Monday, 23 July, 2018

NRA spy satellite launched into orbit Monday by SpaceX

NROL-76 launch NROL-76 launch
Derrick Tucker | 04 May, 2017, 01:10

Elon Musk's SpaceX launched a top-secret spy satellite for the US government and then successfully landed the booster for recycling, the AP reports.

SpaceX previously landed a first stage booster at Landing Zone 1 three times. NRO's next launch is scheduled for August 14 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The cancelled Space-X Falcon 9 Rocket that was scheduled to launch Sunday will attempt to blast off today.

Until now, the U.S. military has spent billions per year exclusively with United Launch Alliance, a joint operation of aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin, to launch government satellites.

SpaceX broadcast the launch live online but halted coverage once the second stage carried the satellite into orbit, as requested by the NRO due to the secret nature of the mission. Landing, refurbishing and reusing rockets is key to the company's vision of making space travel increasingly affordable. Sonic booms, as usual, rattled the area around the launch site.

NROL-76 launch
NROL-76 launch

"Tough call, as high altitude wind shear was at 98.6 percent of the theoretical load limit", he said in a tweet.

An historic rocket launch Monday morning for the private aviation firm SpaceX.

It marked the first time SpaceX has executed a contract with the US government. The company's "satellite manufacturing cost profile and in-house launch capability" will allow it to continually update the system's technology to meet changing customer needs, Cooper said.

But don't expect any details about the national security payload-a contract with the Department of Defense's National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The Hawthorne, California-based company has contracts with NASA valued at $4.2 billion to resupply the International Space Station using an unmanned Dragon spacecraft and to ferry astronauts there with a version of Dragon that is capable of carrying crews.

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The company is also launching rich gameplay and Game bots, features that were previewed to developers at F8. The popular gaming title, Miniclip's 8 Ball Pool , will also be available to play on Instant Games soon.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai doubled income at almost $200 million in 2016
The company's profit too rose 29 percent to $5.43 billion, a performance that analysts called exceptional for a company so large. Problems such as an advertiser boycott of YouTube appeared to have little impact on the company.

NFL draft set to begin in Philadelphia
Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett , DE, Texas A&M - Browns make the smart pick , take best pass player in the draft . Ohio State, which led the nation with 12 players taken in 2016, had seven go this year .

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