Space News

SpaceX is targeting a launch of its Falcon 9 rocket for Monday night at 8:33 PM.  This would be the first launch of a Falcon 9 since last June’s mishap, when the rocket exploded shortly after lift-off.  This may also be the first time that SpaceX attempts to land the 14-story-tall rocket booster back on land.  Expect a sonic boom about 10 minutes after lift-off if all goes as planned as the booster returns to Earth.  WFIT’s Rick Glasby files this video report.

Blue Origin

Commercial space company Blue Origin launched AND landed a rocket on November 23rd.  The key phrase in that sentence is “landed a rocket.”  WFIT’S Rick Glasby reports.

NASA contractor Orbital ATK will be sending 7,000 pounds of supplies, science and research to the International Space Station aboard its Cygnus spacecraft.  The launch is targeted for Thursday, December 3 around 6PM.   WFIT’s Rick Glasby was at the Kennedy Space Center in the clean room where workers were preparing the spacecraft, and he files this report.

The Space Coast of Florida is known for launching rockets.  It also launched an iconic TV show.  I Dream of Jeannie.    It was 50 years ago that Barbara Eden, in the role of Jeannie, popped out of her bottle, and harassed NASA astronaut Major Tony Nelson, played by Larry Hagman.

The show ran for 139 episodes from 1965 until 1970.  This weekend Barbara Eden returns to Cocoa Beach, Florida (the setting of the TV show) to commemorate the 50th anniversary.  Among other activities, she’ll award medals to runners in a race, some of whom will be dressed as Jeannie.

ULA Rocket Launch

Oct 2, 2015
ULA

United Launch Alliance marked its 100th successful mission with the launch of the Morelos-3 communications satellite for Mexico. WFIT’s Rick Glasby was there.

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