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July 1, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - An unmanned Russian Proton-M rocket carrying three satellites exploded and crashed early Tuesday seconds after launch at the Baikonur cosmodrome in neighboring Kazakhstan. The unfolding drama was broadcast live on Rossiya 24 , the Russian news television channel. “What a beautiful sight!” the news announcer said as the rocket lifted off from the launching pad. But seconds later he gasped when the rocket suddenly turned sideways and caught fire. “But something is going wrong!
April 21, 2014 | By David Lazarus
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April 26, 1988 | Associated Press
Two Navy navigation satellites were launched Monday aboard a Scout rocket, and authorities were waiting to see if the satellites would enter their assigned polar orbit. The contrail from the launch was visible in the twilight sky over a wide area of Southern California. The satellites, launched at 6:57 p.m., were to enter a 600-mile circular polar orbit, he said.
April 13, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
A high-stakes battle is underway in Washington over launching the U.S. government's most sophisticated national security satellites. Space entrepreneur Elon Musk is pitted against the nation's two largest weapons makers, Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., in a fight for military contracts worth as much as $70 billion through 2030. For eight years, the Pentagon has paid Boeing and Lockheed - operating jointly as United Launch Alliance - to launch the government's pricey spy satellites without seeking competitive bids.
May 17, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
When space shuttle Endeavour blasted off Monday morning, it carried three tiny satellites — each the size of a postage stamp. The slim, 1-inch-square satellites on NASA's next-to-last shuttle mission are to be mounted on the outside of the International Space Station to collect data measuring the harsh conditions of space. Mason Peck, a Cornell University professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who leads the project, said the bite-size satellites, dubbed Sprite, are prototypes.
May 10, 2012 | By Mark K. Matthews, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. satellites watching Earth is expected to plummet by 2020, and weather forecasting, including hurricane tracking, could suffer as a result, a new report warns. The study, released last week by the nation's top science advisors, estimated that the fleet of science satellites operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would "decline precipitously" from a peak of 110 probes last year to fewer than 30 in 2020. The drop is a result of several factors, including budget problems and rocket accidents, and scientists said the United States risked blurring its vision of Earth if it did not act quickly to replace satellites expected to die during the next eight years.
May 12, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
For the first time, an international team of researchers has used satellites to track the movements of manta rays, providing valuable new information about the massive rays, which are considered "vulnerable" to extinction  by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The preliminary findings for the Atlantic mantas showed that they traveled as far as 680 miles over a one- to two-month period searching for food, sticking close to the coastline. They also spent considerable time in shipping lanes, which rendered them vulnerable to being hit by freighters.
June 16, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
In a boost for privately funded space ventures, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. expects to announce Wednesday that it has signed a $492-million contract to launch rockets carrying satellites for a mobile telecommunications company. The deal represents a major breakthrough for the Hawthorne-based rocket company, known as SpaceX, which has been pushing a low-cost way to lift commercial satellites into space. Two weeks ago, the company, co-founded by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, successfully test launched its Falcon 9 rocket, which analysts said is likely to be the vehicle that takes the satellites into orbit.
December 6, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX announced it will launch its first two military satellites in 2014 and 2015. It was a major announcement for the young company and its 41-year-old billionaire founder, Elon Musk, who has been working toward getting military business for years. "SpaceX deeply appreciates and is honored by the vote of confidence shown by the Air Force in our Falcon launch vehicles," Musk said in a statement. "We look forward to providing high-reliability access to space with lift capability to orbit that is substantially greater than any other launch vehicle in the world.
July 25, 1990 | Associated Press
An Ariane rocket successfully lifted a double payload of French and German TV satellites into orbit Tuesday night, five months after a similar rocket exploded minutes after takeoff.
April 3, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
An 18-story rocket carrying a $518-million military weather satellite was launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday, extending the life of a program that began in the early 1960s. The 7:46 a.m. PDT blastoff was the first of the year for the team at Vandenberg's 30th Space Wing. "I couldn't be more proud of this team of professionals," said Col. Keith Balts, wing commander. "The team ... worked diligently to ensure that this launch was safe and successful.
April 1, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
For more than 15 years, a $518-million military weather satellite sat in a clean room at Lockheed Martin Corp.'s facility in Sunnyvale waiting for the day it would be launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. On Thursday morning, the spacecraft is finally set to be blasted into space atop Atlas V rocket. It will be the latest satellite launched in support of the military's long-running Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, a satellite system initiated in 1962.
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday announced the Facebook Connectivity Lab, a division within his company that is working with drones, satellites and lasers to bring Internet connectivity to those who don't yet have it. The effort is a part of, a global partnership that was launched last year with the mission of connecting everyone on the planet to the Internet. "Our goal with is to make affordable access to basic Internet services available to every person in the world," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post . VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
March 26, 2014 | By Barbara Demick and W.J. Hennigan
BEIJING - Malaysian authorities said Wednesday that they were encouraged by new images from European satellites showing 122 floating objects off the Australian coast that could be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. The discovery bolstered hope of finding wreckage from the Boeing 777, believed to have crashed March 8 in the choppy seas 1,500 miles southwest of Perth. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Thursday morning that 11 aircraft and five ships from the U.S., Australia, China and Japan had resumed the search, which will cover 30,000 square miles.
March 26, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
A satellite network launched by a group of studios and theater chains last year just got bigger. The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC) said it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Deluxe/EchoStar satellite network, adding nearly 1,000 theater sites, the companies said. No financial details were disclosed. With the acquisition, the coalition will double the size of its satellite network, which is expected to significantly reduce the cost of delivering movies to theaters and enable it to beam live concerts, operas and sporting events into multiplex venues nationwide.
March 24, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The British company whose satellite data helped direct search efforts for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 toward the south Indian Ocean said about two weeks ago that it had received “routine” and “automated” signals from the missing Boeing 777. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who announced Monday that the plane carrying 239 people "ended in the southern Indian Ocean" with no hope of survivors, said the company, Inmarsat, has been performing...
March 24, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Tim Warner, chief executive of Cinemark Holdings Inc., admits he'd never heard of the popular science fiction series "Doctor Who. " So the Montana native was skeptical when executives at BBC Wordwide approached him about the idea of screening a simulcast of the 50th anniversary episode of the cult-classic British TV series in Cinemark theaters across Latin America and the U.S. In late November, hundreds of "Whovians" showed up at more than...
March 23, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- More satellite evidence emerged Sunday, this time from France, that there is possible airplane debris in the south Indian Ocean. Malaysia said it received new satellite images from French authorities showing "potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor," an area where a growing number of aircraft and ships have been combing for traces of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The search continued Sunday, but there was no word of any debris sightings.  The new French images add to other satellite reports released a day earlier by China and  Thursday by Australia that point to suspected debris roughly 1,500 miles southwest of Perth, capital of Western Australia.
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