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(Story was updated to include additional information and quotes from the NASA press conference, which concluded around 10 p.m. local time.) An unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp. rocket exploded seconds after liftoff Tuesday from a launch pad in Virginia. The company’s $200 million Antares rocket topped with a Cygnus spacecraft suffered a “catastrophic anomaly” at 6:22 p.m. local time […]

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Jeff Bezos, founder of the online retailing giant Amazon​.com, has unveiled a new commercial engine design for legacy military rockets. Bezos, who also heads up the private spaceflight company Blue Origin LLC, was on hand with Tony Bruno, the new chief executive officer of the Lockheed Martin Corp.-Boeing Co. joint venture, United Launch Alliance LLC, on Wednesday […]

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Air Force may in December certify the start-up rocket-maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to compete to launch military and spy satellites, a general said. “I root for SpaceX to come into the competition,” Gen. John Hyten, head of Air Force Space Command, said during a speech Tuesday at the Air […]

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An experimental reusable rocket made by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. exploded over Texas on Friday, the company announced. The test booster, known as the F9R and a successor to the Grasshopper rocket, self-destructed several hundred feet over the company’s facility in McGregor after a problem was detected. There were no injuries.

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Oskar Blues Brewery, one of the top craft beer makers in the U.S., took part in a military tradition this summer as it brewed a specialty beer for the launch of a high resolution commercial satellite that entered Earth’s atmosphere Wednesday. DigitalGlobe is the satellite company that commissioned the specialty beer to commemorate the launch of […]

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