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Bezos Unveils New Engine for Military Rockets

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…



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Video: SpaceX Rocket Explodes over Texas

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…



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Future Uncertain for Russian Rocket Engine

The U.S. Air Force hasn’t yet decided what to do about its reliance on the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine, the service’s top civilian said. “There’s…


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Musk: Spacecraft Will Land Like a Helicopter

The head of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. said his company’s new spacecraft is designed to fly from outer space to Earth and, like a helicopter, touch down…


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SpaceX to Unveil New Spacecraft

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the start-up rocket-maker known as SpaceX and headed by billionaire Elon Musk, plans to unveil a new spacecraft today at its…


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Russian Proton Rocket Explodes after Launch

Just days after Russia’s deputy prime minister suggested the country was walking away from its partnership with the U.S. on space, a Russian rocket carrying one of the…



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Air Force’s X-37B Breaks Orbit Record

Boeing’s X-37B space plane broke its endurance record in orbit last month when it surpassed 470 days. The U.S. Air Force launched the Orbital Test Vehicle…



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SpaceX Moves Closer to Launching Spy Satellites

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the start-up rocket-maker headed by billionaire Elon Musk, moved a step closer to launching military and spy satellites this week. The…





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Orbital Successfully Launches New Rocket

Orbital Sciences Corp. successfully launched its new rocket as part of a test flight for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The two-stage rocket lifted…