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Why the US Air Force Is Teaming Up With SpaceX

Over the last several months, SpaceX has been seriously diversifying its clientele: in May, it flew a spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). On Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force announced that in August, it’ll be launching a reusable X-37B mini-space shuttle on board a Falcon 9 rocket. While some of the details are still shrouded in mystery (because the military), the USAF said it will use the launch to test some electronics and oscillating heat pipes aboard the spacecraft. Fun times! Read More >>

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India Just Launched Its Giant ‘Monster’ Rocket

It’s a big day for India and its very, very large rocket: Today, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its 640 ton GSLV-Mk III rocket, carrying the GSAT-19 communications satellite on it. The GSLV-Mk III’s maiden voyage brought its satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit above Earth’s equator—a high Earth orbit that allows a satellite to sync up with Earth’s rotation. Needless to say, not to shabby for a first launch. Read More >>