…

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SpaceX launches may resume Dec. 19, 6 months after accident

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SpaceX says it’s close to launching rockets again six months after an accident. Chief executive Elon Musk announced via Twitter on Thursday a rocket test-firing for next Wednesday in Florida. A satellite launch for Orbcomm could come three days later – Dec. 19th. SpaceX has been stuck on Earth since June, when a broken strut doomed its Falcon rocket during liftoff. The accident left NASA without a viable U.S. supplier for the International Space Station. NASA’s other commercial shipper, Orbital…

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