SpaceX Launches Canadian Satellite From California

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carrying a Canadian satellite intended to track space weather launched from the California coast Sunday in what was billed as a test flight.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, at 9 a.m. under clear skies, eventually reaching its intended orbit.

SpaceX launched an older model of Falcon 9 five times from Florida. This was the first time the Southern California-based private rocket maker flew the next-generation version that boasts upgraded engines designed to improve performance and deliver heavier payloads.

The rocket carried a satellite dubbed Cassiope, a project of the Canadian Space Agency and other partners.

Once in orbit, scientists led by the University of Calgary hope to start powering up instruments after a checkout period, but the actual mission to track space…

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Rocket launched from Va. arrives at International Space Station

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NEW YORK (CBS News) — History was made Sunday morning when the Cygnus supply ship docked with The International Space Station.

This is the first time a craft launched from Virginia made it to the station. And the ship is likely to be just one of many launched from the Commonwealth as the U.S. uses private companies to continue exploring space.

An upgraded, more powerful Falcon NINE rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base Sunday. SpaceX said it is a test flight to assured NASA the company could soon deliver people as well.

It’s a major milestone for NASA and the International Space Station project.

CBS News Space Consultant, Bill Harwood, said NASA has been paying around $60 million a seat to fly astronauts on the Soyuz spacecraft.

“It’s really not about the money. It would be cheaper to continue flying with the Russians,” said Harwood. “NASA wants…

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